LEADING THE WAY: St Augustine’s fifth graders Marli Jenkis, Riley Doherty and Tara Reilly helping (from left) Michelle Scott, Prof David Lynch, Dan Hammond, Dr Jake Madden and Stephanie George plot their trip to Norway.
LEADING THE WAY: St Augustine’s fifth graders Marli Jenkis, Riley Doherty and Tara Reilly helping (from left) Michelle Scott, Prof David Lynch, Dan Hammond, Dr Jake Madden and Stephanie George plot their trip to Norway.

Study tour for Coffs teachers

THREE Coffs Harbour primary school teachers are heading to Norway today to investigate how other international education systems work, as part of their research studies with Southern Cross University.

St Augustines Catholic Primary School teachers Dan Hammond, Michelle Scott and Stephanie George will attend the third annual Education Symposium at the Trondheim International School in Norway.

Accompanying them will be St Augustine's principal Dr Jake Madden and SCU head of campus Professor David Lynch.

The three school teachers are all undertaking their Master of Education by research and Professor Lynch is their supervisor.

Professor Lynch said there were a number of teachers in Norway who were also under- taking their Masters degree through Southern Cross Uni- versity.

"This study opportunity will ensure these teachers are at the top of their field. They will have the opportunity to look at differ- ent education systems and to network with other classroom teachers," Professor Lynch said.

Dr Madden, a strong advocate of lifelong learning, said the traditional notion of education as one-size-fits-all had shifted and he was keen to see his teachers investigate and develop new models.

"We have seen a big turn-around in education from a teacher-centric system to a student-centric system. We are developing a learning framework that is personalised for each child and providing them with 21st century skills," Dr Madden said.

"Through action research projects, we can provide a meaningful end product that will be bene- ficial to the teachers and the school and the kids are part of that journey."

Dr Madden said it was a great opportunity for his teachers to be exposed to the international setting and to share an understanding of changes in education.

As a follow-up, teachers involved in the Masters program from Norway will be visiting Coffs Harbour later in the year.



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