Opportunities to develop teaching expertise have never been more important with the increased pressure on primary and secondary teachers to deliver education that is culturally significant, technologically relevant and ethically and sustainably responsible.
In February UWA celebrated its centenary with Alumni weekend. The opening event, Luminous night, drew thousands of people to enjoy the spectacular projections on Winthrop Hall as well as performances and artworks on the university grounds.
During the weekend graduates had an opportunity to reconnect with the university by attending a range of events, talks and performances organised by different Faculties.
Children from primary and secondary schools around the city and in regional WA are being recruited for the first study internationally to assess the impact of screen-based technologies on their mental health over an extended period.
Professor Peter Merrotsy who recently joined the Faculty of Education has got off to a winning start. On the 29th of May Peter was presented with a Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) Aspire Professional Development Award worth $5,000 at the Aspire Awards Breakfast.
UWA Albany Centre Master of Teaching student, Sasha Claughton, is the 2013 recipient of the Centenary Trust for Women, Dr June Jones Master's Scholarship in Education. The scholarship specifically assists women to benefit from educational opportunities at UWA.
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 https://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?