Eric Pearson Study Reports

Originally called the Eric Pearson Memorial Travel Grant the award was set up in memory of Eric Pearson, who died on June 8, 1977.

Eric Pearson was President of the NSW Teachers Federation from 1974 to 1975. He was also President of the Australian Teachers Federation. He commenced his teaching career in small country schools as a two year trained teacher prior to active service in New Guinea and Borneo during World War 2. He subsequently returned to teaching and further study, and received a PhD from London University. He had a distinguished teaching and lecturing career, and was Head of the Department of Education at Sydney Teachers College.

The first award was made in 1980 to Gus Plater, a teacher-activist from Armidale Association. His study was into "the social impact of microprocessor technology -- its impact on schools and unions". In 2000, Karen Burnet, a teacher at Mosman High School, studied various curriculum issues.

Other topics of study have included devolution of management, school libraries, gay, lesbian and bisexual teachers' and students' issues, privatisation and competition in the UK further education system and the implications of information technology for the NSW Teachers Federation and union structures.

Previous Eric Pearson Study Grant Reports
    2022 - Teaching not preaching - making our public schools secular - Jack Galvin Waight
2021 - The #ClimateStrike Movement and the Future of Unionism - Mercurius Goldstein   2020 - "The World is Ours": Anything and Everything is Possible - Mark Harris
2019 - Kulini (to listen, hear, and understand ) [Anangu language] - Kelly Jesser   2017 - Are schools really safe places in Australia? An international comparison of policies and strategies that support same-sex attracted and gender-diverse students - Michelle McCormack
2016 - Profit before children: avarice and 21st century learning - Carly Boreland   2015 - Organising teachers to learn - Michael de Wall
2014 - If we forget history: the thirty year war against public education - Maurie Mulheron   2013 - Best practice in increasing capacity of teachers and schools to successfully support an inclusive classroom - Gae Masters
2012 - Inclusive Classroom - Gai Masters   2010 - Teachers professional development: it is union work - Nicole Calnan
2009 - Bullying: making the employer manage the risks - Joan Lemaire   2008 - Testing times: global trends in marketisation of public education through accountability testing - Dianne Butland
2007 - Comparative study of TAFE NSW teachers and further education lecturers in the United Kingdom, in relation to continuing professional development - Kerry Barlow   2005 - Students at risk: protective factors in schools to reduce crime - John Fisher
2004 - Redefining activism: gender perspectives in union participation - Sui-Linn White   2003 - Staffing an empty schoolhouse: attracting and recruiting teachers in rural, remote and isolated communities - Phil Roberts
2000 - To deliver us our future: developing strategy for difficult times - Gary Zadkovich   1999 - @unions - the internet is union business - John Dixon
1992 - Our way: reflections of an Australian teacher returning from the mother countries - Denis Fitzgerald   1980 - The social impact of microprocessor technology - its impact on cchools and unions - Gus Plater
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