April 2010

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

Monday 5 April/ Repeat Friday 9 April 2010

A Learning Society
Community Learning – A Visit to the Mount Barker Family House

After several years at the helm at Mt Barker Family House, Manager Rosemary Rodrigues is about to retire. But this means more time to follow one of her artistic passions, and more time for lifelong learning, and continuing to make a contribution as Chairperson of the Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association of South Australia. In this interview, recorded at Mt Barker Family House a week or two before her retirement in late March, Learning Works’ Tony Ryan speaks to Rosemary Rodrigues about the role of this learning centre in this Adelaide Hills community, the important role of volunteers, and some of her reflections on the crucial role of adult community education, through centres such as this, around South Australia.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 12 April/ Repeat Friday 16 April 2010

Dr Paddy O'TooleA Learning Society
So what is Organisational Learning?

Individuals constantly learn in organizations. But is this the same as organizational learning? Dr Paddy O’Toole from the School of Education at Flinders University is in conversation with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan on learning in organizations and on organizational learning.

Dr Paddy O’Toole, Associate Dean, School of Education at Flinders University

Online Resources: Audio

Justice and Legal Studies
Cyber-bullying Revisited

Several times in the past week, our news media have featured stories on the consequences of cyber-bullying. This mis-use of mobile phone and internet technology sometimes has very unfortunate consequences. In this segment, we re-visit an interview from our 2009 Law Spot series – SA’s Commissioner for Victims’ Rights Michael O’Connell reflects on the victims of cyber-bullying.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 19 April/ Repeat Friday 23 April 2010

A Learning Society
Student Wellbeing in Schools and Communities

It’s often a quirky title of a book or article that makes you stop and look again. One I saw recently was “A Class(y) Approach to Wellbeing”. I’m sure the author intended us to stop in our tracks and think about that title. And so it was that this title gave me an inkling into the research interests of this writer – health promotion and the social determinants of health. Our guest in Learning Works this week is that writer - Dr Judith Peppard, from the School of Education at Flinders University in Adelaide.

Online Resources: Audio

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read – Dead Until Dark

In our review today, Sandhya Burton from Salisbury Library Service says: “While the television series True Blood is in my view an excellent adaptation of the first Sookie Stackhouse novel, and a storytelling triumph in its own right, the simple story from which it originates, Dead Until Dark, is still worth a read.” If you are into stories about vampires, then this is a review for you. Another community learning resource from PBA FM.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 26 April/ Repeat Friday 30 April 2010

A Learning Society
Naracoorte’s Independent Learning Centre

From 20 students in 2008, the Independent Learning Centre in Naracoorte in regional South Australia now has 75 students. Including young parents, apprentices and others of any age who want to re-engage with learning but have not known where to start, the flexible approach to learning offered is tailored for each student, but students still follow the state’s accredited curriculum. As we begin a detailed look at many aspects of learning in the South East of South Australia, Learning Works producer Tony Ryan visited Naracoorte’s Independent Learning Centre and spoke with Manager Kate Barnes.

Online Resources: Audio

A Learning Society
Building a new business in the Coonawarra

Building a new family winery in a renowned and well established region of South Australia can present many challenges. But this is what the DiGiorgio family has done when, in 2002, they purchased the second oldest winery in the Coonawarra. For Learning Works, Tony Ryan spoke to Frank DiGiorgio about this process of marketing their wines worldwide, and on working in an industry experiencing difficult times across Australia.

Online Resources: Audio

A Learning Society
MacKillop and Tenison Woods - Educators

Penola is a small village on the main road between Naracoorte and Mount Gambier in the south eastern corner of South Australia. In this famous wine region of the Coonawarra, local communities are undergoing major change because of the expected influx of visitors to the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre and to her original schoolhouse in Penola, where in the 1860s, Fr Julian Tenison Woods was parish priest, scientist and adult educator. This is a short extract from a longer interview planned for broadcast in mid-year. Tony Ryan is speaking with Pam Ronan, Principal of Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier about two significant Australian educators.

Online Resources: Audio

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