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The Teachers' Guild of New South Wales


Research Award
Guild Research Award Presentation Evening

What is the Research Award?
The Annual Guild Research Presentation Evening is an opportunity to give teachers and post graduate students an opportunity to present their research work to a learned audience in the friendly environment of a school setting. It allows for reflection of the presenters' proposed research and progress achievements as well as provides the presenters the opportunity to liaise with other presenters, students, academics, staff, visitors and past students.

These awards have been created to encourage excellence in research work, and all nominees who participate in the awards evening will receive a special certificate recognising the nominee's high standing.

Recipients of the $1000 "Guild Research Award" and $500 "Smart Teachers Research Award" will be
presented at the Teachers' Guild of NSW Annual Dinner and Awards Evening on Saturday 3 September 2016.


The 2016 Event is sponsored by:


2016 Guild Research Award Presentation Evening
Date: Monday 1 August 2016
Venue: Trinity Grammar School
Cost: This is a free event
Time: 6.00pm
To register: Register Online Here
For more information, please contact Dr Fred Osman at


A $1000 "Guild Research Award" and $500 "Smart Teachers Research Award" are offered to a Postgraduate Student and/or Experienced teacher in NSW or ACT school, who is currently completing or completed research of direct benefit to classroom teaching within the last two years. The prize is presented at the Teachers' Guild of NSW Annual Dinner and Awards Evening.

Judging Criteria:
The presentations will be judged on the criteria (1) content and scientific quality, (2) clarity and (3) presentation skills.

1. Content and scientific quality
Content and scientific quality are important criteria. The presentation must be interesting, and the material should be seen to be significant within the field of research. Context is important for establishing what the state of current research in the field is and how the described research contributes to and extends current knowledge. The candidate must balance the competing demands of providing a clear explanation to the non-
specialist and illustrating the techniques and methods to allow a meaningful assessment of the presenter's own understanding and contributions to the research. The context can be further clarified during the question-and-answer session.

2. Clarity
Clarity is a skill which is required to communicate a subject requiring years of study into a multimedia presentation. The judges are looking for the presenter's ability to communicate the essence of the research without becoming excessively encumbered with detail. A proper introduction, good exposition and meaningful conclusions are important factors in providing a clear presentation.

3. Presentation Skills
Presentation skills include the best use of visual aids, speaking ability, eye contact, projecting a professional and confident attitude, preparedness and response to questions.


Past Guild Research Winners:

Year Award Recipient Research Topic Reflection Report

John Kennedy
St Andrews Cathedral School

The Implications of the Continued Decline of
Science and Mathematics in Australian High
Download 2014 Report containing Research Abstract
2013 Nicolette Hilton
Uralla Central School
The Ideal and the Reality; Teaching Indigenous Perspectives and Catering to Gifted and Talented Students through the Science Curriculum Download 2013 Report containing Research Abstract
2012 Noelene Callaghan
Macquarie University
Investigating interactions in a student­directed
social networking learning environment 
Download 2012 Report containing Research Abstract
2011 Erin Mackenzie
Meriden School
Perceptions of Primary to Secondary School Transitions: Challenge or Threat? Download 2011 Report containing Research Abstract
2010 Meera Varadharajan Understanding the Experiences of Second Career Teachers in Schools Download 2010 Report containing Research Abstract


Past Winners:

2014 Winner 2013 Winner
2012 Winner 2011 Winner


After the Research Award Presentation Evening:
All presenters have the opportunity to publish their research report in the biennial publication of our journal 'The Proceedings of the Teachers' Guild of New South Wales'. This prestigious document is distributed to all Guild members, published online (above) and accessed by teachers Australia-wide.