Dr Steve Barrett

TRANSDISCIPLINARY MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION RESEARCH GROUP
(TMERG) SEMINAR 6, 2017

Date: Thursday 13, July 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: 706MBA Suite, Level 7, Nexus Building, 10 Pulteney Street.

The Transdisciplinary Measurement and Evaluation Research Group (TMERG) has its origins in the School of Education, and provides an avenue for discussion and research collaboration in the field of measurement and evaluation across a number of Schools and Disciplines. Colleagues and postgraduate students (doctoral and master’s) in your School/Research Centres are invited to a seminars titled

SEMINAR 6: Value added measures as and approach to identifying effective teachers.
SPEAKER: Dr Steven Barrett:
PhD (Economics: University of Adelaide) DEd (Flinders University)  Contact Details

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ABSTRACT: 

People undertake education and training for a variety of reasons. From the perspective of an economist, the reason is to acquire human capital. Human capital benefits individuals in terms of higher life time earnings and enhanced life choices. Human capital befits society through increased production and a more equitable distribution of income.

But how do we measure the acquisition of human capital? Traditionally we view teachers as the primary vehicle through which people acquire human capital. In its most basic form effective teachers add more value than non-effective teachers. Consequently, we need to identify effective quality teachers and reward them accordingly.

It is argued that value added approaches can be used to identify effective teachers and quality teaching. In reality it is not as easy as this because student performance, a measure of the value added by an educational experience, is an outcome of a complex interactions between students, contextual factors (including home, classroom and school), assessment items/tasks and teachers. Moreover, the valued added by an education process also depends on the context within which it occurs. All of which has implications for education policy. This presentation highlights current developments in value-added modelling and processes used to identify and recognise effective teaching.

BIOGRAPHY: 

Dr. Steven has a Doctorate of Education from Flinders in which he focused on educational measurement and educational policy, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Labour Economics from Adelaide. He has over three decades experience teaching economics and is currently a visiting lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide. In the past Steven has published in the area of economics education. Since completing his PhD in 2010 Steven has been attempting to integrate his two areas of doctoral studies. To this end he been exploring issues related to the economics of education.

Further Information: Assoc Prof. Sivakuma Alagumalai (TMERG coordinator) sivakumar.alagumalai@adelaide.edu.au TMERG website: http://omeka.ersa.edu.au/tmerg/

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WELCOME BACK AUSTRALIA AWARDS IN INDONESIA SHORT TERM AWARDS PARTICIPANTS!

The School of Education welcomed back our special group of Australia Awards in Indonesia* Short Term Awards participants for their second phase of training.

The group, comprising of 24 delegates from the Indonesian Ministry of Education officials, Indonesian university lecturers, teacher trainers and researchers, are completing a short course on Educational Assessment which commenced in February this year.

The primary aim of this short course is to expose the group to best practice and innovation in curriculum design, development and implementation; assessment and evaluation, quality assurance and related research and data collection in the education sector from an Australian and International perspective. The short course involves the group completing a Graduate Certificate in Education.

* Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government offering the next generation of Indonesian leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development

** Photo One: We’re back and ready! (Photo courtesy of Welfare Officer, Ms Gracia Ginsang)

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, first session back.

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Claire Bloor

JUNE  RESEARCH SEMINAR
ALL WELCOME
11:00AM-11:30AM 26 JUNE 2017
LEVEL 8, NEXUS BUILDING, 10 PULTENEY STREET, SMaRTe ROOM, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

STUDENT RESPONSES TO THE AUSTRALIAN HISTORY CURRICULUM

MS CLAIRE BLOOR

ABSTRACT: Since 2011 there have been changes in history education in Foundation to Year 10. With the move to the Australian Curriculum, history as a subject briefly gained national attention in the media as one of the first subjects released under the new curriculum. However, while the Australia Curriculum was promoted as a national curriculum, implementation has been left in the hands of state governments, meaning that some variation has emerged in the approaches to history education in each state and territory.  With the change to the Australian Curriculum the views of parents, teachers and students on history education are important for understanding how history as a school subject is seen by those who are most affected by the change and its overall importance in the school curriculum. The comments of parents, teachers, and students in three Australian states, each with a different approach to implementing the Australian Curriculum: History, were collected in 2016 as part of a project looking at the perspectives of key stakeholders. This presentation will discuss the views of the Year 9 and 10 students who participated in focus group discussions about the current Australian History Curriculum, that took place in 9 schools, 6 in South Australia, 3 in Western Australia and one in Victoria. The analysis of the focus group data which were recorded and transcribed highlighted these themes: the students’ views on the history they learn about in school, the topics they regard as important, and their opinions on a national approach to the History Curriculum.

BIOGRAPHY:  Claire is a PhD Candidate at The University of Adelaide. Claire’s research is on the perception of key stakeholders on the Australian Curriculum: History. Past qualifications include Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching awarded in 2012 along with Honours in History in 2011 from The University of Adelaide. She has previously taught at a small area school in South Australia.

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