April 2009

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

Monday 6 April / Friday 10 April 2009

For Learning Works supporters in rural SA and interstate
For country SA and interstate educators and learners, by mid-week, these items (minus any music used in the broadcast, for copyright reasons) should be available online as mp3 audio.

Education and Schools
How to get your school moving and improving

“My aim has been to speak directly to anyone interested and involved with school leadership and improvement, to assist them to understand what they are doing, and what they can do, in order to make things happen in their school”

So writes Professor Steve Dinham, from the Australian Council for Educational Research, in the preface to his new book How to get your school moving and improving (ACER Press 2008). In this interview, Professor Dinham speaks with Learning Works’ Tony Ryan about what research has revealed about what really works, and adds value to our schools.

Online resources: Audiofile

The Chelsea – Another Supermarket?

The oldest purpose built cinema in Adelaide, the Chelsea was built in 1925 – so, almost 85 years of movie screenings from before the coming of movies with sound tracks. Learning Works’ resident film commentator gives some background to the Chelsea Cinema on Kensington Road, one of only two cinemas in Adelaide still able to give film goers an opportunity to see films as they were seen in the golden age of the cinema. Can it be saved from an uncertain fate?

A Learning Society
What do students expect of their lecturers?

This has been one of Learning works’ most accessed audiofiles. This week, a four minute extract from the extended interview with Dr Tony Holland, from the University of Technology Sydney. The link to the full interview is given below.

Online Resources: audiofile (short version) audiofile (full interview)

Monday 13 April / Friday 17 April 2009

PBA FM – 89.7 on the FM band in Adelaide
8.30pm Mondays, repeated 9am Fridays

A Learning Society
The Economic Value of the ACE Sector

In these difficult economic times, almost every aspect of our working day life comes under scrutiny. And at times, difficult financial decisions have to be made. The adult community education sector – often referred to as ACE – makes an invaluable contribution at the local level – but it often passes almost unnoticed.

Dr Veronica Volkoff, from the University of Melbourne, has been involved in a project to identify some of the economic advantages of the adult community education sector. Dr Veronica Volkoff is Tony Ryan’s guest this week in Learning Works.

Online Resources: Audio

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read – The Second Half of Life

“The Second Half of Life – Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom is a lovely book designed for looking at the various stages one passes through that herald the wisdom years in our development. It takes the reader on an inward journey through the various aspects of later life.

So writes Sarah Knight from the Salisbury Library Service in this week’s edition of A Good Read. The Second Half of Life - Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom, was written by Angeles Arrien and published in 2007 by Sounds True Incorporated.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 20 April / Friday 24 April 2009

A Learning Society
Conversational English

Learning English is not easy, especially for newcomers to Australia. IN Learning Works this week, we hear from Roy Griffith, an English Language tutor at Sunnybrook Community Centre in Wynn Vale South Australia, and one of his students Formiko who is attending conversational English classes at this community centre in the City of Tea Tree Gully to the north east of the Adelaide CBD.

Online Resources: Audiofile

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

In this repeat seven-part radio series, we explore some of the outcomes of the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ABS 2007).

Online Resources: Audiofile

Monday 27 April / Friday 1 May 2009

Science and Environment
A Radio Celebration – Sir Douglas Mawson

To celebrate the anniversary of the birthday in early May of Sir Douglas Mawson, Learning Works this week features a special half hour program on the life and achievements of this great scientist and Antarctic explorer.

The program will include interviews with:

  • Emma McEwin (Sir Douglas Mawson’s Grand-daughter and author of “An Antarctic Affair”)
  • Kelvin Trimper (Development Manager, Community and Education, Delfin Lendlease and responsible for the naming of Mawson Lakes after Sir Douglas Mawson)
  • Mark Pharaoh (Senior Collection Manager at Mawson Centre SA Museum)
  • Dr Ross Vining, Director of Forensic Science South Australia. and a participant in the private expedition “Project Blizzard between 1984 and 1987)
  • Tim Jarvis (Environmental scientist, explorer & author who retraced Mawson’s grueling experience in his film “Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica”)
  • Annie Payne – Development Co-ordinator at The Mawson Centre and creator of the May Mawson Celebrations.

Produced and presented by Adelaide broadcaster Ewart Shaw, this Learning Works special was produced in association with The Mawson Centre, Mawson Lakes Development and Delfin Lendlease. Executive Producer is Tony Ryan.

Online Resources: Audio

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