February 2008

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

Monday 28 January/Friday 1 February 2008

A Learning Society
The Reading Writing Hotline

Just imagine a father who is asked by his young son to read him a story - and just can't do it! Many people hide their reading and writing problems, until they are faced with a situation like that at home, or at work. This week in Learning Works, Tony Ryan speaks with Steve Goldberg, the national coordinator of the Rading Writing Hotline.

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A Learning Society
Learning Journeys Program 4 of 6 (Rpt)

From the Learning Works archives, we revisit Learningfull Converstions, first broadcast in the lead-up to Adult Learners' Week in 2007.

Monday 4 February/Friday 8 February 2008

Media Film and Technology
Film Review, with John J McGowan

John McGowan returns from leave with some updates on current films and events.

Transcript: John J McGowan on The Academy Awards  
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Health Wellbeing and Relationships
Abuse of Elderly People -It's Not OK!

The physical and even sexual abuse of children has been much in the news of late. However, there is another group of Australians who are also subjected to abuse. There is growing evidence of abuse of older people in our society - mostly financial and/or psychological abuse - with the perpetrators most likely to be adult sons or daughters. Our commentator in Learning Works this week is Marilyn Crabtree, Chief Executive Officer of the Aged Rights Advocacy Service in South Australia.

Transcript: Marilyn Crabtree - Abuse of Elderly People - It's Not OK!
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A Learning Society
Learning Journeys Program 5 of 6 (Rpt)

From the Learning Works archives, we revisit Ambassadors for Learning, first broadcast in the lead-up to Adult Learners' Week in 2007.

Monday 11 February/Friday 15 February 2008

Social History
Ned Kelly – Australian Legend!

The bushranging era in Victoria continues to fascinate many Australians. And the life and times of Ned (Edward) Kelly is no exception. In Learning Works this week, Tony Ryan speaks with Jock Murphy, the Collection Services Manager at the State Library of Victoria, which holds a display of Ned Kelly’s armour, and also the Jerilderie Letter with its very long and fascinating first hand account of the events of that time. For more information, and background to this extended interview, see Victoria’s Virtual Library:

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A Learning Society
Trainers in organisations today

Dr Margaret Kling in Brisbane reflects on the important role of trainers in organisations today.

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Monday 18 February/Friday 22 February

The University of Adelaide’s Dr Jill BensonHealth Wellbeing and Relationships
Refugees and Transcultural Health

This week in Learning Works, an extended interview with Dr Jill Benson, Director of the Health in Human Diversity Unit, Discipline of General Practice at The University of Adelaide. As well as her work in remote South Australia with indigenous communities, Dr Benson has also worked in several overseas countries and is a member of the Board of STTARS (Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service). In 2005 she worked as a locum at a teaching hospital in Dharan in eastern Nepal. She teaches other GPs, students, health professionals and the general public on psychological topics and transcultural health. This extended interview would be of special interest in adult community education centres and in our schools, and will soon be available in full on the Learning Works website.

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Monday 25 February/Friday 29 February

Louise BywatersEducation and Schools
Building Leadership in Australian Schools

Leadership in Australian schools has changed greatly from the days of the austere and authoritarian headmaster. To coincide with the release of a major resource for educational leaders in Australia, Tony Ryan speaks with Louise Bywaters about our understandings of leadership in Australian schools, and about the leadership role that beginning teachers have from day one in the classroom. Louise Bywaters is one of Australia’s leading educational leadership specialists.

Louise Bywaters, one of Australia’s leading educational leadership specialists, photographed at PBA FM in Adelaide for this extended interview.

Issued through the Australian Principals Associations Professional Development Council, further information on Learn: Lead: Succeed: A resource to support the building of leadership in Australian schools is available online –

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