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Teacher Education

If you want to be part of the next generation of outstanding teachers and make a real difference to young peoples' lives, our Teacher Education courses will start you on your journey.

Our experienced team are passionate about education and strive to find better ways to prepare the next generation of teachers through cutting-edge research and outstanding community-based partnerships with schools.

Our Teacher Education courses are practical and delivered in excellent facilities. So, if you aspire to teach, join us to make a difference.

Orff-Schulwerek as a learning tool

Doctor of Philosophy student Annamaria Paolino has completed her research investigating the effectiveness of Orff-Schulwerk (a music teaching approach) as a pedagogical tool for teaching Italian to upper primary students. This research arose from Annamaria's self‑reflection into her teaching practice and her belief that using Music and Languages in an integrated and novel manner, increases learner retention and confidence levels, as well as providing a proactive solution to a crowded curriculum.

Research results found that this novel approach was considered effective and engaging by all the teachers and students involved. It is hoped that this research will have a positive impact upon teaching practice, encourage future research in this area and inform third parties of the positive effects Music and Languages have on learning and what structures need to be put in place to support teachers in its implementation.

Leading the way in literacy research

ECU researchers have been awarded almost $800,000 to evaluate the effectiveness of literacy programs in Western Australia.

Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh and Dr Lennie Barblett will work with the ECU Centre for Research in Early Childhood to evaluate four new programs that form part of the Better Beginnings Literacy Program, which was developed by the State Library of WA.

The program, established in 2005, has delivered 70,000 reading packs and books to families across WA. It is hoped that the evaluation will enhance the already successful program by creating evidence‑based research which will further inform the design, implementation and outcomes of Better Beginnings.

"Absolute flexibility means I can teach, and learn at the same time

"It started with a BA, then a Grad Dip in teaching and now I'm into my Masters. I'm not stopping until I've got my PhD!

"I never imagined I could achieve so much. I've taken so much out of my time at ECU. I've learned to be a critical thinker, developed my research skills, and been able to apply my knowledge to my career.

"I can honestly say if it wasn't for the support and flexibility offered to me by ECU, I wouldn't have reached this point."

Tracey Gray
Teacher Education student

ECU researcher awarded for innovative iPad app

School of Education Post Doctoral Research Fellow Dr Alistair Campbell, who developed an iPad app to replace traditional paper-based marking of student work, was named the ECU Innovator of the Year for 2011.

Dr Campbell was awarded $20,000 for his entry TouchTheFuture, which brings the assessment of student work into the 21st Century. He received the award at the Celebration of Research Success event at ECU, which recognises the University's best researchers each year.

The unique app combines the best features of a word processor, spreadsheet and database, enabling the user to assess a student’s work. The program assists teachers and lecturers with marking of assessments, allowing for better response times and more interaction between the student and the teacher. The app applies an instructional rubric to the screen and shades in the level of each criteria achieved by the student. It can calculate marks, allow teachers to review the work, make comments and then email the results to students.

The $20,000 will aid Dr Campbell in the commercialisation of the app.

Engaging with Schools

At ECU, your study will focus on the needs of schools of today and will be supported through many rewarding classroom experiences in our partnership schools.

Our team of educators have established research centres through the Fogarty Foundation at Roseworth Primary School and Ashdale Secondary College, to provide students with observation rooms and video facilities to support and enrich our teaching program.

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