Diary dates

Awaken exhibition

Date: Open Monday - Friday
Closes: October 2020
Location: Arts West Gallery
Time: 10am - 4pm

The Australian Aboriginal cultural heritage objects from a globally significant anthropological collection are on display in the Arts West Gallery, Parkville. The Awaken exhibition includes items from the Donald Thomson Collection - gathered from the diverse communities of Arnhem Land, Cape York, and the Western and Central Deserts during the Melbourne University anthropologist's 50-year career. A Faculty of Arts and Chancellery initiative, 'Awaken' has been developed in consultation with communities, using local knowledge alongside Donald Thomson's fieldwork notes to activate the object stories and their deep connection with each community.

Awaken has been curated by Genevieve Grieves, Worimi Nation film-maker, storyteller and Melbourne Museum Director of First Peoples, assisted by Rosemary Wrench (MV) and alumna Shonae Hobson (Kaantju). It features innovative digital labels, including 3D images and virtual reality. The exhibition is open Monday - Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm and will close in October 2020. For more information visit the Arts West Gallery page.

What is the REEaCh (Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood) Hub?

Date: Wednesday 28 August
Time: 12pm - 1.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 4, Rooms L413-L414

Please join the first of the REEaCh Hub’s series of lunchtime seminars. In this session we will introduce REEaCh and share some of our key pieces of research and activities. The first hour includes presentations with the last half hour for more informal discussions. Please bring your lunch.

MGSE Ethics Studio
Possibilities and pitfalls of using social media in social science research

Date: Wednesday 28 August
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 2, Rooms L219/221
Presenter: Associate Professor Peggy Kern

Social media can be a treasure trove for social scientists, offering rich behavioural, psychological, and social information, and creating numerous opportunities for studying and intervening with users efficiently and at large scale. Drawing on a range of studies in which we analyzed linguistic information available through Facebook and Twitter, I will illustrate some of the possibilities that social media offers to social science research. Yet social media is also a fast-moving space, good intentions can lead to unintentional harms, and regulating this research is novel for many ethics groups. I will highlight some of the pitfalls to watch out for, opening a conversation around best practice approaches for the oversight and ethical use of social media data in social science research.

3rd National Indigenous Education Forum

Date: Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 September
Location: Hilton Cairns

Education sets the foundations for a strong future; however, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children remain disadvantaged to their non-Indigenous peers.

Education positively impacts the lives of not only individuals but their families and communities too. It is crucial that Governments and communities work together to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people and encourage educational engagement and attendance.

The 3rd National Indigenous Education Forum will provide delegates with the tools on how to increase students’ academic performance through positive relationship building and the implementation of cultural curriculums.

Masterclasses by Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Date: Thursday 5 September
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Level 1, Kwong Lee Dow Building
Cost: $200 (incl GST)

Coaching in Professional context - Introduction to practice
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Advanced Coaching Practice - A masterclass for experienced coaches
Time: 4pm - 7pm

PhD Completion Seminar
Teaching Geoscience out-of-field with digital technologies: Understanding agency

Emily Rochette

Supervisors: Dr Christine Redman and Dr Paul Chandler (ACU)
Chair: Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah

Date: Thursday 12 September
Time: 3.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 9 Room L915

In 2015, the Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2014) was incorporated into the Victorian Curriculum (VCAA, 2015) and teachers are expected to integrate digital technologies into all learning areas. Teachers’ use of digital technologies depends on a number of factors including their personal and pedagogical beliefs (Ertmer, 2005; Ertmer & Ottenbreit-Leftwich, 2010; Ertmer et al., 2012; Ertmer et al., 2014; Ertmer et al., 2006; Ottenbreit-Leftwich et al., 2010; Somekh, 2008; Tondeur et al., 2008; Tondeur et al., 2016). Adding to this complexity is that general science teachers are unlikely to be specialists in all sub-disciplines of science (Hobbs, 2015; Hobbs & Törner, 2019; Ingersoll, 1998; Price et al., 2019). Geoscience, the study of Earth’s physical structures and processes acting on them (King, 2008), is a modern, technical science. Internationally, it is largely taught by nonspecialists (King, 2008, 2013, 2015).

This research sought to understand the lived-experience of 10 science teachers from an inner-city school in Melbourne as they prepared to teach the Victorian Curriculum. The seminal research question was:
To what extent do secondary science teachers’ perceptions of their agency change as they are supported to teach an out-of-field area of the curriculum with digital technologies?

PhD Confirmation Seminar
Reading Images: Creating a visual experience for complex emotion words and descriptive adjectives through illustration - a study of Persian Miniatures

Neda Sajadi

Supervisors: Professor Lorraine Graham, Dr  Kathryn Coleman, Dr Edith Nicolas
Chair: Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret

Date: Friday 13 September
Time: 2pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5, studioFive, Room 509

Learning complex emotion words and descriptive adjectives is a challenging process as abstract concepts often lack concrete referents and their meanings are embodied in a web of associations with no clear border. A considerable number of studies highlight the value of multimodal approaches, especially arts, and suggest using visual tools and images in vocabulary development. Supported by these, a few studies focus on creating visual representations for abstract concepts; however, they mainly involve simple adjectives or basic feelings.

This arts-based research aims to enhance learners’ experience of complex emotion words and descriptive adjectives by creating visual representations of them. It attempts to discuss text/meaning and image relations in different illustrations, with a focus on Persian miniatures, to explore varied attempts towards reading images and meaning making.

The diversity of reading and sense making approaches, and the effectivity of communicated meanings through images will be evaluated and reflected on through participatory action research and by applying a/r/tography as method.

Renate Kamener Oration
Special invitation to hear Hon. Julia Gillard

Date: Sunday 15 September
Time: 3pm
Venue: Ormond College, Great Ormand Hall, Parkville
Tickets: $30 (student/concessions $20 using coupon code CONCESSION)

Australia's first female prime minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, Hon. Julia Gillard, will speak at the UoM on how it takes courage to admit when we are struggling, the importance of having the humanity to listen to those in need, and the responsibility we all share in order to overcome the fear and stigma of mental health issues at an individual, community and global level. Hosted by Ormond College, the 10th Renate Kamener Oration covers the theme of 'The Triumph of Humanity in the Great Transitions of Our Lives'. The event is organised by the Kamener family and Australian Jewish Democratic Society, with ticket sales contributing to the Renate Kamener Scholarship for Indigenous students at Ormond College.

Maths and Science Education Research Seminar
Discussing lesson study drawing on didactical suitability criteria to empower mathematics teachers' professional knowledge

Date: Tuesday 17 September
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building

Lesson Study (Fernández & Yoshida, 2005) and the Didactical Suitability Criteria (Font, Breda, & Pino-Fan, 2017) are two major didactical methodologies that teachers have available to analyze their practices. In this presentation I will discuss how to combine both approaches to empower in-service and pre-service mathematics teachers’ professional knowledge in supporting them to further develop their ability to do mathematical didactical analysis. Evidence suggests that both approaches gain in a mutual complementarity improving teachers’ ability to face complexity in teachers’ education.

UNESCO/UNITWIN/studioFive Artist in Residence
Lorraine Milne

Date: Tuesday 17 - Thursday 19 September
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5, studioFive

Lorraine Milne is an award-winning musician and music educator who, throughout her long career has written and produced many resources from original songs to piano pieces, curriculum notes and study guides. She has worked extensively as a composer, arranger and musical director for a wide range of ABC radio programs and publications and was the Musical Director of the ABC SING series from 1986 to 1992. Since 1993 she has been writing curriculum materials and presenting Professional Development courses for Musica Viva In Schools, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia, Australian Society for Music Education, aMuse, and the National Gallery of Victoria. In October 2014 she was inducted into the aMuse Music Education Hall of Fame. In August 2015 she won an APRA Art Music award for sustained excellence in Music Education and was subsequently invited to become a Patron for the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME).

WEBSITE LAUNCH Tuesday 17 September 5.30-7.00 pm
To launch her new website, Lorraine will demonstrate various pieces from her range of piano music - The Emerging Pianist, Jazzamatazz, Kaleidoscope and The Whole Suite. The Emerging Pianist is the most recent series of 24 pieces for students who are ready to move on from beginners and looking for a bigger challenge. These pieces are fun to play while aiming to expand technique and open up the elements of music - form, style, articulation, etc.

IT’S ELEMENTARY Workshop Wednesday 18 Sept, 5.30-7.30pm
Using an eclectic range of audio clues, Lorraine will lead participants through an interactive workshop involving the elements of music. Working in groups, participants will then be challenged to create an activity suitable for use in the Primary classroom.

IN THE MODE Workshop Thursday 19 September, 5.30-7.30
Playtime in studioFive where you will encounter the wonders of musical modes. Come and explore some of their unique patterns and sounds. Be inspired by five notes, ancient sounds, and the blues, and create your own piece of magic modal music.

Professional Staff Conference

Date: Thursday 19 September
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Professional Staff Conference organisers are excited to be featuring several new initiatives at the 2019 Conference, to enhance your Conference experience: The PSC Challenge, a panel discussion, a Wellness @ Work space and a conference app. A preliminary conference program is now available. Tickets are limited and will sell out so don't miss out! Registrations close Saturday 24 August.

More information

Vice-Chancellor's Roadshow visit to MGSE

Date: Tuesday 1 October
Time: 12pm-1pm
Venue: Theatre Q230, Kwong Lee Dow

Staff are invited on Tuesday 1 October from 12.00-1.00pm for the Vice-Chancellor’s Roadshow to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Roadshows provide an annual forum for the University community to engage in conversation about the future of the institution.

We will hear from Professor Maskell on where the University of Melbourne will look to focus its ambition in the years ahead and I will briefly outline the opportunities and priorities for the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The roadshow will also include time for Q&A and I do encourage you to contribute to the conversation with your ideas, questions and comments.

Staff are asked to please register their attendance here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/eh2r

Metaphors of the nation: Cultural conceptualisation and interpretation

Date: Friday 18 October
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Research Lounge (Arts West Building 148)

Contact Allison Creed for any queries

Dominant and frequently exclusionary national narratives depict essential qualities of ethos, culture, and peoplehood. Nation-embodiment and - personalisation have a long conceptual history and still figure prominently in present-day political discourse e.g. recent depictions of a British exit (“Brexit”). Nation-characterisations contribute to the dynamic interplay between aggrieved minorities and majorities, often conducted around and with metaphors of nation, citizenship, territory, and collectivity.

Join us for a vibrant conversation in the Research Lounge (Arts West Building 148) lead by visiting scholar Andreas Musolff, Professor of Intercultural Communication at the University of East Anglia and responded to by Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Research Director of the UNICEF Language and Peacebuilding initiative in Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand.

Together, they will share their ideas and research with reference to conceptualising national identity as a body or a person, the relationship of metaphor interpretation patterns to culture-specific discourse traditions, and the potential for the creation of new metaphors of inter-ethnic communication and new nationhood.

Save the date - Creating Connections

Date: Wednesday 23 October
Time: 8.30am - 7pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 1, Parkville

Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI) is hosting an all-day event ‘Creating Connections’

All staff and graduate researchers are invited to attend. The event aims to showcase the diverse and high calibre research being undertaken within the School, facilitate opportunities for academic debate and dialogue, create professional development opportunities and to continue to build on a strong research culture.

Participants will gain insight into ethics, grants, publications and various other workshops that are planned for the day. There will be opportunities for graduates to undertake confirmation and completion seminars.

Further details and program to follow.

Call for papers
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.

Visit the conference page for details about the conference theme and submission requirements.

Save the date - Narrm Oration 2019

Date: Thursday 28 November
Time: 6pm
Venue: TBC

In this United Nations declared International Year of Indigenous Languages, the University is delighted to announce that the 2019 Narrm Oration will be delivered by Larry Kimura, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian studies at Ka Haka Ula O Ke'elikolani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawai'i. Internationally renowned and often described as the 'grandfather' of Hawaiian language revitalisation in modern Hawaii, his work can be traced back to the conception of core foundational educational programs in the 1980s that launched the rebirth of the Hawaiian language. Associate Professor Kimura will speak of the significance of a people's own language and the importance of Indigenous language revitalisation globally, incorporating his own experience in reclaiming and renewing the life of the Hawaiian language.