Re-Inventing Textbooks

In this blog, I begin my exploration of producing a textbook teaching and learning in a digital age, an age which has been characterised as bringing disruption through an ‘information tsunami’ while simultaneously enabling education writers to by-pass large publishers and self-publish. What innovations to the content and form of the textbook will technologies give rise?

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Languages for Computers and for People

This blog is part of my reviewing of Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms (1980). The challenge Papert sets himself is understanding why, in ‘rational’ cultures thinking is imagined as impeding actions, and even learning (95).  To examine this view, he draws on arguments about ‘computer cultures’; ‘mathophobia’ as symptomatic of learning in dissociated ways and on the benefits of…

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Reading Mindstorms

Introduction: Computers For Children Seymour Papert’s introductory chapter sets out a visionary treatise that views the use of the computer in education as a ‘teaching machine’ (3).  This synopsis of the chapter focuses on Papert’s attempt to create a coherent educational process, informed by his idiosyncratic experience of playing with gears as a two-year-old. Viewed…

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Where Are We Going With Drama in the Primary Classroom?

The whole school plan presented by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority shows how the primary school curriculum still provides Visual and Performing Arts through specialist instruction. However, are surrounded by literally thousands of articles, blogs and dozens of reports and books on that advocate accessing Drama and The Arts for every primary student in every Australian school through generalist teachers become more arts aware.  How should this come about? In this blog, I look at the important work of Professor Robyn Ewing and ask will her vision of an unrealised arts education potential ever be realised in the current climate in which we are re-defining the relationship between generalist and specialist in more than the Arts in primary schools.

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Blowing Off Steam On Arts Education & Declining PISA Standards

The ‘battle’ to give every child an arts education for those of us who have been working in drama education since the 1970s and 80s has meant joining with colleagues to advocate for resources, funding and formal recognition of drama and other performing and visual art forms. The need to act as advocates for the value of arts and drama education, however, has not subsided.

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