GEOGRAPHICAL ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA [Inc.]

The Geographical Association of Western Australia (GAWA) main objective is to encourage, in various ways, the advancement, education, promotion and practice of the science of geography in Western Australia. It does this by providing an organisation and forum for students, teachers and practitioners of geography to share knowledge, ideas, opinions and activities about the science of geography and geographical education.

Since its formation in the early 1970s, GAWA has been serving teachers of Geography, secondary students and pre-service teachers throughout Western Australia.  In 2013, GAWA opened its membership to WA primary teachers of geography and commenced providing professional learning opportunities to assist primary teachers in the implementation of the new Western Australian Curriculum: Geography.

Currently GAWA has approximately 320 primary and secondary teacher/school members.  Teachers, who are GAWA Members either as Individual Members or through their Institution's Membership, are able to enjoy considerable subsdies and discounts for many of its activities and resources.

The GAWA Management Council oversees the operation of the Association through an Executive and a Management Council. The Council's sub-committees can be accessed via the [ Article 7LE765XOUMTJNJIU23Z1PO2E4RW968 not found.].

GAWA organises and provides a variety of activities including:

For Teachers:

Professional Learning Workshops - In 2016, GAWA is planning a number of professional development/learning activities for both Primary and Secondary teachers - refer  GAWA's 2016 PL Program

The [ Article 80WJ228GK2GS6A18KC6RBVW9A318YX not found.] for Teacher Excellence - Currently this award is valued at $2,000. 

GAWA Bulletin - GAWA publishes a regular Bulletin (newsletter) for members available in both electronic and print formats. The publication provides an important vehicle for informing geography teachers and members of GAWA about activities, curriculum developments and a range of geographical education information.  A new format for our Bulletin will be introduced in 2016 as GAWA increasingly moves to using electronic and social media platforms.

GAWA Facebook Page - introduced ion 2015, our facebook page is growing in popularity and provides a wealth of resource ideas and material for teachers and students.  Check it out at:  https://www.facebook.com/gawa.asn.au

National Representation - GAWA is affiliated with a number of national and 'peak' geography and social science bodies, including AGTA

For Students:

Geography Year 12 ATAR Revision Sessions - half-day enrichment and revision sessions for prospective Geography ATAR Year 12 Examination candidates. A number of local experts provide input on a range of course topics. 

Australian Geography Competition - this national competition, which in 2015, attracted approximately 12,500 WA entrants from over 90 schools and over 90,000 entries nationwide, is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland.

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Geography Resources:

Geography Texts - GAWA regularly produces a range of textbooks and other resources for students studying Geography. New publications are regularly published.  GAWA’s latest textbook is a Year 12 ATAR textbook addressing the syllabus requirements for the new Western Australian Curriculum: Geography.

Trial Examination Papers -. GAWA bi- annually publishes Year 11 and Year 12 examination packages (including a double-sided, full-colour Geography Broadshee, questions, marking guides and multiple-choice answer sheets) for both Semester 1 and 2. These examinations have proved extremely popular with teachers throughout the state.

Other GAWA Resources - GAWA is continually involved, in various ways, in the development and distribution of new teaching and learning resources. These new resources will cater for both primary and secondary students of Geography and HaSS courses. 
 

Public Access:

GAWA Office hours are 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday.  GAWA maintains an office at the Crossways Shopping Centre in Subiaco that is open to the public and handles numerous public inquiries concerning geography syllabuses, teaching, student resources and general geographical information. GAWA welcomes and encourages its members to access the Office for assistance. 

Website - GAWA maintains a public website at:www.gawa.asn.au 

Professional Liaison - GAWA maintains contact and networks with a wide range of professional associations, commercial organisations and non-profit groups both with respect to geography and other related fields (e.g. cartography, environment, GIS, global education, planning). 

Contact the Geographical Association of WA:

Telephone/Facsimile: (08) 9388 2656                   e-mail: gawaadmin@westnet.com.au                   Internet: www.gawa.asn.au

Postal Address: P.O. Box 1252, SUBIACO WA 6904

GAWA Office Location: Suite 27, Upper Level, Crossways Centre, 180-184 Rokeby Road, (cnr of Bagot Road), SUBIACO

President:  Darryl Michie    E-mail: anna.griffin@svacs.wa.edu.au