Diary dates

Australia India Institute
Question Marks Seminar: India’s Right to Education Act – the future of inclusive education?

Date: Thursday 7 June
Time: 1pm
Venue: Room G03, Ground Floor, Alan Gilbert Building


Amanda Gilbertson – Lecturer, Australia India Institute
Ajita Mattoo – PhD Candidate, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Diana Langmead – PhD Candidate, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Please join us for a lively debate about education reform in India and the responsibilities of the state and private sector in ensuring access to it.

Among development and education scholars, as well as aspiring individuals across the globe, education is understood as a route to upward social mobility. But research shows that education systems are often primary sites for the reproduction of inequalities. India, with its highly privatised education system, is notorious in this regard.

However, a radical new policy, India’s Right to Education Act, which requires private schools to provide free education to underprivileged children, may be reviving the possibility of promoting social mobility through school education.

In this seminar, Amanda Gilbertson will explain the Act and discuss the broad contours of support for and resistance to it. Diana Langmead will then describe how the Act is being implemented at an elite private school where the public display of compliance and support is juxtaposed with underlying opposition to the provision. Finally, Ajita Mattoo will describe how the Act is being implemented in an elite government school, which was previously only open to the children of government employees and is now enthusiastically including underprivileged children.

Book launch
Positioning Research. Shifting Paradigms, Interdisciplinarty and Indigeneity

Date: Wednesday 6 June
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: Studio 5, Level 5, Kwong Lee Dow Building, 234 Queensberry Street
RSVP: or contact margaretkumaraus@gmail.com

Positioning Research. Shifting Paradigms, Interdisciplinarty and Indigeneity edited by Margaret Kumar and Supriya Pattanayak, encompasses western and traditional methodologies including indigeneity, oral and tribal knowledge to create a research-knowledge nexus. While identifying this gap, the book provides avenues that encompass differing cultural backgrounds and disciplines to enable exploration of research frameworks and shifting paradigms, considering the impact of social media and new forms of knowledge that assist real-time global distribution of research. It thus provides a cutting-edge framework for conducting multidisciplinary research.

Please come along and join us for the book launch and celebrate with some refreshments. Copies of the book will also be available for pre-order and sale on the night.

PhD confirmation seminar – Marissa Wu

Date: Thursday 7 June
Time: 12.30pm
Venue: Room L613/614, Level 6, 100 Leicester St

Social and Emotional competence: Outcome of preschool children undertaking the COPE-R program in Taiwan and Australia

Supervisors: Dr Vicki McKenzie and Associate Professor Erica Frydenberg

Social and emotional development in the early years of life from birth to school age, lays the foundation for later mental health, well-being, school readiness and life success. Despite the current encouragement for SEL programs in preschools, there is a gap in the evaluation of such programs. Recently, a large body of research has shown that individualist and collectivist culture may influence the early development and learning of children’s social and emotional competencies. This research project will examine a preschool SEL program cross-culturally, in an attempt to consider the environmental factors affecting the outcomes of such programs. The aim of the proposed research project is to determine the long-term social-emotional outcomes of a recently developed SEL program (COPE-R) for preschool children (aged 4 to 6) in Taiwan and Australia. The project will be conducted with an exploratory mixed method approach. These findings may be helpful for the development of effective SEL programs for young children across cultural groups.

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.

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Completion seminar: Validation of a developmental screening tool for Australian Aboriginal children
Samantha Simpson

Date: Wednesday 13 June
Time: 10am - 11am
Venue: Seminar Room 413 & 414, Level 4, 100 Leicester St


A/Prof Tricia Eadie, Dr Anita D’Aprano, Dr Siek Toon Kho
Advisory Committee: Prof Elizabeth McKinley (Chair), Dr Vicki McKenzie

Standardised developmental screening tools improve early detection rates of developmental difficulties and facilitate access to targeted intervention. Despite higher rates of developmental vulnerability and increasing recognition of the importance of culturally appropriate care, there are no developmental screening tools that have been validated for use with Australian Aboriginal children and families.

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3), a US developmental screening tool, has been cross-culturally adapted for use with Australian Aboriginal children. While this adaptation – the ASQ-TRAK – has been well-received by Aboriginal parents, Aboriginal Health Workers, researchers, and other stakeholders, its psychometric properties cannot be assumed to be equivalent to the original ASQ-3.

We collaborated with Aboriginal Community Controlled Primary Health Organisations, Government Health Departments, and Government Education Departments across several states and territories. Results show that the ASQ-TRAK has acceptable psychometric properties, including sensitivity and specificity.

Focusing on the early identification of developmental difficulties and access to intervention has the potential to positively impact the developmental trajectory of all children.

Date: Wednesday 13 June 2018
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm AEST
Location: Level 5, Studio Five, Kwong Lee Dow Building, 234 Queensberry Street
Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education team has invited Science Gallery Melbourne to share their concepts and curatorial plans for the upcoming exhibition Perfection. The Science Gallery Melbourne team will also let us in on the plans for the Science Gallery site and ways to get involved. Please join us as we hear from one of the most innovative new spaces in Melbourne where art and science meet.

Rose Hiscock, Director Science Gallery Melbourne, The University of Melbourne

Rose Hiscock is the inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne and passionate advocate for science engagement. She has held significant leadership roles including CEO Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) and Executive Director Arts Development Australia Council for the Arts.

Dr Ryan Jefferies

Ryan Jefferies is Head of Programs at Science Gallery Melbourne and a passionate advocate of intersecting science and art. He has curated a range of interdisciplinary exhibitions and public programs, including Science Gallery Melbourne’s inaugural exhibition ‘Blood: Attract & Repel’.

Dr Niels Wouters

Niels is Digital Media Specialist for Science Gallery Melbourne and the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces. He advises on the creative and functional requirements for the digital activation initiatives that Science Gallery Melbourne undertakes.

PERFECTION Enter the world of our utopian future, where everything is as we want it to be.

Mathematical precision, quantum physics, utopian worlds, body modification, internet dating and Instagram filters.

Why do humans strive for perfection?

Underpinned by the accuracy and precision of maths and physics, a wave of new science and technology allows us to modify, hack and transform our lives into our own personal perfection. We can surgically modify our bodies, build perfect cities, clone our dogs and live in ecological harmony with our environment. With growing cultural pressures to look perfect and live an ideal life, is striving for perfection a positive goal? Or is imperfection what sustains life and creates diversity and difference?

Through the lens of artists, musicians, mathematicians, architects, designers, psychologists and surgeons, Science Gallery Melbourne will explore what it means to pursue perfection in a non-perfect world.

PERFECTION will open in September 2018 at the Melbourne School of Design, the University of Melbourne.

Science Gallery Melbourne https://melbourne.sciencegallery.com

2018 Learning Intervention Forum

Date: Tuesday 19 June
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Venue: L613-L614

Using co-operative multiplayer videogames as a space for developing social and communication skills.

The Learning Intervention team would like to invite you to attend this exciting presentation, part of our 2018 Fora.

In this presentation, Lisa will be reporting on a study that examined youth perspectives about their own school refusal. School refusal is a reluctance and often outright refusal to go to school and can be linked to staying close to parental figures as well as displaying emotional upset and/or somatic complaints when faced with attending school.

Most intervention research for school refusal focuses on work done by clinicians and educators with the voice of young people being largely ignored. This study gave youth an opportunity to share their own perspectives about the barriers to attending school and facilitators in returning to school.

Recommendations from this study will be used to enhance interventions for school refusal by including student voice in the development process.

Payment Summaries (Group Certificates 2017-2018 and Casual Pay run Deadline

Payment Summaries (Group Certificates) for 2017 - 2018 will be available to staff to access through Themis Employee Self Service. Online access is the quick and easy way to download Payment Summaries from Themis Self Service.

These will be available no later than Saturday 14 July. Hard copies of the payment summary can be provided subject to a formal request by individual staff members (including casuals) to: payroll-help@unimelb.edu.au no later than Friday 8 June. Staff members must have their correct home address in Themis. For more info how to update your personal contact details please visit: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/itv6

Enquiries: payroll-help@unimelb.edu.au
More information: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/h68a

The final Casual pay run for this financial year is on 21/06/2018, and the deadline to get the timecards approved is 4pm on 18/06/2018. Any casual timecards which are not approved by 4pm on 18/06/2018 will be paid in next financial year.

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 the Institute's website

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.