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The role of the contemporary tertiary educator has moved beyond just the transfer of knowledge to a place where the position requires you to be a 'knowledge broker', continually presenting and translating current evidence-based research, information about governments and their policies, and the implications for practice so that students can connect to, understand and appreciate the profession of which they are entering into. Dr Mathews, in her position seeks to continue to develop her practices as an effective 'knowledge broker', operating at level of teaching excellence by delivering unit curriculum in an engaging and challenging manner, being a positive role model, fostering connections and genuine partnerships with students, university colleagues and local community, and by providing compassion and empathy in times of stress. Using this approach to teaching at a university level, she believes, provides students with the greatest learning experiences, which she hopes, ultimately produces the best-prepared graduate teachers entering the educational workforce.
Dr Louise Mathews commenced her position within the School of Education in April 2009 as a lecturer of Health and Physical Education. Within this role, she has been fortunate to teach across four education degrees, using a variety of modes of delivery and feedback, which has enriched the teaching and learning experiences for students (student-teachers). In all of the units she is involved in, she uses a variety of communication channels, modes of delivery, different forms of assessment and evaluation and most importantly ensures that the unit content is delivered with the utmost enthusiasm and passion for the discipline area. Dr Mathews attempts within every lecture, practical session and on-line posting to ensure that the translation of the theory to practice, content to pedagogy, classroom to school-aged students, and assessment and evaluation is connected - so that students are able to make connections to what it is to be an 'effective teacher'. Whilst Dr Mathews sincerely appreciates the continual high scores in Student Evaluation of Teaching and Units (SETU) and constructive feedback from her mentors, other staff and students, she noted that it is her continual reflective practices during and upon completion of each unit that drive her to continue to improve and challenge aspects of her teaching and student learning opportunities.