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Springboard To Teaching: A Partnership In Practice, Anne Graham, Renata Phelps, Berenice Kerr, Lee Macmaster Dec 2010

Springboard To Teaching: A Partnership In Practice, Anne Graham, Renata Phelps, Berenice Kerr, Lee Macmaster

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.


Attracting The Bright And Committed Into Teaching: Political Rhetoric Or Practical Reality?, Anne Graham, Renata Phelps, Berenice Kerr, Lee Macmaster Oct 2010

Attracting The Bright And Committed Into Teaching: Political Rhetoric Or Practical Reality?, Anne Graham, Renata Phelps, Berenice Kerr, Lee Macmaster

Professor Anne Graham

This article reports on a university developed board endorsed course (UDBEC), which allows higher school certificate (HSC) students to undertake two units of an undergraduate teaching degree as part of their final year of schooling. The course, Springboard into teaching, is a collaborative initiative of the School of Education at Southern Cross University (SCU) and the Catholic education office (CEO) in Lismore, New South Wales (NSW). The course aimed to attract students to the teaching profession, and targeted motivated and high achieving students with an interest in studying teaching at the local university. This article describes Springboard into teaching, and ...


Children & Behaviour: A Strengths-Based Approach To Education: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon Oct 2010

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

Professor Anne Graham

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 ...


Murwillumbah Communities For Children Initiative: Baseline Community-Level Survey Results, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Murwillumbah Communities For Children Initiative: Baseline Community-Level Survey Results, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

This report summarises the results from the baseline community-level surveys collected as part of the evaluation of the Murwillumbah Communities for Children initiative. The information from these surveys gives an impression of how families and early childhood workers were feeling in the early stages of the initiative – in relation to the main goals described below. Similar surveys will be collected towards the end of the initiative to allow an assessment of if, and how, things have changed for families with young children in and around Murwillumbah. About


Parent Support Project: Evaluation Report, Anna D. Huddy, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

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

Professor Anne Graham

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 ...


Expect Respect Television Advertising Campaign: Evaluation Report, Chris White, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

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

Professor Anne Graham

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 ...


World Youth Day Pilgrimage: Evaluation Report, Chris White, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

World Youth Day Pilgrimage: Evaluation Report, Chris White, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Importance of Pilgrimage Pilgrimage is important for Christians. It was a central feature of both the Old and New Testaments. It is practised by many of the great religions of the world. Pilgrimage is based on a strong attachment to place in the spiritual lives of people. It fulfils a human desire to see and feel a person’s faith origins. Pilgrimage sites offer stories both of saints and of God interacting with ordinary people. It also draws the pilgrim into an atmosphere of corporate spirituality, while allowing scope for individual response to God. At a pilgrimage site, a grace ...


Communicating With Kids About School Issues: Seminar Report, Sallie Newell, Adam Biggs, Anne Graham, Lyn Gardon Oct 2010

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

Professor Anne Graham

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 ...


Lismore Communities For Children Initiative: Interim Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Lismore Communities For Children Initiative: Interim Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

This report aims to give an overview about the planning, development and implementation (as at May 2007) of the Lismore Communities for Children initiative, overall and in relation to each of its strategies. It also presents results from the relevant community-level and strategy-specific evaluation activities – as at May 2007. As this is only an Interim Evaluation Report and limited followup data have yet been collected, most results are presented simply and with minimal interpretation. However, all data will be explored and critiqued in more depth in the Final Evaluation Report.


Developing Technology Together, Together: Final Report On An Investigation Of The Metacognitive Influences On Teachers' Use Of Ict And The Implications For Teacher Professional Development. Lismore: Southern Cross University, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Developing Technology Together, Together: Final Report On An Investigation Of The Metacognitive Influences On Teachers' Use Of Ict And The Implications For Teacher Professional Development. Lismore: Southern Cross University, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.


Goonellabah Transition Program 'Walking Together, Learning Together: Interim Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Goonellabah Transition Program 'Walking Together, Learning Together: Interim Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Rationale & Background National and international evidence Extensive national and international research from many different fields has consistently demonstrated the critical importance of children's early life experiences and circumstances on their subsequent development and wellbeing throughout their lives. There is clear evidence that well-founded, well-implemented prevention and early intervention programs, starting early in life, can improve young children’s cognitive, social and emotional functioning. This results in a positive influence on their readiness to learn in the school setting and improves educational, social, emotional and health outcomes throughout their lives. Cost-effectiveness analyses have shown that such programs more than pay ...


Goonellabah Transition Program: 'Walking Together, Learning Together': Final Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Goonellabah Transition Program: 'Walking Together, Learning Together': Final Evaluation Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Extensive national and international research from many different fields has consistently demonstrated the critical importance of children's early life experiences and circumstances on their subsequent development and wellbeing throughout their lives. There is clear evidence that well-founded, well-implemented prevention and early intervention programs, starting early in life, can improve young children’s cognitive, social and emotional functioning. This results in a positive influence on their readiness to learn in the school setting and improves educational, social, emotional and health outcomes throughout their lives. Cost-effectiveness analyses have shown that such programs more than pay for themselves, by reducing the later ...


Goonellabah Transition Program: Final Evaluation Plan, Sallie Newell, Kimberlii Austen-Baker, Anne Graham, Mary Ward Oct 2010

Goonellabah Transition Program: Final Evaluation Plan, Sallie Newell, Kimberlii Austen-Baker, Anne Graham, Mary Ward

Professor Anne Graham

Program Rationale National and international evidence An extensive national and international body of literature has demonstrated that the early years of life have a substantial impact on a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development and wellbeing throughout their life course. Similarly, it is clear that various aspects of a child’s environment, from socioeconomic factors (eg: poverty), through to community factors (eg: violence, social cohesion) and family factors (eg: parenting styles, intra-family conflict), all impact greatly on educational outcomes and are vital determinants of a child’s long-term health and wellbeing. There is clear evidence that well-founded and ...


Developing Technology Together, Together: A Whole-School Metacognitive Approach To Ict Teacher Professional Development, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham Oct 2010

Developing Technology Together, Together: A Whole-School Metacognitive Approach To Ict Teacher Professional Development, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Professional development of teachers in information and communication technology (ICT) continues to be an urgent educational imperative. While many teachers are integrating ICT (with varying degrees of confidence and creativity), a significant number still remain hesitant, reluctant and daunted by the rapid rate of technological change. Far from being a simple process, ICT professional development necessitates not only personal and professional changes for individuals, but changes in school culture including institutional attitude and support for professional learning, reflection and professional discussion, readiness to embrace change, collegiality, trust and encouragement to take risks. Grounded in research about what influences teachers’ adoption ...


Contact & Relocation: Focusing On The Children: Conference Report, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham, Judy Cashmore, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald Oct 2010

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

Professor Anne Graham

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 ...


The Changing Landscape Of Family Law: Exploring The Promises And Possibilities For Children’S Participation In Australian Family Relationship Centres, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, Renata Phelps Oct 2010

The Changing Landscape Of Family Law: Exploring The Promises And Possibilities For Children’S Participation In Australian Family Relationship Centres, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, Renata Phelps

Professor Anne Graham

No abstract provided.


Teachers And Ict: Exploring A Metacognitive Approach To Professional Development, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Berenice Kerr Sep 2010

Teachers And Ict: Exploring A Metacognitive Approach To Professional Development, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham, Berenice Kerr

Professor Anne Graham

Professional development for teachers in information and communication technology (ICT) is currently a major priority for school systems in Australia and internationally. The metacognitive and reflective approach to professional development described in this paper is a response to the limitations of directive approaches to ICT learning within a context of rapid technological change. It proposes a capability based approach which strives to develop lifelong computer learning strategies. An important characteristic of the metacognitive approach is that, rather than specific objectives or outcomes being 'imposed' on learners, participants are encouraged to identify, articulate and pursue personally relevant goals, including those related ...


Quan Điểm Của Trẻ Em Việt Nam Về Việc Học Và Giáo Dục Tiểu Học Ở Huyện Miền Núi Na Rì, Việt Nam: Báo Cáo Tóm Tắt Của Một Dự Án Thí Điểm, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham Sep 2010

Quan Điểm Của Trẻ Em Việt Nam Về Việc Học Và Giáo Dục Tiểu Học Ở Huyện Miền Núi Na Rì, Việt Nam: Báo Cáo Tóm Tắt Của Một Dự Án Thí Điểm, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Giới thiệu về dự án nghiên cứu Nghiên cứu này được ChildFund Australia khởi xướng để thực hiện cam kết của tổ chức là tham gia vào các nghiên cứu nhằm tăng cường hiểu biết về trải nghiệm của trẻ, xây dựng năng lực của tổ chức và nâng cao tính hiệu quả của các hoạt động hỗ trợ phát triển. Nghiên cứu là sự hợp tác giữa ChildFund Australia và Trung tâm Nghiên cứu Trẻ em và Thanh thiếu niên (CCYP) của trường Đại học tổng hợp Southern Cross, Australia.


Vietnamese Children’S Perspectives On Learning And The Provision Of Primary School Education Within The Rural Na Ri District In Vietnam: Consolidated Report On A Pilot Project, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham Aug 2010

Vietnamese Children’S Perspectives On Learning And The Provision Of Primary School Education Within The Rural Na Ri District In Vietnam: Consolidated Report On A Pilot Project, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Background to the research This research was initiated by ChildFund Australia as part of its increased commitment to research that enhances knowledge of children’s experience, builds organisational expertise and contributes to improved effectiveness in aid operations. The research is a collaboration between ChildFund Australia and the Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP) at Southern Cross University, Australia.


Vietnamese Children’S Perspectives On Learning And The Provision Of Primary School Education Within The Rural Na Ri District In Vietnam: Pilot Project Report, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham Aug 2010

Vietnamese Children’S Perspectives On Learning And The Provision Of Primary School Education Within The Rural Na Ri District In Vietnam: Pilot Project Report, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Developing countries face an urgent imperative to improve the equity, quality, relevance and authenticity of their education provision. This is critical if they are to develop a literate but also creative and innovative population to support their continued economic development. In recent years, Vietnam has been making remarkable progress in alleviating poverty and inequality. However, with 41% of its population under the age of 18, Vietnam faces considerable challenges in educating its children. Vietnam’s traditional educational practices, like those of other Asian countries, are curriculum driven and focus predominantly on rote memorisation, passive learning approaches and print-based knowledge from ...


The E-Guide: Effective, Efficient Evaluation In Education, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham Jul 2010

The E-Guide: Effective, Efficient Evaluation In Education, Sallie Newell, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Opportunities often arise for School of Education academics to develop research links with local schools, usually through requests for help with program evaluations (eg: 'we need to find out whether program X works so we can seek more funding'). It is likely these requests will increase over coming years, as at least 85 schools in the SCU footprint will receive 4-years substantial additional funding through COAG’s National Partnership on Low Socioeconomic Status School Communities, which will be rolled out over the next three years. Unlike the associated National Partnership on Literacy & Numeracy, the Low-SES Partnership allows schools considerable scope ...


Exploring The Complementarities Between Complexity And Action Research: The Story Of Technology Together, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham Jun 2010

Exploring The Complementarities Between Complexity And Action Research: The Story Of Technology Together, Renata Phelps, Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

This paper takes up an ongoing dialogue in the educational literature regarding the relationship between complexity theories and action research. Recognising the contributions of other writers in this field and building on arguments made previously by the authors, this paper argues that there are multiple synergies between complexity and action research, and that action research can be a valuable and congruent meta-methodology for those researching from complexity-based perspectives. The paper illustrates these arguments through the example of a large action research initiative, Technology Together, which aimed to investigate the metacognitive influences on teachers' use of information and communications technology (ICT ...


Children’S Participation In Research: Some Possibilities And Constraints In The Current Australian Research Environment, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald Jun 2010

Children’S Participation In Research: Some Possibilities And Constraints In The Current Australian Research Environment, Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald

Professor Anne Graham

This article draws attention to a number of critical issues that exist in the current Australian research context which simultaneously enable and constrain children’s participation in research. These include prevailing understandings of children and childhood, the emerging research assessment environment and the ethical frameworks that regulate children’s involvement in qualitative research. The discussion is framed by a number of questions that remain unsettled for the authors as they attempt to pursue research with and for children and young people that is unselfconsciously focused on ‘improving’ rather than ‘proving’ the social conditions that shape their lives.