Teaching and Learning Grants

The School congratulates staff on the results of the Faculty of Arts and Education Small Grants for Teaching and Learning 2011:

1. Coral Campbell, Alex Kostogriz, and Trish Henry, Improving the Student experience when working with Diverse Groups: This project will bring together a team of staff to investigate the experiences of diverse cohorts of students in terms of support, confidence and competence. The focus will be on aspects of learning that relate to curriculum offerings (appropriate levels), levels of support (University, Faculty and academic staff members) and the use of online environments for learning tools and support. The project will then implement changes in curriculum and learning opportunities that are more inclusive of diverse student populations and address issues of social justice.
2. Coral Campbell and Gaye Williams, Development of Enhanced Curriculum through Student-based Research: This project will link to the teaching-research nexus framework of the Faculty, where students collaborate with researchers to develop their research skills, observe researchers as models, and gain deeper understandings of the activities of practitioners. Student researchers will examine the pedagogies of Early Childhood practitioners to identify those who are implementing the new planned curriculum through play. This information will provide students with innovative knowledge and will increase their capacity to integrate new Curriculum Framework understandings more seamlessly with previous studies of early childhood science.

3. John Cripps Clark and Ria Hanewald, Multi-modal Online Concept Mapping in the Science Communication Curriculum:
This project will advance the scholarship and research into the teaching and learning of science through a study of students working together collaboratively to design multi-modal concept maps for science topics. The project will establish an innovative online resource bank of multi-modal concept maps. The research will also focus on the processes of student learning, the generation of ideas, the design of science communications, and processes of mapping and integrating new and old knowledge.

4. Steven Hodge, Graduate Teachers as Workplace Learners: Lessons from the future:
This research will investigate the experiences of currently employed graduates from the Graduate Diploma of Applied Learning to identify the challenges involved in the implementation of applied learning processes in actual classrooms and schools. The project aims to construct a typology of these challenges for first year teachers, and to understand the reflective processes undertaken by students as they meet the practices of their workplaces.  Analysis of these challenges will be used a basis for developing curriculum for late 2011.
5. Diane Mayer, Andrea Gallant, Julie Dyer, Authentic Teacher Assessment - Researching our practice: This research project will examine the first sixty Authentic Teacher Assessment tasks from the first graduates of the Master of Teaching in 2010, with a focus on informing ongoing curriculum improvement, perceptions of industry partners, and the extent to which the ATAs are fair and equitable in demonstrating linguistically diverse pre service teachers' work readiness. The project will contribute to wider understandings of how curriculum review and renewal can be informed by a capstone assessment task. The project also addresses the priority area of scholarship and research into teaching and learning, through a study of the ATA as an innovative assessment, and a means of contributing to wider debates about accountability and standards in teacher education.

6. Bonnie Hoi Yim, Jenny Grenfell, Sarah Ohi, Teaching and learning issues of undergraduate Early Childhood Education courses:
The project will investigate the expectations and views of current students and recent graduates of Early childhood courses. The project will also examine the relationship between the curriculum of these courses and the Australian early Childhood National Agenda.

7. Sarah Ohi, Developing Essential Language & Literacy Tools for Early Child Education:
This project will contribute to the development of research and resources on literacy and language for Early Childhood Education students. The project will develop frameworks and tools for assessing language development, and emergent literacy development in young children. Early Childhood students will be able apply these tools in their courses to gain a deeper understanding of literacy development, scaffolding language development, and the ability to reflect on their own programs, and responses to professional contexts such as the Early Years Learning Frameworks.
8. Kim Senior, Mentoring and Induction to improve the First Year Experience:The project will use new communication technologies to improve communication between students, schools and the university. The focus will be the key questions of professional knowledge experienced in the first year of teaching (classroom management, curriculum differentiation, the generation of teacher evidence and archived research). The research will be conducted by participants as part of their everyday teaching and research, and use recent taxonomies of beginning teacher knowledge, learning and teaching and technology use related to induction and mentoring.

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