Archives
October 2008

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

Monday 6 October / Friday 10 October 2008

A Learning Society
Engaging the Disengaged

This is the theme for the 48th Annual Conference of Adult Learning Australia, to be held in Perth from Thursday 30 October. In this interview, Janie McOmish, Assistant Director of Adult Learning Australia, talks about lifelong learning, and looks at two key areas of discussion at the conference - "Where to for Indigenous learning after the Apology?" and “How does Social Inclusion benefit the Australian economy?" For further information, go to www.ala.asn.au

Online resources: Audio

A Learning Society
Hidden Faces Revealed

Featuring works by children and young people from several African countries including Burundi, Hidden Faces Revealed was a Northern Multicultural Youth Mask Exhibition presented by Northern Youth Power in partnership with Primary Health Care Services North Salisbury. For Learning Works, these interviews were recorded by PBA FM’s Tony Ryan at the launch of the exhibition at Mawson Lakes in March. Now a finalist in the 2008 Dr Margaret Tobin Awards for Excellence in Mental Health, this item is being repeated this week as part of PBA FM’s contribution to Mental Health Week.

Online resources: Audio

Monday 13 October / Friday 17 October 2008

For interstate educators and learners, by mid-week, these three items (minus any music used in the broadcast, for copyright reasons) will be available online as mp3 audio

A Learning Society
Let’s Talk Secret Codes – Program 3 of 7

“Despite our assumptions about the literacy skills of Australians, not all adults have the skills they need in order to participate fully in the emerging knowledge economy and to build these generic literacy skills. The findings of a national adult literacy survey were released at the end of 2007, revealing that almost half of the adult population does not have adequate literacy skills for everyday life and work. (Making Literacy Everybody’s Business. Report and Action Plan, September 2008, Government of South Australia. The full report is available on http://www.saworks.sa.gov.au )

In the third of this new seven-part radio series, produced and presented by PBA FM’s Tony Ryan, and launched by the Honourable Paul Caica MP, South Australian Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education on Monday 8 September, we continue our exploration of some of the outcomes of the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ABS 2007), and begin to decode what is meant by secret codes! Contributors to this third program are Anna Papazoglov and Jenny McCormick. The programs are being broadcast fortnightly from 15 September, and all seven programs will be available shortly online as mp3 audiofiles.

Online resources: Audio

There are still a few give-away copies of the CD containing all seven programs. If you would like one copy, email Tony Ryan on learningworks@pbafm.org.au

A Learning Society
Connecting Faces, Places and Spaces – Milang Old School House

Milang Old School House Community Centre is a great example of a learning community, and they have a whole swag of awards to prove it. Many communities come together for common action – for example, local people fighting to save the Murray. Communities learn in many ways, including learning how to work together and develop action in support of a cause. In this repeat broadcast, Tony Ryan talks with Karen Bradford about this innovative centre, which will be the subject of a presentation during the Australian Learning Communities Network National Conference, to be held in Adelaide in late October. For details, see www.alcnconference.com

Online resources: Audio

Cinema
Film Review – Wall-E

“Wall-E is short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class and EVE stands for Extra-Terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator. Wall-E is a cute but somewhat battered little front-end loader which has been programmed to clean up the garbage-littered planet.” To find out more about this current animated film, listen to the October film review by our resident film critic, film producer and author, John J McGowan.

Online resources: Audio Transcript

Monday 20 October / Friday 24 October 2008

A Learning Society
Connecting Faces, Places and Spaces – Lifelong Learning in the City of Marion

Local Governments around Australia are increasingly realising the importance of lifelong learning, Many local councils support Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres thus providing a real service for those who may have missed out on learning first time around. The City of Marion in Adelaide is one such local government authority with a commitment to learning throughout life. In this repeat broadcast, Tony Ryan talks with Cassandra Gibson Pope, Learning Community Coordinator, and Bridget Ransome, Economic Development Officer, about this commitment to learning by the City of Marion, this will be the subject of a presentation during the Australian Learning Communities Network National Conference, to be held in Adelaide in late October. For details, see www.alcnconference.com

Online resources: Audio

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
Homelessness - A Reality for Many Young People

To many of us, the word homelessness has been part of our vocabulary for a long time. But more and more these days, the reality of homelessness touches more of us. If you know of a young person who is “couch-surfing”, well that is just one of the major forms of homelessness these days, according to Jennifer Duncan, Executive Director of the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA). In this extended conversation with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan, recorded on 17 October – Anti Poverty Day in Australia - Jennifer Duncan looks at the physical and mental effects of homelessness on young people, and at some of the positive things being done in South Australia to address this problem. For further information on homelessness, see the policy platform pages of the Youth Advisory Council of SA.

Online resources: Audio

Monday 27 October / Friday 31 October 2008

A Learning Society
Let’s Talk Secret Codes – Program 4 of 7 – Health Literacy

The findings of a national adult literacy survey, released at the end of 2007, indicate that almost half of the adult population do not have adequate literacy skills for everyday life and work.   (Making Literacy Everybody’s Business. Report and Action Plan, September 2008, Government of South Australia. The full report is available on http://www.saworks.sa.gov.au ) In Let’s Talk Secret Codes this week – health literacy, with Associate Professor Robert Adams, from The University of Adelaide.

Online resources: Audio

Bob ConwayEducation and Schools
Celebrating our teachers – on World Teachers’ Day

Do you have a memory of a teacher who really made an impression on you? Most of us can recall one or more teachers who really motivated and inspired us. Friday 31 October is our chance as a nation to recognize or remember good teachers and to show appreciation for the work they do. In this program, three student teachers from Flinders University in Adelaide reflect on the influence of good teachers. We also hear from Professor Robert Conway, Dean of the School of Education at Flinders University.

Online resources: Audio

Daniel Arnold Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read 09 – Three books by Mem Fox

In A Good Read this week, Daniel Arnold from Salisbury Library Service looks at three children’s books all written by the illustrious Mem Fox - Where is the Green Sheep, published by the Penguin Group Australia, Night Noises, published by Puffin Books,and Hunwicks Egg, published bythe Penguin Group Australia. He argues that each tale is distinctive, yet there is a similar thread that weaves all Fox’s titles together, and that each story is accompanied by wonderful illustrations that entwine effortlessly with the exciting and often poignant narrative.   

Online resources: Transcript
Online resources: Audio

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