For the first time, the University of Western Australia (UWA) will be host to the Australasian Science Education Research Association’s (ASERA) annual International Conference to be held at the University Club (30 June – 3 July 2015).
The conference, being organised by the Faculty of Education, is expected to attract up to 200 delegates from around the world with topics such as socioscentific argumentation, engagement and motivation in science, and science literacy to be discussed.
For the very first time, 13 students undertaking the Faculty of Education’s Master of Leadership at The University of Western Australia (UWA) are embarking on an international study tour to England to learn about school leadership from some of the country’s most influential educational leaders and policymakers.
Students participating in the study tour are aspiring and practising educational leaders and will spend 10 days learning about recent educational reforms, accountability structures within schools and the role of neuroscience to teaching.
Dr Mark Fielding, who won the Faculty’s ‘Fogarty Foundation Success through Educational Excellence Prize for the Best Piece of Research in the Doctor of Education,' has won a further award for his thesis. Mark’s thesis about international education in Australia was rated highest by the International Educational Association of Australia (IEAA).
UWA has run the Master of School Leadership program for teachers in Western Australian public schools since 2012, with 40 to 50 teachers enrolling in the flexible part-time course each year. Janette Gee is the program’s first graduate.
A world-first longitudinal study by The University of Western Australia researchers examining the links between mental health and screen use by children and teenagers has found that guidelines to limit screen-based media-use to less than two hours a day are out of date and ‘virtually impossible' to enforce.
New in 2015, The University of Western Australia's Master of Strategic Communication offers work placements, an international emphasis, and the ability to graduate in 12 months, all designed to meet the needs of driven communication professionals.
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.
Sixty high-achieving Year 12 students from around the State were the first to trial The University of Western Australia's latest initiative to help arm school leavers with a better understanding of the opportunities available to them to enhance their professional futures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.