Category Archives: Being an academic

Strengths-based measurement

As practitioners and researchers we need to think carefully about the types of measures we use with the people we support. The measures we use can cause pain and distress for participants, undermine trust and engagement, and produce unreliable data. … Continue reading

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Transparency report (January-April 2017)

At the start of the year, I decided to start preparing transparency reports. While I don’t make any money from the blog, I like the idea of sharing information about the blog that might be of interest to other bloggers. … Continue reading

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Searching for my authoritative voice

Sometimes I fear I’m going to be discovered as a fraud. Who am I to be writing a blog on community engagement? On what basis do I support other organisations to improve their work? Am I really preparing students for … Continue reading

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Some hints re course coordination for new lecturers

I’ve been asked to speak to new lecturers at the Uni about the role of a course coordinator. (Note: the University of Newcastle uses course to refer to individual subjects and program to refer to the collection of courses that … Continue reading

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Looking forward to 2017

It’s that time of the year which seems to be particularly conducive to planning, so here are some of my ideas for 2017 Blogging I don’t think I’ll be making all that many changes to the blog this year. I … Continue reading

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Transparency report (2016)

I recently came across a transparency report on Eco Warrior Princess. A major focus of her post was to be transparent about how much income she generated from her site and, even though I don’t generate any income from the … Continue reading

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My top posts for 2016

There are a number of ways to judge my top posts for 2016. To start with there are 10 posts that I think add a useful contribution to working with communities and families. Some of them came from my work … Continue reading

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Measuring impact and being open and transparent

If measurement is going to make a major difference to the practice of family and community work, we need to become much better at being transparent, open and honest. Not surprisingly, when we talk publicly about what we do, we … Continue reading

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Visit by Indonesian academics (part 2)

The second half of the visit by the Indonesian academics from UIN Raden Fatah Palembang and UIN Sumatera Utara, to look at the integration of research, teaching and community outreach, went well.

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Visit by Indonesian academics

The Family Action Centre is currently hosting a visit by 23 Indonesian academics from two State Islamic Universities: UIN Raden Fatah Palembang and UIN Sumatera Utara.

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