Tell us about your career in Education and when you began your work with UWA. I spent 1974 to 1998 teaching in schools in Western Australia. I worked in both country and city schools, including schools of great challenge. I taught all year levels with my final years at Winthrop Primary School. I have worked in five universities since moving away from school teaching – Murdoch, University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University, Edith Cowan and UWA. I began at UWA in August 2009; the second semester of the Master of Teaching (Primary).
Children’s literacy from an early age is critical to their development. Research undertaken by the Telethon Kids Institute discovered the frequency with which joint attention and adult child book reading occurs has an effect on vocabulary levels particularly by the time of school entry.
UWA Law School’s newest Honorary Fellow, Jonathon Leek, has further cemented his position as one of Australia’s foremost tax lawyers after being named Best Tax Lawyer Perth 2016 by the Australian Financial Review.
Two of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities, The University of Western Australia and the University of Tasmania, have joined forces with western China’s highly regarded Southwest University to form a Sino-Australian college.
In a world first, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.
The University of Western Australia will be experiencing a network outage on Sunday 14 February, from 8am to approximately 3pm. All library electronic databases and systems will be unavailable during this period. All libraries will be closed on Sunday 14 February.
To support our users, Barry J Marshall Library and the Medical and Dental Library will be open longer hours on Saturday 13 February, from 9am to 5pm.