Diary dates

MGSE: Setting the Scene 2019

Date: Thursday 7 February
Venue: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre
Time: 8.45am - 1.30pm

The Dean is looking forward to seeing all Melbourne Graduate School of Education staff at our Setting the Scene morning on 7 February. This is an opportunity to discuss MGSE’s strategic priorities for 2019, to hear from a range of MGSE and other University colleagues on the opportunities and challenges for the year ahead and to spend some time together over morning tea and lunch.

Dean's Lecture Series
The Uluru Statement of from the heart and its pedagogic implications

Date: Thursday 7 February
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Q230
Time: 5.15pm - 7pm

In this lecture, Professor Megan Davis, who chaired the convention, will discuss the processes that led to the development of the Uluru Statement From the Heart, in terms of the key epistemic and cultural ideas it embodies, its political and constitutional significance for the Australian society and its importance to the work of educators in particular.

Theodore Fink Memorial Seminar in Australian Education
Indigenous knowledges, ways of being and histories of education

Date: Friday 8 February
Time: 9am - 1pm
Venue: 100 Leicester St, Level 9

Set in motion via the Dean’s Lecture presented by Professor Megan Davis – The Uluru Statement from the Heart and its pedagogic implications – the Theodore Fink Memorial Seminar in Australian Education continues with discussion focusing on two particular areas:

Pedagogical implications of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Epistemological implications of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Invited to open discussion are:

Professor Tracey Bunda,
Head of the College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research
University of Southern Queensland

Dr Sana Nakata
ARC Discovery Indigenous Researcher
Lecturer in Political Science, and Co-Director of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaborations
University of Melbourne

Dr Nikki Moodie
Senior Lecturer Indigenous Studies
School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Melbourne

Ms Lilly Brown
PhD student
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
University of Melbourne

Professor Megan Davis will also be in attendance.

The program is planned as follows:
9-9.30am Welcome
9.30-11am Discussion
11-11.30am Morning tea
11.30am-1pm Discussion

PhD Completion Seminar
Learning to Practice medicine:

Developing medical students' acute patient management skills using a longitudinal program of mannequin-based simulation

Jennifer Keast

Date: Tuesday 12 February
Time: 2pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 3, Q372

Supervisors: Dr Natasha Ziebell, Prof David Clarke and Professor Geoff McColl

This qualitative study focused on the development of medical students’ acute patient management skills over an eighteen-month simulation program. Educational design research was used to develop and introduce two curriculum interventions to support learning. Video-taped simulations were collected and analysed for learning progression.

The study found that repeated practice using standardised frameworks enabled rapid retrieval of knowledge after an extended retention interval. The study also identified factors that best support learning in simulation, including the essential role of coaching and strategies for reducing cognitive load. Local instruction guidelines based on the interventions and the study outcomes have been developed as an output of this research.

Graduate Research Supervisor Workshop

The Dean and the Executive Team would like to invite all staff to attend the MGSE End of Year celebration. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and contribution to MGSE over the last year.

Date: Wednesday 13 December
Time: 10am - 12.30pm
Venue: Malaysian Theatre, Melbourne School of Design

This workshop augments successful supervision of graduate researchers by providing updates and information on the key responsibilities of academic supervisors at the university. All supervisors of graduate researchers are required to complete training in order to become registered as a supervisor and to complete a refresher of that training every five years to maintain their status as a registered supervisor. The workshop is suitable for new supervisors, and supervisors new to the university, but is relevant to all supervisors of graduate researchers.

PhD Completion Seminar
Exploring Greek migrant youth identity work through new media

Melina Mallos

Date: Wednesday 13 February
Time: 4pm
Venue: 100 Leicester St, Level 7, Room L713/L714

Supervisors: Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies, Dr Kathryn Coleman, Dr Sarah Truman

The influx of Greek migrants to Australia due to the economic crisis of 2009 has created an interesting intersection of migration, new media and identity work. Technology and the internet have accelerated the development of globalisation in the last two decades, with young people being some of the most prevalent users (Edmee, 2016). Digital technology can provide opportunities for newly arrived migrant youth to maintain connections and social bonds to family and friends around the world (Gifford & Wilding, 2013). As a child migrant from Greece to Australia in the 1980s, I am interested in exploring the self in a range of sites of belonging. Using a Participatory Narrative Inquiry (PNI) approach, this research will investigate how Greek migrant youths living in Melbourne use new media to shape their identity work, including their sense of self and belonging, in digital and physical sites. Through multimodal digital storytelling, participants will convey a story about the impact of new media on identity. Alongside the participants’ digital stories, I will also weave my own story to examine the ways communities can facilitate self-reflection for empowerment.

PhD Completion Seminar
Investigating teacher attitudes to 'grammar' and 'grammar teaching' in secondary schools in Melbourne

James Victor

Date: Thursday 14 February
Time: 4pm
Venue: 100 Leicester St, Level 2, Room 219/221

Supervisors: Joseph Lo Bianco and Julie Choi

Despite consensus on the critical importance of literacy and subjects English and EAL/D, curriculum choices and pedagogical approaches continue to be sites of spirited contestation. Using Q-sorts, this study aims to investigate these key questions: a) What attitudes to ‘grammar’ and ‘grammar teaching’ do subject English and EAL/D teachers hold? b) What factors shape these attitudes? These questions give rise to other interesting and significant lines of enquiry relating to teachers’ understandings of the terms ‘grammar’ and ‘grammar teaching’, including the effect various discourses about ‘grammar’ have on teacher attitudes. Their implications will be considered and will be of interest and of value to stakeholders such as pre-service and in-service teachers, curriculum writers and professional development providers.

2019 Academic Promotion briefing sessions

Presented by Professor Richard James, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Undergraduate) and members of the University Appointments and Promotions Committee (Professor Nilss Olekalns and Professor Janet Hergt), the Academic Promotions briefings provide an overview of the University promotion process and speak particularly to the development of an argued case for promotion in the context of the University’s Academic Performance Framework.

The University has also introduced Academic Briefing Sessions specifically for female academics interested in applying for promotion. Complementing the current Briefing Sessions, Professor James and Professor Marilys Guillemin will present on the promotion process, specifically with a focus on women applicants. There will also be information provided with regards to the University’s commitment to Athena SWAN’s charter to help increase awareness about gender equity and improve the promotion prospects for female academics.

Prospective female promotion applicants are encouraged to attend one of the women’s Academic Promotion Briefing Sessions as well as the general University Promotion Briefing Session commensurate to their academic level. By attending both sessions this will assist female applicants to understand both the University Promotion procedures in the context of the underpinning guidelines and policy, as well having the opportunity to engage with other women who are similarly considering promotion and gain insight from others who have successfully been promoted at the University.

All academics considering applying for promotion in 2019 are strongly encouraged to attend. These sessions provide an opportunity to ask questions, seek clarification and gain valuable insights from senior academic staff with significant experience and expertise in the University promotion process.

For those unable to make it to Parkville campus, the briefings will be recorded via lecture capture and uploaded on to the Academic Careers @ Melbourne webpage shortly after the briefing session.

The sessions are as follows:
Women’s Academic Promotion Briefing Sessions (All Academic Levels)

Date: Monday 18 February 2pm-3pm
Location: Melbourne School of Design, Malaysian Theatre

Date:Wednesday 20 February 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Melbourne School of Design, Malaysian Theatre

Level D and E Promotion Sessions
Date:Friday 22 February 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Old Arts, Theatre D (Room 155)

Date:Tuesday 26 February 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Redmond Barry Building, Latham Theatre

Level C Promotion Sessions
Date:Friday 22 February 9:00am – 10:00am
Location: Old Arts, Theatre D (Room 155)

Date:Tuesday 26 February 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Redmond Barry Building, Latham Theatre

2019 Melbourne Research Bazaar Conference

Date: Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 February
Time: 9am - 6pm
Venue: Wilson Hall, Building 151

The Research Bazaar is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy emerging at the centre of modern research. The theme for this year is work smarter not harder.

Attend this event to:

  • Find the right digital tool for your research
  • Know about support and services on campus
  • Hear from those who completed research
  • Network with your fellow community.

Taking your social media to the next level

Date: Wednesday 20 February
Time: 10.30am - 12:30pm
Venue: GO1, Elisabeth Murdoch Building

Everyone knows social media is pretty much a requirement if you want to be a successful, engaged academic. So why are we all such reluctant tweeters, bloggers and posters?! This workshop will look at taking a strategic approach to developing and maintaining a dynamic online presence in as effective and efficient a way as possible.

Presented by Mr Simon Clews, Director, Melbourne Engagement Lab, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

Academic Documentary Development & Pitch Training Workshop

Expressions of Interest Close: Wednesday 19 December 11:59PM

The University of Melbourne is collaborating with the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) on an exciting new initiative designed to provide select researchers increased media engagement opportunities with the non-fiction screen sector.

The initiative will provide ten University of Melbourne researchers the opportunity to participate in a two-day training workshop to help develop their projects into non-fiction screen content (including television, film and web production). The workshop will take place in Melbourne on Saturday 19 January to Sunday 20 January, 2019 and will include a combination of seminars and mentoring from top film and television industry professionals.

PhD Completion Seminar
Imagining and enacting socially just pedagogy in Victorian Youth Justice centres

Brigitte Rogan

Date: Thursday 28 February
Time: 11am
Venue: 100 Leicester St, Level 5, Room 514/515

Supervisors: Professor Helen Cahill & Associate Professor Helen Stokes

There is a paucity of research examining ways in which schools and teachers in youth justice centres serve the educational needs of marginalised young people. These students are representative of a cohort who are increasingly disengaged from mainstream schools. Education in Victorian youth justice has undergone significant reform in recent years resulting in the establishment of Parkville College, a specialist government school. Recent decades have seen an increase in the number of educators who claim a social justice orientation (Hytten & Bettez 2011). However philosophical and practical understandings of what that means and how it might be translated into teaching practice are contested (Gewirtz 1998; North 2008; Keddie 2011). There is a particular need for exploration of how teachers in youth justice settings understand and enact a social justice orientation within the constraints of their setting. Gale, Mills & Cross' (2017) conceptualisation of pedagogical work emphasises the need to consider the interplay between belief, design and action in understanding teachers work.This ‘insider’ ethnographic study will use Critical Communicative Methodology to explore teachers' imaginings and enactment of socially just pedagogical work in youth justice centres in Victoria.

Learning and Teaching Initiatives

Applications are invited from academic staff for Learning and Teaching Initiative (LTI) grants for 2019.

This round of LTI grants follows the 2018 Planning and Budget Committee decision to fund the implementation of FlexAP recommendations as a strategic, University-wide program of work over five years. From 2019, the supported recommendations will become eight defined activity streams of work.

This call for LTI applications welcomes applications that align to any of the following three FlexAP activity streams:

  1. Intensive, summer and winter subjects
  2. Online subjects
  3. Assessment reform

There will be two LTI rounds in 2019 to accommodate the new program of work generated by FlexAP activity streams.

All applications in this first LTI round of 2019 must respond to one of the above three FlexAP activity streams.

Applications close Friday 15 March 5pm. Visit the Learning and Teaching Initiatives page for more information.

2019 Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference

Date: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 June 2019
Time: 9am - 5pm

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group (MEG) present a conference focusing on primary school mathematics education