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Kay Albrecht is keynote at NZ ECE conference

The NZ Tertiary College is holding their annual research conference on 16 October 2015 in Auckland with the theme of Conversations about Emotional : Social : Relationship development in early childhood Kay Albrecht from Texas USA has been invited as... Continue Reading →


Apple Brand Activism

Activism that truly effects change has to work through multiple channels, to “talk in different registers” as Michael Apple says. Michael is a famous American academic, known for his leftist political views and the promotion of critical and democratic education.... Continue Reading →

ANZHES 2015: Intersecting and Contested Histories of Education conference

Fri 4 Dec – Sun 6 Dec 2015: Victoria University of Wellington Keynote Speaker:   Dr Stephanie Spencer Reader in the History of Women’s Education; Head of Dept of Education Studies and Liberal Arts, University of Winchester, UK CALL FOR PAPERS... Continue Reading →

The Treaty of Waitangi and community organisations

From your research in relation to te Tiriti, what is the most significant idea of relevance to Treaty application in community organisations? My research explored the Playcentre Federation as a case study in applying Te Tiriti o Waitangi, from the... Continue Reading →

Leadership in Activism

In a previous post I started exploring the elements of activism that result in creating change. I argued that change is achieved through the sustained effort of a large number of people. Russell Brand, in his book Revolution, has a... Continue Reading →

CRITICAL THINKING versus CRITICISM: Helping students know the difference

What Critical Thinking is: Critical thinking is about thinking for yourself rather than accepting, without questioning, the thinking someone else presents to you. Critical thinking identifies and examines underlying assumptions and biases about a concept, a discourse, a work of... Continue Reading →

Charlie and the Fox: Selective Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech carries with it responsibility to consider carefully what should be said, especially when it impinges on others' rights to Freedom of speech.

23 Things done and dusted!

I am sorry to see the end of the fabulous professional development course “23 Things for Research” run by the fabulous CreATE team at the University of Auckland (thank you!). What am I going to do now on a Monday? ... Continue Reading →

Making a difference – Looking at the data

We are reminded constantly that Web 2.0 is a “conversation” and that the difference with social media is that communication is two way. Yet it is still easy to fall into the trap of putting up communications (blog posts, tweets... Continue Reading →

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