A few thoughts and ideas

Songlines – Is GPS all that new?

Songlines - Bruce ChatwinAs I drove to work today I was listening to Richard Dawkin’s audiobook, The God Delusion. The book is about seven and a half hours long. As I listened to the audio for the second time, I found myself remembering or even visualising my location on my regular journey when I first heard particular sections. The memory, despite having listened previously only once to the book while driving my regular route, was quite unmistakable. I had not tried, during the first listening, to remember either the book’s text or the locations which corresponded to the section of the book I was listening to. However, my memory was pinpoint accurate.

This made me think of the phenomenon of ‘songlines’ as owned, passed down and used by Australian Aborigines as described in Bruce Chatwin’s book ‘The Songlines’. I am not an expert in this field and don’t wish to insult anyone by my naive description of this cultural practice. Indeed, I have recently found out that although having the appearance of a travel book, Chatwin’s book is best considered fictions. However, I was intrigued when I read Bruce’s book twenty years ago. Read More

Educators coping with or embracing change – attitudes to learning

For part of my Masters course at QUT I am doing a reflective unit. While doing this I wrote the following. It may be of some interest.

“Many educators, for many reasons, often develop coping mechanisms when faced with innovation and/or change in the educational environment. These teachers repackage, resist or sometimes ignore the change, rather than engaging with the thoughts and actions that need to occur. Some have even been known to ignore the changes that are required with the rationale that if they wait long enough the innovation will either be cancelled or the frequent changes that occur in education will mean that eventually the system will revert to the ‘old way’. Unfortunately, sometimes these educators are right. Read More