ACSA Webinars
Flip the System Australia: What Matters in Education

Gavin Hays, Learning Leader, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta and Adam Hendry, Assistant Principal, Parramatta Marist High

Changing Education in Action: Lighting the Collective Efficacy Flame

Wednesday 10 March 2021 7-8pm AEST


Gavin Hays                          Adam Hendry

The aim of this webinar is to share the journey, learnings and evidence of impact of collective efficacy following the introduction, implementation, evolution and hybridization of constructivist instructional models within a secondary (high) school in Australia. Over the last decade, Parramatta Marist High School, a Catholic non-selective boy's secondary school in Western Sydney, Australia, has undergone substantial whole school pedagogical change ranging from project based and problem based learning to the flipped classroom; and most recently, a hybridised approach called 'flipped-problem based learning'. It is posited that these pedagogical changes have has a profound effect on both teachers and students learning to a growth in the collective efficacy of both which, in turn, has fostered a motivational commitment to the school's mission, a shared vision, resilience to adversity, and performance accomplishments (Bandura, 2000). This is most evident in the extensive student academic growth when comparing student performance on state and national testing. This growth in student academic performance has been anecdotally attributed to a number of factors including a strong focus on improving teacher and learner confidence through active learning and collaboration, intensive professional development of staff, as well as the design and redesign of the physical leaning environment.

AITSL Standards Addressed:
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
6.2 Engage in professional leaning and improve practice

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