What is MCERA?
The Media Centre for Education Research Australia is a not-for-profit national organisation that will offer a range of services to journalists, media officers and researchers relating to educational research from early childhood, schools, university and vocational education.
MCERA acts as a conduit for educational research to be disseminated through print, electronic and online media by linking journalists with specific inquiries to research experts. Together, these functions provide journalists and other users with authoritative, independent and accessible insights from education research.
MCERA objectives are to:
- Assist the media, and in particular newsrooms, to provide more accurate and informed coverage of educational issues
- Identify and encourage individual educational researchers to engage with media, in particular, when coverage of their specialist areas of expertise are in the headlines and/or become a matter of public interest
- Facilitate contact between the media and educational researchers
- Support educational researchers to interact and/or engage with the media
Why does Australia need this Centre?
Education is central to the health of 21st century Australia. The crucial role of our educational institutions is to develop children, young people and adults – spanning many ages, cultures, ethnicities and social backgrounds – for their current and future lives as citizens, workers, family, and community members. This role demands high quality policy-making, educational practice and importantly, public dialogue informed by engagement with high quality research.