Collette Tayler Indigenous Education Scholarship

This scholarship supports Indigenous Australian students in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood or Early Childhood & Primary) with $6,000 per year over the two year duration of the course.

Applications open

25 Sep 2017

Applications close

7 Dec 2017

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Bi-annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $12,000

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training

Number of scholarships awarded

At least 1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Indigenous Australian
    • have enrolled, or intend to enrol, in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood or Early Childhood & Primary)

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants will be assessed on academic merit. Preference will be given to female students.

  • Application process

    Submit a direct application to Clair Richards, mgse-experience@unimelb.edu.au, Enrichment Officer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

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  • When will I know the outcome?

    The offer will be made in second or third week of December.

  • About the donor

    Professor Collette Talyer

    Collette Tayler held the Chair in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) at The University of Melbourne. She completed a PhD in Education at the University of Western Australia; a Bachelor of Education at Edith Cowan University; a Diploma of Teaching at Mount Lawley College of Advanced Education, Perth; and a Teacher's Certificate (Primary) at Kelvin Grove Teachers College, Brisbane. Since graduating as a teacher in 1969, Collette worked in different parts of Australia and overseas, consistently focusing on effective teaching, and young children's learning and development.

    Collette has a strong interest in and commitment toward working with Indigenous communities in order to promote child and family learning, development and wellbeing. As an early childhood educator and researcher Collette's work addressed studies involving pre-birth to eight-year-old children and families. She led large and small research and development projects that address home-, centre- and school-based learning environments in culturally and linguistically diverse urban, regional and remote communities. Some of her more notable achievements include co­ authoring the OECD Thematic Report on Early Childhood Education and Care across 20 countries - Starting Strong II. This report influenced the direction of early childhood education and care reform in Australia from 2007-2016. She also led the E4Kids longitudinal study tracking the learning experiences of 2,600 Australian 3 to 8-year-olds as they encountered different home, education and care programs, including school education. This study revealed the important influence of teaching to raise children's achievement outcomes, and the problem that many young children do not encounter high-quality early education programs that make a difference to later achievement and wellbeing. Find out more about E4Kids. In 2017, the University of Melbourne awarded Collette the title of Emeritus Professor in recognition of Collette's work over her career, and particularly in the last ten years at the University of Melbourne as the Chair of Early Childhood and Care. Collette's research has been disseminated extensively in important international journals and to the profession and will continue to have significant impact.

    Collette was raised with her four siblings on a farm outside Beaudesert, Queensland. She attended a Brisbane boarding school to complete secondary education and then studied to become a teacher. She married Allan Tayler, an engineer, and they lived in different parts of Australia, raising two children to appreciate the importance of learning, respect for the natural environment and appreciation of human ingenuity. A love of nature and realisation of the importance of education for life enabled Collette to develop a range of interests and skills that ensured economic independence, and work experiences in Australia and abroad. Over her lifetime Collette's respect for Indigenous women and elders grew as she observed their knowledge of environment, community orientation, and generosity toward fellow Australians, despite experiencing significant political and economic disadvantage.

    Through this gift Collette would like to further recognise Indigenous Australians, and to support students in endeavours that promote excellent teaching of young Indigenous children, educational leadership and close collaboration with Indigenous leaders and/or communities, It is hoped that the gift can assist eligible students to research and develop educational experiences for young Indigenous children and their families. Advancing reconciliation, building understanding, and promoting the wellbeing of young Indigenous Australians is an overarching idea behind this gift.

What are the benefits?

A living subsidy of approximately $6,000 annually for the duration of the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood or Early Childhood & Primary), based on full-time enrolment.

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