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2011 Research Seminar Program

WAIER invites you to an afternoon seminar to be held at Edith Cowan University

Wednesday 21 September, 4.30 pm-6.00 pm
Venue: Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley Campus
Central Ave entrance, Room 307 in Building 10 (10.307)
See [Campus Maps] for location and visitor parking
Light refreshments from 4.30 pm, presentation 5.00-6.00 pm.

Working to be different: Change for social inclusion

presented by

Professor Brenda Cherednichenko
Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts and
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement, Equity and Indigenous
Edith Cowan University

Photo: Brenda Cherednichenko
Professor Brenda Cherednichenko
Executive Dean, Faculty of Education
and Arts, Edith Cowan University
Professor Brenda Cherednichenko will discuss how large organisations and systems change and need to change to respond to the Federal government's imperative of improving participation, access and success in higher education over the next few years.

Brenda will draw on and discuss what the Gillard proposal means for schools, vocational education and universities and how we need to be and be seen as much more flexible in what we frame as curriculum, pathways to achieving success in post-compulsory education, starting from the early years and onward.

Brenda will review research about access and success, barriers to success, some current work with disengaged homeless citizens' successful return to university studies and some of the learning they offer about how schools and the education sector might be more inclusive and build success for more young people. She will also draw on her US research which compared and contrasted approaches to community engagement by universities and the impact and outcomes of some of their work. This will provide the context for Brenda to report how ECU is working to achieve in social inclusion and improved outcomes for our community.

Brenda Cherednichenko's current role is as Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement, Equity and Indigenous. Previously she was Director of the Victoria University Access and Success project, a university wide research project with schools and families to enhance the educational outcomes and opportunities, access, participation and success of young people in Melbourne's west. Brenda has also been Head, School of Education, Chair of Preservice Teacher Education Programs, and worked in partnerships between schools, communities and University. She has published and presented widely on educational equity and she is a member of two international journal editorial boards, and chief investigator on the ARC linkage project, Enhancing the Social Inclusion of Disadvantaged Australians. In 2008, Brenda was a Fulbright Senior Scholar researching University programs for educational equity and engagement in the US.

Cost: Non-WAIER members $5; WAIER members free.
RSVP: Dr Rita Tognini [rita.tognini@det.wa.edu.au] or
Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis [angeliki_777@hotmail.com]
by Friday 16 September for catering purposes

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