River Water and Observation

Cate Kennedy has a new collection of poems.

I heard Cate talk with Ramona Koval about The Taste of River Water.

She read two of her poems during the interview on The Book Show.

Both seemed to me to be wonderful guides for those who observe and analyse performance.

The first was Thinking the room empty and the second was 8 x 10 colour enlargements S16.50.

I read Cate’s poems after finishing Stanley Fish’s How to Write A Sentence And How To Read One and delighted in Cate’s craft.

I liked too the introductory quote she used from Kristin Henry:

Here, there is no edge for cutting, and no garde for avanting, there is only the same old story, fresh as resurrection.

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Morning Mist


I have a very vivid memory of first hearing the word ‘scholarship’.

I was sitting on the floor in a morning assembly at the Buckley CP school on my last day as an infant (in 1959).

The head of the Infant School was saying goodbye as my class moved to the Junior School. She wished us well and was enthusiastic about the possibility that we might have a scholarship to the Grammar School.

I remember being very concerned about this. I had never been on a boat of any kind and the thought of leaving home at 11 to go sailing was unthinkable. Back in 1959 I was convinced that a scholarship was a large sailing boat akin to a galleon.

It must have been a very powerful experience for me as I have a synesthesia relationship with the word ‘scholarship’ to the present day.

Fortunately the word brings out admiration in me these days!

Last week I was in awe of the scholarship displayed by Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford. Diarmaid was a guest of Ramona Koval on Radio National’s Book Show.  The topic under discussion was 400 Years of the King James Bible.

I think the podcast of the interview is a wonderful resource for anyone seeking the characteristics and demonstration of scholarship.

I am keen to explore the links between scholarship and teaching and am interested in the ideas of two of Diarmaid’s colleagues from Oxford, Keith Trigwell and Suzanne Shale (2004) who propose:

a practice-oriented model that favours a notion of scholarship as activity; is concerned with the articulation of pedagogic resonance; assumes a learning partnership, rather than an instructional relationship, with learners; and privileges the work of knowledge creation with students.

I like all four components of this model and see them as particularly relevant at a time when higher education is transforming its practice.

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Ship Garthsnaid

Wireless Experience

I have been thinking about wireless systems this week.

At the weekend I was in Tasmania using a wireless Internet connection that gave me access to email in a remote part of the state. There was latency and drop out but I was miles from anywhere delighted to have any connectivity!

On Monday I refereed a journal article on ubiquitous computing and later in the day was involved in a discussion with colleagues about ICT support for open learning spaces.

On Tuesday I followed up a link to Anthony Lincoln’s (2011) paper FYI: TMI: Toward a holistic social theory of information overload and a lead to Anders Olof Larsson and Stefan Hrastinski’s (2011) paper Blogs and blogging: Current trends and future directions.

Whenever I write or say the word ‘wireless’ I am taken back to my early childhood and the description of the radio as a wireless.

Radio National has stimulated my thoughts this week. The catalyst for writing was a recording of Bill Davidow’s discussion of Internet overload. The impetus was a most delightful interview with Annie Proulx about Bird Cloud.

Ramona Koval interviewed Annie Proulx at the Perth Writers’ Festival. It was a busy event for Ramona. She was involved in a discussion with Phillip Adams about about “some of literature’s most fascinating minds” and contemplated why “we want to hear from the writers we love and what it is that compels us to find out more about their lives and ideas.” Phillip spoke about this experience on his own Radio National program, Late Night Live.

So the week has been a wonderful convergence around different forms of wireless, our connections to information and experiences. If you do have an opportunity I recommend that you listen to:

You might find it interesting to listen to a recording of Bill Davidow’s discussion of. Internet overload and read Anthony Lincoln’s (2011) paper.

If you had time you might like to listen to a piece by Laura Tingle that brings together lots of connections, wireless and other, in her discussion of Martin Parkinson.

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