Fogarty Learning Centre
The Fogarty Learning Centre is funded by the Fogarty Foundation and ECU to:
- provide excellence in the teaching of literacy and numeracy to both pre-service and postgraduate teachers
- provide professional development to teachers and pre-service teachers in the area of literacy and numeracy teaching
- support the development in expertise in literacy and numeracy teaching though the provision of clinical teaching experiences in literacy and numeracy
- further research into the teaching of language and literacy, numeracy, science education, early childhood studies, school effectiveness, behaviour management, children with learning difficulties and curriculum development.
The Centre operates with a strong collaborative and community focus. Links exist with the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services, Australian Primary Principals Association, the Western Australian Primary Principals Association, Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Office, Centre for Inclusive Schooling, State Library of Western Australia, Department of Community Health, and Rio Tinto.
The Centre has also been a focal point for major Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations national schooling projects — a significant research strength of ECU.
Since 2002, the Fogarty Foundation has supported the ECU Fogarty Learning Centre in a number of significant ways with the total financial contribution to date approximating $1 million.
This contribution has had a significant impact on assisting researchers and teachers to develop support programs, and to improve the impact of pre-service teachers and postgraduate students, as well as the prospects of school students in disadvantaged circumstances.
The provision of scholarships for postgraduate students has enabled more than 90 teachers to upgrade their qualifications in teaching students with learning difficulties. These teachers meet regularly in network meetings to share how they are using their new qualifications to improve outcomes for children.
Key ECU Staff
Associate Professor Deslea Konza, Pru Smith, Dr Paul Swan.