Notre Dame Behavioural Scientist rewarded for excellence in teaching

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Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 10-8-2011

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The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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Social justice and critical psychology are the research interests of Notre Dame academic, Dr Dawn Darlaston-Jones, the recipient of the 2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s (ALTC) Undergraduate Learning, Teaching and Assessment Resource Prize.

The prize was developed by the ALTC in conjunction with the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Psychology Educators Network.

“This is a significant acknowledgement of the teaching and learning approach in Behavioural Science at The University of Notre Dame Australia,” Dr Darlaston-Jones said.

“The degree draws heavily on critical community psychology which has at its foundation a strong commitment to social justice and human rights with the emphasis on social change. This award recognises that ‘real world’ relevance can be built into the teaching and learning context and that this can have significant benefits for the students.”

This is the second accolade for a member of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Behavioural Science staff on the Fremantle Campus.

Earlier in the year Ms Sharon McCarthy was also recognised by the ALTC with a citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle, Associate Professor Dylan Korczynskyj, said that he was very proud of his staff’s achievements.

“I am delighted to acknowledge the magnificent achievements by both Sharon and Dawn who have both been recognised for their commitment to undergraduate teaching,” said Assoc Prof Korczynskyj.

“Behavioural Science on the Fremantle Campus is still in its infancy so to have national recognition for two of its academic staff so early in its development is fantastic and provides external validation to the structure and content of the degree.

“Students can be proud that they are part of an award winning program, and they reap the benefits not only through their student experience but also through their employability as graduates.”

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