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2002

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Getting It Together: Defining Our Students' Reactions To Learning Via Interactive Communication Technologies, Myra Dunn, Gail Wilson Jul 2002

Getting It Together: Defining Our Students' Reactions To Learning Via Interactive Communication Technologies, Myra Dunn, Gail Wilson

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Extract: This study documents the ways in which flexible modes of delivery were adopted using information and communication technology (ICT) in two internal subjects in the third year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) program at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW. It is based on the assertion by Taylor, Lopez & Quadrelli (1996) that 'flexibility must be developed and evaluated in specific local contexts'. The study examines the rationale for moving towards a more flexible mode of delivery for on-campus students in order to service the needs of their profession and the institutional demands both on students to become lifelong, autonomous learners ...


The E-Learning Revolution: From Propositions To Action, Peter Miller Jan 2002

The E-Learning Revolution: From Propositions To Action, Peter Miller

Southern Cross Business School

No abstract provided.


Workplace Learning: What’S The Rate Of Return?, Stewart Hase, Lester Davis Jan 2002

Workplace Learning: What’S The Rate Of Return?, Stewart Hase, Lester Davis

Southern Cross Business School

The purpose of this paper is to draw together the results of an ongoing research program into workplace learning and the some thinking about the development of human capability. We make the distinction between information, skills and learning. More than that, we suggest that it is the latter that makes the difference but it is often poorly harnessed in the modern workplace.

This paper argues that properly conducted workplace learning can provide a confluence for systemic (socio-technical design) and training solutions to complex organisational problems. In fact drawing these two main elements together provides an opportunity for learning, organisationally and ...


Nutrition Interventions: What Works And Why? School-Based Activities, Anna D. Huddy, Jillian K. Adams, Libby Holden, Sallie Newell, Margaret Miller, Uta C. Dietrich Jan 2002

Nutrition Interventions: What Works And Why? School-Based Activities, Anna D. Huddy, Jillian K. Adams, Libby Holden, Sallie Newell, Margaret Miller, Uta C. Dietrich

School of Education

No abstract provided.


Tooty Fruity Vegie: Getting Children To Eat Their Fruits And Vegetables, Sallie Newell, Jillian K. Adams, Anna D. Huddy, Libby Holden, Uta C. Dietrich Jan 2002

Tooty Fruity Vegie: Getting Children To Eat Their Fruits And Vegetables, Sallie Newell, Jillian K. Adams, Anna D. Huddy, Libby Holden, Uta C. Dietrich

School of Education

No abstract provided.


Overcoming Computer Anxiety Through Reflection On Attribution, Renata Phelps, Allan Ellis Jan 2002

Overcoming Computer Anxiety Through Reflection On Attribution, Renata Phelps, Allan Ellis

School of Education

Computer anxiety continues to be a significant issue for many students. While ever learners experience such anxiety, the use of computers in tertiary education will continue to present significant issues for students and teachers alike. A proliferation of adult education and training initiatives have emerged to assist computer novices to gain the skills needed to operate in the computer domain. However, studies have highlighted that increased exposure can exacerbate rather than ‘cure’ the problem of computer anxiety, potentially strengthening negative affective reactions and promoting further computer avoidance. One approach to countering computer anxiety is to involve learners themselves in confronting ...


Mentoring Preservice Teachers Of Primary Science, Peter Hudson, Keith R. Skamp Jan 2002

Mentoring Preservice Teachers Of Primary Science, Peter Hudson, Keith R. Skamp

School of Education

Perceptions of mentors' practices related to primary science teaching were obtained from final year preservice teachers after a 4-week practicum. Responses to a survey (n=59), constructed through literature-based practices and attributes of effective mentors, identified perceived strengths and weaknesses in the area of mentoring preservice teachers of primary science. Through exploratory factor analysis, this pilot study also tested the unidimensionality of mentoring practices and attributes assigned to categories (factors) that may characterise mentoring in primary science teaching. These suggested factors, namely, personal attributes, system requirements, pedagogical knowledge, modelling, and feedback had Cronbach alpha coefficients of internal consistency reliability of ...


Resource Directory For Assessing Learners Online, Meg O'Reilly Jan 2002

Resource Directory For Assessing Learners Online, Meg O'Reilly

Centre for Teaching and Learning

To address the need for critical research, and to target access to the wide range of resources in the field of online assessment practices in higher education now published on the Internet itself, a research project has recently commenced at Southern Cross University. This project aims to improve the online assessment practices of academic staff through reflective practice and action research. An accompanying website is under development to provide a directory of resources including examples of the practices and theories pertaining to assessment online, as well as links to published literature. The poster presentation will provide access to this resource ...


In At The Deep End: Swapping Roles Through Staff Development Online, Meg O'Reilly, Allan Ellis Jan 2002

In At The Deep End: Swapping Roles Through Staff Development Online, Meg O'Reilly, Allan Ellis

Centre for Teaching and Learning

After reviewing questions about how Australian Universities carry out staff development for online teaching and learning, this paper reports on an initiative that has brought together the outcomes of previous research into an online resource and workshop. Having piloted these, the full version of the workshop was recently completed by a group of staff at Southern Cross University. The authors reflect upon experiences of swapping roles – teachers becoming learners, and educational designer (usually a student advocate in the design process) becoming the teacher. Reflections on experiences are reported from reflective journal and evaluation data.


Tooty Fruity Vegie: Development And Implementation, Jillian K. Adams, Anna D. Huddy, Libby Holden, Sallie Newell, Uta C. Dietrich, Janet Pettit Jan 2002

Tooty Fruity Vegie: Development And Implementation, Jillian K. Adams, Anna D. Huddy, Libby Holden, Sallie Newell, Uta C. Dietrich, Janet Pettit

School of Education

No abstract provided.


A Constructivist Approach To Professional Development In Ict Leadership: Creating A Learning Community, Renata Phelps Jan 2002

A Constructivist Approach To Professional Development In Ict Leadership: Creating A Learning Community, Renata Phelps

School of Education

Management of ICT has emerged as a critical issue for schools and one which is impacting significantly on the work of principals and other senior staff. Theory, knowledge, information and even ideas relating specifically to ICT management in school contexts is not yet readily available. Much of the most valuable knowledge and information can be found in the day-to-day experiences and theorising of practitioners. This paper describes the constructivist approach being taken to ICT management through a particular unit in a postgraduate level professional development course at Southern Cross University. It is argued that engaging educational leaders in constructivist learning ...


Capability Versus Competency In Information Technology Education: Challenging The Learning Context For Lifelong Technological Literacy, Renata Phelps Jan 2002

Capability Versus Competency In Information Technology Education: Challenging The Learning Context For Lifelong Technological Literacy, Renata Phelps

School of Education

As Information Technology (IT) gains greater integration into the teaching and learning processes within all levels of education the capability of both teachers and students to embrace this ever-changing technology becomes essential. Traditional "training" approaches in relation to IT have tended to emphasise competency in specific computer skills. It is argued that a capability-based, rather than competency-based, approach to computer education may provide more significant and empowering learning outcomes for students. An action research project is reported which is investigating the effect of a metacognitive approach to learning and teaching on the self-efficacy and learning capability of students. Several cohorts ...


Helping Students To Help Themselves: Case Studies From A Metacognitive Approach To Computer Learning And Teaching, Renata Phelps, Allan Ellis Jan 2002

Helping Students To Help Themselves: Case Studies From A Metacognitive Approach To Computer Learning And Teaching, Renata Phelps, Allan Ellis

School of Education

End-user training in the use of computer software and hardware has become a significant area of professional development in a range of educational, organisational and community contexts. However, technology is developing at such a rapid rate that, if an individual undertakes training in how to use a particular piece of software, that knowledge is likely to be inadequate or out-of-date in a very short period of time. Training contexts that emphasise the centrality of the ‘trainer’ or teacher inevitably foster learner dependency. Although such learning contexts may be ‘comfortable’ and ‘familiar’ for some students they do not accord with the ...


Exploring Alternate Technology Teacher Education Models: Some Preliminary Findings, Kurt W. Seemann, Elissa Swan, Pat Kennedy, Sue O'Connor, Phillip Babbage Jan 2002

Exploring Alternate Technology Teacher Education Models: Some Preliminary Findings, Kurt W. Seemann, Elissa Swan, Pat Kennedy, Sue O'Connor, Phillip Babbage

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Partly the result of necessity and partly the result of research opportunities and expected synergies, the Southern Cross University has signed a minimum three year alliance to enable it to deliver university education to undergraduate Design and Technology (D&T) pre-service teachers at a local independent high school. The alliance is an internal Innovations and Development Grant project of Southern Cross University (SCU) with Bishop Druitt College (BDC) that seeks to utilise real school facilities and interactions to deliver its practical units of study usually after school hours. Many interesting pedagogy, research and strategic advantages have already emerged that provide ...


Can Our Schools Deliver An Education In Technology?, Kurt W. Seemann Jan 2002

Can Our Schools Deliver An Education In Technology?, Kurt W. Seemann

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

The casual observer can be forgiven for concluding that today, more than ever before, most Australian high schools have a significant commitment, driven essentially by interpretations of State policies, to teach and learn more task specific job skills at school particularly in technical areas. Not only do we witness media releases of the imperative of computers in schooling but most recently, the high profile campaign to shift a significant proportion of school students into technically grouped trade/vocational streams (specific job category skills training). Indeed, policies and programs such as ‘ready for work’ target middle school students themselves. These strategies ...


Managing Diversity In First Year Service Mathematics Course: Integration Of Effective Numeracy Teaching Principles And Management Theory, Janet A. Taylor, David Mander Jan 2002

Managing Diversity In First Year Service Mathematics Course: Integration Of Effective Numeracy Teaching Principles And Management Theory, Janet A. Taylor, David Mander

Centre for Teaching and Learning

First year service courses in mathematics are faced with numerous challenges as a result of the increasing diversity of student populations and the hierarchical nature of knowledge within mathematics. These challenges are even more extreme when such courses are offered in multi-mode format (on campus and by distance education). This paper describes the evolution of a foundation mathematics course, which currently integrates self-paced skill based materials, authentic problem solving activities and generic study skills into a unified curriculum which is underpinned by a 12 step scale for effective numeracy teaching (Marr and Helme 1991) and traditional management theory. The course ...


A Breath Of Fresh Air: Reflecting On The Changing Practices Of Assessment Online, Meg O'Reilly Jan 2002

A Breath Of Fresh Air: Reflecting On The Changing Practices Of Assessment Online, Meg O'Reilly

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Prior to a flight we are reminded that in an emergency we are to place the oxygen mask on our own faces before we place them on a child to ensure we can assist the child. Unfortunately, with regard to teacher learning. ..we spend a great deal of time placing oxygen masks on other people's faces while we ourselves are suffocating" (Zederayko & Ward, 1999: 36 [28]). To breathe in some new ideas on assessment for learners in the changing online world, academic staff need to have time, energy and will for fresh reflections and collective dialogue upon their innovations ...


Tooty Fruity Vegie: Getting Kids To Eat Their Fruit And Vegetables - Pipedream Or Possibility?, Jillian K. Adams, Sallie Newell, Margaret Miller, Anna D. Huddy, Libby Holden, Uta C. Dietrich, Janet Pettit Jan 2002

Tooty Fruity Vegie: Getting Kids To Eat Their Fruit And Vegetables - Pipedream Or Possibility?, Jillian K. Adams, Sallie Newell, Margaret Miller, Anna D. Huddy, Libby Holden, Uta C. Dietrich, Janet Pettit

School of Education

No abstract provided.


Springboard To Teaching: A Partnership In Practice, Anne Graham, Renata Phelps, Berenice Kerr, Lee Macmaster Jan 2002

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

School of Education

No abstract provided.


Picking The Pitch: A Grounded Theory Study Of The Impact Of Equal Opportunity Officers On The Culture Of Universities, Ann Joan Burrett Jan 2002

Picking The Pitch: A Grounded Theory Study Of The Impact Of Equal Opportunity Officers On The Culture Of Universities, Ann Joan Burrett

Theses

Equal opportunity offices have been described as agencies of organisational change, and the term ‘cultural change’ has been used to describe aspects of equal opportunity work.

Universities are sites of organisational cultures where equal opportunity officers have worked in Australia for the past decade. In this time there have been significant changes to higher education, in terms of the size of the university sector in Australia, and also in terms of funding, governance and management. These changes in universities provided the context for questions about the roles of equal opportunity officers in universities, and how they may have changed.

This ...


Mapping The Complexity Of Computer Learning : Journeying Beyond Teaching For Computer Competency To Facilitating Computer, Renata Phelps Jan 2002

Mapping The Complexity Of Computer Learning : Journeying Beyond Teaching For Computer Competency To Facilitating Computer, Renata Phelps

Theses

For future generations to maximise their capability to operate within technologically driven economies, it is critical to foster computer abilities at every level of the schooling process. Teachers are central to this process. Yet, for many teachers, the need to integrate computer use in their teaching is threatening and overwhelming. This thesis argues that, given the rapid rate of technological change, skills-based approaches to computer education inadequately prepare teachers for a career of continued technological change. Effective computer education for teachers requires more than skills training. It involves changes in attitudes, values and beliefs that provide confidence for ongoing learning ...