4 Apr 2017

Higher education accreditation in Vietnam: current status and challenges, and possible lessons from Australia

For better integration to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) higher education, accreditation of Vietnam’s higher education is under a new reform by fully applying the accreditation frameworks designed by the ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) for all institutions and programs. In this presentation, Associate Professor Hao aims to introduce current approaches and also challenges in higher education accreditation in Vietnam under that reform, and possible lessons from Australia, especially the self-accreditation mechanism, which are expected to enhance the sustainability of program accreditation in Vietnam.

5 Apr 2017

Teacher evaluation: International landscapes, local strengths and future directions for Australia

International Teacher Education Effectiveness Research Hub (iTEERH) Forum

The complex task of teacher performance and impact evaluation is an integral part of ensuring the quality and effectiveness of education systems.

This forum will explore the results of the iTEERH investigation, review and synthesisation of international teacher evaluation policies and the impact this will have on the teacher effectiveness framework for Australia.

Panel members include:

  • Professor Janet Clinton, Director of the iTEERH at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • Georgia Dawson, Research Fellow at the iTEERH at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • Lisa Rodgers, CEO of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
  • Renae Houston, Acting Group Manager, Improving Student Outcomes Group at the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

11 Apr 2017

The Science, Technology, Engineering , Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Agenda: Using the Arts to Create Opportunities for Learning

Arts Ed Colloquium Series 2017

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has been a highly politicised agenda over the past decade. During this time STEM has been promoted as an authentic and engaging approach to education, particularly as Australia tries to boost its performance in international testing. However, STEM has recently been challenged by STEAM, where ‘art and design’ represent the ‘A’. STEAM advocates for creativity and expression to be included in STEM education so that students can develop critical and creative thinking, skills to prepare them for the global economy.

In this presentation, Julia Morris will identify opportunities and challenges for STEAM education drawing on a case study where the Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research (ECIER) applied STEAM education to a regional Western Australian school.

11 Apr 2017

Knowledge at the Crossroads? seminar and official book launch

Professor Lesley Farrell, Acting Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, cordially invites you to attend a  seminar and official launch to celebrate the publication of Knowledge at the Crossroads? Physics and History in the changing world of schools and universities.

The purposes of formal education are in question in the 21st century, and schools and universities are subject to new forms of government steering and accountabilities. Drawing on interviews and policy analysis and contemporary debates about knowledge and curriculum, Knowledge at the Crossroads? examines what is happening to History and Physics in this changed environment. More broadly, it examines changing practices and pressures in Australian education and the dangers and unintended consequences of moving too sharply to short-term outcomes and performance measures.

11 Apr 2017

Assessing Mathematical Competencies

Mathematics Education Group Research Seminar Series 2017

This presentation by Andreas Pattersen is based on two studies from his ongoing PhD. The first study investigates to what extent an item analysis scheme could be utilised by a group of teachers, and prospective teachers, to identify the competency demands of mathematical tasks. The second study, using an item response theory approach, investigates to what extent the rated competency demands of the items is reflected in item difficulty.

3 May 2017

Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health book launch

Though the processes for bringing about recovery and wellbeing are much the same, often they looked at in isolation. For the first time, this book brings the two bodies of knowledge together, identifying areas of overlap and opportunity for cross-fertilisation.

Presenters include:

  • Leah Martin, Neami National
  • Associate Professor Lindsay G. Oades, Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • Dr Aaron Jarden, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Auckland University of Technology.

15 Jun 2017

The Strength-Switch lecture and book launch

The extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than trying to correct their weaknesses, is revealed in this game-changing book for parents. By showing us how to throw the ‘strength switch’, Professor Lea Waters will demonstrate how we can help children build resilience, optimism and achievement.

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