March 2008

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

Monday 3 March/Friday 7 March

A Learning Society
International Women’s Day – 8 March

In this week’s commentary in Learning Works, and as we approach International Women’s Day on Saturday 8 March. Associate Professor Judith Gill from School of Education at the University of South Australia looks at some issues around gender and schooling – looking back and looking forward.

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A Learning Society
Creating Workforce Diversity

In order to better orientate business and industry towards a more flexible workplace and a more diverse workforce, the implications of an ageing workforce are explored, along with the benefits that attracting, recruiting and retaining older workers can bring to an organization. Contributors are Elaine Bensted, Deputy Chief Executive, Employment and Training Service, SA Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology, and Garry Gilfoy, Career Development Studies, TAFE SA Regional.


Media Film and Technology
The recent Academy Awards – A Reflection

And John McGowan is back with more news and views from the world of films, following the recent Academy Awards in the United States.


Monday 10 March / Friday 14 March

A Learning Society
Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue

In our Federal Parliament on Wednesday 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd began proceedings with these words:

Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history. We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.

This week in Learning Works, PBA FM is re-broadcasting the 1995 A W Jones Lecture, delivered by (then) Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, at the University of Adelaide as part of the Annual Conference of the Australian College of Educators. In addition to recounting her own story as a member of the stolen generation, her lecture focused on a need for a new understanding of indigenous Australians. PBA FM wishes to thank Professor O’Donoghue, and also the Australian College of Educators, for permission to re-broadcast an edited version of the 1995 A W Jones Oration, to fit our half hour timeslot.

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Monday 17 March / Friday 21 March

Dr Tony Holland

A Learning Society
So what do students expect of lecturers?

Dr Tony Holland, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Technology Sydney, talks with Tony Ryan about the results of a survey into what tertiary students expect of their lecturers. Dr Holland specializes in workplace and organizational learning.



Library staff at Salisbury Public Library in Adelaide


Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read – Short Stories

This is the first of a regular series of items, tentatively called A Good Read, to be presented by staff from the City of Salisbury Public Library in Adelaide. Today Librarian Jennifer Dew talks about her love of short stories, with particular reference to some of the works of Chicago-born writer Jeffrey Deaver.


Monday 24 March / Friday 28 March

A Learning Society
From homelessness to university

An innovative program in Sydney assists people who have been homeless and who are now recovering from drug and alcohol addiction to make those first steps into tertiary study. Tony Ryan is speaking with Dr Ross Keating, Senior Lecturer in Education at the Mount St Mary Campus of the Australian Catholic University in Sydney.


Social History
The railway station that became a church

John Oates from the Australian Railways Historical Society is the author of several books about railways in NSW. In this social history item, he speaks with Tony Ryan about some of the fascinating history of the Mortuary Station that still stands at Central Station in Sydney, and how the former Mortuary Station in Rookwood Cemetery came to be moved to its new home as a parish church in suburban Canberra.


Monday 31 March / Friday 4 April

Julia Gane

Health, Wellbeing and Relationships
The positive side of Psychology

If someone goes to see a psychologist, it is usually assumed that something is wrong. But psychology has a very positive side as well. In fact, the field of positive psychology is the study of what it is that enables individuals and communities to thrive – and indeed find happiness. Tony Ryan speaks with Adult Educator Julia Gane about the role of positive psychology in our lives.


Media Film and Technology
Film Reviews – Tommy Lee Jones

Learning Works’ resident film commentator John McGowan reviews two current films starring Tommy Lee Jones.


Tony Ryan
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