Diary dates

Concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Monday 18 November
Tuesday 26 November 
Venue: Forum Theatre, Arts West
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A limited number of tickets to three concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre (Salon) are available to staff willing to participate in a study on audience engagement. Participation involves attending one of the concerts followed by a survey and group interview. Musical knowledge is not required. The concerts feature some of Melbourne's finest professional musicians:

  • Monday 18 November 6.00pm: Magical Brahms (piano solo and piano quartet)
  • Tuesday 26 November 6.00pm: Modern Masters (guitar quartet).

To participate, please contact Victoria Lambourn (nominate the concert/s you would like to attend). Up to two tickets per person may be requested. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy Public Seminar
Career guidance for social justice

Presented by: Professor Tristram Hooley

Date: Monday 18 November
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Theatre Q227

About the Seminar
Career guidance is commonly understood as an education intervention that is about fitting individuals to the labour market. It has often been criticised as a feature of instrumental educational systems and as something which encourages individuals to uncritically embrace whatever employers want. However, there is also an alternative tradition which has viewed career guidance critically and as a space where educators can encourage individuals to think about themselves, their values and where they fit into the world. In this presentation Professor Tristram Hooley will discuss this critical tradition and set out some of the key insights from the two volumes that he has co-edited with Ronald Sultana and Rie Thomsen (Career Guidance for Social Justice & Career Guidance for Emancipation). He will make the argument that career guidance is a political act and that practitioners need to embrace the politics of their practice and consider carefully where they stand.

About the Presenter
Professor Tristram Hooley is Professor of Career Education at the University of Derby in the UK. His main research interests are career education and guidance, the role of new technologies, and the policies and politics of careers. Professor Hooley is also interested in the role of appearance in career and the contribution that career education can make to social justice. He has published almost 100 books, papers and articles on careers related topics.
Professor Hooley is a fellow of the National Institute of Career Education and Counselling, a Winston Churchill fellow, a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland. He is a senior adviser to the Careers and Enterprise Company and was the specialist adviser to the House of Commons Education Committee inquiry into career guidance.
He writes a blog called Adventures in Career Development which you can view at https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.wordpress.com/

Film screening and discussion
Straight from the Heart

Date: Monday 18 November
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Forum Theatre, Arts West

'Straight from the Heart' records the stories of Clarence Walden, a senior member of the Gangalidda nation from the Gulf of Carpentaria in North West Queensland, near the tip of the Northern Territory border. Clarence was the Mayor of Doomadgee for many years, a member of the town council, a former ATSIC Commissioner, and the only living foundation member of the Carpentaria Land Council. Clarence is known throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria as one of the most important intellectual figureheads alive today, and he is a principled, no-backing-down fighter for his people.

'Straight from the Heart' documents a compelling and powerful storyteller who never deviates from his role in pursuit of justice for his people. His story is about survival, cultural resilience in his traditional homelands, and sheer political determination. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience members are warned that the documentary contains images and voices of deceased persons.

This exclusive Melbourne screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Alexis Wright and Sarah Maddison.

Maths and Science Education Research Seminar
Exploring a trajectory of learning for digital technologies within integrated STEM

Presented by: Dr Duncan Symons

Date: Tuesday 19 November
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Theatre Q227

As we move forward into what has become known as the fourth industrial revolution, no longer are traditional approaches to teaching that privilege rote learning of procedures and routines relevant to school age students. The development of a series of skills and understandings that I will describe as STEM Literacies are becoming increasingly fundamental. These STEM literacies include:

  • Scientific Literacy
  • Statistical Thinking
  • Algorithmic Thinking
  • Critical and
  • Creative Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving.

In this talk I will focus on the role of Algorithmic Thinking and a practical demonstration of how it can be developed across the Foundation to year 8 curriculum will be provided. The role of algorithmic thinking within integrated STEM and as a component of both the Digital Technologies and Mathematics curricula will be examined.

Mental health sessions: 'How can we have better dialogues?'

Date: Tuesday 19 November
Time: 11am - 12.30pm
Venue: 207-221 Bouverie Street

The Mental Health PhD Program proudly presents its third mental health dialogue session: 'How can we have better multidisciplinary dialogues within mental health?'. Our multidisciplinary Q&A panel of experts will interrogate the ways in which we can have better dialogues within the domain of mental health. They will do so from a (clinical) psychology, population and global health, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing and lived experience perspective.

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and the panel will respond and debate.

PhD Confirmation Seminar
Inquiring into inquiry teaching: Examining teacher beliefs and knowledge of disciplined inquiry through a study of geographical inquiry teaching in Australian secondary schools

Date: Wednesday 20 November
Time: 10am 
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5, Room Q509

Supervisor: Dr Jeana Kriewaldt and Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies
Advisory Panel Member: Dr Natasha Ziebell
Chair: Professor Jan van Driel

Inquiry is advocated by scholars and in curriculum directives as a key approach to learning and teaching school geography in several countries including Australia. Yet there are few empirical studies on how teachers teach through inquiry. We know little about the knowledge bases and beliefs teachers draw on for teaching inquiry, and how these interact within classroom contexts to impact teacher practice. The purpose of the study is to empirically investigate Victorian secondary geography teachers’ beliefs and knowledge about inquiry teaching within the discipline. This will be a sequential explanatory mixed methods study comprising a large-scale survey, followed by interviews and lesson and field observations. Although the study is grounded in a specific discipline, the findings could contribute important knowledge to the broader field of research on inquiry, as well as teacher education broadly defined.

Teacher as Practitioner (TAP) Annual Exhibition

Date: Wednesday 20 November
Time: 6pm - 9pm 
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5, studioFive

The Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education invites you to join the TAP team and TAP exhibiting artists at the Opening of the 2019 Teacher as Practitioner (TAP) Annual exhibition.

This year TAP explores the ways teachers find space and time to return to a material practice. Acknowledging the fleeting and fluid nature of time and constricting quality of space to carve out the here and now to engage in practice. Keeping connection to the practitioner identity “as life teaching and family take over all else”.

Sambell Oration - presented by the Honourable Jenny Macklin
A just future in insecure times

Date: Thursday 21 November
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Museum

The annual Sambell Oration and Dinner,a gathering of leaders from the community, business and government sectors discusses social and economic policy trends in Australia. This event is hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

The Honourable Jenny Macklin, who has been at the front line of social policy debates for more than three decades, is this year's guest speaker. A former federal government minister and now a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Jenny Macklin will offer a frank perspective on social justice issues affecting Australia.

7th IOE-BNU International Conference
Innovation in Education and Pedagogy

Date: Friday 22 - Saturday 23 November
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Beijing Normal University

IOE and BNU are excited to announce that the 7th IOE-BNU International Conference will be held in Beijing on November 22-23, 2019. The theme for this year's conference is "Innovation in Education and Pedagogy". IOE and BNU welcome submissions from all over the globe, and certainly is pleased to welcome works from INEI member institutions.

Commercialising your Positive Psychology Brand

Date: Friday 22 November
Time: 9am - 12pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 1, Room L107
Cost: $80

In this 3-hour intensive workshop, you will learn key steps to clarify and kick start your personal brand. During this session you will do the following:

  1. Clarify your authentic goals and your target market.
  2. Translate your personal brand into a look and feel that authentically represents you.
  3. Define your unique value proposition.
  4. Test your brand and service. What do other people really think of you?
  5. Learn the mind-set needed to pursue and make a success of your new direction.

PhD Completion Seminar
Pedagogic possibilities of diasporic texts in a Contemporary Literature Classroom: A postcolonial analysis

Date: Tuesday 26 November
Time: 12pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 3, Room 372

Presented by: Mary Purcell 

Supervisor: Professor Fazal Rizvi and Dr  Dianne Mulcahy
Chair: Professor Nikos Papastergiadis

This project is situated within the broader context of the emerging policy discourses of “Asia Literacy” and “Intercultural Understanding” expressed in the Australian Curriculum, and the changing demography of Australian classrooms resulting from expanding cultural diversities, mobilities and transnational connectivities. It seeks to examine the ways in which a text produced by an Australian-Asian diaspora writer has the potential to contribute to the development in students of what Spivak (1992) refers to as “Transnational Literacy” – helping contemporary students to negotiate their identities and understand their “worldliness” (Said, 2003) in relational, critical and reflexive ways. Using a range of critical tools from recent postcolonial theory, this project involves the researcher teaching a postcolonial text to Year 11 students, observing student responses to the text, and interviewing them, producing data that is analysed through a constant movement between theory and data, privileging neither. This data suggests that, within the transnationalised and hybridised space of contemporary Australian society, some students find difficulty negotiating the dominant norms of Australian-ness and that they identify nation-centric narratives as key sources of feelings of confusion and exclusion. This implies a need for a pedagogy that responds to contemporary social changes. By the end of the course of study, some students reported changes in their epistemic constructions of themselves and of others after contesting these norms. Based on this insight, this thesis proposes a new form of literary pedagogy that considers each student’s orientation to the space, the way that social labels stick to students’ bodies and make them feel out of place in particular settings. It shows that the teaching of diaspora literature is a useful tool in steering students towards transnational literacy as it enables affectivity to be brought into the centre of literary analysis. It highlights the ambiguities, ambivalences, and the hybridities that they experience and it gives useful insights into how 'reading otherwise' is essential for the development of transnational literacy.

Teaching and Teacher Effectiveness Research Hub Forum
Exploring initial teacher education pathways to effective teaching: Look to Finland

Date: Tuesday 26 November
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Q230

Finland’s initial teacher education system is always heralded as a case exemplar for building an effective teaching workforce and hence ensuring a quality education system. This forum explores those factors that influence a preservice teacher’s journey towards classroom readiness.   Academics from Finland’s University of Turku and the University of Jyvaskyla will present their perspectives. A view that explores the current shifting Australian landscape of initial teacher education will also be presented to stimulate a more global discussion. Following the three presentations a Q &A session will fuel some debate.

Melbourne Fritz Duras Lecture
'Mind the (Collaboration) Gap': Ongoing learning and capacity building in physical education and physical teacher education

Date: Wednesday 27 November
Time: 5.30pm - 7pm
Venue: Faculty of Business and Economics building, 198 Berkley Street, Level 1 Theatre

This lecture considers how best physical education/physical education teacher education (PE/PETE) stakeholders can be held accountable for determining an international framework for strategic planning, proactive leadership, and adaptive designs. Given that equitable accountability means that all PE/PETE stakeholders be legitimized as contributors, critical contributions of partnerships and professional cultures is a main thread to this lecture. Three related considerations are shared and include (i) roles, responsibilities and weakening boundaries of, and between, stakeholders, (ii) support structures and networking as effective practice, and (iii) true partnership and communication across PE/PETE. The lecture concludes by considering the centrality of establishing an evidence base through international collaboration and transnational and comparative research in a bid to meet physical activity, sport, and health-related needs of children and youth world-wide.

Narrm Oration 2019
The Fabric of Hawaiian medium education: a perspective for Indigenous Language Revitalisation

Date: Thursday 28 November
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Kathleen FItzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, Professor's Walk

When a language is at the juncture of extinction, using it as the language of formal education would appear to be a mission impossible. Thirty-six years after a handful of people in Hawaiʻi decided to face this dire situation head on and use Hawaiian as the medium of pre-school education – with no money, no site, no curriculum and no 'qualified' teachers – Hawaiʻi is now experiencing a reawakening of new generations of highly fluent second and first language Hawaiian speakers.

In the 2019 Narrm Oration, Dr Larry L Kimura will impart a progression of the 36 years (1983–2019) of overcoming obstacles to advance the life of the Hawaiian language and cultural wellbeing.

The Narrm Oration will be followed by a panel discussion addressing the Australian experience of language revitalisation and the achievements and challenges. RSVP by Wednesday 20 November.

2019 All staff orchestra

Date: Tuesday 3 December
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Wilson Hall, Wilson Avenue Building 151 Parkville

The inaugural UoM Staff Orchestra (UoMSO) comprises over 50 staff members from across 13 different academic faculties and university service departments.

UoMSO will perform favourites by Bizet, Bryant and Verdi alongside the world premiere of our Melbourne Conservatorium of Music composer commission by Kate Tempany (MMus). This project has been devised and managed by BMus students receiving scholarship through SSAF Grants under the supervision of IgniteLAB.

Student Voice and Partnerships International Conference

Date: 9-11 December
Venue:Arts West Building, the University of Melbourne

Join Social Education Victoria for a gathering that will bring together researchers, school students, teachers and school leaders, policy workers, and support organisations to consider current and future directions in Student Voice, Agency and Partnerships.