Tuesday 3rd March 2009


Happy Autumn


1. Staff News

2. Faculty Upcoming Events

3. Learning & Teaching

4. Jobs, Accommodation, Notices, Miscellaneous

5. Publications

6. From the Research Office

7. Conferences and External Events

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There will be a mains power shut down by CIS in the Education Building, A35 & A36 including all essential services, so power to all lights, lifts and Faculty network servers will be turned off from 9.30pm to 12pm on Wednesday 4th March.

The shutdown is required for the installation of essential services on level 8 and to upgraded mechanical system in the building. The shut down will start from 9.30pm and finish around mid-night.

Staff and students are advised to switch off their computers when they leave their offices on Wednesday afternoon and get out of the building before 9.30pm.

The Prescient Officer will make an announcement via the PA system, before closing the building on Wednesday evening.

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

John Usman
Manager – Facilities


Our next Keep in Touch Morning Tea will be on the Wednesday, 4th March, at 10 a.m. in the Staff Common Room.  Please bring along a cup – tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided!


The Centre for Research on Computer-supported Collaboration & Cognition (CoCo) at the University of Sydney and the Centre for Learning Innovation (CLI) within NSW Department of Education & Training have teamed up to develop academic exchange and cooperation related to research involving innovative technologies for learning that support new ways of teaching.

An official event was hosted by CoCo where the Cooperation Agreement was signed by the Acting Dean Robyn Ewing and Raju Varanasi ,General Manager – CLI NSW Department of Teaching & Learning, on February 27th to pave the way for research into key trends and technologies that are likely to have significant impact in education in Australia, NZ and internationally over the next 5 years.

The event was well attended by Colin Wood, (Manager – Partnerships for Learning, DET), Raju Varanasi, (General Manager – CLI, DET), Acting Dean Robyn Ewing, Warwick Dawson (Director, Research Office), Julia Bowens  (Research Office), members from Coco, Professor Peter Goodyear, Visiting Professor Jacques Viens, Associate Professor Janette Bobis, Patrick Brownlee (Research Manager), Craig VanDartel (Manager Marketing & Development) and  also others from the Faculty and Media office. (Click on photo to enlarge)

Prof. Michael Jacobson, from the CoCo Centre, has been working with virtual technologies for learning with students in Singapore and the USA, and sees an opportunity for NSW schools to take up future learning possibilities.


  • Jane Moore will be in the Northern Territory on SDO leave working on her PhD song writing project at a primary school in Katherine and meeting with elders, community members and academics at Charles Darwin University from Monday March 2 to Friday March 27. She will return to work on Thursday April 2 and looks forward to sharing her experiences and continuing work on the Embedding Diversity: An Indigenous Voice project.
  • Professor Deryck Schreuder will be in China in March 2009 working on Australian Universities Quality Agency matters.
  • Syedda Ali (Finance) is on annual leave, 27th February -20th March 2009.

Faculty Upcoming Events



Friday 6 March 2009

Conference / Workshops
presented by Dr. Jenny O’Dea,
author of Everybody’s Different


Target Audience: PhD Students only – all stages

Date: Monday 16 March 2009

Time: 1 – 2pm

Venue: Education Seminar Room 325, Education Building

Speaker: Yvonne Soper, Career Education Office

Queries: Contact Suin Jung at s.jung@edfac.usyd.edu.au

The Career Education Officer (Postgraduate) at the Careers Centre is a new part time role created specifically to work on a project to look at the career needs of PhD Research Students. In carrying out this role, Yvonne Soper has already met with various people in industry / sectors as well as students and key university staff stakeholders to canvass their views on career opportunities and issues for Postgraduate Research Students.

Yvonne would like to meet with you, Faculty of Education and Social PhD students, to discuss your career needs and concerns. By sharing your concerns at this session, you can help contribute to this research project, as well as benefit from the information and insight Yvonne has already gathered from working on this project.

For full details go to: http://www.edsw.usyd.edu.au/research/postgraduate/workshops_seminars.shtml#career

INVITATION – Methodological Colloquia, 2009

Bridging and Blending Disciplines of Inquiry: Approaching Research and Research Approaches in Education and Social Work

The Research Division, Faculty of Education and Social Work invites you to participate in the launch of a colloquia series on new approaches to research and interdisciplinarity across the education and social work domains.

Opening Plenary: March 5th, 4:30 – 6:30pm, Room 351, Bld. A35

“Linking Research and Practice in Education & Social Work: Some Implications for Methods of Inquiry”

Dr John Ainley

Deputy CEO (Research), Australian Council for Educational Research

The phrases “evidence-based policy” and “evidence-based practice” have widespread currency. The best interpretations of these terms are that both the fruits of systematic inquiry will be used as the basis for action and the tools of systematic inquiry will be applied in local contexts to evaluate policy and practice. This presentation starts from a perspective in which social inquiry is characterised in terms of the source of problems to be investigated (in practice or in scholarship) and the destination of findings of those investigations (for practice or for scholarship). It then considers the extent to which differences in the sources of problems and the intended destination of findings have implications for the way research questions are formulated (including links to theory), the methods used in investigations (including sampling designs) and the reporting of findings (including questions of effect size and significance). The presentation discusses examples from a number of studies in education to illustrate choices that are made in investigations.

Respondent: Professor Raewyn Connell

University Chair, University of Sydney

RSVP required - Patrick Brownlee (p.brownlee@edfac.usyd.edu.au).

The Colloquia

A total of 9 colloquia have been scheduled for 2009. Please see the attached flyer for information or go straight to http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/inquirymethods


Thursday March 19th, 1-2 pm

Hello Everyone,

I am pleased to invite you and your Post Grad students to our first Ethics Update and Training Seminar for 2009.

The first session will be a lunchtime event in room 424 from 1-2 pm.

For everything you always wanted to know about Ethics, I hope to see you there!

Dr Jennifer O’Dea
Associate Professor in Health Education & Nutrition


All tutors in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Faculty of Arts are invited to register for the Tutors’ Development Program, which commences this Friday. Tutors who are new to tertiary teaching are particularly welcome, but more experienced tutors are also warmly encouraged to join in. For more information and/or to register, please consult the TDP website: http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/tdp/index.html


Richard Walker will be presenting the first of this year’s professional development seminars for staff.

Topic: Fostering a learning community
Date: Thursday 5 March
Time: 1 – 2pm
Location: A35 – 459

This session will explain the research origins of the terms communities of learners and communities of practice, and will offer one integration of these terms. The essential characteristics of learning communities will be discussed and large and small scale attempts to create learning communities in the Faculty of Education and Social Work will be presented. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their ideas on ways of creating learning communities.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For information about future seminars, please consult the Division website:

Kind regards,

Ms Maxine Moore
Project Manager
Division of Learning and Teaching

Jobs, Accommodation, misc.


Dear Colleagues,

The School of Education at James Cook University seeks to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer to conduct research and to teach across a range of areas in its undergraduate teacher education and postgraduate programs. The appointee will be expected to develop a research profile in areas relevant to regional schools and their communities and to bolster community engagement and work collaboratively with schools in the region and with School staff. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated successful experience working with Indigenous students. In addition, the ability to support the School’s emerging research areas in social and environmental sustainability will be highly regarded. Please feel free to circulate this notice to anyone you know who would be interested.

Further information available online:


All the best

Professor Nola Alloway, Acting Pro Vice Chancellor
Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, James Cook University
Phone: 07 47 814970

BY COB TODAY, 3rd March 2009 – EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST invited for casual position project officer/research assistant for ARC THEATRESPACES Project

Position Summary

The position is located in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney and will provide research assistance as part of a large ARC funded Linkage Project, TheatreSpaces. The research project is a collaboration between The Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Griffith University, along with thirteen industry partners. The TheatreSpaces project will investigate participation and non-participation of young people as audiences of live theatrical performances by major companies in Australia.

For more information on this position and its section criteria, please see the attachment:  expressions-of-interest-invited-for-casual-position-project-officer

Please send EOI in the first instance Daniel Brooks (d.brooks@edfac.usyd.edu.au) by 3 March 2009.


The Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA) consists of people who share a common concern and committment to the promotion and development of appropriate educational opportunities for rural communities in Australia.

Join SPERA and contribute to its goals for the advancement of education and training opportunities in rural Australia by:

* serving as a national advocate representing rural education and training;
* promoting state and regional delivery systems which bring about efficient and effective education and training for people in rural areas; and
* encouraging both the collection and sharing of relevant information on the provision of education and training in rural areas.

How does SPERA advocate for the advancement of educational opportunities in Rural Australia?

* SPERA supports and encourages rural communities and educators to work towards the development of quality education and training in rural areas in Australia.
* SPERA shares a common concern and commitment to the maintenance and development of appropriate educational opportunities in rural Australia.
* SPERA aims to provide a positive view of education and training in rural areas and encourage innovation and initiative in the provision of education services.
* SPERA provides the framework for sharing concerns, issues and experiences relating to education and training in rural Australia.
* SPERA sponsors the annual Australian Rural Education Award.

What are the benefits of membership?

SPERA members:

* receive regular newsletters;
* receive two issues per year of Education in Rural Australia;
* have the opportunity to contribute to rural education networks;
* have the opportunity to input into policy and policy advice at a national level; and
* have the opportunity to participate in an annual conference on rural education and training.

Who belongs to SPERA?

SPERA members are people interested in education and training in rural Australia who come from early childhood settings, schools, colleges, TAFE’s and universities, parent, community groups and education and training authorities. This diverse membership is one of the Association’s strengths.
What are the features of the “Education in Rural Australia” Journal?

The Journal publishes articles, reports, reviews and research that:

* promote the development of education and training in rural Australia;
* disseminate innovative ideas, actions, programmes and policies in rural education and training;
* link people interested in providing quality learning experiences;
* provide a forum for new ideas and innovations in rural education and training; and
* provide a venue for sharing of information on rural education and training issues and the development of programmes.

How do I join SPERA?

Complete the application form and send your subscription to:

SPERA Membership Secretary
PO Box 1766

Should you require further information, please contact the membership secretary Don Boyd don.boyd@des.wa.gov.au. Additionally please see the website at http://www.spera.edu.au/.



· Peter Reimann and Maria Bannert’s proposal for an EARLI-Symposium Self Regulation in Virtual Learning Groups is accepted, EARLI 09, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

· Bannert, M. (in press). Promoting self-regulated learning through prompts: A discussion. Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie.

(Professor Maria Bannert is currently with the Faculty as a Visiting Scholar)

Research Office


‘EU Student Mobility‘ Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 and Bologna Update

The European Commission will launch the next phase of Erasmus Mundus and discuss opportunities for Australian institutions and students to be involved in the scheme. Thursday 5th March 2009, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Education Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building (A35)

For further information on the new program please email international@usyd.edu.au or contact Sandra Margon (02) 9351 8994

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Professor Maria Bannert will be at the University of Wollongong 10 & 11 March and will give a seminar on ‘Supporting self-regulated elearning through prompts‘ on the 11th at 12.30 p.m. (Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong)

RESEARCH SEMINAR:   The ABC of Autism: Maternal Pedagogy in Australia

by Dr. Rozanna Lilley,

Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University

VENUE: The Meeting Room, 148 Level 1, Mills Building (A26), University of Sydney

TIME: Thursday, March 19, 3-5 pm

The field of autism interventions, as well as advice given to parents oneducating children with autism spectrum disorders, is characterised in Australia by competing ideological visions of childhood, parenting, community and citizenship. This paper compares two events targeted at parents, both of which were staged on the same weekend in Sydney in 2007. One centred on Applied Behavioural Analysis, holding out the promise of potential normalisation for autistic children and their families. The other, mobilising civil rights rhetoric, pushed for the educational mainstreaming of all children with disabilities. This paper investigates the assumptions of these seemingly polarised positions and assesses some of the ways in which parents, especially mothers, make sense of and situationally negotiate these emotionally charged claims and counter-claims.

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