“It is quite extraordinary to think that we are all gathered here this afternoon because of a hail storm... 22nd of March 2010 is one of those occasions when anyone who was in Perth will remember just where they were when it happened. When I look around now it is hard to believe that two years ago it was full of sodden earth and water, and flooded to a depth of 41 cm, completely destroying the interior of the Library.”
– Hon Dr Elizabeth Constable MLA, Minister for Education
The Faculty of Education’s Building Strong Beginnings Forum at the UWA Club on Thursday 22 March 2012 brought together 90 participants from the Government, Independent and Catholic sectors in Western Australia. The forum focussed on assessing learning from early childhood through to primary settings. Assessment is always a much discussed topic in education and this forum explored a range of areas such as ‘identifying knowledge
Laura Wilson is a second year student in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) and will be teaching at Harvey Primary School as an intern. Laura is undertaking a practicum at Harvey Primary School as part of the WA Combined Universities Training Schools project.
The Faculty of Education continues to be home to one of the world’s leading research centres in the field of social measurement, with research funded by ARC Linkage and Discovery Grants, funding for the Pearson Psychometric Laboratory, high quality research students, and the stream of international visitors including doctoral students from other countries.
An unpopular image with perceptions of irrelevancy for everyday life combined with some less than inspiring teaching are causing students to question the purpose of Mathematics and Science in the classroom. A report by Universities Australia, commissioned early in 2012 by Professor Ian Chubb, highlights Australian students’ growing lack of appreciation of the relevance and role of science in their lives and and communities.
In January 2012 some of Western Australia’s best school teachers enrolled in the new Master of School Leadership degree, offered by UWA’s Faculty of Education. The degree is tailored to nurture leadership talent and provide professional support for aspiring school principals. The course aims to develop participants’ confidence and high levels of skill to lead their own school communities.
The ABC Four Corners Program on February 6, 2012 visited three Australian schools to discuss the issues around quality teaching and its impact on student outcomes. The program can be found at ABC iview and at 4corners.
The first group of WA school teachers has signed up for the challenge of becoming leading State school principals through The University of Western Australia's new Master's Degree of School Leadership.
A new scholarship to support women who wish to undertake a Master of Teaching degree but who are experiencing financial hardship has been established by the Beshar Family in honour of Dr June Jones, one of Western Australia’s most respected educators.
The scholarship is called the CTW Dr June Jones Masters Scholarship in Education.
This ARC Linkage Grant, with partners Scitech and Rio Tinto, focuses on understanding and improving parents' and young children's interest and engagement in science through the implementation of Scitech's newly developed Early Childhood Outreach program delivered to playgroups.