Diary dates

Perfection Exhibition

Date: 12 September - 3 November
Time: 12.00pm - 6.00pm Monday to Saturday
Venue: Melbourne Science Gallery at the Melbourne School of Design
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Dr Maurizio Toscano (Science Education) will be exhibiting work in the Melbourne Science Gallery’s exhibition: Perfection. His installation, Ark of Imperfection, captures what we consider imperfect about ourselves. The tension in the work between scientific and metaphysical symbolism heightens the sense of an existential crossroads brought about by scientific perfectionism.

UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education, studioFive Artists in Residency

Date: Monday 1 October - Friday 2 November
Time: Monday - Friday 12.30pm - 5.30pm
Room: studioFive, Level 5, Room 507 Kwong Lee Dow Building 234 Queensberry Street

Clare McFadden is a writer, artist and educator and has worked in arts education with children, young people, and communities in both Australia and the United States. Her first book, The Flying Orchestra, was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia’s Crichton Award, adapted for the stage as the headlining work at the “Out of the Box” Festival and listed as one of the Australian Booksellers’ Association's 50 Favourite Children’s Books. Clare is the Executive Director of Write the World—a writing community for young writers ages 13 - 18. She holds a master's degree in Education from Harvard University. While in residency in studioFive, Clare is hoping that the collaborative and practical environment of the studio will provide the ideal setting to create the artwork for her next book, and, at the same time, develop her facilitation and leadership skills as an artist working within educational and cultural institutions.  This residency in studioFive will immerse her in the creative life of the building, where she will observe what is essential in cultivating such an artful and creative environment. Clare will be painting and illustrating within the open and collaborative space of studioFive, welcoming daily observation and interaction with students and faculty in her space in Room 507. Over the course of the residency, she hopes to complete five double spread pages for the final book, as well as additional sketches.  Clare will be documenting her residency, and will be filming and photographing her progress so that this documentation can be accessed by faculty and students after she leaves.

International learning environments research events

The ARC Linkage Project, Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) lead by A/Prof. Wesley Imms is organising two international research symposia - Transitions18 in:

Canyon View High School
Phoenix, Arizona on 8-9 October and

Auditorium, University College Carlsberg
Copenhagen 15-16 October.

Registrations are open for both events with full program details now available. Learn more about the project on the ILETC website.

For any further information contact Joann Cattlin joann.cattlin@unimelb.edu.au

Call for proposals – Digital literacy show and tell event

Interested in demonstrating an example from your teaching? We are now calling for 'demonstrators' from across the University to share practical examples of incorporating digital technologies and developing students' digital literacy skills in teaching practice.

The Digital Literacy Show and Tell is hosted by MGSE and Scholarly Services - Library on Monday 12 November from 1.30-3.40pm, in StudioFive, Kwong Lee Dow building. Attendees will have the opportunity to move between all the demonstrations, asking questions, exploring new technologies and making connections.

Learn more and submit a proposal by Monday 15 October. Submissions will be reviewed for relevance.

The Good Girl Song Project: Voyage

UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education, studioFive Artist- in-Residence

Date: Monday 15 October
Time: 5.30 – 6.30: Performance 6.30 - 7.00 pm 
Venue: studioFive Drama Theatre
Dr Liz Rushen, presentation and Q&A [$5.00 Admission]

The musical production, Voyage, recounts the little-known history of Australian female migration during the 1830s. It is an outstanding example of the integration of Music and History that casts an important light on women’s experience in colonial Australia, provoking thought and discussion.

Written by Helen Begley, Voyage is based on the academic writings of Dr. Liz Rushen (Senior Research Associate National Centre for Australian Studies and Chair of the History Council of Victoria), who used eyewitness accounts to capture the humour and poignancy of everyday life aboard ship. England 1833: two hundred young women immigrate to the Australian Colonies. But to claim their new life, they must first survive the voyage. The action takes place aboard ship between the pier at Gravesend and the pier at Port Jackson in Sydney. Three women, played by Penny Larkins, Helen Begley, and Penelope Swales must navigate the experience of life aboard an emigrant ship as they are pushed through the colonial migration process. The songs represent the folk music tradition of portraying the stories of ordinary people through music. A swathe of some of Australia's finest folk musicians including Penny Larkins (vocals) Penelope Swales (vocals/whistles) Jamie Molloy (vocals/concertina) and Helen Begley (vocals/guitars), Sally Taylor (fiddle), Carmen O'Brien (fiddle), bring the story of these women to life.  Voyage has been presented at many festivals including Woodford 2017, National Celtic Festival 2015 and 2017, Nanga Music festival in WA, Maldon Folk Festival, 2015 and 2017, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, lllawarra Music Festival, 2017, Tablelands Folk Festival in Yungaburra QLD, Majors Creek, 2017 and a special appearance at the 2018 National Folk Festival in Canberra.

STEM Education Resource: Overview and contribution to students’ mathematical thinking

Mathematics & Science Education Research Seminar

Date: Tuesday 16 October 2018
Time: 12pm
Venue: Theatre Q227, Level 2, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

This presentation will provide an overview of a new STEM education resource (SER). The SER, which was initially targeted for use with middle years secondary students, has been designed to develop students’ capacity to plan and conduct real life investigations. Preliminary results will be presented about the potential for this online system to support mathematical thinking.

Young Working Class Men in Transition

Youth Research Centre Seminar Series 2018 presented by Associate Professor Steven Roberts, Monash University

Date: Tuesday 16 October
Time: 3.30 – 4.30 pm
Venue: Frank Tate Room, Level 9, 100 Leicester Street Building, University of Melbourne
RSVP: For further information contact via telephone (8344 9633) or email:  yrc-info@unimelb.edu.au

Recent social and economic transformation has radically restructured contemporary young people's experience the transition-to-adulthood. Set against this context, this talk draws on a recently published book which followed experiences of a group of young-adult, white, heterosexual, working-class men from the South East of England over a seven-year period. Using biographical interviews and longitudinal social media ethnography, I analyse how working-class masculinity informs and is informed by these generationally specific conditions.

Blending insights from masculinity theorising with Bourdieu's theory of practice, I interrogate processes of continuity and change, and aim to disrupt the harmful, limited stereotypes that emerge from thinking about working class masculinity only in relation to hegemony.  The young men display a ‘getting on with it’ attitude to education, a positive embrace of interactive service work and egalitarian ideals in relationship to the gendered division of domestic labour. A complicated story of enhanced emotionality also emerges in their accounts and in their facebook activity. This discernible shift towards an emotional-capital-rich, working-class masculine habitus is, though, not an antidote to the pressures of the neoliberal economy and class inequalities, and traces of more orthodox masculinity remain present in amongst more inclusive attitudes.

Curriculum Leadership and Senior Secondary Subject Choice

Ross Phillips - PhD confirmation seminar

Date: Friday 19 October 2018
Time: 1pm
Venue: Room: Q372, Level 3, KLD Building, 234 Queensberry St
Supervisors: Associate Professor John Quay and Associate Professor Hernan Cuervo
Chair: Professor John Polesel

This research project examines how school curriculum structures and processes shape student subject choices in the senior secondary years and how this shaping might contribute to — or reproduce— disadvantage among groups that are already experiencing marginalisation and disadvantages in society. To explore this problem, qualitative data will be gathered from key curriculum decision makers on the staff of six schools through interviews, focus group discussions and school documentation using a theoretical framework guided by the conceptual tools of Pierre Bourdieu and the positioning theory of Rom HarrĂ© and Luk van Langenhove.

Just Teacher: Ethical dilemmas in the profession of teaching

The Social Transformations and Education Research Hub - Unpacking Education Brown Bag Lunch Time Seminar

Date: Thursday 25 October
Time: 12pm-1pm
Venue: Room 713/714, Level 7 100 Leicester Street Melbourne Graduate School of Education University of Melbourne

In this seminar, Dr Paula McAvoy, North Carolina State University, and Dr Lauren Gatti, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, will draw upon their study that uses both empirical research and the tools of philosophy and professional ethics to articulate a conception of “professional teacher.” Teachers are particular types of professionals. Unlike lawyers, doctors, and engineers, whose work is often done in the private sphere, with adults, and one-to-one (meaning a doctor works with one patient at a time), teachers mostly work in the public sphere, with children, and in groups. Consequently, the teacher’s professional autonomy is necessarily limited by the fact that they must be responsible to: 1) the democratic aims of education, 2) parents and their legitimate interests in how their children are raised, 3) the well-being of individual children and groups of children, and 4) their professional training and conception of what good teaching requires.

Dr Paula McAvoy is Assistant Professor within the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. She is the co-author with Diana Hess of The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education (Routledge, 2015). 

Dr Lauren Gatti is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is currently working with Paula McAvoy on a book project about ethical dilemmas in teaching.

Service Improvement and Innovation in Tertiary Education Conference

Date: Thursday 25 - Friday 26 October

The 2018 conference aims to encompass all aspects of innovation in tertiary education and capture the collaborative efforts we hope to nurture between industry, government and education providers to create the best outcomes for the tertiary education sector. This year’s conference will examine examples of innovation throughout the tertiary education sector as well as learnings which could be applied from other sectors.

For all conference related queries contact:

Ms Melissa Hendicott
Program Officer
LH Martin Institute
Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

T: 9035 6429 E: melissa.hendicott@unimelb.edu.au

Security by Design: The Emperor’s New Clothes in the Cybersecurity Space?

Date: Friday 26 October
1.00pm - 2.00pm
Theatre 104, Level 2, Melbourne Law School
Presented by Professor Lee A. Bygrave

Security by Design (SbD) is emerging as a goal in various European government policy documents dealing with cybersecurity regulation. For instance, the European Commission’s European Cyber Security Strategy, published in September 2017, prioritises ‘[t]he use of “security by design” methods in low-cost, digital, interconnected mass consumer devices which make up the Internet of Things’. Drawing on insights from parallel discourses on ‘Privacy by Design’, ‘Data Protection by Design’ and, more broadly, ‘Legal Protection by Design’, this seminar critically explores the semantics, origins and potential value of SbD as a nascent regulatory principle.

Lee A. Bygrave is professor at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo, where he oversees the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL). He is currently a guest professor at the Australian National University’s newly established 3A Institute. For the past three decades, Lee has been engaged in researching and developing regulatory policy for information and communications technology (ICT).

UoM: LGBTI+ Awareness Briefing

Date: Wednesday 31 October
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm

The aim of the session is to provide participants with an overall understanding of why LGBTI+ workplace inclusion is important to an organisation as well as to provide a level of comfort around terminology, explore challenges often faced by LGBTI+ employees and provide awareness on the impact that a culture has on the lived experiences of its employees.

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression and orientation
  • Outline some of the unique challenges faced by LGBTI+ employees
  • Respond to some of the common views questioning the need for inclusion initiatives
  • Understand the role that individuals play in creating a more inclusive culture

Steps to enrol and signup

  1. Login to TrainMe: https://uomtrainme.elmotalent.com.au/
  2. At the top of the page, click on Learning
  3. You will see 2 tabs on the page, My Learning and Course Catalogue
  4. Click on Course Catalogue
  5. In the search field, type “LGBTI” and click the search button
  6. The search will return “LGBTI Awareness Employee Briefing”
  7. Click on Sessions, you will see 1 session available
  8. Click on Enrol

Dean's Lecture Series

How do we learn to thrive? The emergence of wellbeing science

Presented by Professor Lindsay Oades, Director, Centre for Positive Psychology

Date: Wednesday 14 November
Time: 5.30pm pre-lecture refreshments and registration
6pm lecture
Venue: Theatre Q230, Level 2, Kwong Lee Dow Building

Debates about wellbeing and happiness have occupied religious discourse, philosophical, political, medical and economic debate for centuries. The emergence of wellbeing science in general and positive psychology in particular, is relatively new. Can we change our wellbeing? If so, should we try? How do we do it? How do we help others to learn to thrive?

In this forward looking presentation, Professor Oades will invite you into the building of a new comprehensive mid-level theory of wellbeing: “Thriveability Theory”  - so desperately needed to fill the barren space between high level theory of philosophers and the sometimes non-reflective measurement by some empirical scientists. Come prepared to actively wrestle with and discuss three difficult questions. Leave with a better understanding of current and local endeavours of wellbeing science, including its applications such as positive education.

This event is scheduled as part of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's 10 Year Anniversary. We warmly invite alumni from Education to join us for this special Dean’s Lecture.