My PhD research project is finally ready to start collecting data from teachers in the VET sector! This might not relate to you, but feel free to pass it on to someone you think might be interested …
Have you completed a Vocational Education and Training (VET) teaching diploma program any time since 2006? This might include:
- 21697VIC Diploma of Vocational Education and Training Practice
- TAA50104 Diploma of Training and Assessment
- TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
- TAE50211 Diploma of Training Design and Development
Did undertaking this contribute in any way to a transformed perspective of yourself as a learner, of learning more broadly, or to changes in your learning and teaching practice?
My name is Jennifer Miles and I am conducting a research project towards a PhD in Education at Monash University. I am seeking participants who are interested in contributing to a study that will explore the ways in which undertaking a VET diploma program (teaching) encouraged them to reflect on their identity as a learner and as a teacher, and to consider any consequent transformed perspectives on learning and teaching practice that emerged during or since undertaking the diploma.
The study involves two levels of participation, and you can choose one or both. You might decide just to complete the online survey, or to also participate in the in-depth interview process.
If you are interested, please follow the link and read the Explanatory Statement for full details, and at the end if this you will be asked if you wish to proceed with the survey
If you know of someone else who might be interested, please pass the message and link on to them. Thank you for your consideration!
I’ve just watched this on ABC’s Big Ideas – Emmanuel Jal speaking his story about his early life as a child soldier. While I have lived my privileged, sheltered life, Emmanuel has endured this existence, and ultimately exposed unimaginable courage.
Over the last month or so I’ve been away quite a bit … a couple of weeks staying at an ashram on the edge of a forest; time with two little people up in the hills while their parents took their own time out; and most recently with precious friends by the beach, paddling in the sea and dozing peacefully beside two honey-coloured dogs, sprawled out in dappled sunlight on an airy wooden deck. I have been delighting in the challenges and transformations that have found their way out of this time. Time where I have been able to reflect, to ponder, to wonder … to sink more deeply into myself and create the space where mysteries have begun to unfold.
I’m rather a fan of the Greek notion of time. They have two words … chronos and kairos … that highlight the difference between deadlines, appointments, work structures and key performance indicators (chronos) and the magic and honouring place where time seems to stand still while we languish in the joy of being (kairos).
Giovanni, in Liz Gilbert’s Eat Love Pray (re-viewed in one of my kairos moments over this last weekend) spoke of the Italian ideal of ‘dolce far niente’ … the sweetness of doing nothing’, and these last weeks have allowed me the sublime pleasure of stepping off the treadmill of my chronos-driven existence, to savour the delicious reality of a simple and more contemplative life. Even while in the midst of the demands of my busy world, I have been able to find relief and sustenance in the simplicity of an uncomplicated and authentic existence.
In my moments of kairos over the next days and weeks, my challenge, and my delight, will be to continue to percolate some of the thoughts that have begun to emerge …
Take some time yourself … kairos time … to see what thoughts emerge that resonate more authentically for you …