The graduate-mentor project in visual arts education: Mentoring within the Western Australian curriculum framework: A study of the impact of mentoring on beginning-teachers' perception of their success in visual literacy education during the first year

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Education


Faculty of Education and Arts


The journey of this degree seems, in so many ways to be something. of a miracle. I reflect on the innocent girl who left school aged 15 on the advice of some well-intentioned Catholic nuns, studied at night school to become a secretary, and later secured entry to university to complete a Bachelor of Education and embarked on a career as a visual arts teacher. During my 2S-year career I have been Head of Arts Learning Area; completed a Master of Eduation degree in visual arts education; as well as being a senior lecturer and course co-ordinator in visual arts education at Edith Cowan Univenity in Perth (ECU). As I reflect, I wonder how on earth the I S·year-old girl managed to change fiom someone who was confronted by high school, to work in a univmity. I suspect the answer is contained in the premise that education can change our lives if we want it badly enough.

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