Ways to support graduate teachers and the impact of bullying on girls are two topics to be researched by four Department of Education and Training staff honoured with prestigious Churchill Fellowships.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan congratulated secondary music teacher Wendy-Cara Dugmore, Professional Learning Institute manager for educational development Elizabeth Healy, Kingsley Primary School principal Louise Burke and principal consultant Robyn Cleaver on their successful applications.
“Since the Churchill Trust was established in 1965, more than 3,200 Churchill Fellows have made valuable research contributions and the Department for Education and Training has been a strong feature of these,” Mr McGowan said.
“This year’s recipients will be conducting research into very relevant and important aspects of education and training.
“Liz Healy will travel to the United States of America to investigate programs that encourage new teachers to remain in the profession.
“Robyn Cleaver will also travel to the United States and Canada to study methods for improving opportunities for rural gifted and talented secondary students.
“Also going to the United States and Canada is Louise Burke, who will study techniques for managing the impact of non-physical aggression on girls.
“Wendy-Cara Dugmore will travel to Hungary to study the Kodaly course for music teaching.
“It is very important for educators to have the opportunity to conduct this specific research and I thank the Churchill Trust for giving the department this opportunity.”
Department consultant Robyn Cleaver said she was committed to ensuring the best opportunities were in place to give rural students the chance they needed to succeed to their potential.
“The Churchill Fellowship will allow me to meet with educators overseas who are committed to ensuring the tyranny of distance does not disadvantage gifted rural students,” Robyn said.
“I want to identify initiatives that could be adopted in WA to enable gifted rural students access to the educational opportunities their city counterparts often take for granted.”
There were 13 Churchill Fellows announced this month including artists, health and crime prevention professionals, scientists and more. Further information on the trust is available at: http://www.churchilltrust.com.au
Details of fellowship winners follow.
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Department of Education and Training Churchill Fellowship recipients:
Louise Burke (of Westfield)
Principal, Kingsley Primary School.
To study techniques for managing the impact of relational and non-physical violence on girls.
Travelling to Canada and USA.
Robyn Cleaver (of Carine)
DET Principal Consultant.
To study methods for improving opportunities for rural gifted and talented secondary students.
Travelling to Canada and USA.
Wendy-Cara Dugmore (of Como)
Secondary music teacher and music project officer, Perth Modern School.
To study the Kodaly course for music pedagogues.
Travelling to Hungary.
Elizabeth Healy (of Cottesloe)
Manager, Education Development, Professional Learning Institute.
To investigate programs that support beginning teachers to remain in the profession.
Travelling to the USA.