Notre Dame academics win prestigious research awards

09 August 2019

It was a double celebration at the West Australian Institute for Education Research (WAIER) Forum on 3rd August, 2019 as two academics from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Education took top honours in the Institute’s annual Awards.

Dr Christine Robinson, was awarded the Early Career Award 2019, while Dr Antonella Poncini received the Postgraduate Research Award.

Dr Robinson, who teaches Early Childhood Education and Care to students at the University’s School of Education, is widely recognised in education circles for her research in the area and recent book Learning Through Play.

Her latest publication, Love in Education, reflects the views of pre-service teachers on a child’s right to be loved and how that right can be promoted in a classroom environment.

Held annually since l989, the WAIER Early Career Award recognises excellence early in an academic/research career and is designed to encourage continuing contributions to research of excellent quality.

This year, there was a highly competitive field of seven nominees – including researchers from Curtin University, Edith Cowan, Notre Dame and Telethon Kids Institute.

Dr Robinson is only the second academic from Notre Dame to be awarded WAIER’s Early Career award. Established 20 years ago it was first awarded to Notre Dame’s Dr Gregory Hine in 2016 for his research into why secondary students don’t enrol in higher-level mathematics.

Dr Poncini, who recently graduated with a PhD from Notre Dame presented a paper from her thesis at the WAIER forum.

“These awards recognise the excellence in early career and postgraduate research in the School of Education,” said Notre Dame’s Dean of Education, Caroline Mansfield.

“In both cases the research has also had an impact on local and national issues in the teaching profession, “she added.

Photo: (l-r) Dr Christine Robinson and Dr Antonella Poncini

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