Scholarship awarded for early childhood research

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The Hon Martin Dixon, Professor Collette Tayler, Dr Lawrie Shears, Hannah Stark and The Hon Wendy Lovell.
(L-R) The Hon Martin Dixon, Professor Collette Tayler,
Dr Lawrie Shears, Hannah Stark and The Hon Wendy Lovell.


Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership was proud to host the annual Dr Lawrie Shears Public Lecture on Thursday 14 August 2014.

At the lecture, the second annual Dr Lawrie Shears Doctoral Scholarship was awarded to Hannah Stark, a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. Hannah received $5000 for her study, which will result in the first published study on the effectiveness of the promotion of oral language in prep classes.

The scholarship and annual lecture are made possible with the financial support of Bankmecu and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The event featured a keynote lecture from Professor Collette Tayler and was attended by the Minister for Education, The Hon Martin Dixon MP, and the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, The Hon Wendy Lovell MLC.

Wendy Lovell congratulated Hannah on her valuable work in supporting young children to be confident communicators.

“The Victorian government shares Hannah’s passion for oral literacy and is committed to building children’s core speaking and communication skills through a range of programs, including the $2.3 million Linking Learning program.”

The Dr Lawrie Shears Scholarship honours the life and work of Dr Lawrence Shears who has played a significant role in education, from his work as a classroom teacher in the 1940s through to his time as director-general of the Victorian Education Department from 1973 to 1982.

Dr Shears was awarded the Sir James Darling Medal in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding and sustained contribution to Victorian education.