Malta MA ECE prizewinners 2015
This year there are two very worthy winners of the 2015 St Catherine’s High School Postgraduate Student Prize in Malta, Vanessa Saliba (MA Educational Studies) and Julia Bianco (MA in Early Childhood Education).
Vanessa Saliba (MA Educational Studies)
Dr Sabine Little, Vanessa's course supervisor, said of her work, "It was of a consistently high standard throughout the programme. For her dissertation, Vanessa researched the reasons behind students' choices to attend private tuition within the context of Malta's fee-free education system. She has enjoyed studying so much that she has now gained a place to study for her Doctorate and we hope she will be able to take up her place in October 2016".
On receiving her award, Vanessa commented, "Wearing a cap and gown and hearing my name called during the graduation ceremony will mark the end of a long academic journey. Despite my hard work and diligence, however, I did not expect to win the St. Catherine's High School Postgraduate Student Prize for my overall achievements. I am genuinely proud of myself and very pleased with this accomplishment. Many thanks to the entire Malta team from the School of Education for providing me with the necessary guidance and support to make these achievements possible."
Julia Bianco (MA in Early Childhood Education)
Julia focused her studies on how Maltese mothers of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder perceive music as an educational intervention in Early Childhood. Julia's course supervisor, Dr Jools Page, admired her tenacity and enthusiasm for her research, "Julia made good use of her interdisciplinary knowledge to produce a distinctive, scholarly and inspiring dissertation which told the stories of the participant mothers. There is no doubt that the research study demonstrates depth and relevance within the Maltese context as well as striking a chord internationally".
Julia was thrilled to receive the award, commenting "This Master in Early Childhood in my mature years has been the culmination of my many ambitions and achievements to date. I am extremely proud that despite all odds I did well and view myself differently upon finishing this journey. I am glad that my dissertation was as well received as I enjoyed researching and writing it. Most of all I was humbled by the mothers of children with ASD for the strength and determination and attribute my prize to them".