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An Investigation Of Moderation Practices Within A Faculty Of Education, Denise Beutel, Lenore Adie, Margaret M. Lloyd Jan 2013

An Investigation Of Moderation Practices Within A Faculty Of Education, Denise Beutel, Lenore Adie, Margaret M. Lloyd

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Moderation of student assessment is a critical component of teaching and learning in contemporary universities. In higher education, moderation is usually governed by university-wide policies and practices. However, in Australia, moderation processes will now be guided by the new national university accreditation authority, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In light of this reform, the purpose of this qualitative study was to identify and analyse current moderation practices operating within a faculty of education at a large urban university in eastern Australia.


Affective State Influences Retrieval-Induced Forgetting For Integrated Knowledge, Christof Kuhbandner, Reinhard Pekrun Jan 2013

Affective State Influences Retrieval-Induced Forgetting For Integrated Knowledge, Christof Kuhbandner, Reinhard Pekrun

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

Background: Selectively testing parts of learned materials can impair later memory for nontested materials. Research has shown that such retrieval-induced forgetting occurs for low-integrated materials but may be prevented for high-integrated materials. However, previous research has neglected one factor that is ubiquitous in real-life testing: affective state. Methodology/Principal Findings: We investigated whether affect influences the resistance of integrated materials to retrieval-induced forgetting by inducing neutral, positive, or negative affect immediately before selectively testing previously learned textbook passages containing interrelated facts and concepts. As negative affect is known to promote a detail-oriented local processing style, we hypothesized that experiencing negative ...


Improving Retention And Graduation Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Students In Initial Teacher Education Programs [Accepted Manuscript], Jo Lampert, Bruce Burnett, Wendy A. Patton, Anita Lee Hong, Joel Anderson Jan 2013

Improving Retention And Graduation Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Students In Initial Teacher Education Programs [Accepted Manuscript], Jo Lampert, Bruce Burnett, Wendy A. Patton, Anita Lee Hong, Joel Anderson

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Education For Sustainability: A Case Study Of Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Knowledge And Efficacy, Gerard Effeney, Julie Davis Jan 2013

Education For Sustainability: A Case Study Of Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Knowledge And Efficacy, Gerard Effeney, Julie Davis

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This study investigated the relationships between knowledge and efficacy for teaching sustainability in a sample of 266 pre-service primary teachers at a large, metropolitan university in Australia. A survey gathered information about the participant’s attitudes and self-efficacy for education for sustainability, along with their perceived and actual knowledge of environmental sustainability issues. The participants typically believed they were confident in their abilities to engage with education for sustainability with self-efficacy increasing with increased levels of perceived knowledge. However no relationship was found between perceived knowledge and actual knowledge which suggests that the participants either do not feel constrained by ...


What Role For The Asian Language Expertise Of Children In Australian Schools In The Asian Century?, Jacqueline Coleman Jan 2013

What Role For The Asian Language Expertise Of Children In Australian Schools In The Asian Century?, Jacqueline Coleman

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


And The Word Became Text: A 4x4 Toolkit For Scaffolding Writing In Secondary English, Sally Humphrey Jan 2013

And The Word Became Text: A 4x4 Toolkit For Scaffolding Writing In Secondary English, Sally Humphrey

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


The Case For Using Learning Designs With Pre-Service Teachers, Leanne Cameron, Chris Campbell Jan 2013

The Case For Using Learning Designs With Pre-Service Teachers, Leanne Cameron, Chris Campbell

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Creating Inter-Cultural Spaces For Co-Learning, Kristina Everett, Eloise Hummell Jan 2013

Creating Inter-Cultural Spaces For Co-Learning, Kristina Everett, Eloise Hummell

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

Among the many inhibitors to social inclusion and mobility faced by Indigenous peoples in Australia, under-representation of Indigenous students in Higher Education has long featured as a concern for government and human rights advocates. This is due to the attendant lower social indicators than those of the wider Australian society which characterise Indigenous peoples’ life experience. UNESCO’s guidelines on inter-cultural education published in 2007 provide some principles for groundwork to develop classrooms which are inclusive but not assimilationist. Models of how this might be done in practice, however, are scarce. In this paper we consider a model for inter-cultural ...


Consortium For Modified Alternate Assessment Development And Implementation: Lessons Learned, Stephen N. Elliott, Michael C. Rodriguez, Andrew T. Roach, Peter A. Beddow, Ryan J. Kettler, Alexander Kurz Jan 2013

Consortium For Modified Alternate Assessment Development And Implementation: Lessons Learned, Stephen N. Elliott, Michael C. Rodriguez, Andrew T. Roach, Peter A. Beddow, Ryan J. Kettler, Alexander Kurz

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


The Role Of Self-Concept In Medical Education, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Bingyi Li, Ian Wilson, Rhonda G. Craven Jan 2013

The Role Of Self-Concept In Medical Education, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Bingyi Li, Ian Wilson, Rhonda G. Craven

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

Much research has acknowledged the importance of self-concept for adolescents’ academic behaviour, motivation, and aspiration, but little is known about the role of self-concept that underpins the motivation and aspiration of higher education students in a specialised field such as medical education. This article draws upon a programme of research over the last three years examining the psychosocial determinants of success for educating home-grown doctors for regional communities. Interviews conducted with Australian medical students found that self-concept is a dynamic and multidimensional phenomenon that emerges through social activity, and plays a crucial role in shaping their motivation and aspirations. For ...


Alcohol Advertising During Televised Australian Football Finals, Sandra C. Jones, Lance Barrie, Michael Chapman, Nicholas J. Corr, Sondra Davoren Jan 2013

Alcohol Advertising During Televised Australian Football Finals, Sandra C. Jones, Lance Barrie, Michael Chapman, Nicholas J. Corr, Sondra Davoren

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

Alcohol marketing during sport, and alcohol industry sponsorship of sporting events, is highly lucrative; however, concerns have been raised over the impact on child and adolescent viewers of repeated exposure to alcohol marketing messages. The aim of this research project was to investigate the amount and type of alcohol marketing during two major sporting events in 2012 - the semi-finals and grand final of the AFL and NRL. The broadcasts of these six games were audited for alcohol advertisements and other advertising communications. Almost one-fifth of the screen time included alcohol marketing. Policy and practice implications of these findings are discussed.


“From Whence Shall They Come?” Attracting The New Generation Of School Leaders, Andrea O'Brien Jan 2013

“From Whence Shall They Come?” Attracting The New Generation Of School Leaders, Andrea O'Brien

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The research problem underpinning this study concerns the paucity of applications for the principalship in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Townsville, North Queensland. Deputy principals, assistants to the principal religious education and assistant principals in the Diocese of Townsville are reluctant to apply for the principalship. Initiatives to address this challenge have been unsuccessful. Consequently, the purpose of this research is to explore why few deputy principals, assistants to the principal religious education and assistant principals are applying for principal positions in the Diocese of Townsville. The following specific research questions were generated from a synthesis of the literature ...


A Class Act: The Teaching Team Approach To Subject Coordination, Geraldine E. Lefoe, Dominique Rene Parrish, Lynne Maree Keevers, Yoni Ryan, Jo Mckenzie, Janne Malfroy Jan 2013

A Class Act: The Teaching Team Approach To Subject Coordination, Geraldine E. Lefoe, Dominique Rene Parrish, Lynne Maree Keevers, Yoni Ryan, Jo Mckenzie, Janne Malfroy

Professional Staff Publications

Advancing the development of good practice around the teaching team has been the focus of a recently completed, nationally funded Australian grant entitled Coordinators Leading Advancement of Sessional Staff (CLASS). The project focused on developing leadership capacity of subject coordinators to provide supportive contexts for sessional staff to enhance their knowledge of teaching practice and contribute to subject improvement through a team approach. An action learning approach and notions of distributed leadership underpinned the activities of the teaching teams in the program.

This paper provides an overview of a practical approach, led by the subject coordinator, to engaging sessional staff ...


Using Automated And Fine-Grained Analysis Of Pronoun Use As Indicators Of Progress In An Online Collaborative Project, Kate Thompson, Shannon Kennedy-Clark, Nick Kelly, Penny Wheeler Jan 2013

Using Automated And Fine-Grained Analysis Of Pronoun Use As Indicators Of Progress In An Online Collaborative Project, Kate Thompson, Shannon Kennedy-Clark, Nick Kelly, Penny Wheeler

Professional Staff Publications

No abstract provided.


How Can Technology Make This Work? Preservice Teachers, Off-Campus Learning And Digital Portfolios, Wendy Moran, Les Vozzo, Jo-Anne Reid, Marilyn Pietsch, Caroline Hatton Jan 2013

How Can Technology Make This Work? Preservice Teachers, Off-Campus Learning And Digital Portfolios, Wendy Moran, Les Vozzo, Jo-Anne Reid, Marilyn Pietsch, Caroline Hatton

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Utilising appropriate Information Communication Technologies (ICT) as instructional tools in teacher education can be a challenging yet worthwhile endeavour. This paper reports the difficulties and benefits of a recent inter-university project requiring preservice primary teachers to construct professional digital portfolios using the support of ICT. Challenges with regard to communication and learning were numerous as 34 preservice teachers (PSTs) from three universities in NSW (situated in country towns, and in Sydney) worked together as a collaborative learning community. Meeting regularly face-to-face during the 12-month process was not always possible and so ICT resources were employed to facilitate instruction and communication ...


Learning About The Effects Of Context On Teaching And Learning In Pre-Service Teacher Education, Lisl Fenwick, Maxine Cooper Jan 2013

Learning About The Effects Of Context On Teaching And Learning In Pre-Service Teacher Education, Lisl Fenwick, Maxine Cooper

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Preparing teachers to work effectively within increasingly diverse contexts is a key goal of teacher education programs. This study analyses the extent to which a semester unit within a teacher education course provided pre-service teachers with the understanding and practices required to teach in low socio-economic status (SES) contexts. The results suggest that a unit, which emphasises links between theory, historical perspectives and practice, can effectively provide pre-service teachers with the key understandings and skills associated with improving equity outcomes in education. However, when the ideas being presented conflict with pre-existing, strongly held ideas about the role of schooling, practices ...


Self-Concepts And Educational Outcomes Of Indigenous Australian Students In Urban And Rural School Settings, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Rhonda G. Craven, Jinnat Ali Jan 2013

Self-Concepts And Educational Outcomes Of Indigenous Australian Students In Urban And Rural School Settings, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Rhonda G. Craven, Jinnat Ali

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Indigenous Australians have been known to be disadvantaged in many ways although higher art and physical self-concepts have been reported with Indigenous samples. Given recent research demonstrating the reciprocal effects of achievement and self-concept in academic domains, Indigenous students may experience further disadvantages in both academic performance and self-concept. A sample of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students (N = 1,342) from schools in New South Wales (NSW), Australia were asked to respond to a survey measuring: 5 domains of self-concept (i.e., school, reading, maths, art, and physical abilities), 2 learning-related factors (enjoyment and participation), and a self-assessment of their school ...


The Pedagogy Of Personalised Learning: Exemplars, Moocs And Related Learning Theories, Catherine Mcloughlin Jan 2013

The Pedagogy Of Personalised Learning: Exemplars, Moocs And Related Learning Theories, Catherine Mcloughlin

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

In contrast to teacher directed curricula, personal learning environments (PLE’s) are learner-centric, providing relevant and timely learning opportunities by enabling individuals to select, integrate and construct knowledge using various software, services and options based on their needs and circumstance. This approach ideally leads to a model where learner needs drive the learning process. In PLE’s, teacher pedagogy undergoes a radical shift to allow learners to make decisions that best suit their goals and needs for acquisition of skills, knowledge creation, social interaction and collaboration.The pedagogy of personalised learning is multidimensional and can be supported by Web 2 ...


Where To From Here? Reflections, Rethinking And Reimagining Higher Education Assessment In The New Media Age, Simon Smith, Michael Griffith, Wai-Leng Wong, Paul Mcdonald Jan 2013

Where To From Here? Reflections, Rethinking And Reimagining Higher Education Assessment In The New Media Age, Simon Smith, Michael Griffith, Wai-Leng Wong, Paul Mcdonald

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The New Media Age has ushered in new opportunities, challenges and demands in the delivery of higher education. Access to information and people anywhere/anytime is transforming traditional education models and changing teaching and learning approaches. In this paper, we reflect on current assessment practices in higher education and consider the impact the New Media Age is likely to have on the future of assessment. Examining education technology trends, we present a model that predicts the expansion of assessment along two dimensions: an involvement continuum and an accessibility continuum. The former consists of a scale intrapersonal to interpersonal while the ...


Children's Mathematical Knowledge Prior To Starting School, Ann Gervasoni, Bob Perry Jan 2013

Children's Mathematical Knowledge Prior To Starting School, Ann Gervasoni, Bob Perry

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The introduction of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum - Mathematics in Australian preschools and primary schools has caused early childhood educators to reconsider what may be appropriate levels of mathematics knowledge to expect from children as they start school. This paper reports on initial data from an extensive evaluation of an early mathematics intervention and asks whether the expectations of young children recorded in the Australian Curriculum - Mathematics are realistic.


Teachers' Decisions About Mathematics Tasks When Planning, Peter Sullivan, David Clarke, Doug Clarke, Anne Roche Jan 2013

Teachers' Decisions About Mathematics Tasks When Planning, Peter Sullivan, David Clarke, Doug Clarke, Anne Roche

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

At some stage when planning, teachers make decisions about the mathematics tasks they will pose and how they will structure lessons. It seems, though, that these decisions are complex, and that this complexity has been underestimated by curriculum developers and teacher educators. The following is a report of data collection that simulated some of these planning decisions. The results suggest that teachers may need support in matching tasks to curriculum content statements, in articulating the purposes of tasks, and in considering how tasks might be used to address differences in student readiness.


Pre-Service Teachers' Concept Image For Circle And Ellipse, Vince Wright Jan 2013

Pre-Service Teachers' Concept Image For Circle And Ellipse, Vince Wright

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Concept image is proposed by Vinner and Tall (1981) to differentiate the elements and relationships that a learner constructs about a concept from formal mathematical definition for the same concept. The answers of 119 University students to an examination question are analysed to establish the concept images they have for circle and ellipse. The results show the difficulty the students have in reasoning with properties at the higher levels of Van Hiele’s (2004) model of geometric thought.


Teachers' Perspectives Regarding The Decline In Boys' Participation In Post-Compulsory Rigorous Mathematics Subjects, Michael Easey Jan 2013

Teachers' Perspectives Regarding The Decline In Boys' Participation In Post-Compulsory Rigorous Mathematics Subjects, Michael Easey

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This paper explores the decline in boys’ participation in post-compulsory rigorous mathematics using the perspectives of eight experienced teachers at an independent, boys’ College located in Brisbane, Queensland. This study coincides with concerns regarding the decline in suitably qualified tertiary graduates with requisite mathematical skills and abilities to meet increasing employment demands and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Individual interviews and a focus-group interview with teachers in various curriculum leadership, careers/counselling, and mathematics teaching roles revealed…


Lost In Translation: First Year Physical Education Teachers' Experiences With Teaching Sudanese Refugee Students, Chris Baldwin Jan 2013

Lost In Translation: First Year Physical Education Teachers' Experiences With Teaching Sudanese Refugee Students, Chris Baldwin

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The purpose of this study was to analyse and explore the experiences of eight first year physical education teachers who have taught Sudanese refugee students. Interviews were conducted at the end of each participant's first year of teaching. The findings of this study highlight the vast different learning styles of students from Sudan and the strategies that these teacher’s trialled and incorporated into their lessons in an attempt to minimise the disruptions that they experienced when first introduced to the students. The results of this study, together with information from the literature, suggest that the training and education ...


An Exploration Of Parental Choice Of School By Rural And Remote Parents, Michael Mccarthy Jan 2013

An Exploration Of Parental Choice Of School By Rural And Remote Parents, Michael Mccarthy

Theses

The parental choice of school process is a complex undertaking for parents. This complexity is evident when considered from the nuanced perspective of school choice by Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents living in rural and remote areas. The social and geographic contexts of these parents give rise to unique challenges which shape the ways in which they choose a boarding for their children. The parental choice of school process consists of psychical constructions and processes which help parents define their understandings of 'good' schools and with which they engage in the boarding school choice process. The purpose of this research is ...


Time To Tell: The Complexity Of Wellbeing From The Perspective Of Tweens, Jenna Kathleen Gillett-Swan Jan 2013

Time To Tell: The Complexity Of Wellbeing From The Perspective Of Tweens, Jenna Kathleen Gillett-Swan

Theses

Children's views and opinions on matters of relevance to their lives are infrequently sought, and rarely acted upon. There is an apparent reluctance of adults to seek and include children's perspectives on matters that affect children's lives. Children provide unique insight into various aspects of their lifeworlds that cannot be obtained by objective measures alone, and as such children's informed and personal perspective must not only be collected but also be given due consideration. The dearth of evidence drawn from children's perspectives leads to an incomplete view of how children are faring and the ways ...


Rules, Rights And Responsibilities: Becoming 'Responsible' Students In Upper-Primary School Contexts, Natasha Penelope Wardman Jan 2013

Rules, Rights And Responsibilities: Becoming 'Responsible' Students In Upper-Primary School Contexts, Natasha Penelope Wardman

Theses

This study investigates how the discourses embedded in education policy and mediated through principal and teacher pedagogy work to shape upper-primary students’ understandings and experiences of responsibility for self and others. The study analyses findings from a poststructuralist educational ethnography undertaken in three case study sites from Catholic, Independent and State schooling sectors. These case study schools are located in a regional city in the Australian state of New South Wales. The study critically examines how every day, taken-for-granted, discursive practices of policy-makers, teachers and students work to construct ir/responsible subjectivities. Data was generated through observational field notes, semi-structured ...


Enhancing Teacher Education: The School-Community Integrated Learning (Scil) Pathway, Sue Hudson, Peter Hudson, Lenore Adie Jan 2013

Enhancing Teacher Education: The School-Community Integrated Learning (Scil) Pathway, Sue Hudson, Peter Hudson, Lenore Adie

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

National Australian reviews advocate exploring new models for preservice teacher education. This study investigates the outcomes of the School-Community Integrated Learning (SCIL) pathway as a model for advancing preservice teachers’ understandings of teaching. Thirty-two final-year preservice teachers were surveyed with extended written responses on how the SCIL pathway advanced their understandings of teaching. Results indicated 100% agreement on 6 of the 27 survey items. Indeed, 78% or more preservice teachers agreed that they had a range of experiences across the five categories (i.e., personal-professional skill development, understandings of system requirements, teaching practices, student behaviour and reflective practices). Extended responses ...


Moderation Practices In A Faculty Of Education: The Four Discourse Model [Accepted Manuscript], Lenore Adie Jan 2013

Moderation Practices In A Faculty Of Education: The Four Discourse Model [Accepted Manuscript], Lenore Adie

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Moderation of student assessment is a critical component of teaching and learning in contemporary universities. In Australia, moderation is mandated through university policies and through the new national university accreditation authority, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency which began operations in late January 2012 (TEQSA, 2012). The TEQSA requirement to declare details of moderation and any other arrangements used to support consistency and reliability of assessment and grading across each subject in the course of study is a radical step intended to move toward heightened accountability and greater transparency in the tertiary sector as well as entrenching evidence-based practice in ...


Promoting Positive Education, Resilience And Student Wellbeing Through Values Education, Carolyn Broadbent, Maureen Boyle Jan 2013

Promoting Positive Education, Resilience And Student Wellbeing Through Values Education, Carolyn Broadbent, Maureen Boyle

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This paper provides details of a government funded national Values Education and Student Wellbeing Schools Project, implemented in Canberra, Australia. The Project focuses on student wellbeing and values education through curriculum implementation and staff development across early childhood, primary and secondary sectors . It comprises two stages: Stage 1. School-based project implementation and reporting of evidence related to the aims of the key objectives; and Stage 2. Research and evaluation conducted by university research teams on the impact of Stage 1 to provide an evidence base for further developing a whole school approach to values education, student wellbeing, resilience and positive ...