This prize was established by friends and colleagues of the late Mrs Margaret Barrett in commemoration of her outstanding contribution in assisting children with special needs. Mrs Barrett who was a senior guidance officer in the Tasmanian Department of Education until her death in 1989.
Awarded for the most outstanding piece of work in the subject of child development in the educational setting. The work may include: research which advances knowledge about the nature of specific learning disabilities; work with treatment potential; programs for the management of children experiencing educational difficulties. Undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students, in any school of the University, are eligible to compete for the prize.