The Faculty of Education is proud to annouce the following selection of our grants and publications for 2012*; Grants Of the 185 ARC linkage grants awarded nationally in 2012, only 10 addressed education. Amongst them was
‘Evaluating and developing music-based strategies for teaching and learning in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia’
The Faculty of Education has a long tradition of working with rural schools and supporting developments in rural education. Three recent events are evidence of this continuing support: The Midwest Rural Education Field Trip, and new Narembeen and Goldfields trips. The Midwest Rural Education Field trip has provided secondary pre-service teachers with opportunities to experience teaching and living in rural communities for over 13 years. This year, two primary teachers joined the experience.
Mark the 13-15 February 2013 in your diary for attendance at the Third International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education to be held at the University of Western Australia and hosted by the Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA) and UWA. You can register for the event online http://www.education.uwa.edu.au/research/isfire-2013.
On the weekend of February 8-10 2013 The University of Western Australia will be a hive of activity. As a part of the University’s cente- nary year, alumni from all around the world are invited to UWA to re- connect and participate a range of events.
The Faculty of Education is hosting a series of short talks on Saturday 9 February at the Fox Lecture Theatre. From 10.30am The Education Minister Hon. Peter Collier will talk about the past and the future of education in Western Australia.
Victoria Valdebenito Mac Farlane, a Master of Education (Coursework) student and Clown Doctor, presented a seminar to the Faculty of Education in August.
She talked to staff and students about what it is like to be a clown doctor. Originally from Chile, Victoria started working as a clown doctor in her home country. In Perth she has divided her time between studying and volunteering as a clown doctor at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Faculty staff were interested in finding out about the research behind clown therapy.
My research paper that was judged as ‘Most Valuable Paper of the Year Award’ by Teaching Science reported on a study of Year Ten students’ understanding of evolution.
Rather than ‘teach and test’ we explored whether students were able to apply the principles and mechanisms of evolution to everyday situations. For example: do body builders necessarily have children with more muscles? How do head lice become resistant to insecticide?
Thousands more WA students will be encouraged to aspire to university education with a doubling in the number of regional and metropolitan high schools taking part in The University of Western Australia's Aspire UWA program.
Thousands more WA students will be encouraged to aspire to university education with the addition of 25 more regional and metropolitan high schools taking part in The University of Western Australia's Aspire UWA program.
“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.