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.
Brendan was inspired by his Year 12 Literature teacher, a man who was able to expand his horizons and stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity. He saw how learning could empower and change people and the idea of contributing to a better world, of serving and empowering people, and of the transformative capacity of knowledge meant teaching made sense to him.
Brendan is currently studying a Masters of Education by Coursework and Thesis.
Amelia's decision to study a Master of Teaching degree came at a pivotal time in her life. Prior to that, she was pursuing a different career in the arts industry in South Australia, working in the areas of marketing, public relations and youth arts, after completing a Bachelor of Media at the University of Adelaide.
After working in the arts industry for several years, Amelia decided to return to study to become a teacher.
Approximately 40 students in the first Master of School Leadership cohort are set to complete their studies later this year. Marie Adams is one of three students who have completed their degrees earlier this month as a result of credit from other study.
When Caroline Dixon first arrived in Kununurra, a small township 3,040 kilometres from Perth in the far-east Kimberley, it was only natural for her to feel a slight sense of anxiety and nervousness.
“Everything about the environment was unfamiliar. However, on my first day I knew I was going to enjoy my time there. Everyone was welcoming and kind. The community spirit was fantastic,” said Caroline.
A world first study into the amount of time Australian children and adolescents spend on all types of screens and specific screen activities has been undertaken by Professor Stephen Houghton from the Faculty of Education and a research team of experts from The School of Population Health; The School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health; The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and the National Heart Foundation.
“Teaching is a career that will challenge me; a vocation and not just a job. A great teacher can inspire a child to love learning and to take that through the rest of their lives. I am confident I can be that teacher.” – Katrina Millard Hurst
Brendan Zani is certainly someone who likes to keep busy. Currently undertaking his Masters of Education by Coursework and Thesis at the Faculty of Education, Brendan is also Chair of this year’s Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Research Forum Committee, teacher at Scotch College and most importantly, father to his amazing 11 month old boy.
Inspired by his year 12 literature teacher, Brendan saw how learning could empower and change people and embarked on a teaching career so that he could do the same.
Dr Mark Fielding has been awarded the “New Voice Scholarship in Educational Leadership Research” by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) at this year’s national conference held in Sydney.