Peter Botsman Award 2001

Pam Gilbert

Pam began her career in education as a secondary school teacher in Townsville, where apart from a year in London she continued to teach English and was Head of English in two schools. In 1982 she became a lecturer in education at James Cook University, where in 1998 she was nominated for and awarded a Personal Chair by James Cook University Council. Professor Gilbert currently continues to teach and conduct research into education at James Cook.

Pam is the author/co-author of 18 books, numerous book chapters and has published extensively in national and international journals. Her recent research and articles focus on re-defining gender issues and literacy curricula in post-compulsory years. Pam’s research has been diverse with studies in investigating gender issues, disadvantage, critical literacy in the classroom and most prominently boys and literacy. Her work in the area of gender has had a tremendous impact on teaching practices, in Queensland, Australia and overseas.

In supporting Pam’s nomination for this award I would like to share with you some comments from a colleague who writes: Pam’s energy and drive are endless. In the North Queensland region – Pam has the capacity to say “I have an idea” and then move this into a groundswell of action so that next minute most schools in the region are involved.

Pam works for everyone’s kids and constantly wants the best for her students. She believes in a quality school life for all, especially in literacy classrooms. She made this happen at Heatley when she was HOD in the 1970s. Her PhD students know that she is at the cutting edge. In North Queensland, in Queensland, in Australia and overseas, Pam is renowned for being committed to the practice of teaching as well as academic endeavours. It is through this focus that she changes classroom practice. Her contributions to lecturing, workshops and research are outstanding. The volume of research is enormous.
Finally, Pam has had an enormous impact on English teaching in the state – she puts theory into practice.

She had made the difference.

Upcoming Events

An Afternoon with Christine Hills

The Darling Downs Branch will present an Afternoon with Christine Hills and the Collins Writing Program on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020. Afternoon tea will be served from 3:15 to 3:45 pm. This workshop will allow teachers and school leaders an opportunity to: Explore elements of grammar that are central to good writing and align w...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Wednesday 26th February 2020
Venue:   St Ursula's - Toowoomba
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


March Seminar 2020: Diving Deep into Story

Literature is the lifeblood of the English classroom and we all endeavour to make our classrooms creative spaces, helping students to experience the pleasures of responding to and creating literature. This seminar will explore diverse ideas related to creativity in English. The keynote address What is now proved was once only imagined&nbs...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:10 AM
Date:   Saturday 21st March 2020
Venue:   Brisbane Grammar School
Venue Address:   Corner Gregory Terrace andCollege Road
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


Diving into Analytical Writing

ETAQ will present a session on how to write an 'analytical essay' on Tuesday 28 April, at Aquinas College, Edmund Rice Drive, ASHMORE. In 2020, students will be required to write an 'analytical essay' in the external exam for General English. However, the term 'essay' is not used consistently across subject areas a...

Category:   Professional Development
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Tuesday 28th April 2020
Venue:   Aquinas College
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Tony Hytch presents

Tony will present a session entitled  "Getting students assessment ready for Essential English" at Pimlico State High School, Townsville on Saturday 2nd May, 2020. Teachers will explore teh possible options for assessment in Units 1 and 2. In particular how to develop an assessment program which best prepares students for the t...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 2nd May 2020
Venue:   Pimlico High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Early Career Conference 2020: Diving Deep into Teaching

This event for teachers in their first firve years of teaching and those who are new to the teaching of English will submerge you in a new, colourful, and enchanting world where you can engage with your peers. it is also a 'not to be missed' event for preservice teachers.  For those who are interested in offering a presentati...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 9th May 2020
Venue:   To be confirmed


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