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UWA Education Research to Improve NAPLAN

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Researchers at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Australia are working on a research project that seeks to improve the Writing performance assessment component of the National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). The project, led by Associate Professor Stephen Humphry and Professor David Andrich, also aims more generally to improve assessments in areas that have traditionally been difficult to assess, such as The Arts, so that educators can more accurately compare students’ achievements in primary and secondary schooling.

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Stanford Univ/N.Werner et al; Optical: DSS)

Carbon monoxide predicts ‘red and dead’ future of gas guzzler galaxy

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Astronomers have studied the carbon monoxide in a galaxy over 12 billion light years from Earth and discovered that it's running out of gas, quite literally, and headed for a ‘red and dead' future.

Prize winners standing on stage with their awards

2014 Faculty of Education Prizes

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Twenty-one people were recognised for their achievements at the Faculty’s annual Prize Giving Ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners!

Prizes 

Rebecca Halse in the classroom

Success for graduate teacher

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

A high-achieving UWA graduate was named Beginning Teacher of the Year at the WA Education Awards. Rebecca Halse has a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Education from UWA, and works as a Secondary Ancient and Modern History Teacher at Shenton College. 

Professor Russell Waugh sitting at his desk

Positive relationships at the heart of transnational research

Monday, 16 June 2014

Over the past ten years Professor Russell Waugh has supervised 16 Doctor of Education students from Hong Kong and Singapore through the Faculty of Education’s transnational program.

Winthrop Professor Lesley Vidovich

Global and local knowledge: learning rather than borrowing

Friday, 13 June 2014

Winthrop Professor Lesley Vidovich is an international expert on education policy, having authored over 150 research papers in the field. In addition to her research activity, Lesley teaches across all course levels at the Faculty of Education, from the popular undergraduate broadening unit “Education for a Global Knowledge Society” to Masters and Doctoral units. Lesley has also supervised over 40 postgraduate students to successful thesis completion, and she has won a series of Teaching and Supervision Awards at UWA. 

Assistant Professor Gerardine Neylon at her desk

Introducing Ger

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Dr Gerardine Neylon has recently been appointed Assistant Professor in Early Childhood in the Faculty of Education. Ger hails from Ireland and completed her PhD at the University of Limerick. She is an expert in early childhood policy and pedagogy, with a special interest in the continued professional development of child care workers and the development of services for children aged 0 to 5 years. Her experience will guide the Faculty’s development of Early Childhood education and care to meet the ACECQA national standards for initial teacher education.

Sally Sandover, Wayne McGowan and Lee Partridge with their award

Rewarding the pathway to research

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A UWA program that helps undergraduate students conduct world-class research and even present at international conferences has won a prestigious award. The Faculty of Education’s Dr Wayne McGowan, together with Professor Sally Sandover and Associate Professor Lee Partridge, led the Undergraduate Learning and Teaching Research Internship Scheme (ULTRIS) and were presented with an Award for Programs that Enhance Learning. 

Education Graduates at Prize Giving Ceremony

The state’s most employable graduates

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Faculty of Education has been ranked 33rd in the world and 7th in Australia according to this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject. The result recognises the commitment the Faculty’s staff and students have for high-quality education, and the Faculty’s good reputation not just in Australia but also internationally.  Indeed, what is likely to be of great interest to current and prospective students alike is the Faculty’s high ‘employer reputation’.

Peter Klinken, Peter Leedman & Larry Iffla

Harry Perkins has arrived

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The launch of the Harry Perkins Institute has signalled a new era in medical research.