Education and Arts

Dr Karen McLean wins 2012 Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Dr Karen McLean from ACU's Ballarat campus has received the Australian Governments 2012 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Karen received the award for "building community partnerships that provide inspiring contexts for highly successful learning and teaching of primary school literacy education."

Karen has been instrumental in helping pre-service teachers at the Ballarat campus bring Early Years Research into the classrooms. Under the guidance of a playgroup coordinator, the pre-service teachers help establish, develop, resource, and implement these playgroups. This provides them with valuable experience in the birth to early years setting and challenges them to engage with the Governments Early Years Framework.

The Citations are a part of the Australian Government’s commitment to promote and advance learning and teaching in Australian higher education.They recognise and reward academic, general and sessional staff, and institutional associates, who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area.

The citations have a prize value of $10,000 each and will be presented at the national Australian Awards for University Teaching ceremony in November 2012.