CQU academic wins international award
Ken Purnell and his wife, Sandra Younger travel to Michigan in October for Ken to receive the prestigious international award from the largest teacher producing university in the United States: the 2014 Outstanding Alumni. He has been invited to address the Association of American Geographers Conference while there.
Part of Ken's biosketch for the award:
Ken obtained his MA with Honours from WMU in 1979. He is also a graduate of Sydney University with a B.Ed (Distinction) majoring in Geography and Economics and won the Geographical Society of NSW Prize for the highest GPA. Ken's PhD was from the UNSW in cognitive neuroscience 1991.
Since 1991 Ken has been at CQU with various roles including Head of Education and involved in leading Learning and Teaching with contributions to all areas of that for the University.
Since 1992 Ken has been very involved too in significant contributions the school system for the State of Queensland in various ways including as a member of the Governing Authority, Assessment and Moderation Committee, Curriculum Committee P-12, and various other roles representing all Queensland Universities.
That includes the development of policy, syllabuses and resources P-12 for all learning areas and subjects.
He has had a first hand role too in assessment and moderation associated with the world-renowned school based, externally moderated Years 11 and 12 system.
Indeed, Ken has a keen involvement in the Year 12 Queensland Core Skills Test that has three times now been judged by international experts as 'the best of its type in the world'.
Ken will also be a part too of the new assessment and tertiary entrance systems for secondary students to commence in the near future.