Whose good university?

Last week I attended The Future of Academic Work: A deliberative conference at the University of Technology, Sydney. Its focus was a research project examining specific teaching-focussed, entry-level, continuing or fixed term (rather than sessional or casual) academic positions at Australian universities: The new Scholarly Teaching Fellow (STF) role was introduced into Australian universities in … Continue reading Whose good university?

Learning about dragons

This post was inspired by a recent tweet from Lilia Mantai: My (almost) 3.5yr old sees a pen on the dining table & goes: Who's drawing Mummy? Me: Me, Mummy's been writing. He: Why? Me: Mummy writes down ideas. He: Why? Me: That's Mummy's job, she thinks, she writes and ... He: Yesterday, I saw … Continue reading Learning about dragons

Transformative learning

I am in two minds about transformative learning. Try this definition: "Transformative learning is the expansion of consciousness through the transformation of basic worldview and specific capacities of the self" (Elias, 1997, p 3). Or this: "Transformative learning involves experiencing a deep, structural shift in the basic premises of thought, feelings, and actions. It is … Continue reading Transformative learning