Dr Majeda Awawdeh
- PhD in Mathematics Education, University of New South Wales
- Master of Mathematics Education, University of Haifa
- Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Haifa
- Bachelor of Computer Sciences, University of Haifa
- Bachelor of Education, University of Haifa
Dr Majeda Awawdeh, the founder of Global Education Academy, has completed a PhD degree at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Mathematics Education and Cognitive Load Theory. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Computer Sciences, a Bachelor degree in Education, and a Masters Degree (with high distinction) in Mathematics Education.
Global Education Academy is the only learning centre in Australia that is research-based. It embodies the culmination of an educational philosophy shaped by Dr Awawdeh’s teaching career and her research into cognition and teaching methodology.
Majeda taught Mathematics for many years and always wondered why students found it difficult to understand some concepts in Mathematics. Looking for answers, she undertook extensive research in this field which led to her encounter with the RME (Realistic Mathematics Education) approach which is used in the Netherlands and is regarded as highly successful. However, many questions were still unanswered.
Majeda then came to Australia on UNSW academic scholarship by granted to high-achieving scholars to conduct PhD research. In her PhD research, she investigated why and how learners receive information, how the brain works and how the learning process may be facilitated.
“The research I conducted for my PhD in Mathematics Education and Cognitive Load Theory, investigated the way students learn and think and how unnecessary cognitive load can be minimised to enable understanding. Cognitive load has a critical impact on thinking and consequently understanding, not only in mathematics, but also in all other subjects.” This research was supervised by Professor John Sweller, the founder of Cognitive Load Theory. The theory has significant influence on education in the United States and the Netherlands.
Dr Awawdeh also has five years of broad experience in writing, managing and developing ICAS Mathematics tests at the University of New South Wales.
After working for a few years at the university, Dr Awawdeh decided to put the theory into practice and started the Global Education Academy (GEA), The only research-based learning centre in Australia. GEA offers another perspective on education. A ‘Learning for Understanding Framework’ has been developed in accordance with Cognitive Load Theory principles to enable students to understand concepts and become independent thinkers and problem solvers. GEA has grown quickly by word of mouth since its inception in 2010, due largely to this revolutionary teaching style.
Dr Majeda Awawdeh won the Business Person of the Year Award – 2017.
“I advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more mathematics courses. They might be able to hear the sound of closing doors”
– James Caballero
Australian Champion Awards Winner – Best Children’s Educational Services 2017
Business Person of the Year 2017
St George Local Awards Winner – 2016
Connection at GEA is at more than one level.
At one level connection refers to the students’ engagement in the classroom and in the real world. At GEA this is guaranteed by the critical selection of only the most enthusiastic and passionate teachers who are able to achieve this.
The GEA textbooks also allow for students to have discussions in class and engage with the material and with each other. It is proven by research that these activities help to promote their connection between abstract concepts to the real world, thus strengthening their conceptual understanding. Students thus become connected and engaged in and outside the classroom.
Furthermore, our teachers and head teacher meet with parents to discuss their child’s performance, ongoing improvement and how to cater for each individual’s needs. GEA encourages parents to take a more involved approach in their child’s learning, by encouraging their child to incorporate the new concepts they have learned in their everyday life; such as using a broader vocabulary, problem-solving methodologies which brings Maths to life.
The whole team of GEA is approachable; we have clear communication and we are transparent. Students take their books, assessments and all we teach home. This enables parents, particularly primary school students’ parents, to have something to work with and get involved. Our text books are a guide to parents and compensate for the lack of text books used in primary schools.
When it comes to OC, Selective and Scholarship application, we have a team of experts who help parents with school choice and application, a matter that maximises the chance of achieving entries into these schools.
2017 National Winner - Australian Business Champion Awards
2017 Best Children's Educational Services Award
2017 Winner Local Business Awards
2016 Winner Local Business Awards