June 2010

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

Monday 7 June / Repeat Friday 11 June 2010

Tennison College Jazz studentEducation and Schools
An Innovative Year 13 Jazz Program

Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier has a well-established Year 13 program for students preparing to work as musicians, or planning to study music at tertiary level. With names like James Morrison, and with the well-established Generations in Jazz event, held in May each year, students gain an excellent introduction to the jazz genre. In Mount Gambier recently, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan spoke with Graeme Lyall, Director of Music at Tenison Woods College and to Stephen, one of the students gaining invaluable experience in this innovative program.

Online Resources: Audio

Social History
Skint! Making Do in the Great Depression

“How did people in Sydney survive the tough times of the 1930s? Evictions were rife as out-of-work families failed to meet their rental payments and newspapers reported pitched street battles between police and anti-eviction protesters. Soup kitchens were set up in school yards, and many hundreds of families were forced to shelter in caves or build their own humpies on the city fringes and along the coast.. Will we ever see the same levels of hardship again, and is there anything we can learn today from looking at how people coped in the past?” This thought-provoking exhibition, at the Museum of Sydney, was the venue for this interview. For Learning Works, Tony Ryan is speaking with exhibition curator Annie Campbell.


Museum of Sydney. Skint!
The billycart
© Sam Hood 13 May 1935
Mitchell Library
State Library of NSW
Reproduced with permission.


Museum of Sydney. Skint!
Sydney schoolchildren line up for free soup during the Great Depression,
© Sam Hood 2 August 1934
Reproduced with permission.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 14 June / Repeat Friday 18 June 2010

Science and Environment
Global Environmental Change – Who are the victims?

Michael O’Connell (SA Commissioner for Victims’ Rights), Professor Kieran Mundy and Tony RyanHow do we assist environmentally vulnerable countries to increase their capacity to adapt to global environmental change? What needs to be done to construct a new paradigm of human security, from the perspective of victims of global environmental change? Through his work at the Tokiwa International Victimology Institute in Japan, Adelaide-born Professor Kieran Mundy is involved in the Global Environment Change Project to find answers to these and related questions. During a recent visit to Adelaide, Professor Mundy was interviewed by PBA FM’s Tony Ryan, as an exclusive for Learning Works.

Pictured are Michael O’Connell (SA Commissioner for Victims’ Rights), Professor Kieran Mundy, and PBA FM’s Tony Ryan.

Online Resources: Audio

Cinema Studies
Film Reviews – Robin Hood / Iron Man 2

Robin Hood is a tried and tested story and there are, perhaps, no real surprises to be had there. However, this latest version – with its all-Australian headline cast of Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett – makes a valiant attempt at giving the old story a new gloss by setting out to tell us where Robin came from before he wound up being pursued by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. So this movie is a kind of prequel. Is anything gained by giving this old, old yarn a slightly new twist?” To find the answer, listen to our resident film reviewer John J McGowan, in Learning Works this week.

Online Resources: Audio Transcript

Monday 21 June / Repeat Friday 25 June 2010

A Learning Society
Literate Australia

Rosemary JohnstonLiteracy - and the idea of a literate nation - are not just educational issues but relate to and are influenced by health, parenting practices, communities and cultures of influence, and the larger sphere of government policies.

Our guest this week in Learning Works is Professor Rosemary Johnston, Head of Education at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Founding Director of the Australian Centre for Child and Youth: Culture and Wellbeing. This is an innovative interdisciplinary 21st century centre that integrates technology, research, teaching and practice in all fields pertaining to the culture and wellbeing of children and youth.

Professor Johnston is leading the Centre's interdisciplinary project, Literate Australia, which is an umbrella for a number of cell projects that have specific outcomes relating to the education, culture and wellbeing of children and youth. Literate Australia is committed to developing community initiatives that enhance not only skills, but the imaginations and minds that help to generate creative and civil societies. Recently in Sydney for Learning Works, Tony Ryan spoke to Professor Johnston at the University of Technology Sydney’s Broadway Campus.

Online Resources: Johnston, R Literate Australia – A Monograph Audio

A Learning Society
Redundancy – Making the Transition back into the Workforce

Redundancy can hit very hard. When large groups of workers are made redundant, this makes the headlines. But as Helen Strickland, Manager of the Career Centre in Mount Gambier says “Most weeks, the Centre will see someone who has been made redundant. This is an incredibly significant stage for someone to go through, and make that transition back into the workforce”.

The Career Centre in Mount Gambier believes that everyone, at some stage of their life, will need a helping hand. So anyone who walked through the door is seen as making the first step in taking control of their working lives. And also the concept of retirement is shifting, so many people who had decided to retire now realise that they do not have the funds to retire and now need to get back into the workforce. During a recent visit to Mount Gambier, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan spoke with Helen Strickland at the Career Centre in Mount Gambier.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 28 June / Repeat Friday 2 July 2010

Education and Schools
Looking after our gifted students

With 10 to 15 per cent of children considered to be gifted, with the potential for unusually high performance, why are some schools so reluctant to adopt programs to identify them and help realise their potential? In Learning Works this week, our special guest is Professor Miraca Gross from the University of New South Wales, an internationally recognized expert in the education of gifted and talented students in our schools. In this interview, recorded at UNSW Sydney in May of this year, Professor Gross talks about her work, in Australia and in the USA, in helping students, parents and schools work together to help gifted students reach their full potential.

Online Resources: Audio

A Learning Society
Learning Journeys - Avon Art and Craft Guild

An abandoned and derelict church hall has now become a centre for art and craft in a small country village with only ten houses, but surrounded by many wheat farms. The Avon Art and Craft Guild provides an invaluable focus for many farming women some 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. (Repeat Program - First broadcast in July 2006)

Online Resources: Audio

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