From an early age Daniel Fortini knew that he wanted to become a teacher. Having watched his mother teach special needs children his entire life, Daniel wanted to follow in her footsteps and began tutoring students while completing his undergraduate degree at UWA. In 2015 Daniel enrolled into the Master of Teaching Secondary where he was awarded a Centenary Mathematics Scholarship from the Department of Education in Western Australia.
The ability to influence children’s lives during a vital period in their educational and social development was what motivated William to enrol into the Master of Teaching Early Childhood at UWA.
After graduating with a degree in Politics and Social Sciences from Sussex University in the UK, William completed a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), and spent several years teaching English and managing language schools in Eastern Europe.
In 2012 William moved to Western Australia where he decided to pursue a degree in Early Childhood education at UWA.
Kassie Cubitt is an amazing individual. Driven and dedicated to achieving her goals she is an inspiration to those around her and to her students. Born and raised in Albany, Western Australia by her English father and Filipino mother Kassie had a boisterous and fun childhood.
Australia has for many years experienced an undersupply of specialist teachers in schools particularly in the areas of maths, physics and chemistry. According to the ACER Staff Survey conducted in Australia in 2013 more than 20% of secondary maths and 17% of secondary science teachers were underqualified in their field.
Online Applications for 2017 Australian Postgraduate Awards, University Postgraduate Awards and Prestigious University scholarships for domestic applicants - CLOSE next Monday 31 October 2016
Applications are now open for postgraduate research scholarships for domestic students, including Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), University Postgraduate Awards (UPA), prestigious University and externally-funded scholarships and other faculty and discipline-specific scholarships. Please encourage eligible applicants to apply.
Earlier this year, our dear colleague Kathy Fenwick lost her husband Ross who passed away in January after falling ill while attending a fire near Two People’s Bay east of Albany.
On the 29 September a special ceremony was held by the City of Albany to honour long serving Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers and to present a posthumous Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council Memorial Medallion for Ross Fenwick.
The recipient of the Endeavour Research Fellowship award by the Australian Federal Government, Dr Sye-Foong Yee from the Teacher Education Institute of Malaysia spent four months with the Graduate School of Education earlier this year. During this time she undertook research into the viability of the Case Method for teacher education using the methodology of Phenomenology. The research was grounded in an attempt to go back to the experience of the Case Method itself to understand how learning takes place in a teacher professional development activity.
When the opportunity arose to Chair the Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Research Forum student committee UWA PhD candidate Jelena Rakovic couldn’t refuse. As an opportunity to learn from other committee members, it was a unique chance to attain knowledge that would further fuel her already impressive academic career.
Originally from Serbia, Jelena began her PhD at UWA in 2014. She has studied in England, Denmark and Spain, with scholarships to attend Universities including the Danish School of Education and University of Deusto, Bilbao.
Murray Giles Little is a name that doesn’t readily come up in conversation or in print when scholars or historians refer to prominent educators in Western Australia. Nor, for that matter, is Mr. Little mentioned in the annals of The University of Western Australia (UWA), where he studied. Sometimes, even when a particular person rises through the ranks to become the Western Australian Director of Education between1940-50, he can slip through the cracks.
Assessing student work in performance based learning areas is now easier thanks to research developed by Dr Stephen Humphry, Senior Lecturer in Educational Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation at UWA’s Graduate School of Education and Dr Sandy Heldsinger. Humphry and Heldsinger began their research on assessment methods in 2008 with grant funding from the Australian Research Council. The impetus behind their research stemmed from a number of observations. These include:
A project to mentor Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students placed in disadvantaged schools proposed by the Graduate School of Education at UWA has been announced as the inaugural People's Choice Award recipient of the UWA Alumni Grant Fund.
Selected by UWA Alumni, staff and students who voted online, the project will ensure current UWA teacher education graduates are better equipped for a professional practice experience and future teaching career in disadvantaged schools.
Five graduates from The University of Western Australia’s Graduate School of Education are finalists in this year’s WA Education Awards.
Hosted by the Department of Education finalists were nominated by members from the community and school and selected based on their outstanding achievements and contributions to education in Western Australia.
Associate Professor Mark Pegrum and Dr Grace Oakley from The University of Western Australia’s Graduate School of Education have won an Australia-Japan Foundation grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The grant worth $22,000 will help middle school students in Australia and Japan create and share multimodal e-books to support their learning about each other's language and culture. Grace and Mark together with other partners from four universities in Japan will support school teachers to build sustainable links.
Sonia Sappl is a graduate from UWA with a major in Neuroscience and Psychology. While completing her Honours in Psychology, Sonia discovered a passion for measurement and psychometrics. The potential it provided to assess and improve existing psychological measures was fascinating and an area that Sonia wanted to explore further.
“I’m interested in learning about the validity of psychological measures. For example, does a particular measure show a bias towards a population in terms of gender or culture and how can this be improved?”
Find out more about what makes us happy, how poor mental health can affect children’s development and how much of the universe we can reproduce using computer simulation during The University of Western Australia’s Research Week.
Researchers will track the progress of 12,000 children from birth to age five to identify what services are valuable to families to support the health and wellbeing, education and care of their children.
Faculty of Education Professor of Science Education, Vaille Dawson and Faculty Centenary Ambassador Dr Simon Moore’s research paper titled “Probing Year 11 physics students’ understanding of gravitation” has been recognised by the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) at CONASTA the annual National Science Education Conference of ASTA held in Brisbane (3-6 July).