Date Event Contact Details
Monday 29th May


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)


Study Hacks for Schools: How to teach students to study smarter (not harder)

Presented by Jane Genovese, Murdoch alumni and director of Learning Fundamentals, an education consultancy that teaches students how to study smarter and achieve their personal best.

In this seminar, Jane will show you various ways to engage students to get them excited about the science of learning and the psychology of motivation. Drawing on academic research, as well as her personal experience, Jane will share what she considers as essential study strategies and skills for both students and teachers.  Also discussed will be a whole school approach to teaching study skills that is currently being trialled at two schools in the Perth metro area.

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Monday 3rd April


Room 3.024
Education & Humanities Building (bldg 450

Nurturing Creativity Through Music and Movement in Early Childhood Settings

Presented by Rebecca Jane Flanagan, experienced early childhood teacher, passionate children’s performer and dynamic educational facilitator.

In this seminar Rebecca will develop your musical confidence and give you ideas to engage young learners by integrating music and the arts into the learning space. You will be shown a range of ways to include music and movement in specific play and learning time, such as movement for mat time and transitions. Rebecca will use her repertoire of songs, action rhymes and finger plays from her musical audio resource, as well as a collection of props that complement and enhance a creative arts program easily and effectively. This creative training workshop will support your teaching programs by further enabling child centred creativity and multisensory experiences in the learning space and inspire you to eagerly take the ideas and put them into practice.
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Friday April 21st

9am - 3.30pm

ECL Lecture Theatre 1,
Building 460,
Murdoch campus.


The Network Teach Technology in Education Conference will expose participants to interactive sessions based on using technology in the 21st Century classroom. Presenters will work through activities and explain how these can support teachers.

Presenters include:
Scitech: Technology Curriculum @ Scitech
Natalie Dowd: Useful classroom apps and how to use them effectively
Ashley Davis: STEM technology and practical uses
Steve Payne: Introducing the Computer Science Education Research (CSER) digital technologies program and activities
• Interactive whiteboard workshop

Register here


Tickets just $15 !!

Make sure you type in "MURDOCH" at top of register page in the field "Enter Promotional Code"

Monday 27th March


Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450)


Encouraging recreational reading to improve school-wide literacy

Presented by Murdoch School of Education lecturer and literacy researcher Dr Margaret Merga.

Now with the addition of the OLNA to the high-stakes testing stable in Western Australia, the importance of supporting children’s acquisition of sound literacy skills is arguably greater than ever. In this seminar, Margaret aims to provide straightforward take-away messages for schools looking to increase their students’ engagement in reading, and subsequently raise their literacy levels. Drawing upon her own extensive research into children’s reading habits, conducted both in Australia and internationally, Margaret will discuss how schools can effectively implement reading programs at school, and also how they can help support reading for pleasure as a habit at home. Regular reading for pleasure at home and school will be highlighted as playing a key role in developing and fostering literacy skills after children have learned to read.

Tuesday 14th March


Senate Suite room, Murdoch College Building (bldg 121)

To Leave or Not to Leave: Why students drop out of university and things we can do to help them

Presented by Dr. Marold Wosnitza, Professor of Education at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Murdoch University.

Universities all over the world are aiming to improve student retention, to not only increase the efficiency of higher education, but also reduce the dramatic personal and social costs related to drop out. University drop out is a complex function of both student factors and the institutional environment. Research about interventions to support students in this critical process will be presented.
Monday 13th March

4.30 - 5.30pm

Hill Lecture Theatre, Education & Humanities Bldg (Bldg 450),

Why Creative Writing needs to be taught in high school, and the necessity of a divorce from English

Presented by Kevin Price, English teacher, novelist, and Murdoch PhD candidate.

In this presentation, Kevin will outline why Creative Writing needs to be taught in high schools, and why it might better serve school students, in their role as future participants of the creative economy, were it located outside of English and instead taught as a general capability and foundation component of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education. Creative Writing will be examined as an important practice to help foster students’ abilities to think for, and express themselves; developing effective skills in generating ideas, moulding ideas and articulating ideas. Hence, a creative writing practice can help to promote learning and understanding across the whole curriculum of sciences, arts and humanities.

Thursday February 23rd


ECL Building (bldg 460) postgrad suite level 2, room 2.031

Transformative Education Research Seminar

Inclusive & Values Based Education
Presented by prominent Nepali spiritual guru, Dr. Chintamani Yogi.

Dr. Yogi will focus on inclusion of values in present day students' learning needs, with an emphasis on creative and lateral thinking. He has had a long professional career as a thinker, a spiritual master, an educationist and a peace activist. He has written several books and is a winner of many national and international awards. The seminar will be facilitated by Professor Peter Taylor.

Professor Peter Taylor
Friday February 24th


Education & Humanities Building, room 2.015

School of Education Seminar Series

Values and values education in  Nordic ECEC institutions

Presented by Adjunct professor Anette Emilson, Early Childhood Education, Linnaeus University Sweden.

Adjunct professor Anette Emilson will present a participatory action research project about values and values education in the Nordic countries. Experiences from the project design will be discussed as well as some main findings regarding significant values and new insights about values education

Laura Perry
Tuesday March 7th


Education & Humanities Building (building 450), level 3, room 3.001 (use carpark 4)


Evidence for Learning: The Teaching & Learning Toolkit

Please join The Murdoch School of Education as we host special guest, Dr Tanya Vaughan, Associate Director of The Teaching & Learning Toolkit (The Toolkit) from Evidence for Learning, a non-profit organisation that aims to enable and support evidence-informed education practice in Australian schools. The Toolkit is a free, online summary of global education research that aims to:
• Support evidence-informed decision-making in Australian schools;
• Provide guidance for principals, school leaders and teachers on how to use their resources to improve educational outcomes for their students;
• Act as an introduction to educational research.

In this workshop, educators will be shown how The Toolkit synthesises research to estimate the average impact, cost and strength of the evidence of 34 different teaching and learning approaches. The Toolkit also allows for a focus on Australiasian evidence, thanks to a recent upgrade through a collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Participants in this workshop will explore how they can use the approaches within the Toolkit to help address a challenge that they are facing at their school.

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Thursday December 8


Nash Room,

Club Murdoch

Lecture: How do Intermediaries Influence the Use of Research in Education Policymaking? Evidence from a five year, multi-site study in the US.

Presented by Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor Christopher Lubienski (Professor, University of Indiana).

The role of research evidence in public policymaking has never been as clear as researchers might hope. This is particularly true in education policymaking, where research evidence is often of questionable usefulness in policy decisions for a number of reasons. Nevertheless, an increasing number of interest groups and advocacy organizations are attempting to promote the use of particular research in the politicized context of education policymaking. Drawing on a five-year study of five major cities as well as the national level in the US, this lecture will consider some of the new interests, actors, and dynamics shaping research use. In addition to reporting findings, the lecture will highlight some of the weaknesses with current theoretical perspectives for understanding research use, and propose a novel framework for future research.

RSVP to Associate Professor Laura Perry

Monday December 5 10-12pm

Nash Room,

Club Murdoch

Workshop: Tips and Strategies for Developing an Impactful Research Career

Presented by Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor Christopher Lubienski (Professor, University of Indiana).

Drawing on more than 15 years as a university academic and educational researcher, Prof. Lubienski will share tips and strategies for developing your research career to make an impact on public, policy, and scholarly discussions. This workshop is relevant for researchers at all stages of career, from postgraduate students to tenured academics.

RSVP to Associate Professor Laura Perry

October 21-23

Kathmandu, Nepal

Transformative Education Research & Sustainable Development - 1st International Conference

Jointly presented by Kathmandu University & Murdoch University - School of Education

The goal of the conference is to share perspectives on transformative education research and practices, and to build collaboration amongst teachers and trainers, curriculum and community developers, and teacher educators and researchers, especially among (but not restricted to) those of former non-Western nations. Click here to read more.

Murdoch School of Education Professor Peter Charles Taylor is among the conference keynote speakers. Click here to view the full conference program.

Professor Peter Taylor
Friday October 28

Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021

School of Education Seminar Series

Learning Through Mulitmodal Communication

Presented by Ingela Trulsson-Sonnesjo and Lena Richert, lecturers in the departments of Music and Art, Linneaus University, Sweden.

How can we create active, dynamic environments and design processes that will support learning within the
preschool teacher training programme? An example of one project to reach this goal. Click here for more info.

Kayo Miyamoto
Friday November 4

Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021
School of Education Seminar Series

The Politics of National Schooling Reform in Australia’s Federal System
Presented by Dr Glenn Savage, DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Education Policy, University of Melbourne.

Dr Savage will analyse the complex ways that national schooling reforms are evolving in Australia, with a particular focus on how state education departments and agencies are responding to reforms associated with the Australian Curriculum. Click here for more info.

Kayo Miyamoto
Wednesday November 9

Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021
School of Education Seminar Series

Bourdieu and Education
Presented by Professor Michael Grenfell, Professor of Education at Trinity College, University of Dublin.

Professor Grenfell will trace the main tenets of French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu and explore its potential value within the fields of educational research. Areas covered include language and classroom discourse, teacher education, literacy and Higher Education, all of which are located within Bourdieu's ‘theory of practice’. Click here for more info.

Dr Laura Perry

Wednesday November 9

Hill Lecture Theatre (Education & Humanities Bldg)


What We Know About Teacher Education: What Happens Next?
Presented by Professor Michael Grenfell, Professor of Education at Trinity College, University of Dublin.

In this seminar, Professor Grenfell will outline how and why the theory and practice of teacher education has been hotly debated in recent years , within a range of national contexts. The presentation will begin by setting teacher education within a broad field of educational research. Models of teacher education will then be addressed, along with their underlying principles and methods. Click here for more info.

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Tuesday October 4th

Social Sciences Room 2.035

Next Steps: Graduating Murdoch Teaching

For education students who have completed their Final Professional Experience, an information session to assist you in the transition to employment. The specialist panel will help you understand the next steps as a Graduate Teacher. A free BBQ lunch will be provided following the formal session. Click here to register.

Featuring a panel of speakers, including:

  • Murdoch University’s Graduation Team
  • Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA)
  • Institute for Professional Learning (IPL)
  • Department of Education
  • State School Teachers Union of WA (SSTUWA).

Thursday October 6th


Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021

Transformative Education Research Seminar

Rising Tension: Why creative writing needs to be taught in high school, and the necessity of a divorce from English
Presented by Kevin Price - secondary English teacher and Murdoch PhD candidate, undertaking research in in Creative Writing and STEAM education. Kevin has also taught creative writing in Western Australian schools between 2005 and 2015 to both primary and high school students.

Kevin will present a fictocritical analysis, as originally presented at the 2016 English Teachers Association (WA) conference in June 2016, to address why Creative Writing needs to be taught in high schools, and why it might better serve our students and future participants of the creative economy were it located outside of English and taught as a general capability, and a foundation component of STEAM education. Click here for more information.

Professor Peter Taylor

Friday October 7th


Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021

School of Education Seminar Series

Anticipate the unanticipated - an overview of 6 months Research Service Leave
Presented by Associate Professor Caroline Mansfield

Focusing on major projects that occurred during this time, the presentation discusses key outcomes and the challenges in managing both the anticipated and unanticipated. With the luxury of time and space to think, write and collaborate, the critical role of RSP in furthering the research journey is highlighted.

Associate Professor Caroline Mansfield
Friday October 14th

Education & Humanities Common Room, 2.021

School of Education Seminar Series

Teaching Out of Field - an international perspective
Presented by Professor Gunter Torner (University of Duisburg-Essen, and member of the Teaching Across Specializations (TAS) Collective, scholrars conducting research into TOOF), and Dr Anne Price (Murdoch University School of Education).

Teaching Out of Field (TOOF),  the practice of assigning teachers to teach subjects or year levels for which they are not formally qualified, is a common practice in schools in Western Australia and in many parts of the world. Despite its prevalence, it is rarely officially reported or even acknowledged. The existence of TOOF also poses several conundrums with the increasing regulation of teaching and teachers’ work through Teacher Professional Standards.

Dr Anne Price
Wednesday September 7th

Education & Humanities Bldg, Common Room 2.021

Transformative Education Research Seminar

Emergent, Transformative Aspects of Human Enquiry in Educational Research

Presented by Brian Fisher AM, this seminar will focus on transformative/emergent types of writing as represented in current Italian literature. Brian Fisher AM has had a long professional career as a psychologist, audiologist and educational administrator in the UK and later in WA. After retiring in 2004, Brian returned to study at University of Notre Dame and completed a degree in theology for which he received the Vice-Chancellor’s medal. Since then Brian has followed his interest in the Italian language, philosophy and topics related to our TERC group, of which he is an active member.
Professor Peter Taylor
Friday September 2nd

Education & Humanities Bldg, Common Room (2.021)

School of Education Seminar Series

Teachers as Readers: Do teachers model reading for pleasure?
Presented by School of Education lecturer Dr Margaret Merga.

Research suggests that influential social agents such as teachers can play an important role in fostering a keen love of reading for pleasure in children. However, classroom teachers may be so preoccupied with literacy skill acquisition that fostering of the will to read may receive limited consideration. Margaret's research seeks to explore whether teachers are perceived by their students to be readers, and as such, to examine if teachers are actively providing a valuable model for students.
Dr Margaret Merga

Thursday August 18th
9.30am to 12.30pm

Canning College, Marquis Street, Bentley

Working with Chinese Students, Institutions and Partners

A Professional Development seminar organised by the CISWA (Council for International Students of WA), focusing on working with students from a Chinese background, and also working with Chinese universities and educational authorities.

Presenters include:
Monday July 18th
8.45am - 3.45pm
Warnbro Schools Network Conference

Presentations & workshops by:
  • Gavin Grift: Collaborative Teams that Transform School
  • Meg Roche: Social Emotional Development in Young People
  • Tunya Petridis - children's consultant at Anglicare WA; Tim Thornton - lead school pyschologist: An Introduction to Trauma
  • Grant O'Sullivan & Ben Calleja: Peer Observation
  • Deborah Pino-Pasternak - Murdoch School of Education lecturer and ARC research fellow: Promoting Self-Regulated Learning in the Classroom
Kim Calabrese

Schools list:
Rockingham lakes Primary
Koorana Primary
Port Kennedy Primary
Endeavour Primary
Endeavour Ed Support Primary
Warnbro Community High School
Warnbro Ed Support High School
Warnbro Primary
Monday July 11th 4.00-5.30pm Mindfulness as a Way of Life: Maintaining Wellness Through Healthy Living

Please join the School of Education as we welcome Presidential Professor from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, Kenneth Tobin, to present a seminar on mindfulness and wellness as components in a context of learning, and to  explore how alternative knowledge frameworks, especially Jin Shin Jyutsu, can be used in studies of emotions, meditation, mindfulness, and wellness.

Tobin’s prior research interests have included the teaching and learning of science in urban schools, which involve mainly African American students living in conditions of poverty. The methodology he employs includes research practices that cohere with theories from cultural sociology, the sociology of emotions and activity theory.
Dr Caroline Mansfield
Friday July 1st
Dubai - Where East Meets West:
Reflections on international education from the perspective of expatriate teachers in the UAE

Presented by Claire Macrae, Murdoch Dubai School of Education lecturer & programme coordinator.

Claire Macrae has been teaching and co-ordinating the Murdoch Master of Education (Coursework) programme in Dubai for the past five years. In this seminar Claire will discuss the unique characteristics of the current educational context in Dubai, and will highlight the unique contribution Murdoch Dubai has to offer our work in this Transnational Education (TNE) space. Various challenges and opportunities for both teachers and students will also be discussed.
Claire Macrae
Thursday June 30th 10.30am-12pm Agriculture in Education

This session covers curriculum resources that support a food and agriculture context for learning. This session is relevant to ALL teachers in Primary and Secondary Education Science teachers, as well as those interested in teaching in rural locations or in agricultural education.
Education Student Advisors
Thursday June 30th
Maths Tracker (part of Professional Learning Week seminars for students)

Join the School of Education at Murdoch and teachers from Huntingdale Primary School, one of our partnership schools as we learn about a new initiative in tracking and monitoring student achievement, currently being taken up by many Western Australian public schools. The Maths Tracker is linked to the WA Curriculum: Mathematics This tool can also be adapted to assist with planning and programing. It is currently being used by many of our WA schools and has recently won a public service award. You can find out more about it by going to the Huntingdale PS website

Education Student Advisors
Wednesday June 29th
9.00-12pm OR 1.00-4.00pm
Classroom Management Strategies: Part 2 - Professional Learning Week seminars for students

**Please note: you are required to have undertaken CMS Part 1 prior to attending this workshop**

Click here for more information.
Education Student Advisors
Tuesday June 28th
Internships 2017 - Professional Learning Week seminars for students

Join the Professional Experience office to learn more about the 2017 Internships on offer through the School of Education. Additionally, a representative from the Department of Education will be sharing information on some of the very interesting rural placements which are available (for 3rd year and final year students). Application forms for the 2017 Internship program will be made available at the session for students to collect and complete.

This session is ideal for students considering an internship in 2017, but will also be very useful for students earlier in their teaching degree who are interested to learn more about the value of an internship or rural/remote placements. You will also have the opportunity to hear from current Interns about their experiences. Why not take the time to listen to what schools, teachers and the interns themselves have to say here?
Professional Experience
Tuesday June 28th
Principal's Talk: How to get noticed BEFORE you graduate !

Murdoch's School of Education is proud to host a panel of WA Principals who will be sharing their advice and experiences with initial teacher education students. Q & A session will also be offered, so that students can learn from principals about what they look for in prac students and in graduate teachers. NOTE: Students unable to attend this event, will have the opportunity to listen to the event via recording post event.
Education Student Advisors
Friday June 3rd 8.30-3.00pm Riverton Rossmoyne Schools Network Conference

Keynote address by clinical psychologist and learning specialist, Andrew Fuller. Andrew works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne, and author of eighteen books.
Syd Parke
Friday June 3rd
Games, Simulations and Virtual Reality in Adult Learning

Presented by Dr Hanna Teras, School of Education lecturer.

Hanna’s presentation will provide an overview of current research in the use of emerging digital technologies to develop learning environments for adult learners. Hanna presents some key outcomes of a recently completed OLT project (NDiVE) that investigated the use of virtual reality and 3D technologies for professional learning. She will discuss lessons learned so far, her current research in the area of pedagogy of game-based learning, and her and her team’s plans for further research.
Dr Hanna Teras
Wednesday May 25th
Mature Age and Alternative Pathways Undergraduate Information Evening

Includes alternative (ie non-school leaver) pathways into the School of Education. Staff will be on hand to answer course enquiries, questions on admission and application requirements, as well as support services.
Monday May 23rd

Working Mindfully: Harnessing the Mind's Potential at Work

Please join The Murdoch School of Education as we host special guest, Rasmus Hougaard, founder and managing director of The Potential Project (the leading international provider of Corporate Based Mindfulness Training) and author of the book One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness. In his presentation, Rasmus will share scientific findings regarding how the brain works, and discuss the challenges to being present in the ‘PAID’ reality of today’s workplace (Pressured; Always on; Information overload; and Distracted).

Dr Caroline Mansfield
May 16th
4.30pm - 7.30pm

Promoting Human Rights in Australian Educational Communities for People of Diverse Genders and Sexualities

Symposium by The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, in partnership with Murdoch University, featuring keynote speakers The Hon. Dr Michael Kirby, and Dr Michelle Blanchard (Young and Well CRC). Q&A hosted by Victoria Laurie (The Australian newspaper), with expert panellists:
  • Prof Baden Offord & Dr Haruhisa (Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University)
  • Assoc Prof Wendy Cumming-Potvin (Chief Investigator Young and Well CRC, School of Education, Murdoch Univeristy)
  • Dani Wright Toussaint (Freedom Centre Coordinator - Young and Well CRC)
  • William Knox (ALLY training facilitator & Student Advisor - School of Education, Murdoch University)
  • Olivia Knowles (Safe Schools Coalition WA).
Dr Jane Pearce
May 16th - 20th
(1 week intensive)

SWITCH Mathematics - Year 11 Mathematics Methods

The intensive one-week course is suitable for teachers who intend to take the first steps towards teaching senior secondary mathematics. The training is funded by the Department of Education.
Dr Kai Fai Ho
April 8th

Authentic Online Community of Learning Model

Presented by Dr Jenni Parker, School of Education lecturer

Jenni’s presentation will provide an overview of the theory and research that underpins the authentic online community of learning (AoCoL) model. The model and guiding principles were developed as a result of her doctoral study that investigated how to construct more interactive, engaging and student-centred online learning environments that promote key learning skills and encourage self-directed learning.
Dr Jenni Parker
March 7th-11th Careers Week: Speed Interviewing with Department of Education
Ph: 9360 2596
January 27th Teaching Physics - Skills Development Day Dr Chris Creagh
January 14th-15th Artist in Residence (AIR) Summer School
Exploring partnerships between Teaching Artists and Primary Teacher Education students
Robin Pascoe
January 11th-15th Mentoring (short course and/or for advanced standing towards the Masters of Education) Dr Judy MacCallum

March 29th
Hill Lecture Theatre
Panel Session: Jobs in Teaching
Hear from different teaching employers about what schools look for in graduate teachers
School of Education Student Advisors,

March 29th
Hill Lecture Theatre
Teachers Talk: What they WISH they knew before starting
Hear from recent education graduates, plus a presentation from SSTUWA
School of Education Student Advisors,
March 30th OR
Thursday 31st March

9 - 12pm OR 1-4pm

Classroom Management Strategies: Part 1
Tips and advice on how to reduce unproductive social behaviour in the school classroom

(useful for students with upcoming school experience placement units !)

School of Education Student Advisors,
March 30th OR
Thursday 31st March
Money Smart Teaching
Financial literacy education program for teachers of primary and secondary students
School of Education Student Advisors,
1st April
Careers Masterclass - information for high school teachers & career counsellors

Dr Suzy Green, positivity psychology expert, on how to best support senior high school students when planning career development (8.30-10.30am)
Principal Economist for the Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Matthew Sargeant, presenting the latest on the future job outlook in WA
Information on Murdoch's courses, admission requirements, alternative pathways & scholarships
Comprehensive resource pack for use with secondary students.
Careers & Employment Centre