Episode 6 Text Messaging and Literacy

01, March 2017

In this episode, Tracy Burton interviews Dr Nenagh Kemp, a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Psychology in the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania. Dr Kemp’s research focuses on the acquisition, development and use of spoken and written language, from infancy to adulthood, and she has a particular interest in the written language of digital communication. More generally, she is interested in children's cognitive development.

Episode 5 Innovative Learning Environments

03, February 2017

In this episode, Tracy Burton interviews Associate Professor Dr Wesley Imms from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Dr Imms is a skilled educator with teaching awards spanning his primary, secondary and tertiary teaching career. He holds education degrees granted in Australia and Canada, including a research MA and a PhD in Curriculum Studies from the University of British Columbia. Dr Imms is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, is that Schools Head of Visual Art Education, and its Research Higher Degree Coordinator for Curriculum and Teaching. He is a member of the University of Melbourne's Graduate Research Scholarships Committee, and a member of the Steering Committee of the university's Learning Environments Applied Research Network.


Episode 4 Playful Aggression in Primary Schools

09, November 2016

In this episode, Tracy Burton interviews Dr Jennifer Hart, an Associate Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The focus of Dr Hart's current research is on “aggressive play behaviour” — a major component of various types of young children’s sociodramatic play such as rough-and-tumble play, superhero play, fantasy play, “bad guy” play, play fighting, and gun play. Dr Hart is interested in the perceptions and benefits of all types of aggressive play behaviour, the developmental impact this play behaviour has on young children—particularly boys—and the needed reform of state and national policies that ban such play.

Episode 3 - STEM Education

13, October 2016

In 2015, the Federal Government committed an additional 12 million dollars to raise awareness, interest and achievement in STEM subjects in Australia’s primary and secondary schools – STEM meaning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

So what does this mean for the future of Science education in QLD? How will our students benefit from the initiative and what can parents do to engage their children in STEM subjects and careers?

Senior Chemistry, Mathematics and Science teacher, Mrs Michelle Muir discusses the importance of STEM Education.

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