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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

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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

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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.


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

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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

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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 ...


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

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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 ...