The AASE Research Award has been established to provide an opportunity for research which can support evidence-based practice in the education of students with special needs.  It is funded from contributions by members – teachers, academics, therapists and others involved in the education of students with disability.

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To support research to identify:

  • Effective teaching strategies to advance the learning of students with special needs;
  • Optimum provision of and access to quality education services for students with special needs;
  • Quality teacher education and professional development leading to positive outcomes for students with special needs.


The focus for research projects for 2023 will be consistent with the Strategic Aims of AASE Inc:

  • Preparation and support of educators to enable provision of quality education for students with special needs.
  • Evaluation and dissemination of evidence about the efficacy of the use of technology in learning for students with special education needs.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of the Australian Curriculum.

Winners of the 2023 AASE Research Award

“Supporting inclusive practice for pre-service teachers on rural and remote professional experience through coaching and online resources”


Dr Susan Main – Edith Cowan University

Associate Professor Dianne Chambers – University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Professor Michael A Kennedy – University of Virginia in the USA 

Dr Tracey Chamlin – University of Southern Queensland


  • *The next AASE Research Award will be in 2025

Winners of the 2021 AASE Research Award

“Piloting an Inclusive Schools Self-Assessment Instrument for the Australian Context” From Flinders University SA


Dr Jane Jarvis

Dr Julie McMillan

A/Professor Kerry Bissaker

Dr Carol Le Lant

For more information download this PDF file: AASE Research Award Winners 2021

Previous Recipients of the AASE Research Award

2019 AASE Research Award Recipient

Dr Jessica Zanuttini

Dr Cathy Little

Dr Ilektra Spandagou

Professor David Evans

For more information download this PDF file: AASE Research Award Winners 2019

2018 AASE Research Award Recipient

Dr Jennifer Stephenson

Executive Summary of Research Award: AASE Award Executive Summary 2018


2009 – 2016 AASE Research Award Recipients

AASE Research Award Recipients 2009-2016