The Elevo Institute is a not-for-profit research organisation seeded by the Andrews Foundation. Its educational research focus aims to grow  young minds to meet  the challenges of the future ahead.

We are interested in conducting Educational Design Research to develop educational innovations that make a difference to young Australian lives. This is done through setting the direction for the research through the Elevo Board and Research Committee. These projects are developed through working with various developmental partners.
Our first research programme is called ThinkPlus. See www.thinkplus.info

History

 

The de Bono Institute was established with the help of the Andrews Foundation and Dr. Edward de Bono in 1996. It began when Dr. de Bono was once asked to describe his ‘ideal country’.

He replied, “It would have a population of under 25 million; it would be somewhere in the Pacific Basin; it would have to have the English language. It would have reasonably articulate, literate and clever people. With that going for it, we could create the most astonishing country. But actually it already exists – it’s called Australia.”

Dr. Edward de Bono with the Andrews Foundation in Melbourne was presented with an idea of turning his ‘most astonishing country’ into reality. They saw an opportunity to invest in Australia’s future by supporting the creation of the de Bono Institute, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping young Australians equip themselves to face the challenges of the 21st Century.

Since its conception in 1996, the Institute has conducted research, developed materials and produced programs and interventions in the field of education, business and start-up companies with a specific focus on thinking skills and Edward de Bono’s methodologies.

In 2013, the Institute saw a need to change its identity to reflect its broadened focus and encompass its work in areas such as developmental psychology and neuroscience.

Accordingly, Elevo Institute was born. Working in partnership with thought leaders, universities, schools, corporates, governments and developmental partners, Elevo Institute aims to:

  • Develop the creative potential of young people as a preparation for the challenges of a rapidly changing world, and an unknowable future.
  • Improve teaching and learning through the development of well-researched and tested innovative methodologies.
  • Collaborate and liaise with creative and enterprising thinkers.
  • Incubate new ideas, taking them from thought leadership to the school/classroom.
  • Offer hard evidence and practical advice to support the design and use of innovative learning and thinking tools.
  • Communicate the latest thinking and practice in education.

Organisational Structure

Elevo Institute is registered with the Australian Charities and Not  For Profits Commission and is an Approved Research Institute with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

ThinkPlus

The Elevo Institute's sole project is the research and development of ThinkPlus.

ThinkPlus is a metacurriculum for learnable intelligence and thinking tools, to be implemented in Australian schools from years Prep to 12. ThinkPlus is designed to help us develop an awareness of how our brains work, understand growth mindsets, exercise good thinking dispositions; and develop practical tools for collaboration, problem solving and creativity. The metacurriculum is based on contemporary research about how the brain learns and how thinking occurs. The key to ThinkPlus is the concept that intelligence can be grown with effort. By instilling young learners with the confidence and ability to think through problems, we envisage that they will be better equipped to navigate challenges in the 21st Century.

Find out more.

The Elevo Institute Board

Elevo Institute Board

From left to right:

Noel Martin Chairperson, Elevo Institute Board; Trustee, Andrews Foundation
Robert Pomeroy Director, Elevo Institute Board
Dr Dipen Mitra Director, Elevo Institute Board; Trustee, Andrews Foundation
Associate Prof David Loader Director, Elevo Institute Board; Chairperson, Elevo Institute Research Committee
Susan Mackie CEO, Elevo Institute

Research Committee

Our Research Committee consists of esteemed leaders in their respective fields who join together with a united vision of a holistic approach to education. The Committee ensures rigour in our research and provides valuable insights.

    • Prof. David Loader (Chairperson)
      Principal Fellow, Faculty of Education, Melbourne University
    • Prof. David Castle
      Chair of Psychiatry, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and University of Melbourne
      Consultant Psychiatrist, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
      Hon. Professorial Research Fellow, Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria
      Clinical Professor, School of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of Western Australia
    • Susan Mackie
      CEO, Elevo Institute
    • Noel Martin
      Chairman, Elevo Institute
    • Prof. Andreas Obermair
      Gynaecological Oncologist (CGO) and full Professor, University of Queensland
      Director of Research in Gynaecological Oncology, Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital
    • Dr. Mary Cannon
      Principal, Canterbury Girls Secondary College
    • Dr. Jeremy Yuille
      Program Director, Communication Design, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University
    • Dr. Debora Lipson
      Lecturer in Science Education and Mathematics Education, Victoria University

    Advisors

    • Prof. David Clarke
      Director, International Centre for Classroom Research, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Get in touch

For more information about the Elevo Institute, please contact mail@elevo.org

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