Macquarie Global Program awarded to Dr Robyn Moloney
Congratulations to Dr Robyn Moloney who has been awarded a two week Macquarie Global Program trip to East China Normal University in Shanghai. East China Normal is well-known for its training of teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL).
Since 2011 Robyn has been involved in research into issues of pedagogy, and teacher beliefs, held by teachers of CFL. While the learning of Chinese has been strongly supported by political rhetoric, there is critical need to develop strategies for more successful teaching and learning outcomes in Australian students. Solutions to this teacher education issue must however be developed jointly in a "middle ground", in intercultural collaboration with practice and researchers in China.
On the Macquarie Global Program, Robyn hopes to provide research-based evidence of how CFL teacher training is conducted in China, and how it is perceived by teachers and students. With another Macquarie Colleague, Dr HuiLing Xu, (Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts), Robyn will initiate international academic collaboration in the CFL area, with a view to collaborative publications.