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Building Bridges: Exploring The Contributions Of Principals And Pastors To The Mission Of Lutheran Primary Schools, Tania Angela Nelson Jun 2016

Building Bridges: Exploring The Contributions Of Principals And Pastors To The Mission Of Lutheran Primary Schools, Tania Angela Nelson

Theses

In this research the mission of the Lutheran primary school, and the contributions of principals and pastors to that mission, was explored. The concern of the Lutheran Church of Australia about how best to respond to the mission opportunities that are present in schools was addressed. Principal and pastor perceptions of the mission of the Lutheran primary school and their contributions to the mission were investigated. Spiritual leadership of the principal and the pastor was explored. Recommendations are made to assist school leadership and system authorities in advancing professional development programmes and initiatives for school leadership. A social constructionist epistemology ...


Supporting Inquiry In The Primary Years - Children's Science Questions And How Teachers Deal With Them, Kathrine Harris May 2013

Supporting Inquiry In The Primary Years - Children's Science Questions And How Teachers Deal With Them, Kathrine Harris

Theses

From 2013, Australian teachers of Preparatory Year to Year 10 will be required to fully implement the new Australian Curriculum: Science. An insight into what science questions children may ask would be beneficial in light of teachers' interaction with this new curriculum over the coming years. This study investigated the types of science questions children have in response to a visual stimulus of lunar phenomena. It also examined teachers' responses to those questions. A review of the literature highlighted the importance of children's questions, however, there had been considerable research about teachers' questions and proportionally little about children's ...


The Rabbit Ate The Grass! Exploring Children's Activities On Digital Technologies In An Early Childhood Classroom, Jo Bird Sep 2012

The Rabbit Ate The Grass! Exploring Children's Activities On Digital Technologies In An Early Childhood Classroom, Jo Bird

Theses

The aim of this project was to make children's activities on digital devices visible, in order to be understood, which could then assist educators to extend these activities, thus potentially increasing children's learning. The purpose of the study was to explore the children's activities as they used a range of digital technologies. The research was framed by two research questions: a) 'what activities do children engage in around digital devices within an early childhood classroom?' and b) 'how do these activities relate to elements of Vygotsky's theorisation about young children's play?' By examining these questions ...


Collaborative Partnerships: A Model Of Professional Learning In Primary Science For Practising And Preservice Teachers, Mellita M. Jones Jun 2010

Collaborative Partnerships: A Model Of Professional Learning In Primary Science For Practising And Preservice Teachers, Mellita M. Jones

Theses

This study explores collaborative partnerships between practising and preservice teachers as a model of primary science teacher professional learning. Thirteen volunteer preservice teacher participants from a 3rd year core Science Education unit in a Bachelor of Education course from a regional university were partnered with eight practising teacher volunteers from primary schools in the regional centre in which the university was situated. Partners planned, implemented and reflected on a series of science lessons using the 5Es framework (Australian Academy of Science, 2009) adapted from Bybee (1997). Partners were encouraged to integrate other areas of the curriculum into their science lessons ...


Teachers Mentored By Students In Using Ict, Donna Gronn Nov 2008

Teachers Mentored By Students In Using Ict, Donna Gronn

Theses

Despite considerable expenditure by school systems on ICT in terms of hardware, software, and related professional development programs, the impact on classroom practice remains disappointing to many. Current models of teacher professional learning in ICT appear to have had minimal impact. Based in the interpretative paradigm, this thesis describes the experience of the participants in a unique professional development program in which students in Grades 3 and 4 mentored teachers in their school in the use of ICT. The study was undertaken in two schools in Melbourne, Australia, and involved the professional development of teachers in the use of digital ...


An Exploration Of How Some Staff Members Perceive Catholic School Renewal In Some Primary Schools In The Catholic Diocese Of Rockhamption, Simon A. Watkins Jan 2006

An Exploration Of How Some Staff Members Perceive Catholic School Renewal In Some Primary Schools In The Catholic Diocese Of Rockhamption, Simon A. Watkins

Theses

For the last forty years, since the end of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has been committed to renewal. In Queensland, Catholic schools have responded to this commitment by undertaking cyclical renewal processes since the early 1980s. The focus of this research was the process of Catholic School Renewal in the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. The review of the literature focused on literature relating to school effectiveness and school improvement internationally and nationally, as well as Catholic School Renewal in Queensland generally and the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton specifically. The following research questions focused the research ...


Imagination For Better Not Worse: The Hobbit In The Primary Classroom, Maureen Carroll Jun 2004

Imagination For Better Not Worse: The Hobbit In The Primary Classroom, Maureen Carroll

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This thesis argues for the power of story and, in particular, the story of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien to help build optimism and hope. The Hobbit is under-used in primary schools and this thesis demonstrates that it is eminently suitable for children. Without imagination children are vulnerable to sadness and despair. The positive development of imagination through heroic tales is likely to benefit children emotionally and psychologically. The story of The Hobbit can be utilised to develop the concept of the Hero's Journey, a persistent trope in oral and recorded literature and an archetype for virtually ...