Projects

Completed Projects:

 


Enhancing School Retention: School and Community Linkages in Regional/Rural Western Australia

Project Summary

One of the most intractable issues confronting schools, communities and education systems in Australia, is how to create and sustain the conditions to retain young people for twelve years of schooling, particularly in regional/rural areas.  This project ethnographically mapped, investigated and described a small number of schools and communities that have improved their levels of school retention. A Profile of Conditions Supporting Improved Retention was developed and validated using an action research process.  Finally, a set of materials focussing on the conditions promoting school retention, were developed for wider use by schools and communities.

Personnel

  • Professor John Smyth (First CI)
  • Professor Barry Down, (Second CI) Murdoch University
  • Dr Peter McInereny
  • Ms S. Smyth

Project Funding

  • Australian Research Council Linkage Grant - $200,000
  • Western Australian Department of Education and Training - $95,000

Project Commencement Date

  • January 2005

Project Completion Date

  • December 2008

Scholarly output

Books only

Smyth, J., Down, B., & McInerney, P. ‘Hanging in with Kids’ in Tough Times: Engagement in Contexts of Educational Disadvantage in the Relational School. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2010, pp. 1-256 ISBN 978-1-4331-0673-6

Smyth, J., Angus, L., Down, B., & McInerney. P. Activist and Socially Critical School and Community Renewal: Social Justice in Exploitative Times.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2009, pp. 1-154 ISBN 978-1-4331-0156-4 (hb) 978-1-4331-0155-7 (pb)

Smyth, J. Angus, L., Down, B., & McInerney. P. Critically Engaged Learning: Connecting to Young Lives.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2008, pp. 1-205 ISBN 978-1-4331-0156-4 (hb) 978-1-4331-0155-7 (pb)

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Individual, Institutional and Community 'Capacity Building' in a Cluster of Disadvantaged Schools and their Community

Project Summary

This ethnographic study of a community experiencing protracted educational and social disadvantage, explored an attempt at educational improvement. It started from the view that external leverage or policy intervention alone cannot change growing disparities of educational outcomes between advantaged and disadvantaged communities. However, individual, institutional and community processes of capacity building may enable local reforms that make a difference to educational outcomes and wider social capital. The research explored 'insider' understandings of school and community dynamics, and the curriculum and pedagogical responses and practices that attempt to break the debilitating cycle of entrenched educational and social disadvantage. The overall objective was to strategically map and understand the classroom, school, educational system and community conditions of a group of disadvantaged schools as they work to improve the learning of their students. In particular, to investigate:

  1. how disadvantaged schools and their communities ‘read’ the issue of disadvantage and its impact on their educational outcomes and futures;
  2. how disadvantaged schools and their communities situate, understand and confront the wider ‘causes’ of educational under-achievement;
  3. how disadvantaged ‘insiders’ develop alternatives to the ‘official’ deficit views of educational disadvantage;
  4. how educational debate can be refocused away from so-called ‘students at risk’ towards more optimistic scenarios of how to enhance learning in disadvantaged schools and communities; and;
  5. how everyday curriculum and pedagogical practices, processes, and application of resources, can be actively directed in ways that confront persistent educational inequalities, and lead to improved learning.

Personnel

  • Professor John Smyth (first CI)
  • Professor Lawrie Angus (second CI)
  • Dr. Peter McInerney
  • Ms. S. Smyth

Project Funding

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant - $200,000

Project Commencement Date

  • January 2006

Project Completion Date

  • December 2009

Scholarly output

  • Books Only

Smyth, J. Angus, L., Down, B., & McInerney. P. Critically Engaged Learning: Connecting to Young Lives.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2008, pp. 1-205  ISBN 978-1-4331-0156-4 (hb) 978-1-4331-0155-7 (pb)

Smyth, J., Angus, L., Down, B., & McInerney. P. Activist and Socially Critical School and Community Renewal: Social Justice in Exploitative Times.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2009, pp. 1-169  ISBN 978-90-8790-652-8 (pb) 978-90-8790-653-5 (hb)

  • Book Chapters 14
  • Refereed Articles 17
  • Conference Papers—Full Refereed Proceedings 1
  • Conference—full written paper-non-refereed proceedings 6

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Community learning and wellbeing for men not in work in international settings

Project Summary

This research is examining learning by men through community organisations in progressively diverse sites across the world. The research completed in Phase 1 in 2009-10 included three completed studies. The first was a study of learning by older men through community organisations in three Australian states. The second was a study of learning through community organisations for men of all ages in Western Australia. The third was a study of learning through community organisation in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The mixed method data were collected by survey and on site interviews in diverse types of community organisations. The research provided new evidence from two nations of the rich layers of learning and wellbeing created through engagement in community organisation for men not in paid work. Phase 2 of the research (2011-12) is proposed in several other nations in the Pacific, Asia and Scandinavia after reconnaissance in 2010.

Personnel

  • Associate Professor Barry Golding
  • Dr Annette Foley
  • Dr Mike Brown
  • Dr Jack Harvey
  • Dr Rob Mark (QUB, Northern Ireland)
  • Dr Ted Fleming (National University of Ireland)

Project Funding (Phase 1)

  • National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre, Western Australia Department of Education & Training; Changing Ageing Partnerships, Northern Ireland (Total $120,000 across three projects)

Project Dates (Phase 1)

  • Completed Phase 1 Feb 2008-Feb 2010

Project Dates (Phase 2)

  • Planned Phase 2 Feb 2010-Feb 2012.

Scholarly output (Phase 1)

Golding, B. (2009) Senior men’s learning and wellbeing through community participation in Australia, Report to National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre. School of Education, Federation University Australia.

Golding, B. (2010) ‘Learning at the end of the rainbow: A study of community learning availability & outcomes for older men in an Australian regional community’, Refereed Paper No. 36 to AVETRA Conference, 8-9 April, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Golding. B (2010) ‘The big picture on men’s (and boy’s) learning’, Australian Journal of Adult Learning 50:1, pp.54-74.

Golding, B. (in press, 2010) ‘Men’s informal learning and wellbeing beyond the workplace’, Book Chapter in S. Jackson (ed.), Innovations in Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck Institute, University of London, forthcoming 2010.

Golding. B. (in press 2010) ‘Social, local and situated: Recent findings about the effectiveness of older men’s informal learning in community contexts’, Adult Education Quarterly

Golding, B. (2010) Two Papers submitted June 2010 for Peer Review to European Society for Research into Education of Adults (ESREA) 2010 Conference, Linkoping, Sweden;

Golding, B. (2010) Paper submitted May 2010 for Peer Review to Education and Learning for Older Adults (ELOA) 2010 Conference, Munich;

Golding, B (2010) journal article submitted June 2010 for Peer Review to International Journal of Men’s Health:

Golding, B. (2010) Journal article submitted June 2010 for Peer review to International Journal of Education and Ageing;

Golding, B. (2010)  Journal article submitted June 2010 for Peer review to European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults.

Mark, R., Montgomery, V. & Graham, H. (2010). Beyond the workplace: An investigation into older men’s learning and wellbeing in Northern Ireland, Report for the Changing Ageing Partnership (CAP), Queen’s University Belfast, Feb 2010, http://archimedes.ballarat.edu.au:8080/vital/access/HandleResolver/1959.17/16457.

Skladaien, E. & O’Dwyer, S. (2010) Making good connections: How community participation enriches learning, wellbeing and a sense of identity in older men, National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre, Canberra.

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Learning to be drier

Project Summary

This collaborative UB Deakin research examined a range of aspects learning about the drying of the Southern Murray Darling Basin. It involved extensive interviews by four two-person teams with water related-stakeholders in four diverse sites from the Alpine area of Victoria, mid river in New South Wales, lower river in South Australia and a dry land area of north-western Victoria. The research identified a high level of denial of climate change and very limited opportunities for learning, lifelong and lifewide, about the nature or magnitude of the severe and long term problems facing these four communities with previous and predicated drying of the Basin. The learning needs and issues were found to be qualitatively different across the four sites in the Basin.

 Personnel

  • Associate Professor Barry Golding
  • Dr Annette Foley
  • Professor Erica Smith
  • Dr Mike Brown
  • Dr Lauri Grace (Deakin Uni)
  • Dr Jennifer Angwin (Deakin Uni)
  • Dr Coral Campbell (Deakin Uni)
  • Ms Christine Schultz PhD candidate (Deakin Uni)

 Project Funding

  •  $16,000 UN Deakin Research Collaboration Fund

 Project Commencement Date

  •  November 2008

 Project Completion Date

  •  November 2009

 Scholarly output

Golding, B. & Angwin, J. (2009) ‘Bearing the risk: Learning to be drier mid-river’ Australian Journal of Adult Learning 49: 3, pp.472-496.

Golding, B. & Campbell, C. (2009) ‘Learning to be drier in the southern Murray-Darling Basin: Setting the scene’, Australian Journal of Adult Learning 49: 3, pp.423-450.

Golding, B., Brown, M., Foley, A., Smith, E., Campbell, C., Schulz, C., Angwin, J. & Grace, L. (2009) ‘Wicked learning: Reflecting on learning to be drier’ Australian Journal of Adult Learning 49: 3, pp.544-56.

Golding, B. (2010) ‘Drying and perceptions of climate change: Insights from a Riverina site in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin’, Refereed Paper No. 35 to AVETRA Conference, 8-9 April, Gold Coast, Queensland.

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Learning through men’s sheds in Australia

 Project Summary

 This research involved an examination of learning through community men’s sheds in Australia. The research used mixed method (survey and interview data) data from participants in community men’s sheds in diverse communities across four states (South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania). It identified the many learning and wellbeing benefits associated with these new communities of men’s practice than mainly involved older men beyond paid work. Men involved typically had relatively limited prior education experience but were shown to benefit greatly from the regular, safe and productive participation opportunities in the men’s shed.

 Personnel

  • Associate Professor Barry Golding
  • Dr Mike Brown
  • Dr Annette Foley
  • Dr Jack Harvey
  • Dr Lyn Gleeson

 Project Funding

  •  $50,000 National Centre for Vocational Education Research

 Project Commencement Date

  •  November 2006

 Project Completion Date

  •  Publication July 2007

 Scholarly output

 Golding, B. (2006) ‘A profile of men’s sheds in Australia: Patterns, purposes, profiles and experiences of participants: Some implications for VET & ACE about engaging older men’, Refereed Paper to 2006 AVETRA Conference, Wollongong, on Proceedings CD (Ed. F. Ferrier).

Golding, B, Brown, M., Foley, A., Harvey, J & Gleeson, L. (2007) Men’s sheds in Australia: Learning through community contexts, NCVER Adelaide. [on ResearchMaster Book.

Golding, B. (2007) ‘Getting connected: Insights into social capital from recent adult learning research’, Paper to 2004 ALA National Conference, Melbourne, Proceedings, pp.10-24.

Golding, B. (2007) ‘Older men’s lifelong learning: common threads/sheds’, Paper to CRLL Conference, 22-24 June, University of Stirling, Scotland. (later version published as 2009 Book Chapter).

Golding, B., Brown, M. & Foley, A. (2007) ‘Old dogs, new shed tricks: An exploration of innovative workshop-based practice for older men in Australia’, Refereed Paper to AVETRA Conference, 11-13 April, Melbourne, Victoria.

Golding, B., Foley, A. & Brown, M. (2007) ‘Shedding some new light on gender: Evidence about informal learning preferences from Australian men’s sheds in community contexts’, Paper to SCUTREA Conference, 3-5 July, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Ireland.

Brown, M., Golding, B. & Foley, A. (2004) ‘A long and winding road: Autonomous men’s learning through participation in community sheds across Australia’, Refereed Paper to SCUTREA Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2-4 July. Proceedings, pp.78-86.

Brown, M., Golding, B. & Foley, A. (2008) ‘Out the back: Men’s sheds and informal learning’, Fine Print 31(2) pp.12-15.

Foley, A., Golding, B. & Brown, M. (2008) ‘Let the men speak: health, friendship, community and shed therapy’, Refereed Paper to AVETRA Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, 3-4 April.

Golding, B. & Foley, A. (2008) ‘How men are worked with: Gender roles in men’s informal learning’, Refereed Paper to SCUTREA Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2-4 July, in Conference Proceedings pp.231-239.

Golding, B. (2008) ‘Learning by men not in work: A review of research’, Refereed Paper to (in Proceedings of) Fifth International Lifelong Learning Conference, Rockhampton, Queensland, 17-19 June, pp.176-181.

Golding, B., Foley, A. & Brown, M. (2008) ‘Shedding school early: Insights from school and community shed collaboration in Australia’, Refereed Paper to AVETRA Conference, Adelaide, 3-4 April.

Golding, B., Kimberley, H., Foley, A. & Brown, M. (2008) ‘Houses and sheds: An exploration of the genesis and growth of neighbourhood houses and men’s sheds in community settings’, Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 48: 2, pp.237-262.

Golding, B. (2009). ‘Older men’s lifelong learning: Common threads/sheds’, Book Chapter in J. Field, J. Gallagher & R. Ingram, Researching transitions in lifelong learning, Milton Park, Routledge, pp.65-75.

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Older men’s learning and wellbeing through community organisations in Australia

 Project Summary

 This research examined learning by older men (50+) through community organisations in Australia. The research involved 48 organisations in communities where the proportion of older men not in paid work is higher than average across three Australian states: Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia. The mixed method data were collected by survey and on site interviews in six community organisation types: fire and emergency service organisations, adult and community education, age-related, men’s special interest, sporting as well as religious, cultural and Indigenous organisations. The data were analysed through the theoretical framework of the Australian Core Skills Framework  (ACSF) and the World Health Organisation Social Determinants of Health. The research provided new evidence of the rich layers of learning and wellbeing created through engagement in community organisation for older men.

 Personnel

  • Associate Professor Barry Golding
  • Dr Annette Foley
  • Dr Mike Brown
  • Dr Jack Harvey

 Project Funding

  •  National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre $55,000

 Project Commencement Date

  •  November 2008

 Project Completion Date

  •  Report Oct 2009; Launch Feb 2010.

 Scholarly output

Golding, B. (2009) Senior men’s learning and wellbeing through community participation in Australia, Report to National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre. School of Education, Federation University Australia.

Golding, B. (2010) ‘Learning at the end of the rainbow: A study of community learning availability & outcomes for older men in an Australian regional community’, Refereed Paper No. 36 to AVETRA Conference, 8-9 April, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Golding. B (2010) ‘The big picture on men’s (and boy’s) learning’, Australian Journal of Adult Learning 50:1, pp.54-74.

Golding, B. (in press, 2010) ‘Men’s informal learning and wellbeing beyond the workplace’, Book Chapter in S. Jackson (ed.), Innovations in Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck Institute, University of London, forthcoming 2010.

Golding. B. (in press 2010) ‘Social, local and situated: Recent findings about the effectiveness of older men’s informal learning in community contexts’, Adult Education Quarterly

Golding, B. (2010) Two Papers submitted June 2010 for Peer Review to European Society for Research into Education of Adults (ESREA) 2010 Conference, Linkoping, Sweden;

Golding, B. (2010) Paper submitted May 2010 for Peer Review to Education and Learning for Older Adults (ELOA) 2010 Conference, Munich;

Golding, B (2010) journal article submitted June 2010 for Peer Review to International Journal of Men’s Health:

Golding, B. (2010) Journal article submitted June 2010 for Peer review to International Journal of Education and Ageing;

Golding, B. (2010)  Journal article submitted June 2010 for Peer review to European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults.

Skladaien, E. & O’Dwyer, S. (2010) Making good connections: How community participation enriches learning, wellbeing and a sense of identity in older men, National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre, Canberra.

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Men’s learning and wellbeing through community organisations in Western Australia

 Project Summary

 This research examined learning by men through community organisations in Western Australia. The research involved 38 organisations in communities where the proportion of older men not in paid work is higher than average across Western Australia. The mixed method data were collected by survey and on site interviews in six community organisation types: fire and emergency service organisations, adult and community education, age-related, men’s special interest, sporting as well as religious, cultural and Indigenous organisations. The data were analysed through the theoretical framework of the Australian Core Skills Framework  (ACSF) and the World Health Organisation Social Determinants of Health. The research provided new evidence of the rich layers of learning and wellbeing created through engagement in community organisation for men of all ages.

 Personnel

  • Associate Professor Barry Golding
  • Dr Mike Brown
  • Dr Annette Foley
  • Dr Jack Harvey

 Project Funding

  •  Western Australia Department of Education and Training $60,000

 Project Commencement Date

  •  November 2008

 Project Completion Date

  •  Report Oct 2009; Launch Feb 2010.

 Scholarly output

Golding, B. (2009) Men’s learning and wellbeing through community organisations in Western Australia, Report to Western Australia Department of Education and Training. School of Education, Federation University Australia.

Golding, B. (2010) ‘Learning at the end of the rainbow: A study of community learning availability & outcomes for older men in an Australian regional community’, Refereed Paper No. 36 to AVETRA Conference, 8-9 April, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Golding. B (2010) ‘The big picture on men’s (and boy’s) learning’, Australian Journal of Adult Learning 50:1, pp.54-74.

Golding, B. (in press, 2010) ‘Men’s informal learning and wellbeing beyond the workplace’, Book Chapter in S. Jackson (ed.), Innovations in Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck Institute, University of London, forthcoming 2010.

Golding. B. (in press 2010) ‘Social, local and situated: Recent findings about the effectiveness of older men’s informal learning in community contexts’, Adult Education Quarterly .

Golding, B. (under review 2010) Two Papers submitted June 2010 for Peer Review to European Society for Research into Education of Adults (ESREA) 2010 Conference, Linkoping, Sweden.

Golding, B. (under review 2010) Paper submitted May 2010 for Peer Review to Education and Learning for Older Adults (ELOA) 2010 Conference, Munich.

Golding, B (under review 2010) Journal article submitted June 2010 for Peer Review to International Journal of Men’s Health.

Golding, B. (under review 2010) Journal article submitted June 2010 for Peer review to International Journal of Education and Ageing.

Golding, B. (under review 2010) Journal article submitted June 2010 for Peer review to European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults.

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