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LDA and AJLD Awards

2016 LDA Awards

The 2016 LDA Eminent Researcher Award to Professor Maryanne Wolf

The 2016 LDA Eminent Researcher Award, presented by the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, has been awarded to Professor Maryanne Wolf. Professor Wolf has contributed significantly to reading research over several decades. Her interest in the neurological underpinnings of reading, language and reading difficulties has led to many published papers and books. This theoretical understanding of reading acquisition resulted in the RAVE-O Reading Program, which has assisted thousands of struggling readers. Professor Wolf will be presented with her award at the LDA AGM on the 10th September in Melbourne, following her speaking tour.

2016 LDA Mona Tobias Award  to Dr Roslyn Neilson

The recipient of the LDA Mona Tobias Award for 2016 is Dr Roslyn Neilson. Ros, a speech pathologist, has shown great leadership in the area of literacy acquisition over several decades. Her contribution to both research and practice has influenced many thousands of teachers and speech pathologists. She has developed a number of teacher-friendly assessment tools which are used throughout the country and advocates for research-based practice through her training presentations, her papers and articles and her vocal contribution to relevant educational bodies.  Dr Neilson will be presented with her award at the LDA AGM on the 10th September in Melbourne.

2016 LDA Bruce Wicking Award to  Lynne Ivicevic

The recipient of the LDA Bruce Wicking Award for 2016 is Lynne Ivicevic. Lynne is a secondary learning support teacher and sessional lecturer at ECU. Her work with students with learning difficulties and other disabilities through her PROPEL Program has enabled many hundreds of students to reach their potential. Lynne’s passion and dedication to those students who, for whatever reason, are struggling makes her a very worthy recipient of this award. Lynne will be presented with her award at the LDA AGM on the 10th September in Melbourne.

2015 LDA and AJLD Awards

The 2015 LDA Eminent Researcher Award

The 2015 LDA Eminent Researcher Award, presented by the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, was awarded to Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart AM. The magnitude of Professor Coltheart’s distinguished research contributions and career highlights in relation to reading is substantial.  Click here to the complete 2015 LDA Celebration Awards report.

2015 AJLD Early Career Researcher Award.

The 2015 Early Career Researcher Award, presented by the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, was awarded to Dr Tanya Serry. The central theme of Tanya Serry’s research is on policy and practices in the Australian context for students at all levels, who struggle with reading and spelling. Click here to the complete 2015 LDA Celebration Awards report.

2015 LDA Mona Tobias Award  

The recipient of the LDA Mona Tobias Award for 2015 is Emeritus Professor Brian Byrne. Brian Byrne has made significant contributions to research on reading development, the acquisition of reading, the education of students with learning difficulties, and to leadership in research translation.  Click here to the complete 2015 LDA Celebration Awards report.

2015 LDA Tertiary Student Award

The 2015 recipient of the LDA Tertiary Student is Dr Danielle Colenbrander. Danielle’s primary research interests are educational psychology, cognitive psychology, and educational assessment. Click here to the complete 2015 LDA Celebration Awards report.

Highly recommended  - Dr Anne Bellert

 

LDA Awards

The LDA Awards are designed to recognise outstanding work in the field of learning difficulties. These Awards are open to both members and non-members of LDA. Individuals may only be nominated for one LDA award in any round. LDA reserves the right not to confer an Award in any of these categories if no suitable nomination is received. The closing date for the 2017 LDA Awards is Friday 26th May 2017. Submissions can be forwarded by email to ldaquery@bigpond.net.au with the name of the award nomination category in the subject line. For more information about the awards, how to apply, and previous winners, visit the Learning Difficulties Australia website.


•   LDA Mona Tobias Award
•   LDA Bruce Wicking Award
•   LDA Tertiary Student Award
•   Previous LDA Special Awards recipients
•   Previous LDA Awards recipients 

AJLD Awards

Two new Awards, the AJLD Eminent Researcher Award and the AJLD Early Career Researcher Award, were initiated in 2012.  These Awards, funded by Taylor and Francis, publishers of the LDA Journal, the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, are designed to recognise significant contributions to research and to encourage submissions of high quality research papers to the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, and in this way to raise the profile of the LDA Journal. These Awards are decided by the Journal Editors in consultation with the Editorial Board.
•    AJLD Eminent Researcher Award
•    AJLD Early Career Researcher Award
•    AJLD Eminent Researcher Award recipients

Awards & Nomination Procedures

Recipients of the LDA and AJLD Awards are usually announced in August and presented at the LDA Annual General Meeting thereafter. Travel and accommodation expenses to attend the ceremony will be met by LDA.

The closing date for 2017 LDA award nominations and applications is 26 May 2017. LDA reserves the right not to confer an Award in any of these categories if no suitable nomination is received.

Nomination Procedures


The Mona Tobias Award

Emily Mona Tobias, B.E.M., died in 1980. She was acknowledged for her exceptional skills as a teacher and her devotion to children with learning difficulties and this award commemorates her pioneering work. The Mona Tobias Award is presented in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of learning difficulties in Australia. This contribution may be in the area of leadership, research, practice or teacher and community education.

For further information about Mona Tobias and list of previous recipients of the Mona Tobias Award click here.

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The Bruce Wicking Award

Bruce Wicking established the Currajong School in 1974, and was committed to the provision of programs which catered for the individual needs of children with learning difficulties. The funds for this award are provided through the generosity of the Wicking family and their friends in commemoration of Bruce’s life and work. The award recognises an individual or organisation for innovative programs or practices relating to the teaching of children with learning difficulties.

For further information about the Bruce Wicking Award and previous recipients click here.

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The Tertiary Student Award

The LDA Tertiary Student Award is presented in recognition of academic excellence and significant research which advances the understanding of theoretical and practical issues in the field of learning difficulties, carried out by a student in the course of their tertiary level studies. The Award is based on the submission of a research article, which will be considered for publication in the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties.

For further information about the Tertiary Student Award and previous recipients, click here.

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AJLD Awards

Nominations for AJLD awards

The AJLD Eminent Researcher Award and the AJLD Early Career Researcher Award are funded by Taylor and Francis, publishers of the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. These awards are designed to recognise significant contributions to research and to encourage submissions of high quality research papers to the Journal. The awards are decided by the journal editors in consultation with the editorial board. For more information about the awards, how to apply, and previous winners, visit the Learning Difficulties Australia website.

 

The AJLD Eminent Researcher Award

This award is designed to recognize significant contributions by eminent researchers in the field of learning difficulties and will be awarded by invitation. The editors of the Journal will approach worthy eminent researchers, inviting them to submit an article.  The prize of $500 will be awarded upon receipt from the researcher of a paper appropriate for publication in the Journal.

 

The AJLD Early Career Researcher Award

This award will be decided by open competition based on the submission of a paper appropriate for publication in the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. Researchers eligible to receive this award will have completed their PhD within the last six years, and will be currently engaged in research which has the potential to make a significant contribution to theory or practice in the learning difficulty area.  The paper to be considered for publication should be submitted to ldaquery@bigpond.net.au by Friday 26 May 2017. All papers submitted for this award will be considered for publication in the Journal.  

 
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