Muriel Horsfall, a passionate mathematics educator, has left a bequest of $650,000 to The University of Western Australia.
This bequest will seed the establishment of a Chair in Mathematics Education at UWA and the university aims to raise another 2.5 million dollars in 2011, UWA’s Year of Mathematics, to create the chair in perpetuity.
Muriel taught Mathematics in Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and England. She retired in 1955 to Tasmania where she remained until her death in 2009, aged 102.
The Faculty of Education has been recognised as The University of Western Australia’s highest achiever in teaching and learning for 2010 by winning the Distinguished Teaching and Learning Award for Schools.
This award is open to all Schools at UWA and it is judged according to criteria, which include rigorous and consistently applied teaching and learning priorities, and evidence of interaction between teaching and research.
2011 Faculty of Education Prize Giving Ceremony was held on Tuesday June 14 at
the University Club of Western Australia. This ceremony provided the
opportunity for students, their families, staff and interested education
colleagues to celebrate the high caliber of our graduating
Stephen, a 2010 graduate from the Master of Teaching
a very lively description of student teacher life at UWA and the joys of being
an art specialist at Parkwood primary school.
Professor Jacqui Ramagge from Wollongong University gave a stimulating talk on 26 May 2011 addressing the questions "Are Maths and English really so different? and "Is Mathematics a foreign language."
Professor Ramagge identified how Mathematics and English have long been identified as the core of a basic
education and the key to life-long success and yet many people, particularly
early-childhood and primary teachers, are much more comfortable with language
than they are with Mathematics.
Visiting scholar Matt Switzer (University of Missouri) captivated the packed house of mathematics educators at UWA’s Graduate School of Education when he presented his research into early learning difficulties experienced by school students. He shared video clips of 6 and 7 year old students struggling with concepts of magnitude, order and representation. His research indicated to teachers in the audience the foundational importance of deep understanding of place value in children’s numeracy development.
The Professional staff at the Graduate School of Education, organised by Anita Creasey, prepared a sumptuous morning tea on Thursday April 14 to raise funds for the Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal 2011.
This morning tea was widely supported by Graduate School of Education and Centre for English Language Teaching staff and students.
The morning tea was a gold coin donation event and in one hour raised $231.00 for the much needed Red Cross work across the Pacific.
9 February 2011: Clean Up Australia is on the hunt for the greenest teachers across Australia, with nominations opening on 8 February for the 2011 Clean Up Australia Green Teacher Award.
“Teaching our children about sustainability is the smartest thing we can do,” said Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman of Clean Up Australia. “The Green Teacher Award is an opportunity to recognise the fantastic teachers who are educating future generations about how our actions affect the planet and the importance of looking after the environment.”