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Associate Professor Pamela Coutts

Associate Professor Pamela Coutts Title: Director, BEd(TESOL)
Phone: 02 9850 8444
Fax: 02 9850 8677
Office: C3A 913



After a number of years in the positions of Head of Department and /or Director of the Teacher Education Program, from 2009 my main responsibility is as Director of the BED(TESOL) project. This is a joint project between the Malaysian Ministry of Education and a number of overseas institutions to prepare English teachers for Malaysian schools. Within Macquarie, the project is a collaboration between Education and Linguistics. The first two of five cohorts of students in Cycle 2 are currently teaching in secondary schools Malaysia, having completed the program. We currently have cohort 5 on campus in year 2 and cohort 4 in year 3.  Cohort 3 is completing the final year taught in Malaysia. As part of this project I also convene EDUC390 and EDUC391. Cycle 3 is underway with our partner institute in Penang. For this extension of the project we are preparing teachers of English for Primary schools in Malaysia. My administrative responsibilities include being Chair of the Department's Learning and Teaching Committee, faculty representative on the Academic Program Committee and member of various other University working parties associated with learning and teaching.

My background, as both an educational psychologist and a secondary teacher, leads to an interest in a broad range of topics. For instance, I have researched ideas about Homework, focusing on children's ideas about its purpose, their responsibility for it, and the differences between their ideas and those of their parents. My other research interest is to do with assessment practices, especially within schools. My postgraduate students' interests and topics are within the related areas of developmental and educational psychology and pedagogy.

Recent Publications

Year Link Citation
2005 Robertson, G, Cooney, G, Coutts, P (2005). Reporting to parents: A New South Wales perspective, Unpublished Report for New South Wales Department of Education and Training.
2004 ARDZEJEWSKA, K. & COUTTS, P.  (2004) Teachers who support Reggio - exploring their understandings of the philosophy.  Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 29 (4). 17-23.
2004 Neilsen-Hewitt, C., Coutts, P. & Hayes, A (2004). From home to the world beyond: The interconnections among family, care and educational contexts In J.M. Bowes (eds) Children, families, and communities (2nd Edition) (pp.116-142) Melbourne: Oxford Univers
2004 Coutts, P.M. (2004). Meanings of homework and implications for practice. Theory into Practice, 43(3). 182-187.
2002 Kane, J. & Warton P. (2002). Vocational Education: The Effects of Employment Preparation Programs on Self-Concept In Low Academic-Achieving Students. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Vocational Education, 10(1), 23-37.
2002 Kane, J. & Warton, P (2002) Vocational Education: The effects of Employment Preparation Programs on self-concept in low academic-achieving students. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Vocational Education Research,10 (1). 23-37
2001 WARTON P. (2001); The forgotten voices in homework: Views of students. Educational Psychologist, Vol. 36(3), pp.155-165
1999 Hayes, A., Neilsen-Hewitt,C., & Warton, P. M (1999) From home to school and beyond: the interconnections In J.M. Bowes & A.Hayes (eds) Children, families, and communities. (pp 94-114). Melbourne: Oxford University Press
1999 HAYES A, NEILSEN-HEWETT C, WARTON P. (1999); From home to the world beyond: The interconnections among family, care and educational contexts, Jennifer Bowes and Alan Hayes(Ed/s) in Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences, pp.94-114
1999 DIXON A, WARTON P. (1999); Self-esteem and expectations of perfection of academically gifted upper primary girls, P Warton (Ed/s) in Australian Journal of Psychology Vol 51 1999 Supplement: Combined Abstracts of 1999 Australian Psychology Conferences, Au
1999 BOWES J, Flanagan C. (1999); Sympathy, empathy and altruism and the development of Civic Commitment in adolescents from seven countries, P Warton(Ed/s) in Combined Abstracts of 1999 Australian Psychology Conferences, Australian Academic Press, Bowen Hill
1998 Warton. P.M. (1998) Australian mothers' views about responsibility for homework in primary school. Research in Education, 59, 50-58.

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