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).
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.