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Research Seminar: Dr Steven Stolz: MacIntyre, rationality, and education: against education of our age

Dr Steven Stolz PhD, Lecturer at the School of Education, presenting MacIntyre, rationality, and education: against education in our age.
This presentation is based on a book titled, Alasdair MacIntyre, Rationality, and Education: Against Education of Our Age that has been published by Springer. Despite MacIntyre being known as an academic who has made many notable contributions to a range of areas in philosophy, his thinking on education is not as well-known and/or properly understood by most audiences and readerships that predominantly reside in educational contexts. With this in mind, this presentation aims to provide a critique of MacIntyre’s thinking about education.

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Research Seminar: The affective power of counter stories: Race critical pedagogy for thinking and feeling

Dr Samantha Schulz presenting "The affective power of counter stories: Race critical pedagogy for thinking and feeling".
Teaching for racial equity is important but challenging work. Despite its importance, such work remains largely optional in Australian schooling. Policy frameworks that reference ‘diversity’ or ‘racial inclusion’ tend to be conceptually limited and satisfied tokenistically. Genuine racial literacy requires confronting our differential investments and complicities in racism as structural violence. To support this work with Australian teachers requires negotiating the discomforts necessary for transformative learning.

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Research Seminar: Unsettling the reason of time: Indigenist epistemology and the child in the Australian Curriculum

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Dr. Stephen Kelly, Chief investigator in the ARC Discovery Project: Culturally Responsive Schooling (2022-2024) is co-presenting with Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney.

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A Decade of Wellbeing Education: Implications for Schools During the Disruption and Recovery from COVID-19

Mathew White

This research seminar explores the impact of wellbeing education - a growing international change initiative - in schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has now accelerated the scale of this challenge, revealing knowledge gaps in education systems, wellbeing policies and approaches.

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Teaching Individuation – towards a pedagogy of personality growth

Dr Robert Matthews

The field of education is something of a hybrid, continually incorporating insights from other disciplines such as psychology. Given educations emphasis on learning, the behavioural and cognitive psychologies have naturally dominated to date. In comparison the psychodynamic or depth psychological approaches have had limited impact in the education field. There are many reasons why this is so, and I am not arguing for a reversal of this score, however I do think the ground has been broken for a deeper influence in the future. 

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Research seminar: Using iconic hand gestures in teaching a science lesson – further insights and developments

Brendan Bentley

The use of gesture to aid learning has gained greater interest amongst educators and researchers in recent years. The emerging evidence supporting the use of physical enactment rather than just auditory modes of instruction remains under-explained and unresolved. 

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Research seminar: Teachers' research thinking

Dr John Willison

In a world of unpredictable change, we need preservice and in-service school teachers and university educators who can respond dynamically to students’ diverse needs and the evolving demands on their lives. In this seminar, research thinking is used as an umbrella term for the raft of skills associated with such responsive teaching.

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Research Seminar: Mental Health First Aid and Implications for University Teaching and Teachers

Everyone knows about the existence of physical First Aid.  Mental Health First Aid is a logical extension from physical First Aid to enable trained staff to confidently engage with the first critical conversations with students and colleagues in distress and get them in touch with the best options for professional support (psychologists, counsellors) as quickly as possible.

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