Archives
October 2009

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

Monday 5 October/ Friday 9 October

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law: Young People, Parents and Schools

Program 6: Those Mobile Phones!

Dr Matthew SorellDr Matthew Sorell

The program begins with a look at just how important mobile phones are to all of us. With young people, there is an expected etiquette, with an emphasis on instant replies – for them, the social networking sites and text on mobile phones are more used than emails. The point is made that the practice of “sexting” could well result in a charge of creating and disseminating child pornography. The program ends by noting the responsibility of parents to ensure that, as when a bike is purchased for a young person, firm rules are set in place to ensure the safety of young people in using their mobile phones. Contributors to today’s program are Dr Matthew Sorell, Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications and Multimedia Engineering at The University of Adelaide, and Associate Professor Marilyn Campbell from the School of Learning and Professional Studies at the Queensland University of Technology. For the audio of this program, and a supporting Study Guide, go to www.learningworksradio.com

PBA FM acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of South Australia in the production of this Community Legal Education initiative.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

A Learning Society
Selia’s Learning Journey

Mary Jo Bellew and Selia MarcichAdult Learners’ Week was celebrated in the first week of September, not only here in South Australia, but across the whole nation. And this was a special year for someone who, a few years ago, won an Adult Learners’ Week award, but was not able to collect her award at that time. To find out more, last week I visited Paralowie R- 12 School, and spoke first to the coordinator of the Adult Learning Program at Paralowie, Mary Jo Bellew, and then to Selia Mercich, a tutor at Paralowie, who tells about her learning journey.

Mary Jo Bellew and Selia Mercich at Paralowie R – 12 Adult Learning Centre.

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Monday 12 October / Friday 16 October 2009

A Learning Society
“The limit of my language is the limit of my world!”

Mission Australia describes itself as an empowering and compassionate community service organization that aims to help Australians in need get back on their feet. As well as being a chaplain and philosopher, Mission Australia’s Reverend Nicholas Rundle also works with some of Mission Australia’s most disadvantaged clients in Adelaide. In this interview with Learning Works’ Tony Ryan, he reflects on some philosophical aspects of literacy and disadvantage.

Online Resources : Audio

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law: Young People, Parents and Schools

Program 7: So what is cyber-bullying?

The program begins with a look at the age-old issue of bullying and the more recent phenomenon of cyber-bullying. Electronic media now provide more opportunities for this kind of activity, and the means of sending out false allegations against others – and other forms of nastiness – much more quickly around the world. The key issue here is the immediacy that technology provides. After reflecting on the question Why do people engage in cyber-bullying? This program then takes a first look at the implications for victims and their families. Contributors to the program this week are Michael O’Connell, Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, Attorney General’s Department, South Australia, and Dr Matthew Sorell, Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications and Multimedia Engineering, The University of Adelaide.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read – Aaron Blabey: Children’s Picture Book Author

“A parent reading to their child, or a teacher reading to a class for instance, can explore the feelings of the characters, loneliness, bullying and a child’s sense of home or place. Children of kindergarten or junior primary age will have an emerging understanding of these issues and be able to think and discuss the issues.” In her review of some of the children’s picture books by author Aaron Blabey, Sandhya Burton from Salisbury Library Service speaks about picture books to read to young children that have solid content, but also real entertainment value.

Online Resources : Audio

Monday 19 October / Friday 23 October 2009

A Learning Society
Numeracy teaching – Value free and culture free?

It sounds so obvious, but maybe if we start numeracy teaching with what adult students actually know, they may better understand some of the more difficult aspects of numeracy. This is the view of a recent visitor to Australia, Dave Baker, Reader in Numeracy and post-16 Mathematics at the London Institute of Education in the UK.

Dave Baker’s work in developing understandings of numeracy teaching from international and cross cultural experiences leads him to argue for seeing numeracy as social practice, rather than a more abstract and theoretical approach, or from a deficit model. Dave Baker was in Perth recently to give a keynote address at the 2009 National Conference of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy.

Online Resources : Audio

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law: Young People, Parents and Schools

Program 8: Cyber-bullying – Think before you hit the send button!

Are young people today really aware of the consequences of some of their use of the internet and mobile phone? The program features part of an extended interview with Senior Constable Mick Schooley from South Australia Police. Senior Constable Mick Schooley is Crime Prevention Officer in the Salisbury Elizabeth region north of Adelaide and comments on some of realities of the mis-use of SMS or social sites by some young people – some of which carry heavy penalties, including imprisonment.

PBA FM acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of South Australia in the production of this Community Legal Education initiative.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

Monday 26 October / Friday 30 October 2009

A Learning Society
WELL Project – Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia

WELL is the Workplace English Language and Literacy project, a Commonwealth Government initiative to assist organisations to train workers in English language, literacy and numeracy skills. Learning Works’ producer/presenter Tony Ryan spoke to Di Sansom from Fitzroy Crossing about an innovative WELL project in regional Western Australia. The interview was recorded in Perth during the 2009 National Conference of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy.

Online Resources : Audio

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law: Young People, Parents and Schools

Program 9: Cyber-bullying – It goes under the radar!

This program has a focus on defining our terms. Is it bullying, or is it fighting? We then look at some of the interventions that have been found to work to assist those young people who have been subjected to cyber-bullying. Today’s guest is Associate Professor Marilyn Campbell, School of Learning and Professional Studies, Queensland University of Technology. PBA FM acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of SA in the production of this Community Legal Education initiative.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

Cinema
Film Review – Mao’s Last Dancer

Fresh back from his visit to Europe, our regular film reviewer John J McGowan has been to see Mao’s Last Dancer.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

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