October 2010

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

Monday 04 October/ Repeat Friday 08 October 2010

A Learning Society
Community Development in Action

So how do we build sustainable communities that can also manage change – whether planned or unplanned? According to Dr Jim Cavaye, a community development consultant from Toowoomba in Queensland, vibrant and resilient communities are able to change and grow, and become effective agents for change in their wider communities. During a recent visit to Adelaide, for the annual conference of the Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association of South Australia, Dr Jim Cavaye spoke with Learning Works’ producer Tony Ryan about the important role of community development strategies in ensuring stronger communities.

Online Resources: Podcast;

A Learning Society
MacKillop in Schools and Tenison Woods in Adult Education – a Great Combination!

“The earnest naturalist, the scientist priest, the lover of the wild and beautiful”. These words, penned by Mary MacKillop, described Julian Tenison Woods, priest at Penola in the South East of South Australia when the first schools were being established by Mary MacKillop. In this interview, Tony Ryan visits the Mary MacKillop Centre in Penola, and speaks with Claire Larkin, Chair of the Mary MacKillop Centre committee, and to Pam Ronan, Principal of Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier, about this collaboration between Mary MacKillop in the education of young people and Julian Tenison Woods, priest, adult educator and scientist.

Photo: The original Schoolhouse in Penola, the first school of the Sisters of St Joseph.

Online Resources: Podcast;

Monday 11 October/ Repeat Friday 15 October 2010

A Learning Society
Community Centres – Building links with Vocational Education and Training

With 97 community centres and 27 affiliates in South Australia, the peak body for the community and neighbourhood houses sector has been playing a significant state-wide role for many years in skilling people in life and literacy skills.

These centres provide a wide range of social, recreational and community building activities plus informal adult learning programs. The learning programs are designed to attract disengaged and educationally disadvantaged learners. In the last few years state and federal governments have shown a growing interest in linking informal learning to accredited training and vocational pathways.

Marie Smith is the Workforce Development Adviser in the Community and Neighbourhood Houses sector in South Australia - in Learning Works this week, she speaks about the many ways that the adult community education sector is building pathways into the vocational education and training (VET) system across South Australia.

Online Resources: Podcast; Fact Sheet

Cinema Studies
Film Reviews – The Girl Who Played With Fire

In an earlier Learning Works’ review, in commenting on the film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, our resident film critic John J McGowan wrote: “I accepted that it was a well-constructed thriller, but what put me off was its central theme – the probing into the cess-pool mind of a depraved serial killer.”

So what does John have to say about the new film The Girl Who Played With Fire? Find out this week in the next of John J McGowan’s regular film reviews for Learning Works.

Online Resources: Podcast; Fact Sheet

Monday 18 October/ Repeat Friday 22 October 2010

A Learning Society
The Economic Value of the ACE Sector

In these difficult economic times, almost every aspect of our working day life comes under scrutiny. And at times, difficult financial decisions have to be made. The adult community education sector – often referred to as ACE – makes an invaluable contribution at the local level – but it often passes almost unnoticed.

Dr Veronica Volkoff, from the University of Melbourne, has been involved in a project to identify some of the economic advantages of the adult community education sector. Dr Veronica Volkoff is Tony Ryan’s guest this week in Learning Works. (Repeat item)

Online Resources: Podcast

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read – The Second Half of Life

“The Second Half of Life – Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom is a lovely book designed for looking at the various stages one passes through that herald the wisdom years in our development. It takes the reader on an inward journey through the various aspects of later life.

So writes Sarah Knight from the Salisbury Library Service in this week’s edition of A Good Read. The Second Half of Life - Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom, was written by Angeles Arrien and published in 2007 by Sounds True Incorporated. (Repeat item)

Online Resources: Podcast

Monday 25 October/ Repeat Friday 29 October 2010

A Learning Society
Engineering and Automotive Studies at Murray Bridge

So you want to be a motor mechanic? But you live in regional South Australia. For some, this may mean a move to Adelaide, and living with a relative or finding lodgings while you study in the city – this can be a lonely time for some young people who would prefer to remain living at home while undertaking an apprenticeship.

The regional city of Murray Bridge in South Australia is some 80kilometres to the east of Adelaide along the main highway to Melbourne. This week in Learning Works, PBA-FM’s Tony Ryan explores what’s available to engineering and automotive students through TAFE SA Regional’s campus at Murray Bridge; and speaks with Tim Jones, Training Manager for the Manufacturing, Engineering, and Transport Program, Mechanical Engineering lecturer Allan Beaumont, and to Engineering Support person Daryl Shepherd.

In the program we also hear from Daniel who is currently in the school-based apprentice program and who will go into a full apprenticeship when he completes Year 12. This is a pathway from school to participation in education and training and then straight into the world of work, without having to move away from his home in SA’s Murray Mallee.

Online Resources: Podcast Part 1 Podcast Part 2

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