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Soak Up The Goodness: Discourses Of Australian Childhoods On Television Advertisements, 2006-2012, Christopher Drew Nov 2013

Soak Up The Goodness: Discourses Of Australian Childhoods On Television Advertisements, 2006-2012, Christopher Drew

Theses

Childhood is represented on Australian television advertising so frequently as to be commonplace. Traversing childhood, cultural and media studies disciplines, this thesis works to disrupt and unsettle taken for granted and exclusionary cultural assumptions about childhood that emerge through contemporary television advertisements. I conduct social semiotic and discourse analyses across a corpus of 330 advertisements spanning 2006 to 2012, considering the ways the Australian childhood subject is discursively produced through the advertisements. The television advertisements are found to construct Australian childhood subjectivities in ways that are limiting in terms of race, space, gender and social class. Considering the role of ...


Riding The Wave: An Exploration Of Principals’ Experiences Leading Their Schools Through And Beyond Critical Incidents, Barbara E. Myors Oct 2013

Riding The Wave: An Exploration Of Principals’ Experiences Leading Their Schools Through And Beyond Critical Incidents, Barbara E. Myors

Theses

When a critical incident engulfs a school community, principals have key management roles in the incident and aftermath, as well as responsibility for successful outcomes, particularly for the wellbeing of staff, students and parents. Principals are also the conduit for communication and liaison with outside agencies, while ensuring the school still functions as an educational institution. In the past three decades in particular, researchers have considered the incidences of violence and environmental disasters in school settings and their impact on students, teachers and counsellors (Brack, Hill & Brack, 2009; Lindle, 2008). Education systems have produced policies, and researchers have written manuals, to guide ...


The Use Of Musical Elements To Influence The Learning Of Receptive Communication Skills In Children With Autism, Kathryn Mary Simpson Oct 2013

The Use Of Musical Elements To Influence The Learning Of Receptive Communication Skills In Children With Autism, Kathryn Mary Simpson

Theses

Individuals with autism demonstrate impairments in the area of communication, with many lingering in the prelinguistic stage of communicative development. Early intervention implementing evidence based practices is recommended. Current research indicates interventions for individuals in this stage of development have focused primarily on facilitating expressive communicative skills, with little research investigating interventions to facilitate receptive communicative skills. In typically developing infants, the prosodic and repetitive characteristics of speech and song directed to infants are viewed as features of the prelinguistic language environment associated with communication development. While there is a correlation between attending to infant-directed speech and language outcomes in ...


Understanding And Implementing The Marist Charism From The Middle: The Experience Of Middle Leaders In A Marist School, Jennifer Margaret Elvery Aug 2013

Understanding And Implementing The Marist Charism From The Middle: The Experience Of Middle Leaders In A Marist School, Jennifer Margaret Elvery

Theses

The decline in the number of Marist Brothers has led to lay staff assuming increased responsibility for continuing the work of the Brothers. In order for this transition to be authentic and effective, schools should continue to be led within Marist charismic tradition. The Principal plays a critical role in this, but so do all leaders. Currently, little is known as to how middle leaders contribute to this process. The purpose of this study is to explore how middle leaders/managers at Champagnat College understand and implement the Marist charism. The context of this research is a College in Queensland ...


An Exploration Of How Identity Leaders Perceive And Institutionalise The Edmund Rice Charism, Conor Francis Finn Aug 2013

An Exploration Of How Identity Leaders Perceive And Institutionalise The Edmund Rice Charism, Conor Francis Finn

Theses

The leadership and governance of Edmund Rice schools is in a period of transition brought about by the transferral of the administration of over 48 schools from the Christian Brothers to the lay administered Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). This transition has generated differences of opinion concerning the authentic identity of Edmund Rice education. The issue of the contesting perspectives of what constitutes authenticity of the Edmund Rice charism, and how the perception of the charism is institutionalised in Edmund Rice schools, is the research problem for this thesis. The purpose of the research is to explore how Identity Leaders ...


Middle Class Youth And Education In Neoliberal India, Andrew Deuchar May 2013

Middle Class Youth And Education In Neoliberal India, Andrew Deuchar

Theses

Economic reform and structural adjustment in India has undermined state institutions through which the middle classes have historically reproduced their advantage. Education has been profoundly affected by increasing privatisation and a reduction in government subsidies, which in turn has implications for its accessibility, quality and utility. Given that education has historically been central to the processes of class formation for the lower middle classes, my primary concern is to analyse the capacity of this social group to reproduce their advantage through education in the neoliberal era. While I argue throughout that the Indian middle classes are a socially and culturally ...


Supporting Principals To Lead Literacy Learning In Challenging Contexts, Linda Dianne Dawson May 2013

Supporting Principals To Lead Literacy Learning In Challenging Contexts, Linda Dianne Dawson

Theses

...The purpose of this study was to explore the nature of coaching support that principals require to build their capabilities to lead literacy learning in challenging Australian primary school contexts. Three conceptual understandings informed the study; the dimensions of leadership of literacy learning, how literacy is defined within a context and the notion of 'difference' in SAE literacy acquisition.


Supporting Inquiry In The Primary Years - Children's Science Questions And How Teachers Deal With Them, Kathrine Harris May 2013

Supporting Inquiry In The Primary Years - Children's Science Questions And How Teachers Deal With Them, Kathrine Harris

Theses

From 2013, Australian teachers of Preparatory Year to Year 10 will be required to fully implement the new Australian Curriculum: Science. An insight into what science questions children may ask would be beneficial in light of teachers' interaction with this new curriculum over the coming years. This study investigated the types of science questions children have in response to a visual stimulus of lunar phenomena. It also examined teachers' responses to those questions. A review of the literature highlighted the importance of children's questions, however, there had been considerable research about teachers' questions and proportionally little about children's ...


Do Sport And Physical Education Have An Important Role To Play In Educational Institutions?, Steven Andrew Stolz Apr 2013

Do Sport And Physical Education Have An Important Role To Play In Educational Institutions?, Steven Andrew Stolz

Theses

This thesis will argue that sport and physical education plays a crucial role within the curriculum and hence needs to be a necessary part of educational institutions as much as any other subject area. If we are serious about an integrated view of the human person, then physical education is a necessary part of a well-balanced education. A central and reoccurring theme throughout my thesis is that we become aware of our embodiment through a family of physical activities in physical education that rebalances the disproportionate emphasis on the development of the mind and restores to education a balance that ...


English As A Distant Language: An Investigation Of Teachers’ Understanding, Richard Gaffney Mar 2013

English As A Distant Language: An Investigation Of Teachers’ Understanding, Richard Gaffney

Theses

Indigenous students living in Traditional language communities in countries such as Australia and Papua New Guinea, where English is the language of education, attend primary schools where they learn using English. This study is an investigation of how teachers understand the English environment experience of Indigenous students who live in Traditional language communities and the requirements for their successful learning in English. Most of the research on Indigenous students has concentrated on Indigenous students in general rather than the specific language and learning context of those who live in Traditional language communities. The unique nature of these communities’ English language ...


Rules, Rights And Responsibilities: Becoming 'Responsible' Students In Upper-Primary School Contexts, Natasha Penelope Wardman Jan 2013

Rules, Rights And Responsibilities: Becoming 'Responsible' Students In Upper-Primary School Contexts, Natasha Penelope Wardman

Theses

This study investigates how the discourses embedded in education policy and mediated through principal and teacher pedagogy work to shape upper-primary students’ understandings and experiences of responsibility for self and others. The study analyses findings from a poststructuralist educational ethnography undertaken in three case study sites from Catholic, Independent and State schooling sectors. These case study schools are located in a regional city in the Australian state of New South Wales. The study critically examines how every day, taken-for-granted, discursive practices of policy-makers, teachers and students work to construct ir/responsible subjectivities. Data was generated through observational field notes, semi-structured ...


“From Whence Shall They Come?” Attracting The New Generation Of School Leaders, Andrea O'Brien Jan 2013

“From Whence Shall They Come?” Attracting The New Generation Of School Leaders, Andrea O'Brien

Theses

The research problem underpinning this study concerns the paucity of applications for the principalship in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Townsville, North Queensland. Deputy principals, assistants to the principal religious education and assistant principals in the Diocese of Townsville are reluctant to apply for the principalship. Initiatives to address this challenge have been unsuccessful. Consequently, the purpose of this research is to explore why few deputy principals, assistants to the principal religious education and assistant principals are applying for principal positions in the Diocese of Townsville. The following specific research questions were generated from a synthesis of the literature ...


Time To Tell: The Complexity Of Wellbeing From The Perspective Of Tweens, Jenna Kathleen Gillett-Swan Jan 2013

Time To Tell: The Complexity Of Wellbeing From The Perspective Of Tweens, Jenna Kathleen Gillett-Swan

Theses

Children's views and opinions on matters of relevance to their lives are infrequently sought, and rarely acted upon. There is an apparent reluctance of adults to seek and include children's perspectives on matters that affect children's lives. Children provide unique insight into various aspects of their lifeworlds that cannot be obtained by objective measures alone, and as such children's informed and personal perspective must not only be collected but also be given due consideration. The dearth of evidence drawn from children's perspectives leads to an incomplete view of how children are faring and the ways ...


An Exploration Of Parental Choice Of School By Rural And Remote Parents, Michael Mccarthy Jan 2013

An Exploration Of Parental Choice Of School By Rural And Remote Parents, Michael Mccarthy

Theses

The parental choice of school process is a complex undertaking for parents. This complexity is evident when considered from the nuanced perspective of school choice by Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents living in rural and remote areas. The social and geographic contexts of these parents give rise to unique challenges which shape the ways in which they choose a boarding for their children. The parental choice of school process consists of psychical constructions and processes which help parents define their understandings of 'good' schools and with which they engage in the boarding school choice process. The purpose of this research is ...