April 2005

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Friday 29 April

Feeding the Fish – for Alzheimers Research
We meet Douglas Anders, an amazing 90-year old Adelaide man who is supporting important research into the brain disorder, Alzheimer’s Disease, by “feeding the fish” at the University of Adelaide.

Audio (MP3) - To hear the interview in full, click here (Duration: approx seven minutes)

Film Reviews
Learning Works’s film reviewer John J McGowan reviews Robots and Being Julia.

Fact Sheets: Robots Being Julia

Children and Families in Transition
Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw from the University of South Australia talks about Children and Families in Transition, a research project into the experiences and needs of separated families and their children, in order to develop good parenting and child-centred practices.

Fact Sheet: Children and Families in Transition

Audio (MP3) - To hear the interview in full, click here

Meet Colin Thiele - Episode 4
Today Colin speaks about his first year of teaching, and his impressions of the legendary Principal of Adelaide Teachers College, Dr Schultz.

Friday 22 April

Music Makers – Peter Sculthorpe – Small Town
Listeners will remember Sons and Lovers, and The Rainbow, two novels by D H Lawrence, and based in an English coalmining village close on one hundred years ago. In this program, we explore the links between English novelist D H Lawrence, the small NSW coastal town of Thirroul (near Wollongong) and Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe? We hear about Lawrence’s visit to Australia in the 1920s, the writing of Sculthorpe’s 1963 work Small Town, and also about the growing interest of present-day composers in aspects of Australian History.

Our Learning Works guest today, Adelaide-born Australian composer Vincent Plush from Griffith University in Brisbane, introduces Peter Sculthorpe’s work Small Town, which is now closely linked to our observance of Anzac Day. Background notes to this work, written by Kelly Trench, are provided with permission.

Fact Sheet: Background Notes by Kelly Trench – click here.

Friday 15 April

Employment - Parents Return to Work
Parents Return to Work is a recent initiative of the SA Government, to provide a Training Credit to assist parents planning to return to work following an absence caring for dependent children. Sue Ross from the Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology gives details of this initiative.

Weblink: or telephone 1800 506 266

Employment – Starting up in a Franchise business
Few people these days continue to work in the same job for most of their lives. And for many, the thought of working for yourself can be very appealing. One option for someone wanting to be self-employed is to work in a franchise system. But like most things in life, it’s not easy to set up your own business, and it certainly is not just about buying a job and sitting back to watch the money roll in.

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Friday 8 April

Environmental Education – A Visit to Blackham
Trinity College at Gawler has purchased a 203 hectare property in the Adelaide Hills, adjacent to the Para Wirra Recreation Park. In this program, Tony Ryan visits the Blackham Environmental and Conservation Centre with Dr Michael Slocombe and four senior Trinity College students who talk about its use to teach environmental studies to students, whilst also conserving valuable bushlands.

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Friday 1 April

Social History – Recalling Adelaide’s Trams
In this program, we visit the Adelaide Tramway Museum, at St Kilda near Salisbury. The program includes interviews with two men who work to preserve the memory of this once extensive system – they recall the very early days of the horse-drawn trams, through to when the electric tram system was in its heyday, prior to its closure in the late fifties, with the exception of the tramline to Glenelg.

Weblink: and go to St Kilda, in the Things to See and Do Section.

April 1, 8, 15 and 29 (not on 22 April)

Literature - Meet Colin Thiele
Some ten years ago, Tony Ryan recorded an extended interview with South Australian educator and award-winning children’s author Colin Thiele, at his home in Brisbane. In this interview, Colin recalls his early home life in Eudunda in SA, his schooldays and tertiary education, and his early days of teaching, including at Port Lincoln. Colin’s career in education included his time as Principal of Wattle Park Teachers College in Adelaide, and he recalls the demands of balancing his work as an author with his work as College Principal, and his family role as well. Now in retirement, Colin has graciously given approval for the replay of this interview, originally recorded for Conversations, an oral history initiative of the Australian College of Educators.

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