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.
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.
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.
The Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) project, coordinated by Associate Professor Mark Pegrum and Associate Professor Grace Oakley, is now in its fifth month at UWA’s Faculty of Education where accelerated progress in Information Technology integration and skill acquisition has been acknowledged.
As part of the TTF program, Mr Adam Marchant was seconded to the Faculty of Education to monitor progress and support staff and students.
On June 23, the Graduate School of Education hosted its first ever alumni cocktail party at ‘The Boat Shed’ on Matilda Bay.
The party was hosted by Winthrop Professor Helen Wildy, Dean of Education, and was attended by the Vice Chancellor, Winthrop Professor Alan Robson CitWA along with staff and 60 recent graduates of the GSE.
The theme for the party was “Celebrating Teachers” and this theme was amply underscored by a speech given by 2010 Beginning Teacher of the Year recipient and UWA Ambassador, Luke Chapman (photo).