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 a UNSW academic scholarship 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.
“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