March 2010

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

Monday 1 March/ Repeat Friday 5 March 2010

A Learning Society
Balancing Work in our Lives

Barbara PocockOur Learning Works guest this week is Professor Barbara Pocock, Director of the Centre for Work + Life, part of the Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies, at the University of South Australia. Located at the Magill Campus, the Centre was established in 2006.

Professor Pocock has been researching work, employment and industrial relations since 1981. Among her many books, reports and other publications, in 2008 Professor Pocock published, with Helen Masterman-Smith, 'Living Low Paid: The Dark Side of Prosperous Australia' (Allen & Unwin). A much earlier publication (in 2003) was 'The Work/Life Collision. What Work is Doing to Australians and What to Do About It'.

In this extended interview, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan speaks with Professor Pocock about work, family life and change in the 21st century. Website:

Online Resources: Audio

Movie Review - Avatar

“Avatar represents a sudden leap into the future. After Avatar, we will expect movies to be rendered – apparently effortlessly – in three dimensions”. So says Learning Works’ regular film reviewer John J McGowan, in this week’s review of this much-discussed movie.

Online Resources: Transcipt Audio

Monday 8 March/ Repeat Friday 12 March 2010

A Learning Society
Literacy – Working with First Nation People

It’s a long way from the cold northern reaches of Canada to the heat and dust of outback South Australia. In this interview with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan, Michelle Eady from the University of Wollongong speaks of her formative experiences in Canada and her work there with First Nation people, and about some of her more recent work in literacy and computing, with Aboriginal Australians in remote parts of South Australia. The interview was recorded in October 2009 in Perth, during the Annual Conference of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy.

Online Resources: Audio

Arts Literature and Music
Northern Lights – An Adelaide Festival of Arts Event

Northern Lights - Mitchell Building, University of Adelaide (Photo Cathy Weber)North Terrace in Adelaide is graced with a unique collection of fine stone buildings – from the Bonython and Elder Halls of the University of Adelaide, through to the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum. Each night until early April, these buildings are the backdrop for Northern Lights – a spectacular and colourful display of still photographs projected onto the walls of these fine buildings. Tony Ryan speaks withGeoff Cobham, Production Manager and Festival Designer with the Adelaide Festival, about the evolution of this stunning presentation, and about his career in the arts.

Northern Lights - Mitchell Building, University of Adelaide (Photo Cathy Weber)

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 15 March/ Repeat Friday 19 March 2010

Dr Anna SullivanEducation and Schools
Building Resilience in Early Career Teachers

So what is it like for a new teacher facing his or her own class for the very first time? And what are some of the challenges facing early career teachers in their first few years of teaching? This week in Learning Works, Tony Ryan speaks with Dr Anna Sullivan from the University of South Australia about building resilience in new teachers.

Dr Anna Sullivan, University of South Australia

Online Resources: Audio

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read – A Tale of Two Suburbs

Also in the program, we hear about a new publication which documents the thoughts of residents in Salisbury North and in Mawson Lakes - about what they like about their suburb, and why living where they live is so important to them. From Salisbury Library Service in Adelaide, Wendy Abraham and Teresa O’Grady talk about the project which resulted in a 250-page publication and an accompanying DVD. A Tale of Two Suburbs is available through any of the five branches of the Salisbury Library Service.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 22 March/Repeat Friday 26 March

Science and Environment
Palaeontology Week
20 – 28 March 2010
South Australian Museum

Dr Jim GehlingSouth Australia boasts one of the most diverse fossil records anywhere in the world. As a result, the South Australian Museum enjoys wide renown for its fossil collections and research projects.

“Palaeontology is one of the most fundamental sciences – it is the science of life. It allows us to understand the origins, evolution and adaptation of all living things. It provides the data to refine our timescale for the age of the earth. South Australia is one of the best places in the world when it comes to palaeontology. The state has not only some of the oldest and youngest fossils, but fossils from the geological periods in between. This is why palaeontology is one of the core collection and research areas of the South Australian Museum and also the reason why many of the world’s top palaeontologists come here to work and study.”
Professor Suzanne Miller, Director South Australian Museum

In Learning Works this week, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan speaks with Dr Jim Gehling, Research Scientist Palaeontology, with the South Australian Museum, about the science of Palaeontology, the importance of the fossils collection at the SA Museum, and on becoming and working as a Palaeontologist.Volunteers

Dr Jim Gehling in the field
Ediacara fossils — 560 million years old fossils from the Flinders Ranges

Online Resources:
Part 1
Part 2

Monday 29 March/ Repeat Friday 2 April 2010

A Learning Society
Adult Literacy - The Strengths In Us All

Dr Peter Waterhouse was a keynote speaker at the 2009 National Conference of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy in Perth. The focus of this interview with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan, recorded during that conference, is on strength-based practice in adult literacy teaching.

Online Resources: Audio

Cinema Studies
Film Reviews – The Hurt Locker and Green Zone

“The Hurt Locker depicts the dangers and dilemmas faced by a few ordinary soldiers in Iraq, whereas the plot of Green Zone centres on the issue of the mythical weapons of mass destruction which were trumpeted by the so-called Coalition of the Willing as the underlying need to invade Iraq.” So writes Learning Works’ regular film critic John J McGowan, after seeing two current films - The Hurt Locker and Green Zone. Hear his review in full this week in Learning Works.

Online Resources: Audio Transcript

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