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Faculty of Education

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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.

Kriti Sharma, Tithi Kulkarni and Dominic Wu (5th Year medical student at UWA)

Camp to help leavers make the ‘big decision’

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

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.  

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’.

Professor Samina Yasmeen

Queen's Birthday Honours for UWA graduates and staff

Monday, 9 June 2014

Fourteen graduates and two staff members of The University of Western Australia have been honoured by their inclusion on the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Winthrop Professor Helen Wildy

UWA launches its Education Futures Vision

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The University of Western Australia has launched an ambitious new vision for the future of teaching and learning across its undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

UWA ranked in world top 40 for three subjects

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The University of Western Australia's subject areas of Psychology, Education and Earth and Marine Sciences have been ranked in the world's top 40 institutions according to this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject.

UWA leads international research teams on climate change

Monday, 9 December 2013

Two climate change projects led by The University of Western Australia - one a study into reporting on climate change in the media and another focusing on the challenge of ancient soils under modern land use - have been chosen for funding by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Rebecca Halse

Top of the class

Thursday, 5 December 2013

An exceptionally high-achieving UWA graduate has been named Beginning Teacher of the Year at the WA Education Awards.  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.

Associate Professor Grace Oakley presents Michael Webb with his prize

Master of Teaching Graduate Success

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Faculty is proud to see its graduates take on new challenges and succeed in the world of education. One of our distinguished graduates is Michael Webb, who won the Graduate School of Education Master of Teaching (Primary) Prize at our Prize Giving Ceremony in June. 

Maggie McPhee, Sheila Lea and Lisa Meads Master of Curriculum Studies students

Strong start for Master of Curriculum Studies

Monday, 25 November 2013

The first students enrolled in the new Master of Curriculum Studies are in the second semester of the three-and-a-half-year program. 

Magdeline Lum standing next to a tree on the education campus

Making Waves – But Not Explosions – In Chemistry Education

Friday, 22 November 2013

Magdeline Lum is making her mark on chemistry teaching on several fronts. Fresh out of a teaching practicum at Karratha Senior High School, the UWA student has been offered a teaching position at the same school, and she is also the author of an article published in a North American chemistry education magazine.

Associate Professor Christine Howitt head shot

Faculty teaching awards

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Every year the Faculty recognises outstanding educators for their inspirational work with the Faculty Teaching Awards. This year the Faculty is proud to recognize Associate Professor Christine Howitt and Professor Marnie O’Neill for their excellence in teaching.

The awards are determined against national criteria set by the Office for Learning and Teaching. The awards also directly reflect student perspectives, as students are the ones who initially nominate exceptional teachers for the awards. 

Professor Simon Clarke head shot

National honour for Professor Simon Clarke

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A highly-regarded academic within the field of educational leadership, Professor Simon Clarke received a 2013 ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leadership) National Fellowship.

The national honour recognises ACEL members of at least five years standing who have made an outstanding contribution to education.

Simon is a highly experienced educator and researcher, whose most recent work includes developing a research agenda for school leadership in post-conflict countries.

L to R- Jessica Cobley and Becky Steven with Dr Hanan Khalifa

2013 ELICOS Award

Monday, 18 November 2013

Becky Steven and Jessica Cobley recently won a national award for their research. Their action research project aimed at finding ways of using Web 2.0-based tools to develop students’ speaking fluency. 

The Action Research in ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programme focuses on teaching and assessing speaking skills. In 2013 the category was contested by six teams of teachers from four states (WA, NSW, Victoria and Queensland).