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Iiatej_2_2015, David Ellis Jan 2015

Iiatej_2_2015, David Ellis

David Ellis

Professional teacher association journal for the NSW Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education (IIATE)


Teacher Researcher: Creating The Outstanding School, Jake Madden Dr, David Lynch Prof., Tina Doe Dr Jan 2015

Teacher Researcher: Creating The Outstanding School, Jake Madden Dr, David Lynch Prof., Tina Doe Dr

Jake Madden

This book comprises vignettes illustrating how professional learning can be integrated into the day-to-day work of schools and, in doing so, focus on continuous improvement, enhancing teaching quality and raising student achievement. In presenting best practice exemplars to illustrate how professional learning can positively impact teaching quality and school improvement, this book will inspire each classroom teacher and school leader. It will support them in creating and sustaining a strong performance culture


Educating Australian High School Students In Relation To The Digital Future Of Agriculture, Robert Whannell, Stephan Tobias Jan 2015

Educating Australian High School Students In Relation To The Digital Future Of Agriculture, Robert Whannell, Stephan Tobias

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

The use of technology in Australian agriculture is rapidly advancing, with precision agriculture becoming a major focus of research and practical application. This move requires an appropriately qualified workforce in all aspects of agriculture and presents substantial social and educational challenges. This paper describes the steps being taken at a regional university to address two related needs in the Australian rural context: the lack of tertiary qualified graduates in the Australian agriculture industry and the deficit of qualified science and mathematics teachers in rural locations. In an attempt to address these challenges, a number of engagement strategies targeting high school ...


Enabling Indigenous Education Success Beyond Regional Borders, Bronwyn Fredericks Prof, Julie Mann Ms, Ross Skinner Dr, Pamela Croftwarcon Dr, Bronwyn Mcfarlane Ms, Sandra Creamer Ms Jan 2015

Enabling Indigenous Education Success Beyond Regional Borders, Bronwyn Fredericks Prof, Julie Mann Ms, Ross Skinner Dr, Pamela Croftwarcon Dr, Bronwyn Mcfarlane Ms, Sandra Creamer Ms

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

Higher education is a powerful tool for reducing social and economic disadvantage. But access to higher education can be difficult, particularly for Indigenous Australians who face multiple levels of social, economic, cultural and geographical isolation. While enabling programs can support Indigenous students to gain university entry, the experience at Central Queensland University (CQUniversity) suggests that their past success has been limited. In this paper, the authors describe the enabling program available to Indigenous students at CQUniversity. They suggest that the newly developed, flexible, online version of the program is helping to address geographical and social isolation and improve successful outcomes ...


Evidence Based Practice Using Formative Assessment In Library Research Support, Jackie Wolstenholme Jan 2015

Evidence Based Practice Using Formative Assessment In Library Research Support, Jackie Wolstenholme

Library

Objective: The purpose of this study was to develop and review the effectiveness of a new evidence-based approach for teaching library research support. Methods: Formative assessment, through two variations of the One Minute Paper model, is used to poll the experiences of university researchers in library research support sessions. Prior to a session, Polling One Minute Papers (POMPs) assess what researchers know about topics that will be covered in the session. After a session, Reflective One Minute Papers (ROMPs) review whether university researchers achieved the intended learning outcomes of the session. POMPs were used for 16 sessions and ROMPs were ...


Mob Learning - Digital Communities For Remote Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Students, Philip B. Townsend Jan 2015

Mob Learning - Digital Communities For Remote Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Students, Philip B. Townsend

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students in remote communities are separated by physical distance from their institution and fellow students. The author’s current PhD research focusses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers in remote communities studying Initial Teacher Education through Community Based Programs. Many of these pre-service teachers participate in digital communities by means of mobile devices. Congruencies between constructs of mobile learning and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural philosophies are proposed as an explanation for membership of digital communities. Policy implications regarding use of mobile devices in Community Based Programs may increase numbers of ...


An Integrated Approach To Attracting And Retaining Teachers In Rural And Remote Parts Of Australia, Nick Kelly, Rod Fogarty Jan 2015

An Integrated Approach To Attracting And Retaining Teachers In Rural And Remote Parts Of Australia, Nick Kelly, Rod Fogarty

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

This paper presents an argument for an integrated approach to attracting and retaining rural and remote teachers. It describes existing government funded research and state government policies in this domain. It builds upon existing sociological models to propose a model of the factors influencing teacher decisions to teach in a rural location and to stay in a location. Based upon this model and the background literature the paper proposes that policy ought to be directed towards addressing both internal and external influences upon teacher behaviours in an integrated way.


Producing An Academic Poster, Cathryn L. Mccormack Jan 2015

Producing An Academic Poster, Cathryn L. Mccormack

Centre for Teaching and Learning

No abstract provided.


Practical Assessment On The Run – Ipads As An Effective Mobile And Paperless Tool In Physical Education And Teaching, Roslyn M. Franklin, Jubilee Smith Jan 2015

Practical Assessment On The Run – Ipads As An Effective Mobile And Paperless Tool In Physical Education And Teaching, Roslyn M. Franklin, Jubilee Smith

School of Education

This paper investigates the use of iPads in the assessment of predominantly second year Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) pre-service teachers undertaking a physical education and health unit. Within this unit, practical assessment tasks are graded by tutors in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. The main barriers for the lecturer or tutor for effective assessment in these contexts include limited time to assess and the provision of explicit feedback for large numbers of students, complex assessment procedures, overwhelming record-keeping and assessing students without distracting from the performance being presented. The purpose of this pilot study was to ...


Engaging Children In Activities Beyond The Classroom Walls: A Social–Ecological Exploration Of Australian Primary School Children's Enjoyment Of School Play Activities, Brendon P. Hyndman, Barbara Chancellor Jan 2015

Engaging Children In Activities Beyond The Classroom Walls: A Social–Ecological Exploration Of Australian Primary School Children's Enjoyment Of School Play Activities, Brendon P. Hyndman, Barbara Chancellor

School of Education

As children spend a significant amount of time in schools, it is vital that playwork practitioners develop an improved awareness relating to the influences on children's enjoyment of school play activities. The purpose of the present study was to assess children's enjoyment of school play activities beyond the classroom walls, including the type of play activities children enjoy and age- and gender-specific enjoyment levels. Within the study, the Lunchtime Enjoyment of Activity and Play (LEAP) questionnaire was administered to 281 children aged 8–12-years-old attending three primary schools in regional Victoria, Australia. The LEAP questionnaire was used to ...


Making Connections Within The Asia-Pacific Region: Case Study Around The Mentoring For Effective Teaching (Met) Program, Suzanne Hudson, Peter Hudson, Tammy Kwan, Cheri Chan, Evelina Maclang-Vicencio, Ana-Liza Ani Jan 2015

Making Connections Within The Asia-Pacific Region: Case Study Around The Mentoring For Effective Teaching (Met) Program, Suzanne Hudson, Peter Hudson, Tammy Kwan, Cheri Chan, Evelina Maclang-Vicencio, Ana-Liza Ani

School of Education

University strategic plans emphasise the essential nature of partnerships at national and international levels. Along with establishing collaborative research partnerships, providing professional development to key stakeholders is considered a crucial activity for making and sustaining partnerships. Utilising knowledge from professional development in Australian contexts can be managed creatively for making connections internationally. Indeed, knowledge transfer is a cornerstone for the globalisation of education and needs to occur as a multiplex dialogue between participating countries. This paper presents a qualitative study around the Mentoring for Effective Teaching (MET) program, its growth and development nationally (e.g., scope and impact) along with ...


The Relationship Between Elementary School Children's Enjoyment Of School Playground Activities And Participation In Physical Activity During Lunchtime Recess, Brendon P. Hyndman, Leanne Lester Jan 2015

The Relationship Between Elementary School Children's Enjoyment Of School Playground Activities And Participation In Physical Activity During Lunchtime Recess, Brendon P. Hyndman, Leanne Lester

School of Education

An emerging public health strategy is to enhance children's opportunities for physical activity (PA) during school recess periods, yet little is known about the influence of children's enjoyment of school playground activities on their participation in lunchtime recess PA. In this study, the Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) questionnaire was used to measure 8- to 12-year-old children's enjoyment of school playground activities and pedometers were used to measure their PA at two Australian elementary schools (n = 105). Researchers applied multiple linear regression models in STATA (version 13.0) to investigate the relationship between children's enjoyment ...


Where To Next For School Playground Interventions To Encourage Active Play? An Exploration Of Structured And Unstructured School Playground Strategies, Brendon P. Hyndman Jan 2015

Where To Next For School Playground Interventions To Encourage Active Play? An Exploration Of Structured And Unstructured School Playground Strategies, Brendon P. Hyndman

School of Education

An emerging public health priority is to enhance children’s opportunities for active play. Children spend a large proportion of weekdays in schools, making schools an influential and suitable setting to promote children’s active play. Rather than continually increasing the burdens placed upon busy teaching staff, the use of school playground interventions have emerged as a critical strategy within schools to facilitate and develop children’s active play via an informal curriculum. This scholarly article provides a research-based commentary on a range of school playground interventions to encourage both structured and unstructured active play opportunities. Additionally, future research directions ...


Engaging Students In Activities Beyond The Classroom: A Social-Ecological Exploration Of Primary School Students’ Enjoyment Of School-Based Activities, Brendon P. Hyndman Jan 2015

Engaging Students In Activities Beyond The Classroom: A Social-Ecological Exploration Of Primary School Students’ Enjoyment Of School-Based Activities, Brendon P. Hyndman

School of Education

An important consideration for schools to develop children's physical activity habits is the identification of psychosocial correlates of children's physical activity such as enjoyment. The purpose of this study was to uniquely assess children's enjoyment of school-based physical activities beyond the health and physical education classroom, including the type of activities children enjoy and the extent of his/her enjoyment. The Lunchtime Enjoyment of Activity and Play (LEAP) questionnaire was administered to 281 children aged 8-12 years, attending three primary schools in regional Victoria. In this paper, the social-ecological model levels of influence on children's enjoyment ...


Looking Beyond The Classroom Walls: An Insight For Teachers Of Primary And Secondary Students' Perceptions To Enhance The School Physical Activity Environment, Brendon P. Hyndman Jan 2015

Looking Beyond The Classroom Walls: An Insight For Teachers Of Primary And Secondary Students' Perceptions To Enhance The School Physical Activity Environment, Brendon P. Hyndman

School of Education

With an increasing focus on schools to facilitate physical activity, there is more demand than ever for teachers to equip children with the necessary skills to be physically active. Gaining an understanding of students' perceptions could help teachers promote increased physical activity levels among school students. The purpose of this paper was to explore primary and secondary students' of features to enhance the school physical activity environment. Four government schools (two primary and two secondary) in the western region of Victoria were recruited for the study. Focus groups and map drawing were used to gain a broad understanding of primary ...


The Cartographic Network: Re-Imagining University Learning Environments Through The Methodology Of Immersive Cartography, David Rousell Jan 2015

The Cartographic Network: Re-Imagining University Learning Environments Through The Methodology Of Immersive Cartography, David Rousell

School of Education

This paper presents a discussion of the methodology, theory and key findings from an arts-based inquiry into academic learning environments entitled Cubic Reflections. The Cubic Reflections project involved a series of twelve site-specific cubes that were installed within the outdoor environments of a university campus in regional Australia. The cubes were designed to form a network of objects that reflected the aesthetic and ecological dimensions of the university’s learning environments. Students and staff were invited to both activate and build on this network by mapping and reflecting on their own movements within and between the twelve installations. This paper ...


Developing A Culturally Appropriate Data Quality Framework For Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Statistics: Final Report, Judith L. Wilks, Neil Drew Jan 2015

Developing A Culturally Appropriate Data Quality Framework For Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Statistics: Final Report, Judith L. Wilks, Neil Drew

School of Education

No abstract provided.


Gender Differences In Experiences Of Tafe It Students: A Work In Progress, Raina Mason, Graham Cooper, Tim Comber, Anne Hellou, Julie Tucker Jan 2015

Gender Differences In Experiences Of Tafe It Students: A Work In Progress, Raina Mason, Graham Cooper, Tim Comber, Anne Hellou, Julie Tucker

Raina Mason

In Australia, one of the sources of loss of females in the IT education pipeline occurs at the TAFE (college) level. Female students comprise the majority of early TAFE IT courses and female completion rates for these courses are similar to males. Despite this early success, most females choose to not continue to Diploma level, and through articulation pathways into university IT courses. A survey was conducted to determine possible differences in experiences between male and female TAFE IT students. It was found that more females than males lived alone or with dependents. Female students had higher employment status, higher ...


Imagining An Ideal School For Wellbeing: Locating Student Voice, Catharine A. Simmons, Anne Graham, Nigel Thomas Jan 2015

Imagining An Ideal School For Wellbeing: Locating Student Voice, Catharine A. Simmons, Anne Graham, Nigel Thomas

School of Education

This article explores the significance of actively engaging with students in school about matters that concern them. The discussion draws upon data from a large-scale mixed methods study in Australia that investigated how ‘wellbeing’ in schools is understood and facilitated. The qualitative phase of the research included semi-structured focus group interviews with 606 students, aged between 6 and 17 years, which incorporated an activity inviting students to imagine, draw and discuss an ideal school that promoted their wellbeing. These data reveal how capable students are of providing rich, nuanced accounts of their experience that could potentially inform school improvement. While ...


The Effect Of An Emerging School Playground Strategy To Encourage Children's Physical Activity: The Accelerometer Intensities From Movable Playground And Lunchtime Activities In Youth (Aim-Play) Study, Brendon P. Hyndman, Leanne Lester Jan 2015

The Effect Of An Emerging School Playground Strategy To Encourage Children's Physical Activity: The Accelerometer Intensities From Movable Playground And Lunchtime Activities In Youth (Aim-Play) Study, Brendon P. Hyndman, Leanne Lester

School of Education

An emerging strategy to enhance children's opportunities for unstructured physical activity opportunities is to implement diverse materials on school playgrounds. The Accelerometer Intensities from Movable Playground and Lunchtime Activities in Youth (AIM-PLAY) study consisted of a movable/recycled materials intervention that included baseline, seven-week post-test and eight-month follow-up data collection phases. Children at an intervention school (n=54) and a matched control school (n=79) aged 5 to 12 years participated in the AIM-PLAY study. The study used accelerometers to measure the proportion of lunch breaks that children spent in each physical activity intensity, counts per minute and sedentary ...


Developing A Culturally Appropriate Data Quality Framework For Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Statistics: Discussion Paper, Neil Drew, Judith L. Wilks, Katie Wilson Jan 2015

Developing A Culturally Appropriate Data Quality Framework For Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Statistics: Discussion Paper, Neil Drew, Judith L. Wilks, Katie Wilson

School of Education

No abstract provided.


Phoenixes, Mockingjays And Chameleons : Youth Re-Empowerment In Contemporary Fantasy And Speculative Young Adult Literature, Jessica Seymour Jan 2015

Phoenixes, Mockingjays And Chameleons : Youth Re-Empowerment In Contemporary Fantasy And Speculative Young Adult Literature, Jessica Seymour

Theses

Children’s literature tends to invite controversy among academics because children rarely produce the literature they read. This apparent passivity within a child-centred discourse has led some theorists to argue that children lack agency because they internalise whatever morals the adults, or power-holders, wish to impart. This thesis examines three YA book series as case studies in an evidence-based, exploratory approach to textual analysis: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Hunchback Assignments. I examine how each protagonist engages with the constructed social hierarchy of the narrative, which generally privileges adult power, in order to exercise as much autonomy as ...


Virtual Worlds In Pre-Service Teacher Education : The Introduction Of Virtual Worlds In Pre-Service Teacher Education To Foster Innovative Teaching-Learning Processes, Lisa Jacka Jan 2015

Virtual Worlds In Pre-Service Teacher Education : The Introduction Of Virtual Worlds In Pre-Service Teacher Education To Foster Innovative Teaching-Learning Processes, Lisa Jacka

Theses

Few pre-service teacher education programs have integrated virtual worlds despite their capacity to provide a platform upon which new forms of teaching and learning can be explored. This research identified factors that influence the level of readiness of pre-service teacher educators and students to introduce, develop and support innovative teaching-learning processes using Virtual Worlds. Over three years Second Life and Sim-on-a-Stick were introduced in a School of Education and the perceptions, experiences, motivations and barriers of the participants were documented. A model was developed to assist pre-service teacher educators in the integration of virtual worlds in higher education.


Places That Matter : An Exploration Of Adolescents' Valued Places, Spaces And Nature Connections, Helen Elizabeth Widdop Quinton Jan 2015

Places That Matter : An Exploration Of Adolescents' Valued Places, Spaces And Nature Connections, Helen Elizabeth Widdop Quinton

Theses

This study explores the role of place and nature in adolescents’ lives using a child-framed methodology. Teenage research partners from two very different contexts – Melbourne’s affluent Western modernity and India’s less-privileged rural Eastern Himalayan region - contributed their insiders’ perspective to the research. Place choices and engagements were primarily governed by the adolescent’s developmental imperatives in combination with the dominant individualistic or collectivist values of their context. Despite a marked contrast in the position of nature in the adolescents’ lives between the two contexts, a nature connectedness-wellbeing effect was evident and a pedagogical model to capitalise on this ...


Space For Sustainability? From Curriculum To Critical Thinking In Australian Tourism Higher Education, Andrea Ruth Boyle Jan 2015

Space For Sustainability? From Curriculum To Critical Thinking In Australian Tourism Higher Education, Andrea Ruth Boyle

Theses

The role of sustainability in education continues to garner interest. However, few empirical studies have examined explicitly how tourism higher education engages with the principles of Education for Sustainability (EfS). This thesis used content analysis and in-depth interviewing to explore the presence of EfS within tourism university curricula. In the Australian context, at least, it appears that sustainability was generally poorly stated or inferred in curricula. Tourism academics revealed ideological differences and were faced with a number of dilemmas in terms of how sustainability was perceived, constructed and taught. The findings underscore the need for an alternative, critical approach to ...


European Students’ Decision-Making Processes When Choosing To Study In Australia And Their Travel Behaviour During Their Stay, Sabine Muschter Jan 2015

European Students’ Decision-Making Processes When Choosing To Study In Australia And Their Travel Behaviour During Their Stay, Sabine Muschter

Theses

This thesis aims to develop a better understanding of European tertiary students’ decision-making processes when selecting Australia as their temporary study abroad destination. In doing so the push and pull factors which influence European students’ selection of their host countries and institutions are examined. In addition, the extent to which students’ expectations about living, studying and travelling in Australia were met is assessed. The push-pull theory of destination choice, the cognitive decision-making theory, and previous research on international students’ decision-making, underpin the conceptual framework which guides this study. Within this framework a qualitatively driven mixed-methods approach to data collection was ...


Using Cognitive Load Theory To Select An Environment For Teaching Mobile Apps Development, Raina Mason, Graham Cooper, Simon, Barry Wilks Jan 2015

Using Cognitive Load Theory To Select An Environment For Teaching Mobile Apps Development, Raina Mason, Graham Cooper, Simon, Barry Wilks

Raina Mason

After considering a number of environments for the development of apps for mobile devices, we have evaluated five in terms of their suitability for students early in their programming study. For some of the evaluation we devised an evaluation scheme based on the principles of cognitive load theory to assess the relative ease or difficulty of learning and using each environment. After briefly presenting the scheme, we discuss our results, including our findings about which mobile apps development environments appear to show most promise for early-level programming students.


Improving Student Retention And Success By Improving Academic Practice, John Haw, Kevin Markwell, Meg O'Reilly, Erica Wilson, Mieke Witsel, Jan Connelly Jan 2015

Improving Student Retention And Success By Improving Academic Practice, John Haw, Kevin Markwell, Meg O'Reilly, Erica Wilson, Mieke Witsel, Jan Connelly

John Haw

No abstract provided.