Tag Archives: Teaching

An example of strengths-based engagement

The following is part of a reflection from Vanessa Linden, one of my students in HLSC6105 (Engaging families and communities) as part of her Master of Family Studies at the University of Newcastle. She was happy for me to share … Continue reading

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An open letter to students about the postal survey on same-sex marriage

Here is a copy of an open letter I sent to my students studying a course on community engagement. Even though I have concerns about the postal vote, as we are having it, I hope there is a very high … Continue reading

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Some hints re course coordination for new lecturers

[Updated 23 January 2018] I’ve been asked to speak to new lecturers at the University of Newcastle about the role of a course coordinator and thought I’d share some thoughts here. (Note: the University of Newcastle uses course to refer … Continue reading

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Types of community engagement – creating boxes?

Community engagement covers a very broad range of meanings, aims and strategies. In teaching community engagement to undergraduate and postgraduate students, I need to find ways to explore the diversity of practice that are relevant to students from a wide … Continue reading

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A community engagement reading list

 The following are some readings from a couple of subjects I teach (at both an undergraduate and postgraduate) on community engagement. The reading lists for the two courses are quite different but I have combined them here to provide a … Continue reading

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Song for Sunday – Teach your children by CSNY

With the start of semester on Monday, I looked for a song with some connection to study or uni. It was pretty hard. There are quite a few negative ones (e.g., Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”), inappropriate ones … Continue reading

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Saturday quote by Paulo Freire

With the start of semester on Monday, I thought this quote, from Paulo Freire’s “The Pedagogy of Freedom,” was a useful reminder. I’ve certainly learnt a great deal through the act of teaching, and look forward to continuing to do … Continue reading

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Selecting an example of community engagement to critique

I ask students doing an online subject on community engagement at the University of Newcastle to critique an example of community engagement as one of their major assessments and, because the students come from a wide range of disciplines, it … Continue reading

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Teaching community engagement to students from 29 disciplines

Completing this course has made me become more active within my own community. I have taken up netball coaching as well as volunteering at the local primary school. (Student from Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives) As a lecturer I hope … Continue reading

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Some weekend reading

Every Friday I post some links to articles, videos or other resources that have caught my eye during the week. Some might be quite recent, but others might be older ones I have revisited or recently discovered. They will mainly … Continue reading

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