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Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Griffith Education Internship framework a model for success

There is more to internships than simply immersing yourself in your chosen industry.

Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies academics Professor Glenn Finger and Dr Paula Jervis-Tracey recently published research in a book titled Teacher Education: Innovation, Intervention and Impact, about the importance of internships in the education industry by designing a conceptual framework that can be adopted by other universities looking to introduce internships.

Griffith Education Internship framework a model for success

Griffith teaching graduate Danielle Nash now works at Springwood Central State School following a successful internship. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Their research is based on Griffith’s Employability Framework and reinforces Griffith’s position as a leading university for graduate teacher success and employability.

Each year more than 200 Griffith University teaching students take part in an internship, with approximately 90 per cent of students gaining work in schools after graduating.

This particular research is focused on the Education Internship and strengthening the connections between university and professional learning in schools.

Professor Finger said improving the capability of teachers was crucial to lifting student outcomes and public confidence in teachers.

The Education Internship model at Griffith develops those capabilities needed to be ready to enter the workforce after graduating.

“The Griffith Education Internship, which had its genesis more than 21 years ago, has been scaled up over time to become a mandatory, capstone, advanced professional experience course for all students undertaking the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Griffith,” Professor Finger said.

Danielle Nash, who graduated in June 2016 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) took part in her internship at Springwood Central State School and is now employed there.

“The internship was phenomenal and was invaluable especially given I now have full time work straight after graduating,” she said.

Dr Jervis-Tracey said education students developed their professional point of difference during an internship.

“It enables them to make the shift from being a ‘prac student’ to a ‘co-teacher’,” she said.

“Initial teacher education sets the foundation for a high-quality teaching workforce and the education internship is crucial to this.”

For Professor Finger and Dr Jervis-Tracey, it is the strong respectful, professional university partnerships with schools and the co-design of the internship that is the key to the success of internships.

“We have superb relationships with school principals, deputy principals, school coordinators, and mentor teachers, all of whom contribute to the ongoing development and success of our pre-service teachers,” concluded Professor Finger.

Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies

Building on a 40-year history of teacher preparation, the Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies brings this experience into a dynamic unit that operates across three campuses: Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The school and its staff and students are leaders in teaching and learning in the networked world, utilising innovative technologies and offering flexible program design.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Mount Gravatt, suburb of Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February and October 2017
Duration: 1.5 years

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Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Griffith teacher education internships inspire quality teaching

From imaginary classroom to real life, Sarah Corkill has always been passionate about teaching.

“As a girl, I used to play the role of teacher with a pretend class of students,’’ the Griffith University Bachelor of Primary Education student said.

I want to teach so I can have a positive, lasting impact on a child’s life.”

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Griffith University education interns Aaron Cumberlidge, Kylie Hughes and Sarah Corkill (sitting, right) with mentors Professor Glenn Finger and Dr Paula Jervis-Tracey at the Australian College of Educators conference. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The 22-year-old has just completed an internship at Southport State School which she says has reinforced her commitment to teaching.

“I learnt to be flexible by adapting daily plans on the go to continue with a lesson where students required more time to work on a new concept.

“The internship built my confidence and I believe this experience will make a smooth transition from an intern to graduate teacher.”

Sarah is one of 234 Griffith University students who will undertake an education internship this year.

Developing a professional identity

“Initial teacher education students develop their professional point of difference in the internship,’’ said Dr Paula Jervis-Tracey from the School of Education & Professional Studies.

“It enables them to make the shift from ‘prac student’ to ‘co-teacher’.”

Dr Jervis-Tracey and Professor Glenn Finger collaboratively inspire the students to achieve their best in the internships.

“Strengthening the connection between university and professional learning in schools is the key to the success of the internships,” Professor Finger added.

The university’s partnership with schools in the region is essential  to the success of its teaching graduates, with approximately 90% of 2014 graduates working in schools in Queensland and elsewhere, said Education Dean Professor Donna Pendergast.

“We have a strong relationship with school principals, heads of departments and mentor teachers, all of whom contribute to the ongoing development of our pre-service teachers.

“Initial teacher education sets the foundation for a high-quality teaching workforce and the education internship is crucial to this.”

Queensland College of Teachers Director John Ryan said an internship program was the most valuable part of any initial teacher education program.

“Internships are an excellent way to conclude an initial teacher program because they consolidate and practice knowledge and skills the students have learnt during their study.

“Great teachers are those with good interpersonal skills, who are resilient and willing to learn. They also have a strong understanding of the knowledge that underpins teaching as well as being able to put that knowledge into practice.”

Bachelor of Primary Education student Kylie Hughes has completed her internship at Woodridge Primary School.

“The Internship program was one of the best parts of my degree,’’ she said.

“I learnt how to plan and implement an engaging maths and geography unit, differentiate maths lessons for my students, how to interact with parents and how to assess student work.”

For Bachelor of Primary Education student Aaron Cumberlidge, who has secured a 2016 contract with a Brisbane school, being a teacher is a way to help young people become happy, productive members of society.

“I believe a great teacher needs to be committed to continual professional learning and to implement best-practice pedagogy. My degree has given me the skills and knowledge to enter the teaching profession with confidence.”

Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies

The School of Education and Professional Studies is one of the largest teaching areas at Griffith University. The school is part of the Faculty of Faculty of Arts, Education & Law, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research for more than 3,500 students.

Building on a 40-year history of teacher preparation, the Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies brings this experience into a dynamic unit that operates across three campuses: Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The school and its staff and students are leaders in teaching and learning in the networked world, utilising innovative technologies and offering flexible program design.

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1 year

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years

Apply to Griffith University Teachers College!

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Learn more about you can study at the Griffith School of Education! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The challenge of making great teachers

What makes great teachers?

This is the question Professor Donna Pendergast, Dean, Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies, explored in a public lecture at the Griffith Film School recently.

“There is no single variable that improves student achievement more than a great teacher,’’ she said.

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Professor Donna Pendergast, School of Education & Professional Studies Dean (Photo credit: Griffith University)

“Great teachers are known to have two key attributes: a well formed professional identity and being self-efficacious—confident and competent—which is the capacity to ensure learning of all students.”

She said schools are intended to prepare students for their future lives but based on what has been seen as successful in the past.

“This is increasingly challenging today where the acceleration of change is the most constant feature.”

Today’s teachers are teaching Generation Z (born 1995–2009), while the Alpha Generation born from 2010 are in child care centres, prep and Year 1.

“In the past, the role of the teacher was to deliver the curriculum and the role of the student was to learn. The teacher used assessment to establish how much the student had learnt.

“Now, teaching has grown as a profession which has a high degree of accountability, is informed by evidence-based practice and subject to professional self-regulation.

“Teachers are expected to use data not just to determine student learning, but to inform, reflect upon, and modify their teaching practice.”

One of the key attributes of a great teacher, she said, is a willingness to undertake professional learning throughout their career.

Adding to the mix, a looming teacher and principal shortage in Queensland and nationally from 2018 will see the demand for teachers fall short of the supply. This will bring its own set of problems.

“The teacher workforce is about to undergo a literal facelift with an influx of mostly Y generation teachers, who will engage in portfolio careers. They are less likely to display the strong loyalty to employers that distinguished previous generations,’’ Professor Pendergast said.

“Keeping teachers in the sector, but potentially providing a range of opportunities related to teaching, will be important work in the decades ahead.

“Selection, education, induction and ongoing professional learning are the tools to ensuring we make great teachers.”

Griffith University Teacher Education Programs

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1 year

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Learn more about you can study at the Griffith School of Education! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Griffith University’s new teacher leadership program

A new teacher leadership program has been developed by partners of an innovative school-based program, with a particular focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching.

The Investment in Leadership Futures: Leading quality Teaching and Learning in STEM strategy was launched by the Teacher Education Centre of Excellence (TECE) – Benowa Cluster earlier this month.

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Participants at the launch of the TECE – Benowa Cluster’s new Teacher Leadership in STEM strategy (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The TECE – Benowa Cluster is a school-based partnership program between Benowa, Helensvale and Merrimac State High Schools, and the Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies.

The TECE – Benowa Cluster aims to enhance capabilities of pre-service teachers, and offers professional development for mentor teachers.

The quality of this partnership has recently been recognised in the 2015 South-East Coast Regional Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools, where they took out the award for Excellence in Industry Partnerships.

Their new program aims to support and develop those aspiring to leadership positions—both an elite group of STEM teachers who are (TECE) – Benowa Cluster alumni, as well as teacher mentors who are developing their instructional leadership potential.

Benowa State High School (SHS) Executive Principal Mark Rickard says the new program will assist these high achieving alumni and mentor teachers to begin the next stage of their careers.

“It’s recognised that improvements in student outcomes depend on an alignment of effort—by students, teachers and school leaders—to enhance the quality and effectiveness of day-to-day teaching and learning,” Mr Richard says.

“Scaffolding and developing the leadership capacity of both these sets of educators will embed continuous improvement practices for teachers, and quality outcomes for students.

“It will also advance a cultural shift to a more active instructional leadership style in state schools.”

Merrimac SHS Principal Chris Tobin says developing effective instructional school leadership will also promote connectedness with staff and the wider school community.

“Making schools a place where all students and their parents feel welcomed, valued and safe is one of the key components in building a student’s resilience and increasing their chances of surviving the most difficult of life circumstances,” he says.

Helensvale Executive Principal, Mark Blackshaw, says another key outcome of the program is building a shared responsibility for student learning and success.

“An effective instructional leader develops a professional team of highly able teachers, who have the knowledge, skills and drive to then take an active leadership role in and beyond the classroom,” he says.

The program will involve face-to-face sessions led by an established leader held throughout the year, extended sessions to address specific aspects of the promotional application process, and matching with a mentor leader.

Speakers would be filmed or recorded to enable teachers outside of the Southeast Queensland region opportunity to participate.

Students completing Griffith’s Graduate Diploma of Education – Secondary degree may have the opportunity to complete professional experience in the TECE – Benowa Cluster’s program.

Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies

The School of Education and Professional Studies is one of the largest teaching areas at Griffith University. The school is part of the Faculty of Faculty of Arts, Education & Law, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research for more than 3,500 students.

Building on a 40-year history of teacher preparation, the Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies brings this experience into a dynamic unit that operates across three campuses: Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The school and its staff and students are leaders in teaching and learning in the networked world, utilising innovative technologies and offering flexible program design.

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1 year

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years

Apply to Griffith University Teachers College!

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Would you like more information about the Griffith University School of Education? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Griffith supports summit to meet numeracy challenges

The major challenges facing educators and the community was explored at the inaugural Queensland Numeracy Summit at the Pullman Hotel, Brisbane held June 16.

Supported by Griffith University’s School of Education and Professional Studies, the Queensland College of Teachers and the Queensland Deans of Education Forum, the summit discussed ways to equip teachers with numerate practices in 21st Century classrooms.

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Griffith School of Education Dean Professor Donna Pendergast said numeracy was not to be confused with mathematics.

“It’s an essential life skill that cuts across all disciplines: music, arts, science, health and education,’’ she said.

“We want all students to have the confidence to deal with mathematical concepts in everyday situations, whether it’s planning a budget, or just working out a mobile phone plan.”

Emceed by media personality, Adam Spencer, the summit follows the Queensland College of Teachers Numeracy Forum held the day prior. Outcomes from the forum were discussed at the summit.

“The summit will identify proactive strategies, construct a shared philosophy and develop strategies to enhance student outcomes,’’ Professor Pendergast said.

“Working with the Queensland Deans of Education Forum and the Queensland College of Teachers, we want numeracy to be incorporated across all our initial teacher education and postgraduate education courses.”

Griffith University Teacher Education Programs

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1 year

Apply to Griffith University Teachers College!

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Learn more about you can study at the Griffith School of Education! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Griffith Teacher Education students set for science conference

Their share a passion for science and teaching and together, education students Shawtima McLoughlan and Natalie Lund will represent Griffith University at a national science teachers’ conference in July.

Sponsored by the Step Up program, Shawtima and Natalie will join four other winners from the Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University at CONASTA 2015 in Perth, Australia.

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Shawtima is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and is also part of the Benowa Teacher Education Centre of Excellence. She hopes to share her experiences and inspire students in her teaching areas of chemistry, biology, junior science and mathematics.

“I have always been enthusiastic about science and learning and I believe teaching is a wonderful opportunity to share that passion for lifelong learning,’’ she said.

“I’m really looking forward to meet with experienced teachers and learn about the different pedagogical approaches to science teaching.”

Step Up brings together science, maths and education experts from universities across Queensland with schools, government agencies and industry to develop a framework and initiatives that enhance maths and science teacher education across the state.

CONASTA is held each year by the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) in a different state. This year’s theme is “Science: A Kaleidoscope of Wonder and Opportunity.” The event attracts hundreds of leading science teachers, laboratory technicians, curriculum leaders and representatives non-profit and government organsiations.

Shawtima and Natalie will act as Step Up ambassadors at CONASTA, where they will network with science teachers and scientists and exchange current knowledge and advocate for pre-service science teacher education.

Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies

The School of Education and Professional Studies is one of the largest teaching areas at Griffith University. The school is part of the Faculty of Faculty of Arts, Education & Law, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research for more than 3,500 students.

Building on a 40-year history of teacher preparation, the Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies brings this experience into a dynamic unit that operates across three campuses: Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The school and its staff and students are leaders in teaching and learning in the networked world, utilising innovative technologies and offering flexible program design.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1 year

Apply to Griffith University Teachers College!

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For more information about the Griffith University School of Education and about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Griffith Education students teach in the Netherlands

Griffith School of Education students transformed a Dutch school into a ‘little Australia’ earlier this year as part of a three-week intensive winter school in the Netherlands, completed as part of their degree.

The 20 students from across Griffith’s Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt campuses spent three weeks at Han University in the Netherlands as part of an unique program developed between the two universities. Through the program students receive credit towards their degree.

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For the first two weeks, students attended daily lectures at the university, covering a wide range of topics from Dutch Education, Culture and History to the Methodologies used in Montesorri, Steiner and Jenaplan schools.

During week three, the students taught in a Dutch school, and on their final day they delivered an Australian Workshop Day.

This included Australian bush dancing, the singing of Australian folk songs, dot paintings, boomerang throwing, collages of the Great Barrier Reef, and even a cricket match (conducted inside in the school hall as it was snowing outside).

Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies Internationalisation Coordinator Dr Kay Hartwig, says both the Australian Workshop Day and trip was a huge success.

“The principal, teachers, and university lecturers were impressed with the Griffith students and commented on their dedication to their studies, teaching, and their ability to prepare and teach in pairs,” she says.

The principal of the Dutch school said the students were excellent and would be welcome to teach again in the school.

A cultural and historical sightseeing weekend in Amsterdam, visiting a cheese-making factory, clog-making factory and a sightseeing tour of the windmills, as well as another weekend in Paris, topped off their trip.

“The students have now returned to finish their studies at Griffith with renewed energy, new ideas and the confidence that they are ‘global citizens and teachers,’” Dr Hartwig says.

Education student Brad Lucas says the winter school was an amazing experience. “It was an amazing trip that shaped my philosophy as a future educator and learner,” he says.

Fellow student Chris Dodds says the program was very enriching and a great resource for his future endeavours.

Griffith University Teacher Education Programs

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1 year

Apply to Griffith University Teachers College!

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Learn more about you can study at the Griffith School of Education! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Griffith supports teacher training reforms

Griffith University broadly supports the introduction of national reforms to teacher training which were announced by the Australian Federal Government on Feb. 13.

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Education Minister Christopher Pyne has said a nationwide approach to improving teaching quality will be implemented, as outlined in the Government Response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) inquiry.

Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies Head Professor Donna Pendergast said it was vitally important to ensure high standards of teacher training are maintained nationwide.

“As a leading provider of quality teaching programs in Australia, Griffith University welcomes these reforms as they will reassure students, parents and the community that our children are learning to world-class standards,” Professor Pendergast said.

Key elements of the reforms include that from 2016, student teachers will be required to pass a national literacy and numeracy test before being allowed to graduate.

Primary school teachers will also need to specialise in a particular subject area, although they will not be limited to teaching that discipline only.

Griffith University already exceeds many of the new requirements, such as providing practical training and classroom experience for trainee teachers from their first year of study,” Professor Pendergast said.

Kim Bury graduated from Griffith University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Education (primary). She is now a teacher at Yarranlea Primary School at Mt Gravatt

The former teachers’ aide and mature-age student said she was “absolutely classroom ready” once she graduated from her four-year degree program at Griffith.

“Increasing amounts of time were spent in the classroom each year through practicums. In first year we spent ten days in schools and by final year we had eleven weeks of practicums, including a six-week block in the classroom.

“Griffith also provides students with the opportunity to take additional electives in literacy, numeracy and science, as well as having all those disciplines already embedded in the degree core.

“So there is that option to expand your learning even further in a particular area, if you are interested, or if you just want to boost your confidence.

“I think Griffith offers its teaching students a great balance between theory, pedagogy, practical experience and content knowledge.”

Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies

The School of Education and Professional Studies is one of the largest teaching areas at Griffith University. The school is part of the Faculty of Faculty of Arts, Education & Law, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research for more than 3500 students.

Building on a 40-year history of teacher preparation, the Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies brings this experience into a dynamic unit that operates across three campuses: Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The school and its staff and students are leaders in teaching and learning in the networked world, utilising innovative technologies and offering flexible program design.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1 year

Apply to Griffith University Teachers College!

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For more information about the Griffith University School of Education and about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.