CSA is committed to research on and for Christian schools that showcase and expand the second value proposition of CSA’s 3.0 vision – Thought Leadership. Our research foci centres on a range of key projects, publications and partnerships that hope to re-frame the conversation relating to Christian schools within the public square. Significantly, in our cultural moment, there is a growing body of high quality and reliable research which affirms and supports the practices, policies and principles that underpin Christian schooling.
This download provides an overview of the role of Dr. Darren Iselin, CSA Director of Research and Innovation and includes links to current and future projects with our research partners.
Click on each project heading, below, for more information about each of the current projects CSA are participating in and contributing to.
Click on each project heading, below, for more information about each of the previous projects CSA has participated in and contributed to.
In 2017 and 2018, CSA completed one of the largest research projects undertaken on Christian schools in Australia. The project was overseen by the Relational Schools Foundation in the United Kingdom under the direction of Dr Rob Loe and sought to measures a school’s level of relational proximity. “Relational Proximity” is defined as a measure of the distance in the relationship between two people or organisations. The project involved 17 schools and 12,000 student responses with over 1 million lines of data.
The research findings of the Relational Schools Project in Australia were significant in both scope and quality and the level of relational proximity within Australian Christian schools was very high and the correlations with the UK data revealed that, on average, Christian Schools in Australia were exceeding the levels of schools from the initial research in the UK. A second phase of the project was also undertaken in 2019.
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A CSA Project in partnership with Alphacrucis College, the Thriving in Community resource is designed to assist Principals and teachers in implementing elements of the National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF), most particularly element 6.