Teaching Students go back to school at Parramatta Marist

Parramatta Marist High students and staff collaborate with Western Sydney University students and academics through a new partnership.
Parramatta Marist High students and staff collaborate with Western Sydney University students and academics through a new partnership.

A NEW partnership between Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP), Western Sydney University and the NSW Department of Education will see Masters of Teaching (Secondary) STEM students learn from staff and students at Parramatta Marist High School and Catherine McAuley Westmead.

Western Sydney University Dean of Education Professor Michele Simons said this initiative is an example of the innovation that is occurring in teacher education.

“It will drive the development of the teaching profession in ways, I believe, will ultimately lead to better learning outcomes for children and young people in schools and their communities,’’ Prof Simons said.

CEDP Manager of Programs Patrick Barrett said bringing together CEDP strengths in curriculum design and delivery and the Western Sydney University expertise in online educational experiences, will see the partnership encouraging teachers and students learning from each other. This could result in the program expanding in 2019 to include more students and perhaps some sponsored arrangements with Western Sydney University education students.

“The program will evolve over time when people see its potential and may want to be part of it next year,” Mr Barrett said.

CEDP University Partnerships Senior Project Officer Caroline Taouk said the Program kicked-off with a four day Project Based Learning (PBL) masterclass at Parramatta Marist High in March which targeted its learning to not just the WSU students and academics, but teachers from the participating NSW Department of Education schools and new Parramatta Marist staff as well.

Western Sydney University students, academics and PMH staff engaging in a problem based learning event drawn from the Yr 11 Ancient History course at PMH.
Western Sydney University students, academics and PMH staff engaging in a problem based learning event drawn from the Yr 11 Ancient History course at PMH.

“So far the students are super keen and super engaged as the program provides a really rich experience component,” Mrs Taouk said.

Western Sydney University’s Dr Christina Curry said developing partnerships are integral to the university objectives and is core to the way the School of Education works with the teaching profession.

“Western Sydney University recognises the growing demand from the teaching profession for a reordering of relationships between the profession, universities and the programs used to prepare teachers for their careers in schools,’’ Dr Curry said.

“It has highlighted the value of university, industry and community working together to achieve a desired outcome.

Western Sydney University’s Dr Christina Curry
Western Sydney University’s Dr Christina Curry

“In this case we have recognised the strong desire from schools to work in partnerships and have shared responsibility for producing quality graduate teachers.

“We foresee this initiative bringing considerable benefits to WSU, our pre-service teachers, to the school communities with which we are in partnership, and more broadly to the delivery of exceptional, integrated STEM education programs in schooling.’’


Posted By CathEd Parra at 14/05/2018 10:51:00 AM

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