To celebrate its Centenary, The Faculty of Education is hosting two competitions as part of UWA Open Day. In recognition of teachers and the work they do we are asking primary and secondary schools in Western Australia to tell us what they think the world would be like without teachers. We also reflect on the past, present and future by inviting Faculty alumni, students, staff to share a photo that of their time at the Faculty. These photos will be pinned up on our display board during Open Day.
Details on how to enter these competitions are as follows:
Australian children have been the focus of pioneering studies of early language development. These contemporary Australian population studies of language growth and patterns over time are producing a vastly different picture from the boutique studies of the early 1970’s that positioned language development so firmly as an outcome of maternal input.
Professor Professor David Andrich, who holds the Chapple Chair in the Graduate School of Education, was awarded the Benjamin Drake Wright Senior Scholar Award by the Rasch Measurement Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association, taking home $1000US and a plaque.
The Faculty of Education invites HDR education students from all Western Australian tertiary institutions to participate in the annual Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Research Forum. We are seeking students who would like to be a committee member and help drive the forum.
The event provides a unique avenue for postgraduate students to present their education-related research and to share their ideas and research with other students in a supportive and stimulating environment.
Professor Stephen Houghton’s research paper titled “Virtually Impossible: limiting Australian children and adolescents daily screen based media use” has been recorded in the top 1% of over 5 million scholarly publications according to Altmetric.
The Altmetric Explorer for Publishers enables users to browse and report on all attention data for every piece of scholarly content Altmetric has found attention for online.
For the first time, The University of Western Australia will allow Year 12 students to apply – six months earlier than usual – for a guaranteed place in engineering, based on an ATAR score predicted by their school.
Wintry conditions didn’t deter over 130 students, family, friends and supporters from attending the Faculty of Education’s annual Prize Giving Ceremony held at the University Club on 7 June 2016 to celebrate the achievements of UWA education students.
In the Faculty’s Centenary year, 23 scholarships and 20 prizes were awarded to students in recognition of their work, dedication and contribution to the education sector.
"I think that we have an obligation to make our profession as strong and well-regarded as possible within the wider community and the two best ways to do that are through our own performance and through guiding those who are new to or just starting out in the profession." – James Hindle
Students in WA can choose from three ATAR maths subjects ranging in difficulty from Mathematics Applications (easiest), to Mathematics Methods (intermediate) and Mathematics Specialist (highest level).
More than 30 Indigenous Year 12 students from across WA are attending a leadership seminar at The University of Western Australia this week, which aims to encourage them to aspire to a tertiary education and learn about the opportunities available at UWA.
Andy Homden has spent most of his professional life working in international schools around the world. Here he reflects on the rapid growth of international K-12 education and the influence UWA has had on his work.
Forrest Foundation Research Scholarships are awarded to the best domestic and international students to undertake high quality research and enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at a Western Australian university. In October 2013, Andrew and Nicola Forrest made what is believed to be the largest single philanthropic donation in Australian history – $65 million to attract the best minds to Western Australia. The donation included $50 million for the establishment of the Forrest Research Foundation to fund PhD scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships across all five WA universities.
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.
Valentine’s Day enthusiasts should give credit to English poet Geoffrey Chaucer according to The University of Western Australia, with the famous writer believed to be the first person to associate the day with romantic love.
Rebecca Halse has a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education from UWA, and works as a Secondary Ancient and Modern History Teacher at Shenton College. In 2013, she was named Beginning Teacher of the Year at the WA Education Awards.