July 2010

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

Monday 5 July/ Repeat Friday 9 July 2010

A Learning Society
Mount Gambier – an aspiring Learning City

This week in Learning Works, we’re exploring the concept of a learning community. We’re familiar with the importance of lifelong learning for everyone. But is it possible to develop a learning organization or a learning community? Or indeed, a learning city?

To find out more about learning communities, through this case study, we look at one local government authority in South Australia, and at the very strategic planning they are doing to gain the status of A Learning City.

PBA FM’s Tony Ryan visited the South East of SA and spoke to Pam Ronan (Principal of Tenison Woods College, Mount Gambier), Barbara Linden (Media and Communications Manager, Mount Gambier City Council), Jim Maher (Elected Councillor, Mount Gambier City Council), Cathryn Harris (Manager, Mount Gambier City Library) and Helen Strickland (Manager, Career Development Centre, Mount Gambier).

Online Resources: Audio 1 Audio 2

Monday 12 July/ Repeat Friday 16 July 2010

A Learning Society
Nationally Accredited Training in Community Services

If you are planning a transition in your life and career, have you thought about employment as an education support person in a school, or work in the child care industry? This week in Learning Works, we’re exploring the availability of nationally accredited training through the Community Services and Health program, in TAFE South Australia. And there’s a special focus on options for learning for people in regional areas of our state. PBA-FM’s Tony Ryan is speaking with Dawn Benjamin and some other members of the Community Services and Health Program in Mount Gambier.

Online Resources: Audio

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read – Cook Books

“Do you cook? Or rather, do you like cooking? Are you one of those people who can’t resist heading for the food and cookery section of a bookshop or library to check out the latest offerings and to drool over photos of perfect and delectable-looking dishes with tantalizing descriptions and ingredients? If so, you are not alone, and publishers and TV producers are only too happy to indulge you.” So says Sue Hill from Salisbury Library Service in Adelaide. If you are thinking of buying a new cook book, then do catch up first with Sue Hill for some good advice on the range of cookbooks you can check out first, through the Salisbury Library Service, in A Good Read this week in Learning Works.

Sue Hill mentioned the following books in this week’s program:

The Visual Food Encyclopedia,.published by Edition Quebec/Amerique in 1996.
Margaret Fulton’s Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery by Margaret Fulton, published in 2009 by Hardie Grant.
The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon. My edition was first published by Weldon Hardie in 1976 and is a 1987 reprint

Online Resources: Audio Transcript

Monday 19 July/ Repeat Friday 23 July 2010

A Learning Society
Asia Literacy and the National Curriculum

Well, maybe you have been to an Asian country, and even speak a few words of Japanese or Indonesian. But what do we really know about the history and culture of our Asian neighbours? This week In Learning Works, we look at national moves to ensure that Asia Literacy is part of the national curriculum. James Davis, Business Manager for the Asia Literacy Teachers Association of Australia believes that Asia Literacy is much more than knowing the basics of an Asian language; both in schools and in the wider Australian community, Asia Literacy is seen as being critical for Australia’s future in this part of our world.

Online Resources: Audio

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law Spot – Our Connected Kids

Also in the program, with cyber-bullying continuing to be in the headlines, and an issue of growing concern for parents and schools, Dr Matthew Sorrel from the University of Adelaide talks about digital technology and our connected kids. This interview, and the 13-part 2009 series on The Law – Students, Parents and Schools, is available in full on the Learning Works website – with each mp3 audiofile complemented by a Discussion Starter fact sheet.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 26 July/ Repeat Friday 30 July 2010

A Learning Society
Multi-Literacies: Health Literacy

We’ve all from time to time found ourselves in the emergency ward of a hospital – maybe with sick young children, or as the result of an accident. How do we make sense of what is going on? And what is this experience like for people whose knowledge of spoken or written English is limited. With much emphasis these days on multi-literacies, this week in Learning works, we hear about an important set of skills for all of us to have - best described as health literacy – and the role of adult educators in developing Health Literacy skills in the community.

Our guest is Associate Professor Hermine Scheeres, Co-ordinator of the BA Organisational Learning and the Grad Dip Literacy and Numeracy, at University of Technology Sydney. She is Deputy Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Education, a member of the UTS Equity Reference Committee and Co-editor of the Journal Literacy and Numeracy Studies: an international journal in the education and training of adults.

Online Resources: Audio

A Learning Society
Redundancy – Changing the Negatives into Positives

Sue was recently made redundant from her position in the forestry industry in the South East of South Australia. In this interview, she speaks about the challenges that losing her job has faced her with and her emerging plans to make a new start by returning to study through TAFE. Also in the program, we hear from Ricky Owens, State Coordinator Forest Industry Employment Training Service, and from Kerry McCarthy and Darwin Terry, Business Development Consultants with TAFE SA in Mount Gambier.

Online Resources: Audio

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