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#SCP12: The Expert Pedagogue

This week we are discussing characteristics of an Expert Pedagogue in the Sport Coaching Pedagogy unit at the University of Canberra. This is the SlideCast for the presentation: During the presentation I intended to discuss the contribution of three people to the consideration of expert pedagogy: David Berliner John Wooden Carol Dweck In 2001, John Wooden gave a TED talk. I thought this was a fascinating video of someone who had been teaching and coaching since the 1930s. I wrote about Coach Wooden in 2010 shortly after his death. In that post I included Bill Dwyre's reminiscence: On Oct. 14, 2000, he will be 90 years old....

Of Personal Experience and Research Questions

Last December I posted an extract from my PhD thesis. In this post I share my introduction to the thesis (written in 1989). I do so at a time when I am increasing the number of students I am supervising at Masters and PhD level. The title of this Chapter is Of Personal Experience and Research Questions. My aim is to explore the process of framing of research questions and to provide an example for discussion. Introduction In 1983, I registered for a higher degree in the Institute of Educational Development at the University of Surrey. My aim was to conduct research into...

Emotional Touchpoints

I sat in today on a talk given by Catriona Kennedy. Catriona is Reader and School Director for Research and Knowledge Transfer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. Catriona presented a summary of work undertaken at the Edinburgh Napier University in nursing. I was very interested in her discussion of the Cochrane Review process and outputs. I liked the diversity of methods she and her team had used and are using. I noted in particular her use of emotional touchpoints in qualitative research. I was intrigued by the possibilities of emotional touchpoints for my growing interest in...

Understanding stories, connecting messages

Introduction On 26 July the New Scientist carried news of research by Greg Stephens, Lauren Silbert and  Uri Hasson at Princeton University. New Scientist noted that "There's now scientific backing for the old adage that when two people "click" in conversation, they have a meeting of minds. The evidence comes from fMRI scans of 11 people's brains as they listened to a woman recounting a story." Research Findings The abstract of the research paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy indicates that: Verbal communication is a joint activity; however, speech production and comprehension have primarily been analyzed as...

Brain Games

This post has been in draft form for a while. This month a number of research reports have been sharpening discussion about the role the brain plays in learning compared to the mind. Two items caught my attention and encouraged my own reflection on the brain and mind possibilities. The Australian Stage reviewed Seven Boards of Skill performed at the Perth International Arts Festival. The performance is based upon the Chinese Tangram and in this stage version seven giant geometric shapes, five triangles, a square and a parallelogram are used as the set for fourteen performers. Paul Rand has suggested...

Erica McWilliam: The 21st Century Teacher: From Sage to Guide to Meddler

Erica McWilliam visited the University of Canberra this week (13 May) as part of the ACE on the Road program. The topic for her talk was The 21st Century Teacher: From Sage to Guide to Meddler. This post was written live at the talk. Photo source This is Erica's Eduspaces profile and this is her blog page. Introduction Stephen Parker welcomed Erica Mcwilliam to the University of Canberra. Erica opened her presentation with the observation that "the great calling is to be a teacher who introduces young people to the pleasure of the rigour of the work". She identified teaching as a moral...

The Merry Makers

Hot on the heals of the ABC Sunday Arts' program (8 June) was a wonderful story about the Merry Makers (9 June). For anyone interested in teaching, learning and the flourishing of the human spirit this was a must see program. ABC Photograph In the program you meet Lucinda Bryant the Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Merry Makers. She is a remarkable teacher. She observes that: "I suppose one of the biggest things is knowing about each individual in the class and how they actually work, and that's not really knowing a lot about their disability, but more about their...