Graduate School of Education – University News: The University of Western Australia

Imagine a world in which all young people achieve their full potential. Imagine making the difference. At the forefront of teacher education for more than a century, the Graduate School of Education stands as a world top 100 school of education (QS 2020).
Be inspired to learn and inspire others to learn. Be part of the Graduate School of Education tradition. Be challenged by Australia’s highly rated researchers who are creating knowledge that informs education policy and practice.
Ignite your passion to educate and ignite the flame of learning in others. 
The UWA Graduate School of Education is where tradition meets innovation.

100 years+ teaching educators
In the world’s top 100 for Education (QS 2020)
Graduates in high demand locally and internationally

Our postgraduate teacher preparation programs ensure you have an in-depth knowledge of the theory and the practical skills required for school teaching.
Suited to leaders or those working towards leadership roles in education, health, justice, and government administration, these postgraduate coursework degrees will introduce you to national and international theory and practice in education, which can then be applied to your personal experiences.
Contribute to advanced knowledge in the field of education through research. You’ll be part of one of the top five schools of education in Australia.
Dr David Lawrence is a mental health researcher within the Graduate School of Education. He holds research interests in child and adolescent mental health and the mental health of police and emergency services personnel.
Stephen Houghton is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at UWA and a specialist in child psychology and adolescent behaviour.
Professor Tanya Fitzgerald is a historian of education, public educator and Dean and Head of the Graduate School of Education at UWA.
Dr Fiona Mayne is a lecturer at The University of Western Australia’s Graduate School of Education, specialising in technology and childhood education.
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Mark Bradshaw, school principal and UWA graduate, has a particular passion for helping children to grow and exposing them to opportunities for their future.
Aspire UWA and Alcoa Foundation have combined forces to give aspiring university students a taste of not only university campus life but what a post-university career might look like.
An expert in organisational psychology has been appointed to the new position of Woodside Chair in Leadership and Management at UWA.
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The future of the next generation is in our hands.
Our researchers are at the cutting edge of some of the most pressing issues impacting learners, teachers and educational leaders. We are future-focussed, improving the educational outcomes of learners in Australia and beyond through theory-led and practical research initiatives. Our key areas of expertise include:
Teaching, learning and assessment experts:
David Andrich, Elaine Chapman, Vaille Dawson, Christine Howitt, Stephen Humphry, Ida Marais, Fiona Mayne, Peter Merrotsy, Gerardine Neylon, Grace Oakley, Mark Pegrum, Gemma Scarparolo, Jennifer Shand
Key projects:
Research in education must be able to make a difference.
Our researchers are dedicated to generating transformative new knowledge about policy, leadership and sociology that has both theoretical and practical impact. Our key areas of expertise include:
We seek to harness critical knowledge, skills and dispositions to generate evidence-informed debate and improvement across all sectors of education. We are a diverse and vibrant group of scholars who use interdisciplinary perspectives and methods to examine the big issues in Australian education and beyond.
Educational policy, leadership and sociology experts:
Simon Clarke, Loretta Dolan, Tanya Fitzgerald, Tom O’Donoghue, Glenn Savage, Lesley Vidovich, Helen Wildy
Key projects:
For young people to flourish in everyday real-world contexts, positive mental health is critical.
Childhood and adolescent mental health problems are a leading cause of morbidity, mortality and disability worldwide. Confronting the challenge of managing mental health and emotional wellbeing efficiently and effectively to ensure that young people can be shifted from pathological trajectories and reach their full potential is therefore a priority. Schools and other educational settings are uniquely positioned to meet this challenge and to address the key mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of children and adolescents.
Our research applies a range of quantitative and qualitative research approaches to understand mental health and to develop innovative best practice based mental health programs that educate, support and prevent adverse mental health in young people. Our key areas of expertise include:
Mental health and wellbeing in education experts:
Ken Glasgow, Stephen Houghton, Simon Hunter, David Lawrence
Key projects:
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Answering the Call is the first national survey of the mental health and wellbeing of police and emergency services.
This project is looking at using performance indicators in primary schools (PIPS) to assess students on literacy, numeracy and phonological awareness.
This research helps teachers obtain valid, reliable and comparable student assessment information by using the Brightpath assessment application.
Dr. Elaine Chapman, from the Graduate School of Education, is researching the affective aspects of education across primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
This project uses case study methodology to investigate the use of socioscientific issues (SSI) to promote critical thinking in Year 7 to 10 classes in schools in disadvantaged areas.
This project is exploring the historical background, recent developments and current issues associated with primary school leadership.
This project is an in-depth historical and contemporary analysis of radical university curriculum reforms in research-intensive universities across the globe.
This research project supports the ongoing wellbeing and resilience of Australia’s first responders following the 2019–20 bushfires.
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