Educator to study neuroscience potential

Fiona Walker will travel to the UK and US to study neuroscience.
Fiona Walker will travel to the UK and US to study neuroscience.

Ms Walker was granted more than $20,000 to carry out research in the UK and USA.

She is one of 13 WA Churchill Fellows in the 50th anniversary year of the Fellowship.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established to honour Winston Churchill�s legacy and celebrate Australians who want to travel, learn and bring knowledge back to the country.

The 54-year-old is currently a consultant in the literacy department of the Education Department and previously worked as a teacher at Armadale Primary School and was the deputy principal at Piara Waters Primary School.

She said she was hoping to investigate how neuroscience could optimise student outcomes in Australian primary schools.

�I�ve been in education for over 30 years and always been passionate about education,� she said.

�I want to find out how neuroscience can tell us things about the way students and we learn and then find out and bring it back to teach and learn more effectively,� she said.

�I�m going to the University of Cambridge to learn and then to the Brain Society Conference in Florida.�

Ms Walker said she would head overseas to conduct her research in April and May next year.