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)
Australian Catholic University
25a Barker Road, Strathfield
See attached flier for more details
NSW IER FORUM ON NUMERACY
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?
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Dr John Buchannan (second from left) and Professor Barry McGaw (third from left)
Members of the NSW IeR executive committee