Diary dates

International Arts Education Week

Drawing, Painting and Sensory Knowing Exhibition

Date: Monday 14-Friday 25 May
Time: 9am-6pm
Venue: studioFive, Level 5, 234 Queensberry St

This exhibition showcases a selection of student works produced during DPSK workshop sessions, focussing in particular on our drawing program. Here, students explored such methods as analytical, contour and gesture drawing whilst sensitively describing form, space and proportion.

Moving On - the Music of Brian Brown

Date: Wednesday 23 May
Time: 5:30-7pm

Venue: studioFive, Level 5, 234 Queensberry St

Moving On is designed to introduce students in Years 9 to 12 to the music of Brian Brown, a composer and improvising musician often described as the father of modern Australian jazz. The first Australian to record the music of Miles Davis, Brown’s changing and evolving style over the 50 years of his career can be heard in the 12 ensembles he led, the last of these a trio from 2000 to 2010. Brown’s capacity to reinvent his music, his exploration of unusual instruments and his playfulness with sound are conveyed in five chapters that vividly demonstrate the development of a unique compositional journey. Presented by Ros McMillan and Lorraine Milne.

Date: Thursday 24 May
Time: 5:15-6:45pm
Venue: studioFive, Level 5, 234 Queensberry St

Join a Round Table Discussion, critical debate and inspired innovation with a range of experts whose backgrounds involve a diverse range of experience and approaches to museum and gallery contexts.

UNESCO International Arts Week Networking Event

Date: Friday 25 May
Time: 4-5.30pm
Venue: studioFive, Level 5, 234 Queensberry St

Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education represents the arts in Australia to the wider UNESCO education community through research and practice in arts education. At this International Arts Week networking event, we invite you to studioFive so that we can showcase recent work and extend an invitation to you to consider how you can work with us to showcase arts education globally.

Please join us for wine, cheese and creative dialogue on Friday 25 May, 2018 studioFive, Level 5Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Teaching the General Capability of Ethical understanding in the Australian Curriculum

Julie Mitchell

Date: Thursday, 24th May, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: L713/714, Level 7, 100 Leicester Street

Chair: Professor Lesley Farrell
Supervisors: Professor Julie McLeod and Professor Lyn Yates

The Australian Curriculum is conceived as an integrated structure across three dimensions. Its General capabilities are to be taught within the context of eight Learning areas. This study investigated the views and experiences of teachers in three secondary schools implementing the capability of Ethical understanding. These were examined through reflective interviews and writing, both before and after teaching a curriculum unit they designed integrating ethical perspectives in Mathematics, Science, English and History.

This study shows that teachers embrace diverse understandings of ‘ethics’, and in the gap between policy and practice they are more than ‘implementers’, they are curriculum ‘makers’. Further, the study suggests that the presence of an ‘ethical’ lens in the curriculum is positively disruptive and enhances learning for teachers and students.

Research with Children and Teenagers: Principles and Methods

Date: Tuesday 29 May
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Venue: Room 356, Level 3, Arts West North Wing, University of Melbourne
Price: $350 or $250 for PhD students

This course will provide insight into the theories, ethics, challenges and rewards associated with conducting research with children and teenagers, particularly rights-based and participatory approaches involving children and teenagers as co-researchers. It will explore a range of innovative models, engaging techniques, and methods suitable for use with young children and groups in vulnerable circumstances. There will also be an opportunity for participants to address queries in relation to their own projects.

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PhD confirmation seminar
Claire Akhbari: Unsettling the University Classroom: Decolonising Moments in a Settler Colonial Institution

Date: Tuesday 5 June
Time: 10:30am
Venue: Room 372, Kwong Lee Dow building, 234 Queensberry Street

Chair: Associate Professor Sarah Maddison
Supervisors: Professor Elizabeth McKinley, Dr Nikki Moodie, Dr Clare Land

This study arises in response to an absence regarding the potential of the university classroom to enact decolonising learning objectives. While much academic work is available which critiques universities as institutions of colonial reproduction or discusses the theoretical aspects of decolonisation, there is a gap in considering what decolonising change in action looks like.

This research aims to contribute to university academic understanding of decolonising classroom practices. Therefore it will investigate the subject planning and classroom practices in five subjects at the University of Melbourne, as well as the experiences of the students in those classrooms. Within a decolonising methodological framework, this project will be conducted utilising qualitative research methods, including observation, focus groups, interviews and document analysis to be analysed with a thematic rubric.

Ron Baird: Reframing graffiti writing as a community practice: sites of youth learning and social engagement

Date: Wednesday 6 June
Time: 1:00pm
Venue: Meeting Rooms 514/515. Level 5, 100 Leicester Street Bld, University of Melbourne

Supervisors: Professor Johanna Wyn and Professor Julie McLeod
Advisory Committee: Professor Fazal Rizvi (Chair) and Dr Katie Wright

This study investigated the ways in which graffiti writing is learnt and how graffiti writers experience this learning. Drawing on a communities of practice framework enables me to frame graffiti as a skilful and aesthetic practice that is learned in a communally situated context. It shifts the focus from graffiti as a stigmatized practice to the expert knowledge that young people develop over time through their engagement with a learning community. The research methodology utilised two qualitative methods: semi-structured interviews and observation of graffiti practice. The findings indicate that graffiti writing is a learnt practice that includes a wide range of skills that require cognitive, social, emotional and bodily engagement of the graffiti practitioner. These skills coalesce at the site of practice and serve to inform the learning of the practice by novice graffiti writers guided by more experienced writers. This study contributes new knowledge about youth cultural practice as a site of learning by developing an understanding of the lived experiences of graffiti writers.

Teaching and Learning Summit

Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:30pm
Venue: G06, Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, University of Melbourne

The Melbourne Centre for the Study of the Higher Education is pleased to present the biannual Teaching and Learning Summit to be held on Wednesday 6 June 2018, 9-4.30pm. The Summit will address two critical teaching and learning issues for the University of Melbourne.

Morning session: Student Engagement: Meeting the challenge

Afternoon session: Indigenous knowledge's and the Indigenous student experience

We invite you to register for one or both of these sessions.

ARC Rejoinder Seminar

Date: Friday 8 June
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Venue: Prest Theatre (Rm G06) Ground floor, Business and Economics building, 111 Barry St
Attention Applicants for ARC schemes (DP19, DE19. LP18)

In preparation for the release of the Assessor comments in RMS for various ARC schemes, RIC (Research, Innovation and Commercialisation) is holding an ARC Rejoinder Seminar. A current ARC College of Expert Member and a successful researcher will be providing advice and tips on how to write your rejoinder.

Melbourne Social Equity Institute Seed Funding - Applications Now Open

The Melbourne Social Equity Institute brings together researchers to address disadvantage across social life, including health, education, housing, culture, work and transport. The Institute is inviting proposals for interdisciplinary, community-engaged and innovative research projects to begin in the second half of 2018. Applicants can apply for a minimum of $20,000 and a maximum of $50,000, and up to eight projects will be funded. Applications are open until Friday 15 June. For more information visit https://socialequity.unimelb.edu.au/research/seed-funding-2018

Think Before you Link! - Discussion for Recruiting Partners for your ARC Linkage Project Proposal

MERI will be running a workshop to support applicants for the upcoming ARC Linkage Project intakes 2 and 3 (intake 2 due on 17 July 2018; and intake 3 due on 13 November 2018). A current successful Linkage Project Chief Investigator will share their knowledge of successful partner collaborations.

Applicants for the 2019 ARC Linkage Project scheme are recommended to attend this interactive workshop and places are limited. Please register here.