Research and Publication Highlights

Saturday, 20 October 2012

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’

Maintaining and Strengthening Rural Partnerships

Saturday, 20 October 2012

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.

Rural Education on the Global Stage

Saturday, 20 October 2012

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.

Alumni Weekend 2013

Saturday, 20 October 2012

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.

Clown Doctor Therapy

Saturday, 20 October 2012

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.

Mary Oliver: ‘Most Valuable Paper of the Year Award’ by Teaching Science

Saturday, 20 October 2012

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? 

Year of Reading 2012

Friday, 19 October 2012

The new EDFAA library and the Graduate School of Education at UWA joined forces in August to host National Year of Reading 2012 events to celebrate the joy of reading.

Eighteen preservice teachers from the Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Programs volunteered to read a range of stories to children from Hollywood Primary School and Moerlina School.

Master of Teaching going Regional- Albany Centre in 2013

Friday, 19 October 2012

Have you considered becoming an early childhood teacher or a primary teacher?

That is the question the Faculty of Education is putting to potential students in the State's Southwest.

In 2013 The University of Western Australia's Albany Centre will offer (subject to sufficient  enrolments) a two-year Master of Teaching enabling graduates to qualify as early childhood or primary teachers.

ASPIRE UWA roadshow brings arts to the Pilbara

ASPIRE UWA roadshow brings arts to the Pilbara

Friday, 28 September 2012

Six Pilbara schools will be treated to a celebration of arts through programs presented by touring staff from The University of Western Australia during October.

Senator Evans, Wyndham Deputy Principal James Nunn, Professor Paul Johnson

Thousands more high school students offered key to University

Monday, 3 September 2012

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 high school students offered key to University

Friday, 31 August 2012

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.

Shining a light on the new EDFAA Library

Thursday, 17 May 2012

“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

Building Strong Beginnings

Monday, 7 May 2012

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

Deluge to delight: the new EDFAA library opens

Monday, 7 May 2012

The newly refurbished EDFAA Library opened on 23 February 2012 – almost two years after the March, 2010 storm which flooded the library and destroyed 15 per cent of the EDFAA collection.

Although the damage and disruption to the library was extensive, Acting Library Manager, Gina Sjepcevich said that,

Hands-on in Harvey

Monday, 7 May 2012

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.

Rasch Royalty at UWA

Monday, 7 May 2012


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.

Generation Why? Students question the point of science and maths

Monday, 7 May 2012


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.

UWA investing in School Leaders for the Future

Monday, 7 May 2012

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.

UWA library reopens after severe hailstorm damage

Friday, 23 March 2012

Education Minister Elizabeth Constable today reopened The University of Western Australia's Education, Fine Arts and Architecture Library, after it was severely damaged during Perth's freak 2010 hailstorm.

Playing, Imagining, Discovering and Learning – Kindergarten children exploring their places and relationships

Friday, 24 February 2012

Rebekah Garwood, (Master of Teaching, Second Year Student, Early Childhood Education) has won the runner-up prize ($500) in the 2011-12 Oxford Education Innovation Award.

This competition invited pre-service teachers from across the country to creatively fill a space in a classroom, and to emphasise how it can assist young children’s learning.

Rebekah’s project was titled ‘Exploring our World: Through an indoor learning environment.'