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Update On The Evaluation Model And Progress For The Lismore And Murwillumbah Communities For Children Sites, Sallie Newell, Deb Mccarthy Sep 2006

Update On The Evaluation Model And Progress For The Lismore And Murwillumbah Communities For Children Sites, Sallie Newell, Deb Mccarthy

School of Education

No abstract provided.


The Rise Of The Learning Manager: Changing Teacher Education, Richard Smith, David Lynch Jan 2006

The Rise Of The Learning Manager: Changing Teacher Education, Richard Smith, David Lynch

David Lynch

Learning Management is a disruptive innovation. It intends to explore and develop alternative pre-service and in turn practicing teacher arrangements that respond to the needs of education systems. These constituencies include policymakers, schools and other learning institutions, the teaching professions and above all, students and their communities who are marginalized without school and other education outcomes. Learning Management is about an alternative choice in the way in which ‘teaching’ gets done.


Administrative And Academic Female, Middle Managers In Higher Education In Australia: Opportunities For Development, Michelle Wallace Jan 2006

Administrative And Academic Female, Middle Managers In Higher Education In Australia: Opportunities For Development, Michelle Wallace

Southern Cross Business School

No abstract provided.


Expect Respect Television Advertising Campaign: Evaluation Report, Chris White, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Jan 2006

Expect Respect Television Advertising Campaign: Evaluation Report, Chris White, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

School of Education

The Expect Respect project was a social marketing campaign to increase young people’s knowledge of the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. It represented the latest stage in an ongoing campaign by the Kids Really Count interagency committee (a collaboration between the Ballina Byron Family Centre, the NSW Strategy to Reduce Violence Against Women, Lismore & District Women’s Health Centre, Mullumbimby Community Health and Lismore City Council) to raise public awareness about the impact of domestic violence on children and young people. The Expect Respect television advertisement was developed following consultations with young people from diverse geographical environments and ...


Communicating With Kids About School Issues: Seminar Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon Jan 2006

Communicating With Kids About School Issues: Seminar Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon

School of Education

This seminar took a strengths-based approach to examine the challenges facing parents/carers and young people as they attempt to negotiate school-related, relationship and behaviour issues. Two initial discussions explored and compared the audience’s and the students’ thoughts about factors worrying young people and factors worrying parents. Both groups nominated similar issues as concerning young people – peer pressure, bullying, study pressures, living up to others’ expectations, etc. However, there were quite different perceptions about the issues concerning parents – with the audience expressing concern about a broad range of issues, most not directly related to their children themselves, whereas the ...


Children & Behaviour: A Strengths-Based Approach To Education: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon Jan 2006

Children & Behaviour: A Strengths-Based Approach To Education: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon

School of Education

Difficult and/or challenging student behaviour continues to rank high in terms of the most frequently cited ‘problems’ confronting schools and teachers. Research suggests that positive and proactive behaviour management is one of the most constructive building blocks for effective classrooms. Teachers recognise that behaviour is closely linked with learning outcomes as well as to issues of care, respect and safety that contribute to positive classroom environments. This conference, we believe, provides an important forum in which to explore the possibilities for implementing a strengths based, capacity building approach to behaviour support in schools. The conference theme reflects a key ...


Koori Fathering Program: Pilot Phase Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anthony Franks, Donna Lloyd, Greg Telford, Chris Binge Jan 2006

Koori Fathering Program: Pilot Phase Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anthony Franks, Donna Lloyd, Greg Telford, Chris Binge

School of Education

The Koori Fathering Program was developed in response to demand from local Aboriginal organisations and individuals to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities. Family functioning was a stated priority and specific requests were made for training around parenting skills and relationships. A literature review reinforced this felt need by highlighting how the quality of early childhood experiences, including parenting style, affects children’s social, cognitive, emotional and physical development and wellbeing and, consequently, their overall physical and mental wellbeing throughout their lives. An extensive local mapping process found that, although many parenting programs were available, Aboriginal men were ...


Technology Together: Supporting Whole-Schools To Become Capable Learning Communities, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Elizabeth Watts, Anne O'Brien Jan 2006

Technology Together: Supporting Whole-Schools To Become Capable Learning Communities, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Elizabeth Watts, Anne O'Brien

School of Education

While many teachers are integrating information and communication technology (ICT) in their teaching practice, there are still a significant number of teachers who are hesitant, reluctant or resistant to using technology, either personally and/or in their teaching. Many teachers remain daunted by the rapid rate of technological change, and the inability to feel as though they ‘know enough’. While most approaches to teacher professional development concentrate on skill development of individual teachers, this paper describes an approach that focuses instead on the values, attitudes, beliefs, confidence and learning strategies of teachers, and on building a culture within a school ...


The Role Of Reflection And Mentoring In Ict Teacher Professional Development: Dialogue And Learning Across The Hemispheres, Grete Jamissen, Renata Phelps Jan 2006

The Role Of Reflection And Mentoring In Ict Teacher Professional Development: Dialogue And Learning Across The Hemispheres, Grete Jamissen, Renata Phelps

School of Education

As school systems internationally seek to improve the models of professional development they are providing for their teachers to support them in integrating information and communication technology (ICT) in their teaching practice, growing opportunities emerge to compare and contrast approaches employed in different cultural contexts and to learn from each other. This paper arose from dialogue between the two authors about ICT professional development approaches being implemented in Norway and one regional area in Australia. Three programs of professional development which the authors had been involved with are described and these are compared and contrasted to reveal significant similarities and ...


I Can U Can: Six Strategies For Building Teachers’ Ict Confidence And Capability Through Metacognitive Discussion And Reflection: Experiences From Technology Together, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Sharon Brennan, Carolyn Carrigan Jan 2006

I Can U Can: Six Strategies For Building Teachers’ Ict Confidence And Capability Through Metacognitive Discussion And Reflection: Experiences From Technology Together, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Sharon Brennan, Carolyn Carrigan

School of Education

When people are prompted to think about their values, beliefs and their past experiences they will often start to recognise factors that impact on their learning and this recognition can bring key insights into how they can help themselves to change. It can assist them to realise the strengths and limitations of various learning strategies and change their perspectives and behaviours. Computer learners can also be prompted to see that becoming a proficient computer using teacher is more about their attitudes and learning strategies than it is about having some ‘magic’ personal quality or set of skills. Technology Together, the ...


Progressing Participation: Taming The Space Between Rhetoric And Reality, Anne Graham, Jenni Whelan, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald Jan 2006

Progressing Participation: Taming The Space Between Rhetoric And Reality, Anne Graham, Jenni Whelan, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald

School of Education

Participation, as a social and political movement, continues to gain momentum, and the legal and sociological frameworks supporting the rights of children and young people to participate in various aspects of social life are now well established. Yet, there are gaps and silences behind the rhetoric of participation that beg closer scrutiny. Such analysis is important in ensuring “participation” is not un-problematically adopted by policy makers and practitioners without regard to the complex and competing agendas at work in its implementation or any clear evidence of the significance or outcomes for the young people involved. This paper explores some of ...


First Year Early Childhood Education Students’ Beliefs About Children In Long Day Child Care, Joanne Ailwood, Wendy Anne Boyd Jan 2006

First Year Early Childhood Education Students’ Beliefs About Children In Long Day Child Care, Joanne Ailwood, Wendy Anne Boyd

School of Education

It has been suggested, anecdotally, that many early childhood education and care (ECEC) students hold deeply negative views of long day child care and the parents and families that make use of these services. Given that these students will be well qualified to one day be directing/teaching in long day child care services, this negativity is a contradictory, incongruent and troubling thought. This pilot study has sought to provide evidence (or otherwise) for the anecdotal suggestion that students consider full time long day care to be negative and undesirable situation. Furthermore, we are investigating the teaching options we can ...


Taking Account Of The ‘To And Fro’ Of Children’S Experiences In Family Law, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald Jan 2006

Taking Account Of The ‘To And Fro’ Of Children’S Experiences In Family Law, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald

School of Education

This paper will outline the possibilities and tensions that emerge in legal and social discourse when popular images and narratives of children as ‘at risk’, are juxtaposed with more revised constructions of the child as capable and autonomous. The paper explores this shift in representation of children against a background of radical family law reform currently underway in Australia. It then reports insights from a pilot study which found that children ‘to and fro’ between accounts of hurt and powerlessness associated with divorce and their desire to participate in the processes and decisions taking place around them. In identifying the ...


Organisational And Technological Skills: The Overlooked Dimension Of Research Training, Renata Phelps, Kath Fisher, Allan Ellis Jan 2006

Organisational And Technological Skills: The Overlooked Dimension Of Research Training, Renata Phelps, Kath Fisher, Allan Ellis

School of Education

Over the last three decades new technologies have emerged which have the capacity to considerably streamline the research and publication process and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of research. This paper argues that to achieve high quality research training in the context of today’s government and industry priorities, there must be a renewed focus on the organisational and technological skills that are appropriate to research. It reports on a survey of both researchers-in-training (higher research degree students) and early career researchers across a number of Australian institutions. The study revealed moderate levels of confidence in these areas but also ...


Analyzing Differences Between Second And Third-Year Cohorts In The Same Science Education Course, Peter Hudson Jan 2006

Analyzing Differences Between Second And Third-Year Cohorts In The Same Science Education Course, Peter Hudson

School of Education

Why do science education programs target particular preservice teacher year levels? Using a 35-item survey, responses from 127 second-year preservice teachers were compared with 164 third-year preservice teachers from the same university within the same year entering the same science education course. The survey, which was linked to the course outcomes and multiple indicators, measured the preservice teachers’ perceptions of their prior knowledge before involvement in a primary science education course. Examining the differences between the two cohorts (i.e., n=127 and n=164), results indicated statistically significant t-test scores for each of the four constructs (i.e., Theory ...


The Economic Value Of Southern Cross University Campuses To Their Regional Economies: A Campus-Based Input-Output Analysis, Don Fuller, Simon J. Wilde Jan 2006

The Economic Value Of Southern Cross University Campuses To Their Regional Economies: A Campus-Based Input-Output Analysis, Don Fuller, Simon J. Wilde

Southern Cross Business School

This paper examines the economic impact of the three main regional campuses of Southern Cross University (SCU) on their immediate regions. These campuses are located at (1) Lismore, (2) Tweed Gold Coast and (3) Coffs Harbour. The immediate region has been defined as the Local Government Area of Lismore City for the Lismore campus, the Local Government Area of Tweed for the Tweed Gold Coast campus, and the Local Government Areas of Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca for the Coffs campus. These latter three local government areas form a collective community known as the Coffs Coast region.


Mathematics For Maths Anxious Tertiary Students: Integrating The Cognitive And Affective Domains Using Interactive Multimedia, Janet A. Taylor, Linda Galligan Jan 2006

Mathematics For Maths Anxious Tertiary Students: Integrating The Cognitive And Affective Domains Using Interactive Multimedia, Janet A. Taylor, Linda Galligan

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Today, commencing university students come from a diversity of backgrounds and have a broad range of abilities and attitudes. It is well known that attitudes towards Mathematics, especially mathematics anxiety, can affect student’s performance to the extent that mathematics is often seen as a barrier to success by many. This paper reports on the design, development and evaluation of an interactive multimedia resource designed to explicitly address students’ beliefs and attitudes towards mathematics by following five real life characters as they progress through the highs and low of studying a preparatory mathematics course. The resource was built within two ...


Assessment: A Tool For Development And Engagement In The First Year Of University Study, Janet A. Taylor Jan 2006

Assessment: A Tool For Development And Engagement In The First Year Of University Study, Janet A. Taylor

Centre for Teaching and Learning

For most students assessment often defines their study and learning practice, yet there are few discussions in the literature on the first year experience detailing how assessment can be mobilised to develop and engage students in their first year of study. This paper presents the results of an audit undertaken at The University of Southern Queensland of the assessment associated with first year (termed level 1) courses. It is apparent that assessment has not been used to advantage to smooth the transition into university studies. The paper presents some examples of effective assessment practice to engage students and assist them ...


Identifying At-Risk Students: Is It Possible In A Tertiary Preparation Course For Adults?, Colin S. Carmichael, Peter K. Dunn, Janet A. Taylor Jan 2006

Identifying At-Risk Students: Is It Possible In A Tertiary Preparation Course For Adults?, Colin S. Carmichael, Peter K. Dunn, Janet A. Taylor

Centre for Teaching and Learning

In the current educational climate in Australia, there is an imperative on university administrators to maintain student enrolments since funding is explicitly linked to student numbers. The most effective way of achieving this is to retain those students who have already enrolled. Consequently many universities currently seek to identify those students at risk of either failing a course or withdrawing from the university. In this paper we report on an initial study into the use of pre-entry measures to identify at-risk students in the context of a tertiary preparatory course offered entirely in the distance mode. We conclude that such ...


Gathering Online Representations Of Practice About Assessment For Use As A Professional Development Tool: A Case In Progress, Gail Wilson, Rosemary Thomson, Janne Malfroy Jan 2006

Gathering Online Representations Of Practice About Assessment For Use As A Professional Development Tool: A Case In Progress, Gail Wilson, Rosemary Thomson, Janne Malfroy

Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Assessment Snapshots digital resource at the University of Western Sydney is a current project to produce locally contextualised resources about effective assessment practice. Assessment case studies showcased through the project offer insights into how individual teachers in the discipiinas design assessment strategies which respond to the challenges of teaching and learning in the tertiary sector in the 21st century. Resources produced are designed as online professional development tools for self-access by teachers and for use in assessment workshops and curriculum renewal projects. The paper explores the rationale for using case studies as a form of represantation of practice, and ...


The Role Of Values In Graduate Performance In Cross-Cultural And Innovation Education, Kurt W. Seemann Jan 2006

The Role Of Values In Graduate Performance In Cross-Cultural And Innovation Education, Kurt W. Seemann

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

This paper provides authentic case study examples of how the role of values contributes directly and indirectly to task performance of graduates from cross-cultural to innovation education programs focussed on the study of technologies. Values have long been regarded by many stakeholders concerned with the output of technology education courses as an essential element, whether these courses are vocationally, professionally or developmentally oriented (Australian Science Technology and Engineering Council, 1996; Department of Education Science and Training, 2003b; Schwartz, Merten, & Bursik, 1986; Seemann, 1997; Walker & Seemann, 1990). However, there is minimal literature available linking how values may be a factor in shaping graduate ...


Preparing Learners For The Innovation Economy: It's Time To Rethink Almost Everything About Technology Education, Kurt W. Seemann Jan 2006

Preparing Learners For The Innovation Economy: It's Time To Rethink Almost Everything About Technology Education, Kurt W. Seemann

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Have you ever noticed that when the economy shows strong growth in wages in manufacturing sectors, the stock value in those sectors often drops, but when jobs are slashed by as many as thousands or that when a company invests in new labour replacing technology in its production, the stock value of the companies involved rises (Chasan, 2006; Isidore, 2005)? Despite all the efforts to produce skilled people in traditional fields, the tide of sustainable employment in those areas, appears to be structurally prohibitive raising basic questions of whether traditional perceptions of Technology in school curriculum remains viable and whether ...


Recipe Or Performing Art?: Challenging Conventions For Writing Action Research Theses, Kath Fisher, Renata Phelps Jan 2006

Recipe Or Performing Art?: Challenging Conventions For Writing Action Research Theses, Kath Fisher, Renata Phelps

School of Education

This article explores the tensions and incongruities between conventional thesis presentation and the principles of action research. Through the experiences of the authors alternative approaches to thesis structure are proposed which are argued to be more congruent with the epistemological, methodological and ethical aspects of action research. Consistent with our arguments, the article is presented as a play. Act I considers the tensions facing research students wishing to write up their action research in the context of conventional thesis writing requirements; Act II consists of four ‘scenes’, each of which illustrates a key learning arising from our own stories: writing ...


Teacher Identity And Power Relationships In Contexts Of Change : A Case Study Of Teachers, Jenny Overton Jan 2006

Teacher Identity And Power Relationships In Contexts Of Change : A Case Study Of Teachers, Jenny Overton

School of Education

This qualitative research project employs a critical case study approach to examine the effects of change on teachers. It uses the concept of identity to investigate the deeper personal and professional implications of change. Open-ended interviews with eight early childhood teachers provide the data, which are analysed using a three- tiered approach. The first level of analysis utilises a narrative approach, storying the interviews. This summarises the information for the reader and provides background understandings about each of the teachers. The second level of analysis interrogates the data using a grounded theory approach and arrives at three themes of change ...


It’S Time To Study Values At The Core Of Food Technology Education, Angela Turner, Kurt W. Seemann Jan 2006

It’S Time To Study Values At The Core Of Food Technology Education, Angela Turner, Kurt W. Seemann

School of Education

This paper seeks to explore the values of academic culture in the secondary teaching genre of food technology. Historically, education providers have displayed a traditional syllabus design and interpretation of the food technology industry. This paper argues that the NSW Food Technology Syllabi has largely been a re-badging of the former home economics/domestic science curriculum and warrants a new perspective. New societal values have influenced innovation in food products, from valuing indigenous bush harvest, links between naturopathy and food, and strengthening values that link eco-sustainability with synthetic foods. These new developments present a compelling case to rethink the future ...


Contact & Relocation: Focusing On The Children: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham, Judy Cashmore, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald Jan 2006

Contact & Relocation: Focusing On The Children: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham, Judy Cashmore, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald

School of Education

The conference theme reflects a key aim of Southern Cross University’s Centre for Children & Young People (CCYP). The CCYP aims to improve child and youth focused practice, particularly in regional areas, through interdisciplinary research, education and advocacy. The CCYP undertakes its work in close collaboration with relevant agencies and organisations to help ensure its activities are underpinned by a capacity building approach that results in improved knowledge and skills for practitioners working with children, young people and families. The conference program has been structured to provide delegates with opportunities throughout the day to engage in discussion with the speakers ...


Technology Together: Getting Whole Schools Involved With Ict Through A Metacognitive Approach, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Paul Thornton Jan 2006

Technology Together: Getting Whole Schools Involved With Ict Through A Metacognitive Approach, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Paul Thornton

School of Education

Professional development of teachers in information and communication technology (ICT) is an urgent educational imperative, presenting significant financial and strategic challenges internationally. While many teachers are now integrating ICT in innovative and educationally appropriate ways, there are still a significant number of teachers who are resistant to using technology, either personally and/or in their teaching. Moving a whole school forward as a technology-embracing school can be a significant challenge, and teacher professional development is generally seen as the ‘solution’. Research, however, emphasises the importance of positive attitudes, values, beliefs and motivation, lack of anxiety and approach to learning as ...


Parent Support Project: Evaluation Report, Anna D. Huddy, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Jan 2006

Parent Support Project: Evaluation Report, Anna D. Huddy, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

School of Education

What is the Parent Support Project? The Parent Support Project (PSP) was a pilot project developed by the Northern Rivers Division of General Practice (NRDGP), with funding from the Early Childhood – Invest to Grow arm of the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy. This 12-month project involved expanding the parenting support services delivered through the NRDGP’s Family Care Centre, in Lismore. Planned activities included: compiling a directory of locally-available resources and services to support early child development; developing a PSP web page for inclusion on the NRDGP website; producing age-specific parenting newsletters; developing and running training sessions ...


Knowledge And Interest In Ageing: A Study Of Final-Year Social Work Students, Mark Hughes, Karen Heycox Jan 2006

Knowledge And Interest In Ageing: A Study Of Final-Year Social Work Students, Mark Hughes, Karen Heycox

School of Arts and Social Sciences

Objective: To evaluate social work students’ knowledge of older people's issues and their interest in working with older people in the future. Method: Fifty-five final-year students completed a questionnaire, including a knowledge/myths instrument and an interest scale. Independent variables included students’ prior contact with older people and exposure to a course on ageing. Results: Students achieved an average 70.4% success rate on the knowledge/myths instrument; no student got all answers correct. Interest levels were moderate with an average score of 5.13 on a 10-point scale. Prior participation in ageing courses was positively correlated with knowledge ...


A Preventative Approach To Plagiarism: An Empirical Study Of A First-Year Unit For Undergraduates, Sandy Darab Jan 2006

A Preventative Approach To Plagiarism: An Empirical Study Of A First-Year Unit For Undergraduates, Sandy Darab

School of Arts and Social Sciences

This paper reports on an empirical study into the communications of academic values, codes and conventions within a large-scale foundation studies unit for first-year undergraduates at a regional Australian university in first semester 2005. In this unit, one of the foci was teaching students about issues of plagiarism and assessing how students reflected upon and took up those ethics. The unit’s content and its assessment were conducted online. Students engaged in experiential learning within multiple online tasks associated with plagiarism and of direct relevance to unit assessment. Unit design, delivery and assessment involved a cyclic process of action research ...