"We stand most securely when we stand connected"

Stephen Downes’ OLDaily (23 March) led me today to a detailed post by Mark Pesce, The Unfinished Project: Exploration, Learning and Networks. I was delighted to read Mark’s synthesis in the post and I think he has wonderful educational insights to share and prompt. I am committed totally to the centrality of play in learning and Clyde Street has been founded on the ludic dimensions of culture.

I finished my reading of Mark’s post and savoured his concluding statement “we stand most securely when we stand connected”. By wonderful synchronicity just at that moment I received an alert from a YouTube channel that I am monitoring.

A video of Sam Lazarides’ (Ascot Canoe Club, Western Australia) performance at Australian Canoeing’s Sprint Nationals has had 227 views. I think his experience of canoeing demonstrates much of the ludic dimension to which Mark refers and that is vital to leaners.

Photo Credit

Boy Scouts

Centre for Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH)

The University of Canberra has a hidden treasure, the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH). In the past few months the Faculty of Health and the University have recruited two leading researchers to guide the Centre’s development. Rachel Davey is the Director of the Centre and Professor of Health Research. Helen Berry is Rachel’s senior research colleague in the Centre.

Rachel and Helen have produced a five year strategic vision for CeRAPH that is framed by three goals:

  1. Excellence in health promotion and wellbeing research
  2. Engagement with communities of practice
  3. Dynamic alignment of research priorities

CeRAPH’s research focus will be on:

  • Chronic disease prevention throughout the lifespan
  • Environmental, economic, cultural and psycho-social determinants of health
  • Translation of research findings to policy, practice and service delivery for patient care and community health

I like the Centre’s focus on interprofessional research teams and believe that many other research clusters can benefit from an innovative approach to interdisciplinary sharing and exploration. (The added bonus for CeRAPH is that ACT Health has a strong philosophical commitment to interprofessional learning.) I think such research is the key to the translation of evidence into practice that is entirely fitting for a Centre for Research and Action.

Photo Credits

Angels are Messengers from God Thomas Hawk (see his account of the photograph here)

Brisbane 1899

Paris Trocadero looking4poetry

A Glimpse of Hedy d'Ancona

Yesterday¬† I illustrated a post with a photograph from the Nationaal Archief‘s Commons’ collection.

The photograph was taken in 1980 and I discovered that in the foreground was Hedy d’Ancona. Yesterday I was suggesting that habitus “provides the practical skills and dispositions necessary to navigate within different fields (such as sports, professional life, art) and guides the choices of the individual without ever being strictly reducible to prescribed, formal rules”.

I was fascinated to follow up on the navigations and choices Hedy had made in her life before and after the photograph. A Wikipedia page about her includes links to some biographical detail and a paper on Dutch feminism. Revisiting the picture encouraged me to think about the polysemic nature of pictures and text.