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2017 NSW IER Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the NSW IER will be held at Macquarie University on Saturday November 4, 9:00-10:30am in room Y3A 212. Further details available from




2017 NSW IER Student Research Showcase

offers educational researchers at all levels

(Honours, Masters, & Doctorate) the opportunity to present and receive

feedback on their research findings or works-in-progress.


This year offers 2 modes of submission / presentation:

1.    Abstract & presentation

2.   Poster presentation


Cost (includes lunch and parking):

Members $20

Non-Members $25

Date: Saturday 4th November 2017
Time: 11am – 4pm

Venue: Building Y3A, North Ryde Campus, Macquarie University


Enquiries and submissions by 16th October to:


Download the flyer here  


Register for the 2017 Student Research Showcase:


1 Person Registration - NSWIER Student Research Conference



NSW IeR Executive member Hon. Associate Professor Alan Watson  BA MEd DipRE PhD recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012

Alan Watson is Hon. Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales where he has taught human growth and development in relation to education.  He is a former President of the NSW Institute of Educational Research and has served on the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research.  His main areas of research and publication have been the cognitive development of children in relation to teaching and learning with special interest in reading.  He has also published research on educational quality and school staffing, teachers in mid-career  and children’s understanding of secrecy.

For twenty years he has worked to combat poverty and to lift educational standards in Tanzania.  In 1998 he established the Katoke Trust for Overseas Aid – a Sydney based agency which provides medical, educational and agricultural assistance to Tanzania.  In 2009 the Trust founded the Katoke-Lweru Secondary School.   His work in education and in third world development was recognized in 2002 with the award of the International Citation of Merit by the International Reading Association.   In 2012 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). 

The citation for the award of the AM reads, “ For service to the international community as Founder of the Katoke Trust for Overseas Aid, to the people of Tanzania, and to education.”


Further information about this worthy charity can be found at