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Teacher Education and Professional Development

2004

Theses

Australian Catholic University

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An Ethnographic Study Of A Victorian Secondary School, Carmel Laffan Dec 2004

An Ethnographic Study Of A Victorian Secondary School, Carmel Laffan

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This thesis constitutes a study of a Catholic secondary school in the State of Victoria, Australia, in the year 2001. It addresses the issue of the nature and purpose of Catholic schools in situ, the focus of the research being an in-depth analytical description of the participant school. Consequently, the findings are of potential relevance to those interested in the issue of the nature and purpose of the Catholic school in situ from a general and holistic perspective. Specifically, given the concern of the research with the nature and purpose of a Catholic school in situ, two anticipated areas of ...


Assessing The Characteristics Of Effective Professional Learning And Training Programs: Perceptions Of Teachers, Principals And Training Personnel Within Catholic Education In Melbourne, Robert Patrick O'Brien Oct 2004

Assessing The Characteristics Of Effective Professional Learning And Training Programs: Perceptions Of Teachers, Principals And Training Personnel Within Catholic Education In Melbourne, Robert Patrick O'Brien

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The main aim of this thesis centred on what made effective professional development programs. As a particular case study data was collected on those programs sponsored by the Melbourne Catholic Education Office. Teachers from three schools in the North Western Metropolitan Zone of Melbourne, Australia, the principals from the three participating schools and training staff from the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne became the subjects of the study. The data collected from questionnaires was analysed in order to ascertain whether there were any common trends as to what the teachers thought was needed in effective professional development programs. The interviews ...


Imagination For Better Not Worse: The Hobbit In The Primary Classroom, Maureen Carroll Jun 2004

Imagination For Better Not Worse: The Hobbit In The Primary Classroom, Maureen Carroll

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This thesis argues for the power of story and, in particular, the story of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien to help build optimism and hope. The Hobbit is under-used in primary schools and this thesis demonstrates that it is eminently suitable for children. Without imagination children are vulnerable to sadness and despair. The positive development of imagination through heroic tales is likely to benefit children emotionally and psychologically. The story of The Hobbit can be utilised to develop the concept of the Hero's Journey, a persistent trope in oral and recorded literature and an archetype for virtually ...