Diary dates

Rethinking engagement: A genealogy of engagement in the middle years of schooling, 1990-2018

Student: Rachel Flenley
Professor Julie McLeod and A/Professor Russell Cross
Advisory committee: Dr Dianne Mulcahy and Dr Jeana Kriewaldt
Date: Wednesday 8 August
Time: 2pm
Venue: Room 713/714, Level 7, 100 Leicester St

Engagement is a keyword in contemporary Australian education.The concept has become inextricably linked with academic achievement and now functions as a code word for educational success, with its absence a problematic augur or marker of failure, particularly in the middle years of schooling (ages 10-15) where the ‘problem' of disengagement is considered most acute. Fostering engagement has therefore become a key educational priority with engagement policies proliferating at the school, state, federal and supra-national levels, and holistic educational reform programs considered key solutions, both historically and today (Barratt, 1998; Ministerial Council for Education Employment Training and Youth Affairs [MCEETYA], 2008) .

Taking a genealogical approach (Hacking, 1990; Somers, 2008), this project asks when, why and how did we arrive at the idea that the engagement is necessary in Australian education and to what effect? It seeks to trace the history of the concept over the years of 1990–2018, illuminating both its transformative promise and its regulatory effects on ideas of good teaching and learning in policy, public and practitioner imaginaries.

Reconfiguring knowledge in higher education

Date:  Wednesday 8 August
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm
Venue: GO1, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Spencer Road

Changing pressures, directions and practices in relation to knowledge pose challenges for universities today. This panel discusses insights into the forms of these changes and university responses emerging from two recent national research projects in Australia and Norway now published in two new books.

Workshop: Open access, data sharing and archiving qualitative research

Date:  Thursday 9 August
Time: 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Frank Tate Room, Level 9

The Social Transformations and Education Research Hub invites you to attend a one-day workshop that aims to promote critical dialogue surrounding open access, data sharing, archiving and re-use of qualitative research materials in the sociology of education.

It seeks to foster and strengthen critical engagement among the educational research community and facilitate a network of scholars who wish to pursue applied, outreach and scholarly work in this area. Panels will speak to the challenges and possibilities for data sharing in the education or broader social science and humanities research communities.

The workshop is being convened by Professor Julie McLeod from MGSE, together with the Australian Data Archive (ADA) and the University’s Social & Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP), with funding support from the AARE Sociology of Education SIG and the ARC.

Third Annual ACEL Early Childhood Conference 2018

Date: 9 - 10 August
Venue: Hilton Hotel Sydney

Early childhood leaders and educators will again gather in Sydney for the 3rd annual ACEL Early Childhood Conference in August 2018.

The conference will enable those involved in the early childhood sector, as well as those in the primary and secondary sectors, to discuss, explore, share and experience relevant and contemporary issues in this field.

Early childhood professionals will have the opportunity to hear keynote speakers who are specialists in teaching young children, supporting the development of the whole child considering any unique needs they may have, and preparing them for their transition to primary, secondary school and beyond.

The conference will provide attendees the opportunity to reflect, engage and network with colleagues and mentors on issues such as:

Teaching and Learning Seminar Series

Date: Various dates in August - September
Time: 1pm-2pm
Venue: Harold White Theatre, 757 Swanston Street

A series of seminars and discussion panels will be presented throughout semester 2 to showcase exemplars of evidence-based practice in teaching, learning, and assessment. Speakers from a range of disciplines across the University will discuss the approaches they are taking to engage students in large class lectures, blended, and fully online learning environments.

Fellowship Preparation Workshop for Women

Date: Tuesday 14 August
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Venue: 207 Bouverie St - B103 (Theatre 1)

This workshop is for women (all career stages and disciplines) who are applying for a Fellowship (such as DECRA, Future Fellowship, NHMRC Fellowship)

DEd Completion Seminar – A Framework of Factors for Learning Environment Evaluation

Date: Tuesday 14 August
Time: 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Room Q509

Student: Graeme Oliver
Supervisors: A/Prof Wesley Imms, Dr Benjamin Cleveland (ABP), A/Prof Kenn Fisher (ABP)
Advisory Chair: Prof David Clarke

Graeme Oliver’s research developed a framework of factors to facilitate the evaluation of innovative education practices in innovative learning environments. The interdisciplinary project combined the perspectives of educators and learning environment designers/architects. An expert elicitation methodology was used to identify the most significant factors for evaluating the relationships between the social and physical components of these environments, leading to two significant outcomes: 1) a framework of factors that represent the pragmatic orientation of educators and designers working on innovative learning environment projects, and 2) a questionnaire that guides identification of suitable approaches to the evaluation of innovative education practices in innovative learning environments.

PhD Completion Seminar
Families at First Teachers: Understanding Indigenous Early Childhood Teaching and Learning

Date: Tuesday 14 August
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Venue: L413/414

This PhD study is situated within the ARC Linkage Project ‘Building a Bridge into Preschool in Remote Northern Territory Communities’. Utilising an interpretive lens and guided by a conceptual framework adapted from Karen Martin’s (2008) approach to Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Ways of Being and Ways of Doing, the study sought to understand Indigenous family teaching and learning at home and playgroup contexts through listening to local perspectives during yarning sessions and observing video-recorded mother-child reading and play interactions with interpretations provided by local Indigenous Family Liaison Officers. The study found six main components of teaching and learning – Place and time, Kinships, Reciprocity, wellbeing and agency, Respect, responsibility and accountability, Language use and Cultural and playgroup practices. The implication of the study is that it provides a culturally receptive foundation and platform for non-Indigenous and Indigenous practitioners and policy makers to communicate on a comprehensive range of interrelated aspects that can be built on and adapted to suit the families’ teaching and learning needs.

Public Lecture
Inequality in Education: What have we learned and what can we do?

Presented by Professor Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan

Date: Wednesday 15 August
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Venue: Copland Theatre, The Spot 198 Berkley Street

The 2018 Downing Lecture will be presented by Professor Susan M. Dynarski from the University of Michigan.

The good news: college attendance is on the rise worldwide.
The bad news: class divides in education are also widening.

In this talk, Professor Dynarski explores troubling increases in inequality in educational attainment and achievement. Potential explanations are examined, as well as promising, evidence-based policies to shrink the divide.

Coaching in professional contexts

Date: Friday 17 August
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Level 1,Room Q102
Cost: $190

Thinking of becoming an executive coach?

In this interactive session, internationally renowned presenter, Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh, will provide an overview of the foundational skills and processes of executive coaching. The content will be relevant for those thinking about becoming executive coaches and those who would like to build coaching skills into their existing professional roles (e.g. nurse, HR manager, learning and development specialist, teacher, marketing manager).

Integrating coaching and Positive Psychology in educational settings

Date: Saturday 18 August
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 1, Room 106
Cost: $190

Interested in integrating Coaching and Positive Psychology in educational settings?

Led by internationally renowned presenter, Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh, this interactive, advanced session is designed for educators who are already using coaching, mentoring or positive psychology in their institutions.

Applications now open – Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Whether the focus is Asia, new technology or social change, Westpac is offering funding for graduate study for talented individuals at Australia's leading universities. Scholars will be exceptional people, chosen for their potential to make a difference to Australia's future in one of three focus areas:

1. Technology and innovation
2. Strengthening Australia-Asia ties
3. Enabling positive social change

Valued at up to $120,000 over, typically, 2-3 years, scholarships will be awarded annually for research or coursework studies at graduate level. Applications close on 5 September 2018.

Please note that applicants for this scholarship must also have applied for Masters or PhD candidature in order to be considered.