Welcome! ~ Sonia Hankova ~ Education/Art/Science ~ E-Mail: sonia.hankova@gmail.com ~ Phone: +61 425 703 860


Professional Engagement

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How can I best use feedback to enhance student learning?

Recent educational research (e.g. Hattie & Timperley, 2007; Shute, 2008; Naylor et al., 2014) has shown that feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement. Effective feedback is an integral part of assessment, helps students identify what they are doing well and provides them with insights into how to improve in areas where they are in need of development. When delivered in an encouraging and timely manner, it can motivate students to succeed and engage with the topic content (Naylor et al., 2014).

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Capstone Research Project — Science Learning in Informal Settings

To what extent are higher-order thinking questions posed during the Mission to Mars program?

This project explores the role of questioning as a key pedagogic strategy to engaging learners in higher orders thinking and presents the results from observational research undertaken at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre. The research focused on investigating questioning strategies used to facilitate the inquiry-based Mission to Mars program. The aim of the program is to engage and immerse students in a technology rich and sensory stimulating environment based on real-life scenarios and hands-on approach to science learning within the context of space. The results of the research are presented in a report that highlights the importance of questioning in science education and presents VSSEC with some valuable data, feedback and recommendations for improvement. The research outcomes were presented at a mini-conference with university peers.

Access the full research paper HERE

Access the research presentation HERE

Story Writing in Remote Locations 2015

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 SWiRL 2015 – Bulman Community School,  Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory


The Story Writing in Remote Locations (SWiRL) Program provides 4th year pre-service teachers from Victoria University unique opportunities to experience Australian education in an Indigenous context, and to develop valuable teaching strategies responsive to local communities and their cultural backgrounds. It has been taking VU students to remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory for 20 years with continued success.

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SWiRL 2015 — Exhibition Fundraiser

‘I acknowledge the traditional and original owners of this continent and pay respect to today’s Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities who are its custodians – including in particular their past, present and future Elders.'

I first heard about the SWiRL Program four years ago when I was writing my application for the Bachelor of Education degree at Victoria University. At that time, my friend Justine de Bruyn was writing her application for SWiRL and spoke to me about going to an Indigenous community in the Northern Territory for her final six-week teaching placement. It was back then that I decided that I too needed to go.

Two years later, I further spoke about SWiRL with my friend Elyse Scicluna, who described her experience as life changing. She has since relocated her life and is now teaching in the Northern Territory full time. At that stage I didn't need any more persuading – I decided that I was definitely going.

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Professional Engagement – Developing Global Citizenship

Applied Curriculum Project – Developing Global Citizenship, Methodist Ladies' College, 2014140px-Mlclogo_green_small

During 2014, I worked collaboratively with my university colleague Olivia Sonn and broader communities – Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) and Victoria University (VU) (VIT Standard 6 & 7 – professional learning and engagement), to investigate teachers’ and students’ involvement in the cultivation of global citizenship qualities, more specifically in the development of awareness, appreciation, understanding and responsibility.

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Case – Professional Engagement

Practice Described
It is early August, 8:30am. At the Methodist Ladies' College a long queue of young scientists, from all across Victoria, are braving the cold in anticipation to impress the judges with their scientific models and inventions. Calm before the storm – the judging day of the 64th annual Science Talent Search competition has finally arrived – I am observing, going over the extensive assessment rubrics for the very last time before the judging begins. I am excited and a little nervous; it’s been a year since I have done this for the first time. This year’s theme: ‘Science of Light’ – I can’t wait to see what the children have been busy inventing and building in their spare time.

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