National honour for inspirational teacher

September 22, 2017

Instilling self-belief: Dr le Breton has earned national recognition for his inspirational teaching.

A lecturer in Murdoch’s flagship enabling course On Track has won a national teaching award for his innovative approach to student learning.

Dr Peter le Breton from the Centre for University Teaching and Learning has been awarded a national Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

This Citation forms part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching, administered by the Federal Government Department of Education and Training. These prestigious awards recognise quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning.

Dr le Breton teaches in On Track, a 14-week course that equips students with the research, writing and thinking skills necessary to successfully study at university.

He was recognised for his inspirational teaching style, providing students with an excellent learning environment that is personal, accessible, challenging and rewarding.

“I create a safe climate that nurtures and strengthens the motivation and self-efficacy of students,” Dr le Breton said.

“It is important to care for students by listening to them deeply and being vulnerable. I speak about my own life journey, failures and achievements, not to impress them, but to impress upon them the importance of passion, resilience, investing in failure, embracing adversity, and other optimal learning principles I seek to model.

“I strive to find innovative ways to engage and dialogue with students, demystify critical thinking and literacy, redefine success and failure, model a ‘growth’ mindset, and help students to establish patterns of behaviour conducive to high-level learning.”

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen praised Dr le Breton’s contribution to learning.

“Dr le Breton’s unfailing support and passion instills students with the self-belief in their abilities,” Professor Leinonen.

“He plays an essential role in opening a realm of future possibilities for students and is well deserving of this national recognition.”

Dr le Breton will receive a $10,000 award from the Department of Education and Training to further enhance his expertise and contribution to learning and teaching at Murdoch.


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Dr. Zahid September 26, 2017

Congratulations Dr. le Breton
Good luck for future endeavors as well

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