The Annual Sir Harold Wyndham Lecture
Thursday 5th March 2015

Professor John Loughran
Dean, Faculty of Education Monash University
Teaching is Sophisticated Business
Teaching is too often equated with the transmission of information. This presentation will explore the problematic nature of teaching through the lens of science to make clear the importance of the knowledge, skills and ability that underpin high quality practice.
This year we are excited to announce the lecture will be  followed by a Q&A session with a panel of specialists from government, education and science research. 
Mr Tom Alegounarias
President, Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards  
Professor Tania Aspland
Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts Australian Catholic University  
Mr Ryan Park
Shadow Minister for Education and Training
Dr Cameron Webb
Clinical Lecturer, Westmead Clinical School Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research



NSW Research Showcase
(previously NSWIER Postgraduate student conference)

So, what happened?  It was a conference with a twist?!?!


  1. Keynote on how to get published by Professor Paul Chandler Executive Director Early Start and Pro Vice Chancellor (Inclusion & Outreach) UOW.  A previous Beth Southwell award recipient, in 2008 Paul was named one of Australia’s ten most pre-eminent researchers.
  2. Presentation of the Beth Southwell Awards for outstanding PhD thesis
  3. Speed-dating – get to know your contemporaries, they’ll be your colleagues one day!
  4. Dinner – and a chat with your new friends!
  5. Student presentations – this could be you! Come and share you’re research project, we’d love to hear from you.  15 mins (10 mins present, 5 mins questions)
  6. Star studded competitions – a bit of healthy inter-university rivalry, three high-profile judges (for two awards), but you get to vote who will win ‘best presentation’! 


Details of the Event

To celebrate the new and exciting work that education research students do, we got together to show the world how NSW does outstanding educational research. 


The NSW Research Showcase to share your research and find out what’s going down in educational research at other universities. 


Yes, it was a Saturday, but make it made great day out. 


Title:             NSW Research Showcase

Where:         Building 20, University of Wollongong NSW  (opposite the Library)    

When:           Sat 8th November 2014 at 4.00 - 7.00pm Registration from 3.30pm

Cost:              All presenters and guests will pay $25 per person for dinner.

Getting there:


The judging panel


Dr Brian Cambourne

 AM Awarded for his significant service to

education in the field of language and literacy



Ryan Park B Ed. M Ed

Member for Keira and Shadow NSW Education Minister



Peter Holmes

 Principal Mt Ousley Public





Download flyer here 






2014 Annual Sir Harold Wyndham Memorial Lecture 


Professor Robyn Ewing

Professor, Teacher Education and the Arts
Acting ProDean

Faculty of Education and Social Work

University of Sydney




Topic: Towards a transformative curriculum:

The Arts in Education 



The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted more than 60 years ago mandated that everyone has the right to freely 'participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits’. International research has established the centrality of quality arts experiences for our social and emotional wellbeing as well as to enhance academic achievement. Yet in Australia, despite the recent release of 'The Australian Curriculum: The Arts', our formal curriculum documents have focused heavily on literacy, numeracy and technology. Serious government funding for arts programs and resources for teacher professional learning has not been forthcoming. This lecture will review the evidence that establishes that quality arts experiences and processes can act as a catalyst for personal and social transformation in schools as well as in the community more generally. It will demonstrate that the Arts have the potential to reshape the way learning is conceived and organised in schools and other educational contexts. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014 
5:30— 7:00 pm (afteroon tea provided)
Gleeson Auditorium 
Australian Catholic University 
Strathfield Campus 
25a Barker Road, Strathfield


Public lecture is FREE and starts promptly at 6:00 pm.  Places are limited so please register early.  Light refreshments will be available before the lecture at no cost from 5:30 – 6:00 pm.  Dinner will be served after the lecture at $35.00 per person (inc GST). If you wish to join this function, please tick this option in the registration form.  Payment for Dinner and/or Workshop can be made by CHEQUE payable to Australian Catholic University and posted to School of Education NSW, Locked Bag 2002, Strathfield 2135 or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). Only credit card payments are accepted for online registrations.  Enquiries to:  


2012 Postgraduate student conference.

The Postgraduate student conference was once very successful.  The 2012 conference was hosted at University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus.  There were a 30 presentations from six Sydney and two regional Universities.  The Beth Southwell Outstanding Thesis Award was also presented to the worthy recipients.



2012 Annual Harold Wyndham Memorial Lecture 


Professor Mary O’Kane

NSW Chief Scientist

The “good enough” education system: Does Australia have
 the education system it needs for a vibrant economic future? 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hosted by 
Australian Catholic University 
Strathfield Campus


2011 Postgraduate student conference.


The Postgraduate student conference was once again a success.  Hosted at the picturesque University of Technology, Sydney Kuring-gai Campus.  There were a number of quality presentations from many Sydney and regional Universities.  The Beth Southwell Outstanding Thesis Award was also presented to the worthy recipients.



2011 Annual Harold Wyndham Memorial Lecture
Professor Jo-Anne Reid
Associate Dean, Teacher Education  
Charles Sturt University  
“Making a difference? Curriculum in its place”
Friday, 22 July 2011
6:00 — 7:00 pm (afteroon tea at 5:30)
Gleeson Auditorium
Australian Catholic University
Strathfield Campus
25a Barker Road, Strathfield


See attached flier for more details




Friday, 6 May, 2011


Speaker 1: Peter Gould

Title: Draw me a picture: Teaching students to represent their reasoning


Speaker 2:  Anne Prescott

Title: Awareness of pattern and structure in mathematics


Time: 4.30pm-6.30pm Friday, 6 May, 2011 

Venue: Building EB 3.33, Parramatta Campus (South), University of Western Sydney


Draw me a picture: Teaching students to represent their reasoning

 'Draw a picture' is a standard problem solving strategy and something we often tell students to do. Yet not all drawings are equally useful. This presentation will look at what can be done to help students develop representational fluency to support their reasoning. Examples will be drawn from how children represent fractions, area and multiplication.



Awareness of pattern and structure in mathematics

Some students go through their entire schooling without learning any real mathematics because they do not abstract ideas in a way that promotes mathematical thinking. Over the past decade it has become evident that an awareness of both pattern and structure is critical for mathematical development by young students, and that such connections are important for algebraic thinking. When the focus in class is on exploring patterns in numerical and spatial situations there has been a consequent improvement in the way the students developed their mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills.





The 2010 Postgraduate Research Conference

The postgraduate conference event for 2010 was a resounding success for all participants.  This year over 70 students presented their work as either posters or presentations. There were three break out rooms where presenters were grouped along themes. After the first break out session all participants had the opportunity to share ideas with poster presenters. This was followed by dinner and then another breakout session.  To finish the night, Professor Rosemary Johnston, who is the Head of Teacher Education and Director for the Australian Centre for Child and Youth: Culture and Wellbeing at UTS spoke about her recent research experiences and visions for the future. This was followed by the presentation to the Beth Southwell award winners by Dr Kevin Watson, one of the Vice-Presidents of the IeR.



 Dr John Buchanan and Professor Rosemary Johnston


Dr Kevin Watson with the Beth Southwell award winners


The Harold Wyndham Memorial Lecture 2010


In August 2010 the presenter for the Harold Wyndham Lecture was Professor Barry McGaw - Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) with a lecture titled “Challenges and Opportunities for the National Curriculum and Transparent Reporting on School Performance”.  The venue was the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield Campus where approximately 75 people were in attendance. Professor McGaw fielded audience questions about the National Curriculum as well as the My School website.  Thirty participants continued their discussions while enjoying a delicious sit down dinner in the McGlade Gallery on campus.

KEY QUESTIONS posed by Professor McGaw during his presentation included:

1.     How good is Australian school education? 

2.     How equitable is Australian school education?

3.     How might we improve equity in Australian school education? 

Click here for the full report

Click here the the powerpoint slides



Dr John Buchannan (second from left) and Professor Barry McGaw (third from  left)



Members of the NSW IeR executive committee