Judith Wilks

Judith Wilks
Southern Cross University · School of Education

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has been identified as a keystone teaching and learning area for developing students’ knowledge and skills on interdisciplinary critical thinking and problem solving (We use the term ‘interdisciplinary’ because discipline knowledge and methods were integrated from different disciplin...
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The opening chapter of this book orients the reader through the introduction of the concept of the socioecological learner. In so doing the chapter clears the ground through a diffractive untangling of the socioecological learner drawing upon research vignettes and the touchstone concepts of the Anthropocene, Posthumanism and Common Worlds as Creat...
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Children and young people flourish when opportunities are provided for scaffolded risk-taking in learning settings. However an overly cautious risk-averse attitude to learning has emerged in many schools, one that ironically presents a significant risk to the learning process itself. A fundamental misalignment seems to be developing between the ris...
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This book focuses on socioecological learning through the touchstone concepts of the Anthropocene, the Posthuman and Common Worlds as Creative Milieux. The editors and contributors explore, situate and interrogate social learning through transdisciplinary positionings, exemplars and theories. The eclectic and cohesive chapters unfold as a journey t...
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In the Australian higher education sector, the challenges to successful engagement and retention experienced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students and communities are considerable. They persist despite many well-intentioned attempts to address this issue and to strengthen equity in participation in the sector. Implicated in this is t...
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The historical development of food education in secondary schools in New South Wales Australia is a compelling yet under-researched area of interest. This review starts by exploring how food curricula have evolved since the 1700s to the present day juxtaposed on socio-economic and political factors. This review is interested in the role secondary f...
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This article reports on action research conducted at a primary school in rural New South Wales, Australia. The research responded to an expressed school aspiration to foster greater understanding of local Aboriginal culture, historical perspectives and knowledge systems within the school. An exploratory model was developed using a mixed methods app...
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This chapter extends the findings of a four-year investigation (2012–2015) into the processes, the data, the issues, the enablers and constraints, the opportunities and the successes associated with the transition of Indigenous students into higher education across the nation (Kinnane et al. ‘Can’t be what you can’t see’: the transition of Aborigin...
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The Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme-Tertiary Tuition (ITAS-TT) has provided Australian government funding for one-to-one and group tutorial study support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending Australian universities since 1989. It has been a central plank supporting Indigenous university students in their studies. Howev...
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Data quality and availability in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander1 students’ higher education participation and pathways remains a persistent challenge. In this paper we identify that, to date, there has been no systematic attempt to conceptualise and summarise many important aspects of data quality. The research reported in this p...
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The growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Australian higher education from 1959 to the present is notable statistically, but below population parity. Distinct patterns in government policy-making and programme development, inconsistent funding and political influences, together with Indigenous representation during the la...
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This paper brings together recent statistics relating to the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in higher education. A number of key statistical realities relating to their enrolment into, retention during, and completion of, their university courses are depicted. Foremost among these realities is that despite initiativ...
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While the essay is the default assessment tool of the Humanities in upper secondary and tertiary education, it is a text type that has been slowly bled of communicative purpose. It is suffered by students, taught according to restrictive formula and ignored in the literature. Evidence from the tertiary sector, employers and public examinations sugg...
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A major challenge for researchers and urban planning practitioners is how to obtain meaningful and influential contributions on urban and environmental planning activities from children and young people within the constraints of adult policy and practice. The key elements of this challenge concern traditional methods of communication between ‘exper...
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The involvement of young Indigenous people in research is a key emphasis in current approaches to both sociology of childhood and Indigenous research. This article discusses how the two research methodologies, both of which emphasise participation rights, intersect in research focusing on the participation and perspectives of Indigenous children an...
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Innovating in a higher education teaching context is never a straightforward matter. There are many factors influencing how, what, and when we teach, and the students' experiences of these things. This is especially so in the context of pre-service teacher education, forever evolving in response to rapidly changing technological, political and soci...
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This paper explores the journey teachers from a systemic Catholic primary school in regional northern New South Wales, Australia, undertook in the implementation of a new school curriculum framework, underpinned by 21st-century teaching and learning theory, policy and practice. With the swift and sweeping implementation of the Australian federal go...
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This article scrutinizes the dichotomy of the uneasy and easy partnerships that exist between digital technology and visual arts education. The claim that by putting computers into schools “we have bought ‘one half of a product’… we’ve bought the infrastructure and the equipment but we haven’t bought the educational piece” (McKenzie, 1999 as cited...
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This article reports on a research project that investigated the aspirations of primary and secondary school students about access to, and participation in higher education. The research was undertaken at schools in low socio-economic status regional and rural areas of north-eastern New South Wales. The paper discusses the background to the researc...
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The research presented here is the response to a CoGB project brief Place of Our Children in Community Building: Turning Theory into Practice that had a “particular focus on how policy development and the built environment can better respond to the stated needs and aspirations of our children”. The project was conducted through a dual phase approac...
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This research was designed to investigate innovative practices associated with child-friendly cities initiatives in the United Kingdom and Italy and how civics and citizenship initiatives are being applied into practical programmes of exploration and learning in geography and environmental education. The Child-Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) of t...
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In May/June of this year I undertook a study tour to the UK and Italy. The idea for my research was based on UNICEF's Child Friendly Cities initiative, which was launched in 1996, and which is closely allied with the 1990 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990). The philosophy guiding my research was that the well being of child...
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This workshop was run as a discussion session at the 2007 PEEL conference in which Judith discussed her PEEL procedure Get your topic? It's a Lucky Dip. This procedure was developed for the early secondary years for the teaching of SOSE (called "HSIE" in NSW).
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The author considers, from a practitioner perspective, what Australia's obsession with measurement means in the classroom. She examines how schools will respond to the benchmarking agenda and what the consequences will be for student learning outcomes.
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On small slips of paper I write down a topic relevant to the unit we are just about to commence studying. In the classroom I place the slips of paper face-down on the front desk and the student come and take a lucky dip for their topic.
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Technology - how should teachers be using it? When should they be using it? Where should they be using it? What are the educational outcomes of using it in certain situations? Teachers are using technology with ever-increasing application, but there are some pressing questions that should collectively be asked. The article discusses the pace at whi...

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