Teaching Teachers for the Future

Saturday, 29 October 2011

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.

Currently, the TTF project focuses on:

June 23 2011 - Graduate School of Education Alumni Cocktail Party

Saturday, 29 October 2011

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).


Master of Teaching degrees build professional confidence

Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Faculty of Education introduced its two-year Master of Teaching degrees knowing that professional confi dence is a direct result of investment in pre-service teacher education.

EDFAA Library renovation work causes change of venue for classes for Education students for 17-20 October 2011

Friday, 14 October 2011

EDFAA program of work for week beginning 17 October 2011.

To ensure timely completion of the EDFAA Library renovation, two noisy activities will be undertaken simultaneously on Monday 17, Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October 2011:

UWA to help best teachers become leading State school principals

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

WA's best school teachers will gain an opportunity to become leading State School principals through a new Masters Degree of School Leadership being offered by The University of Western Australia.

Professor Geoff Meyer

Projects to further teaching and learning

Friday, 2 September 2011

Projects involving six researchers form The University of Western Australia have been successful in receiving support from the Australian and Learning Teaching Council's final round of funding.

Winthrop Professor Helen Wildy

National school assessment centre launched at UWA

Friday, 12 August 2011

A new centre based at The University of Western Australia will ensure that Western Australia continues to develop its reputation as a national leader in school student assessment.

Lasting leadership

Monday, 1 August 2011

Professor Simon Clarke is coordinating the Graduate Diploma of Educational Leadership designed to be attuned to the changing world of school leaders.

The Muriel Horsfall Bequest

Monday, 1 August 2011

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.

Literacy learning in early childhood classrooms

Monday, 1 August 2011

Associate Professor Grace Oakley was the key speaker at a professional development evening with Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA) colleagues to present the major themes from her recent publication, Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education (2010).

The iPad Generation

Monday, 1 August 2011

Master of Teaching students and staff are researching the use of Apple iPads for teaching a range of skills and understandings across the curriculum.

There is a particular focus on how the Apple iPads can be used to teach English, Mathematics, Science and History.

The Australian Curriculum documents the need for K-12 students to be taught how to use Information Communication Technologies (ICT) for a range of purposes.

UWA's Graduate School of Education top of its class

Monday, 1 August 2011

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.

Bridging the Gap

Monday, 1 August 2011

Quality and authentic school placements for student teachers present an ongoing challenge. However they are key ingredients in the preparation of teachers across all courses in Australia.

Schools and teachers are often reluctant to take on student teachers. The many jurisdictional demands and priorities leave little time for that mentoring role.

An ageing workforce, the Australian curriculum, NAPLAN and increased teacher workload impact on teachers' capacity to be part of preparing the next generation of teachers.

Winthrop Professor Tom O'Donoghue

High acclaim for UWA historian-educator

Thursday, 14 July 2011

A Gaelic language enthusiast and education expert at The University of Western Australia's Graduate School of Education was this week elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS).

Exploring ‘Our Country' though Art

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Palmyra Primary School and the Faculty of Education launched the ‘Our Country' Exhibition on June 27 2011.

Associate Professor Robert Faulkner ran one unit in condensed mode, over 2 weeks at Palmyra Primary School with 25 Master of Teaching Primary and Early Childhood teacher education students.

Prize Giving 2011

Monday, 11 July 2011

The 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 students. 

Jennifer Stephen, a 2010 graduate from the Master of Teaching (Primary)gave a very lively description of student teacher life at UWA and the joys of being an art specialist at Parkwood primary school.

Nominate an outstanding mathematics educator?

Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Western Australian Science Awards were established in 2002 to honour and reward outstanding achievements in Western Australia's science and innovation community.

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of these awards the Department of Education is sponsoring two $10,000 Mathematics educator awards in primary and secondary education.

Check the details and categories complete the nomination form online.

Is Mathematics a foreign language?

Sunday, 5 June 2011

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.

UWA’s Year of Mathematics - Matt Switzer Presentation

Friday, 6 May 2011

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.

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) a Winner

Monday, 25 April 2011

The University of Western Australia’s new Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) program aims to weave theory and practice to develop effective and innovative teachers.

Within days of commencing their Master of Teaching program, students were visiting UWA’s Child Study Centre Preschool on a weekly basis in a unit examining development, teaching and learning theories.