Archives
September 2008

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

Monday 1 September 2008 / Friday 5 September 2008

Sue ShoreA Learning Society
Perspective – Adult Literacy in Australia Today

The data in the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ABS Nov 2007) raises many questions about literacy levels in Australia, including our understandings of multi-literacies, including document, prose and health literacies. Dr Sue Shore, from the Centre for Literacy Policy and Learning Cultures at the University of South Australia, reflects on Adult Literacy in Australia today.

Online resources: Transcript
Online resources: Audio

A Learning Society
The Economic Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Following the release of some interesting New Zealand figures on the economic benefits of lifelong learning, CEO of Adult Learning Australia, Peter Peterson, discusses some of the lessons for Australia about the economic benefits of adult learning and the growing importance of the concept of social inclusion.

Online resources: Audio

Language Literacy and Music
A Good Read 07 - The Bone Man of Kokoda, by Charles Happell

Kokichi Nishimura was a member of the 2nd battalion, 144th Regiment of the Japanese Imperial Army. In 1942 he fought along every foot of Kokoda as the Japanese attempted to take Port Moresby. He was the only man from his company to survive the campaign. As he was evacuated to safety he made a promise that one day he would return to his comrades and bring them home to Japan for proper burial. From the Salisbury Library Service, Teresa O’Grady reviews this book for Learning Works.

Online resources: Transcript
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Monday 8 September / Friday 12 September 2008

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
Mental Health First Aid

Naomi MadsenWe all know what is meant by First Aid, but a more recent initiative is the Mental Health First Aid Training program now being offered to Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres in South Australia.

“Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves” (Mental Health First Aid Manual, by Betty Kitchener and Anthony Jorm, ORYGEN Research Centre, Melbourne).

Through Relationships Australia, Naomi Madsen (pictured) recently presented the Mental Health First Aid course at Hackham West Community Centre, to a group from several Community and Neighbourhood Houses in and around Adelaide. In this interview with Naomi Madsen and three course participants, recorded at Hackham West by PBA FM’s Tony Ryan, we hear about the beginnings of the Mental Health First Aid course, and how participants are better able then to work with clients who may exhibit signs of a mental health concern.

Online resources: Discussion Starter Audio

Monday 15 September / Friday 19 September 2008

A Learning Society
Let’s Talk Secret Codes – Program 1 of 7

“The ability to communicate ideas and information in the right way at the right time, to use computers and other types of technology and to use mathematical and other problems solving techniques, are all critical to full participation in the economic and social life of our State. Knowledge and skills such as these are at various times called essential skills, basic skills, generic skills and employability skills. Literacy underpins an individual’s ability to participate fully in modern society.

“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 this new seven-part radio series, we explore some of the outcomes of the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ABS 2007). The programs will be broadcast fortnightly from 15 September, and be available online as mp3 audiofiles later in the week of broadcast.

Online resources: Audio

A Learning Society
So what is the Digital Economy?

The phrase Digital Divide is often in use these days. But we can look at this issue in another way. The Digital Bridge Unit, in the SA Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, examines the ways in which people are marginalised by not being able to access and confidently use technology.  The Unit runs programs aimed at helping ‘bridge’ the digital divide created by lack of access and understanding of Information Communication Technology. Alison Kershaw from the Digital Bridge Unit will be presenting a workshop during the Australian Learning Communities Network National Conference in Adelaide in late October. See below for details of this national conference.

Online resources: Audio

Cinema
Film Review – The Bank Job

Join John J McGowan for a review of an absorbing yarn which is said to have some basis in real events. The Bank Job is a thriller which is currently doing good business at the box office. The Bank Job is a very British movie, with even a touch of whimsy here and there which perhaps brings to mind the faintest recollection of another fine British robbery movie from years gone by, The Ladykillers.  However, despite a light touch or two, The Bank Job is, at times, an uncompromisingly violent movie.

Online resources: Audio

Monday 22 September / Friday 26 September 2008

A Learning Society
A Visit to Aldinga Community Centre

Aldinga is a beachside outer suburb south of Adelaide, with a changing population served by a vibrant Community Centre. For Learning Works, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan speaks to Community Development Officer Jane Taylor and to several volunteers, and finds out about two aspects of the centre – the role of volunteers working in the adult literacy program, and the work being done to build a large community shed, 21 metres by 9 metres, to be used for mature men in the area and also for the wider community, including people with disabilities. The health and community benefits gained by the volunteer members of the Aldinga community are discussed in this full Learning Works’ program.

Online resources: Audio

Monday 29 September / Friday 3 October 2008

A Learning Society
Let’s Talk Secret Codes – Program 2 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 second 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). Contributors to this second program are Fran Edwards, Judy Perkins and Dr Sue Shore. The programs will be broadcast fortnightly from 15 September, and be available online as mp3 audiofiles later in the week of broadcast.

We have ten give-away copies of the CD containing all seven programs. If you would like one copy, email Tony Ryan on learningworks@pbafm.org.au – first come first served!

A Learning Society
Connecting Faces, Places and Spaces - Community Learning

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. This is just one example of community learning. And many of us learn through joining common interest groups on the internet and sharing our knowledge and skills. The Convener of the Australian Learning Communities Network National Conference, Jeff Green from the ACE and Community Partnerships Unit of DFEEST in South Australia, speaks about the many faces of community learning across Australia, and about the Australian Learning Communities Network National Conference, to be held in Adelaide in late October. For details, see www.alcnconference.com

Online resources: Audio

Arts, Literature and Music
A Good Read 08 – How Books Help Babies and Toddlers

“When children start school, they are already five years old, and the years where they learn the most information, that is 80% of all the information they will ever use, have already passed. The most important work that children do to develop literacy skills must start when they are born, and their parents are their first teachers.” So says Sandhya Burton, from the Salisbury Library Service who presents A Good Read this week – not so much a review, but more a reflection on the important role of parents in developing early literacy in babies and very young children.

Online resources: Audio Transcript

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