Maria is available on Mount Lawley campus each Tuesday.
Maria provides support from her own experience with:
Maria also offers support in the following areas:
Maria is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Education, conducting research into the evaluation of quality teaching and learning practices for training volunteers to teach English as an additional language to adult refugees and asylum seekers, through adult community education organisations.
Maria is using a Deweyan Pragmatic methodology to conduct a mixed methods investigation to identify the roles that teaching and learning strategies play in producing changes in tutor thinking and behavior.
Currently, professional learning for volunteers across the sector is uncoordinated and uneven, leading to volunteers being inadequately prepared and having reduced motivation and engagement, which impacts on learner outcomes. Furthermore, there is little evidence-based research linking teaching practice to tutor changes or student achievement in the research context under investigation.
Her research aims to develop current understandings of training through linking practices with tutor changes. It is hoped that this will enable organisations to make more informed choices through selecting evidence-based teaching and learning strategies when planning learning experiences for training volunteers.
Maria graduated from the University of London (University College), with a degree in Geological Sciences. Following this she taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts before moving to Australia where she completed her Diploma of Education at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. She worked as a primary school teacher for ten years, and also completed a Master of Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Australia. In 2015, she completed a Graduate Diploma of TESOL from the Edith Cowan University, and began working as a volunteer with the Australian Red Cross, teaching English to refugees and asylum seekers. She received a service award for her work with the Red Cross in 2018. Her work with refugees and asylum seekers led to her current research into improving training for volunteer English tutors. Maria hopes her research may have positive benefits for both volunteers and learners. She currently holds a Higher Degree by Research Scholarship and a Dr. Susan Holland Scholarship.
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