Diary dates

PhD Confirmation Seminar
The problem of motivation: A Q-method study and survey of TCSOL Teachers

(Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages)

PhD student: Chengwen (Crystal) Yuan
Supervisors: Dr Trevor Hay, Joseph Lo Bianco and Dr Catherine Wang
Chair: Associate Professor Kay Margetts

Date: Friday 9 November
Time: 2pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 2, Room 219/221

It is widely acknowledged that lack of motivation is a key problem for learners in the area of Second Language Acquisition (Dörnyei, 2001). This is conspicuous in the Teaching of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) (Cui, 2013; He & Jiao, 2010; Yu, 2013). TCSOL teachers are frequently criticised for their underdeveloped pedagogy (Orton, 2016; Zhang & Li, 2010) but limited research attention has been given to teachers’ conceptualisation of how to motivate students. To understand TCSOL teachers’ viewpoints about student motivation and motivational strategies, mixed methods will be employed: Q-sorts among 25 TCSOL teachers in Australia and online surveys among 300 global TCSOL teachers. From this shortcoming in the retention rate of non-native learners of Chinese may be more adequately theorized, along with implications for pedagogy in Australia and elsewhere.

Melbourne Graduate School of Education 10 Year Anniversary

Date: Monday 12 - Friday 16 November

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrates its 10th year as a Graduate School in 2018 and we invite alumni and donors from across our expansive history to take part in a series of events which will provide an opportunity to showcase the milestones and reconnect with friends and fellow graduates.

A weeklong program of activities will enable the Graduate School to acknowledge and thank alumni, donors and volunteers, and will provide occasions to revisit the campus to share memories of student days alongside opportunities to attend workshops and masterclasses.

MGSE TV - Open Day

Did you know that MGSE has its own TV studio? Located on Level 4 of the Kwong Lee Dow Building, the Studio is the hub for a number of rooms wired for high quality audio and video data capture. Originally developed and funded by the Science Of Learning Research Centre Project, and managed by the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR) Technicians (Cameron Mitchell and Reggie Bowman), the room and technical team are now servicing MGSE teaching and research staff in various projects.

Rooms attached to the facility include the Q417 Classroom, ICCR Computer LAB and all of Studio 5 including art, music, and drama studios. In addition to these hard wired facilities, the technical team also specialise in fieldwork with dedicated, custom built solutions for teaching, research or PD material production. Recent work includes Department of Education Training Videos, Master of Teaching materials and teaching seminars, Research Platform Training videos, Lecture Filming, and promotional videos.

The studio will have an open day on Monday 12 November, in the TV Studio located on Level 4, Room Q418. Further information about the services and facilities can be found on the ICCR website.

For all enquiries please contact Cameron Mitchell

Digital Literacy Show and Tell

Date: Monday 12 November
Time: 1.30pm - 3.40pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton,
studioFive, Level 5, Kwong Lee Dow Building

Afternoon tea will be provided

Following on from the highly successful inaugural event in 2017, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Scholarly Services are hosting another Digital Literacy Show and Tell event. The afternoon will include 15 demonstrations. Attendees will move between demonstration stands to view and experience learning activities. There will be opportunities to ask questions, explore challenges and make connections with colleagues, as they share their inspiring examples of developing digital literacy skills within curriculum.

For any enquiries, please contact Joanne Blannin - 8344 1565 - blanninj@unimelb.edu.au or Kat Frame  - 8344 4865 - kgf@unimelb.edu.au

Retirement event - Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Lyn Yates

Date: Tuesday 13 November
Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Carlton,
Frank Tate Room, Level 9
RSVP by Monday 5 November

For any queries please contact Deb Walton dgwalton@unimelb.edu.au ext. 45219 or  hgorham@unimelb.edu.au or ext. 48331

Lyn joined the Faculty of Education in 2005 as Foundation Professor of Curriculum, following positions at La Trobe University and UTS. She enjoys an eminent international reputation for her contributions to the sociology of knowledge, to studies of inequality, education and gender, and is widely regarded as the leading curriculum scholar in Australia. She was Associate Dean (Research) in MGSE and then served as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) for the University from 2007 to 2013. She is a former President of the Australian Association for Research in Education, elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science (2011), and has served on the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2002-2004), and the executive of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association. Beyond her formal leadership roles, Lyn has been a generous mentor and supervisor for many, and a tireless advocate for educational research. This event marks her contributions and celebrates her career.

Dean's Lecture Series

How do we learn to thrive? The emergence of wellbeing science

Presented by Professor Lindsay Oades, Director, Centre for Positive Psychology

Date: Wednesday 14 November
Time: 5.30pm pre-lecture refreshments and registration
6pm lecture
Venue: 791 Swanston Street, Carrillo Ganter Theatre
Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus 

Debates about wellbeing and happiness have occupied religious discourse, philosophical, political, medical and economic debate for centuries. The emergence of wellbeing science in general and positive psychology in particular, is relatively new. Can we change our wellbeing? If so, should we try? How do we do it? How do we help others to learn to thrive?

In this forward looking presentation, Professor Oades will invite you into the building of a new comprehensive mid-level theory of wellbeing: “Thriveability Theory”  - so desperately needed to fill the barren space between high level theory of philosophers and the sometimes non-reflective measurement by some empirical scientists. Come prepared to actively wrestle with and discuss three difficult questions. Leave with a better understanding of current and local endeavours of wellbeing science, including its applications such as positive education.

This event is scheduled as part of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's 10 Year Anniversary. We warmly invite alumni from Education to join us for this special Dean’s Lecture.

PhD Confirmation Seminar
Process drama as a targeted tool for academic language development in the middle primary years

PhD student: Rafaela Cleeve Gerkens

Date: Wednesday 14 November
Time: 10am
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton
Level 5, room Q505, studioFive, Kwong Lee Dow Building

Supervisors: Dr Richard Sallis and Dr Carmel Sandiford

To progress beyond ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’ (Cowan & Albers, 2017), students require academic language proficiency, defined by Cummins (2001) as the ability to draw upon a bank of sophisticated/technical vocabulary, complex syntax and concept knowledge. Many students lack this proficiency and consequently begin to encounter reading comprehension difficulties in middle-primary (Department of Education and Training Victoria, 2017; Andoniou, 2017; Biemillier, 2003; Chall, 1983). This qualitative, school-based study aims to build on evidence of process drama’s effectiveness as a tool for building students’ academic language proficiency by seeking to understand which particular process drama conventions/techniques best support students’ academic language development.

INEI Annual Symposium

Cultivating Core Competences in a Changing Technological Society

Date: Tuesday 20 - Thursday 22 November 2018
Venue: Beijing Normal University

21st century observes societal reforms that leap forward at fullest speed in human history. It also witnesses technology revolutions that push back mankind boundaries on a daily basis. In this rapid changing era, education itself is facing various grand challenges, one of which is raised by the question of what kind of students we wish to prepare for the future, especially the core competences we are obligated to cultivate in our students in response to the quick and convenient ways of grasping knowledge, thanks to new technologies. During the INEI 2018 symposium at BNU, scholars from different countries will get together and discuss what the core competences in a changing technological society are, and as educators, in what ways we should cultivate them.

Mathematics & Science Education Research Seminar

Visual attention in teacher-student interaction: Gaze-tracking research in the context of collaborative mathematical problem solving

Date: Tuesday 27 November
Time: 12pm

This session reports on a mixed-method research which has been designed to investigate the relation between teachers and students’ visual attention and teachers’ scaffolding intentions, interpersonal classroom interaction, and teacher gestures. The data consisted of multiple mobile gaze tracking recordings and stationary classroom videos from three collaborative mathematical problem-solving lessons in Finnish lower secondary schools. Data analysis involves continuous coding on gaze dwells and classroom activity and interaction. The results show that the scaffolding intentions affect the teacher’s gaze targets and the creation of dyadic eye contacts with students, and there exists a complex relation between teachers’ interpersonal behavior and the occurrence of teacher-student eye contacts.

Academic procession registrations

A reminder that the MGSE Graduation Ceremony will be held on Saturday 8 December 2018  at the Royal Exhibition Building.  This ceremony will be MGSE only. If you wish to be a part of the Academic Procession please register via the University's graduation page. Registrations close on Thursday 29 November.

You will need to login with your University details and tick the ceremony you wish to attend, including the capacity in which you will be attending.

Further details about graduations can be found on the Graduation Information page

Seminar and workshop: Unlocking learning spaces

Presented by visiting PhD researcher Bodil Bojer, Royal Academy of Danish Fine Arts and architect/designer Rune Fjord, Rune Fjord Studio

Date: Wednesday 28 November
Time: 1pm - 2.30pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 4, room 420

This seminar will explore how space can become a tool for change, if it is developed and activated in collaboration with the users – both when designing new learning spaces and after the design has been implemented.  Bodil and Rune will show examples of learning space design, design processes and design experiments in libraries and schools and conduct a co-creation workshop.

2019 Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference

Date: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 June 2019
Time: 9am - 5pm

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group (MEG) present a conference focusing on primary school mathematics education