2015 News archive

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December 2015
A love for Languages - Celebrating 100 years of language teacher education   View Summary
8 December 2015
Gillian Cordy, Lesley HarbonTo commemorate a century of foreign language teacher education at the University of Sydney, the Faculty of Education and Social Work in conjunction with the Modern Language Teachers' Association of New South Wales (MLTA of NSW) will host an event to celebrate this historic occasion on 18 March 2016.
Creative teachers spark students' awe for science   View Summary
2 December 2015
Creative kidsA unique teaching model designed by the University of Sydney and the Opera House is unlocking classroom creativity and reaping results across the curriculum.
November 2015
Re-energising how we see Professional Development and Professional Learning: Matthew Esterman   View Summary
27 November 2015
ELLA appThe first thing that you notice about Matthew Esterman is that he is the very embodiment of lifelong learning
Educator receives recognition for her creative work with youth   View Summary
18 November 2015
Dr Cath KeenanA former journalist, Faculty of Education and Social Work Honorary Associate, Dr Cath Keenan has provided assistance to thousands of primary and high school students in order to improve their writing skills and cultivate their creativity.
Trailblazing disability campaigner takes on stereotypes and wins   View Summary
10 November 2015
Joan HumeJoan Hume (DipEd '69, BA '69, MA '84) has spent a lifetime advocating for people with disabilities.
October 2015
Students are missing out on a real education in democracy   View Summary
22 October 2015
Professor Murray PrintWhy is it proving so hard to get a specific curriculum on democracy taught in all Australian schools, asks Professor Murray Print.
Creative writing boosts kids' confidence and creativity   View Summary
21 October 2015
Sydney Story Factory.Initial findings from an evaluation of Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit organisation in Redfern, reveal the value of creative writing experiences in fostering children's imagination and writing.
Why it matters that student participation in maths and science is declining   View Summary
13 October 2015
Dr Rachel Wilson.School leavers are less well prepared to enter STEM courses at university, while many finish high school with no science study at all, writes Dr Rachel Wilson in The Conversation.
School kids reimagine Beowulf as computer game and live performance   View Summary
1 October 2015
Students ready a dragon puppet for their adaptation of Beowulf.Beowulf has inspired film and TV adaptations and a translation by a Nobel Laureate, and now Sydney school kids are turning the ancient poem into a computer game and live puppetry performance at the University of Sydney.
September 2015
Professor Donna Baines on Social Work and Social Policy   View Summary
21 September 2015
Professor Donna BainesProfessor Donna Baines, newly appointed Professor in Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, describes herself as a 'Social-workcologist'.
A journey from space to the classroom: Tracey Schwonberg Warzecha   View Summary
15 September 2015
Tracey WarzechaWe talk with Tracey Schwonberg Warzecha, head teacher, curriculum of Riverside Girls High School and Academic Committee Member of the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy.
Generous gift to improve teaching in disadvantaged schools   View Summary
3 September 2015
STEM undergraduateA $1m will provide scholarships to attract the University's top STEM graduates and prepare them as specialist teachers for disadvantaged high schools.
Students with laptops did better in HSC science   View Summary
2 September 2015
A science student looks through a microscope.Our researchers found laptops aided student performance in chemistry, biology and physics.
August 2015
Physical and healthy changes to professional teacher programs    View Summary
24 August 2015
Physical and healthy changes to professional teacher programs Updates to key teacher-education programs have been announced.
June 2015
Indigenous Education Fellowships seek out social changemakers in community organisations   View Summary
11 June 2015
Associate Professor John Evans.We're accepting applications for two newly created Indigenous Education Fellowships until July 1.
Five challenges for science in Australian primary schools   View Summary
4 June 2015
Dr Rachel Wilson.Dr Rachel Wilson and Simon Crook outline some of the challenges faced as the new science curriculum is implemented across the country.
Five Minutes with Dr Michelle Bonati   View Summary
2 June 2015
Dr Michelle BonatiDr Michelle Bonati, an Associate Lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education, discusses her project 'Positive Approaches to Disability through Community Engagement'.
May 2015
Alumni open their homes to new students   View Summary
27 May 2015
welcome to sydneyNewly arrived international students at the University of Sydney are receiving a special initiation into their temporary home city through the Welcome to Sydney program.
A writers' craft: A conversation with Melina Marchetta   View Summary
25 May 2015
Melina MarchettaDr Jen Scott Curwood interviewed 'Looking for Alibrandi' author, Melina Marchetta, as part of The Conversation's special series for Sydney Writers' Festival.
Mid-Year Entry   View Summary
5 May 2015
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Dr Maurice Saxby's legacy remembered    View Summary
4 May 2015
Gleeson and SaxbyAdjunct Associate Professor Libby Gleeson will pay tribute to the life and legacy of one of Australia's greatest champions of children's literature when she delivers the Children's Book Council of Australia's Maurice Saxby Lecture this week.
April 2015
Top 10 For Faculty In QS University World Rankings 2015   View Summary
29 April 2015
Top 10 For Faculty In QS University World Rankings 2015Today's announcement that the University is ranked 9th in the world for Education and amongst the world's best in the latest QS World University Rankings has been welcomed by the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
March 2015
Donors' vision becomes reality with launch of STEM Academy   View Summary
31 March 2015
Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ian McFarlane.The Federal Minister for Industry and Science has officially launched a teaching academy dedicated to excellence and innovation in the teaching of mathematics, science and technology.
Six ways Australia's education system is failing our kids   View Summary
16 March 2015
Maths educationDr Rachel Wilson helps to outline the six reasons why Australian students are falling behind internationally, in this co-authored opinion piece first published in The Conversation.
In a class of their own   View Summary
12 March 2015
Bachelor of Education graduate, Tali Burton.We caught up with three recent Bachelor of Education graduates, who are enjoying the rewards and challenges that come with school life.
School news: A lesson in education reporting   View Summary
11 March 2015
Education mediaSome of Australia's leading voices on education and its treatment in the media gathered at the University of Sydney last night for a stimulating discussion of the often-fractious relationship between schools and the press.
February 2015
High school study in maths declining among prospective teachers   View Summary
16 February 2015
Dr Rachel Wilson.Maths and science participation among New South Wales HSC students has declined starkly over the past decade, which in turn is leading to fewer teachers with this crucial background for their work in schools, according to new research.
January 2015
Professor Robyn Ewing receives Australia Day honour   View Summary
29 January 2015
Professor Robyn Ewing AMInspirational leader in teacher education and the arts Professor Robyn Ewing was recognised with an AM in the 2015 Australia Day honours list.