Dr. Bill Green, Dr. Jo-Anne Reid: Visiting Scholars from Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE), Australia, May 7-12, 2010

 

Professor Bill Green

Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University and RIPPLE

Seminar

Practice, Space and the Body: Some Preliminary Remarks

How best to understand professional practice? More generally, what is “this strange thing that practice is” (Bourdieu)?  These questions are at the heart of a research program consolidated at Charles Sturt University over the past five years, addressed to professional practice, learning and education. This is an explicitly cross-disciplinary enterprise, involving collective and collaborative work across Education, Health and various other fields. Characterised by what we have come to call philosophical-empirical inquiry, and with a firm commitment to practice-based learning in professional education, this is ongoing work with regard to both research and scholarship and curriculum and pedagogy.

This paper will seek to extend our current research regarding the nature of (professional) practice by exploring further the assertion that practice is always-already situated and embodied – located, that is, in space (and time), and involving the co-productive interplay of bodies. This will require an engagement with debates and arguments regarding space: those coming directly out of practice theory and philosophy (eg Shatzki), as well as those derived more specifically from cultural geography (eg. Harvey, Massey, Thrift). How the body figures in (situated) practice becomes a matter of some importance in this context, and hence it will be suggested here that the body is itself usefully seen spatially. The presentation will conclude with some comments about the role and significance of space and the body in (professional) practice.

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Bill Green is Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education and Strategic Research Professor in the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE) at Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. His research interests range across curriculum inquiry, literacy studies, doctoral research education, and education for rural-regional sustainability. His most recent work in this context is in the area of practice theory and philosophy. In 2009, he edited the RIPPLE volume Understanding and Researching Professional Practice (Sense).

When: May 11th at 10 am

Location: Faculty of Education, Room 1010

 

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Professor Jo-Anne Reid

Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University and RIPPLE

Seminar

Profession(al)s in Rural Social Space

Attracting and retaining professional health and education workers in small rural and remote areas of inland Australia has been an ongoing problem for over two centuries. In recent years this has led to the threatened closure of small rural hospitals and a declining scope and achievement of educational offering in rural schools. Accompanied by over ten years of sustained drought and the ongoing uncertainties of climate change and local effects of global economic change, many government agencies have turned increasingly towards financial and career incentives to attract staff to these areas.  A three-year ARC-funded study focused on the attraction and retention of education professionals to rural areas has caused us to develop a conceptual framework of rural social space that seeks to attend to the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental sustainability for rural communities. As we strive to understand what works in exemplary sites to keep professionals in rural communities, we are developing a theoretical argument for coming to know and prepare for professional life in them. In so doing, we are working with concepts of practice in place, and the attendant ‘site effects’ (Bourdieu) that work to produce places differently,  in order to support innovative professional education thinking about the challenges associated with rural professional practice.

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Jo-Anne Reid is Professor of Education and Associate Dean, Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University; Co-Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education; and current President of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). She is a key researcher in the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education [RIPPLE]. She is currently working on the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project ‘Renewing Teacher Education for Rural and Regional Australia’ (TERRAnova).   She has most recently co-edited Literacies in Place (2007), case-studies of classroom practice from teachers working on a recent ARC project focused on Literacy and the Environment. She has also worked with teams researching the career pathways of Indigenous teachers, and the teaching of literacy and English in the transition to school.

When: May 10th at 10 am

Location: Faculty of Education, Room 1010

 

Pictures from Dr. Bill Green and Dr. Jo-Anne Reid's visit

 

Dr. Jo-Anne Reid

 

Jodi Hall, Marie-Ève Caty and Michelle Pajot

 

Dr. Kathy Hibbert, Dr. Aniko Varpalotai and Dr. Pat Bethune