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Brenton BANHAM

Year of Award: 2009 Award State: South Australia Education > General
Science > General
The Phyllis Primrose Whyte Churchill Fellowship to study the structure and pedagogy of targeted school and community-focused science outreach programs - Singapore, Japan, USA, UK
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The Phyllis Primrose Whyte Churchill Fellowship is for residents of South Australia. Ms Whyte was an English teacher who loved poetry. Her sister, Jean, also left funds to the Trust to sponsor two Fellowships in the field of Library and Information Services.

In 2009 Brent Banham was awarded one such Fellowship, to explore science communication in schools and communities. After visiting Singapore, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, he reflected: ‘The existence of the Churchill Trust is an extraordinary thing. The way it goes about its function is a joy. The support the Trust has given at every step of the process has been much appreciated, as has their faith in my endeavour.’

Brent recognised that the field of science communication was more diverse and complex than he had thought before leaving Australia, and he writes in his report: ‘My conviction and sense of vocation has been sharpened by the experience.’

(an excerpt from "Inspiring Australians" 2015)

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