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!
|Nibble at the edges of a sweet dream that is bigger than you. Bite off more than you can chew from time to time to remind yourself to keep stretching your ambition beyond limitations. Break it down until bite size chunks of possibility emerge. Large visions are rarely swallowed whole; slow and steady, one step at a time, wins the race. By soulseeds
The last time we spoke my life was sitting on the edge of unknown change, and I am speaking to you today from the middle.
For the last months there has been change going on within and without, and as often happens in such times, my natural inclination is to withdraw, to observe, to conserve, to quietly contemplate, and to imagine the beginnings of new possibilities.
One of the great inspirations for me in these times has been the ever brilliant musings of Ian and Meg Lawton in soulseeds. They speak of life and love and have continued to seed my own morphing perspectives.
Today I was again reminded to keep nibbling away … slowly, slowly until one day I’ll be on the other side, wondering why I ever questioned that I could do it.
I wanted to share this with you, to remind you to keep daring to confront and nibble away at your own dreams, knowing that like the little turtle (tortoise??) and the strawberry, it IS possible, and it HAS to happen if it rests constantly in your imagining. We are all pregnant with possibilities awaiting birth, and it is inevitable that the time will come when they must come forth.
Keep daring, keep imagining … you and I both … and we will meet on the other side soon to share our stories of transformational change.
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.