Conference teaches education opportunities

Claire McLachlan, Vishuani Campbell, Kathy Swinkels, Susan Emmett, Manju Senan and Anna Fletcher 196061_01

By Mitchell Clarke

The challenges and opportunities of educating children of all ages were explored during an education symposium at Federation University’s Berwick campus.

Hosted by the university’s Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Learner Engagement research group (PeCALE), the Supporting Thinking with Different Age Groups event on Friday 26 July included teachers from 70 schools across the Berwick region.

With approximately 20 researchers from the School of Education at Federation University, PeCALE researchers employ a multitude of research approaches and methodologies to explore the complex interrelationships between broad and specific curriculum contexts and approaches.

PeCALE group convener Dr Anna Fletcher said the speakers would all show their different approaches to teaching.

“All of the speakers at the symposium will present practical ways to apply innovative educational research in the class room,” Ms Fletcher said.

“From early childhood to secondary school – digital technology offers exciting opportunities and challenges for educators and this conference will showcase some of the latest innovations in education from Federation University and other industry leaders.”

Speaking at the event was internationally recognised early childhood expert and Federation University Dean of the School of Education Claire McLachlan, who spoke about her experience in the development and use of innovative data systems to help New Zealand early childhood teachers strengthen their teaching practice.

“The research meetings that the research groups in School of Education are hosting are an important way in which the university engages with its local and regional communities to help support education at all levels,” Ms McLachlan said.

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