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    Conference Program

    Major Sponsor

    Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 November 2010

  • Invitation from the Chair

    On behalf of the conference organising committee it gives me great pleasure to invite you to attend the 50th Adult Learning Association Conference to be heldin Adelaide from Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 November 2010 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley, 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide 5000 right in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD.

    The overall theme of the conference is ‘Looking Back – Moving Forward’, a theme which will be explored from all three aspects of past, present and future, kicking off with a 1960s Welcome Cocktail party at 6.00pm on Thursday evening – a great opportunity for you bring out that item of memorabilia clothing that has managed to survive the test of time!

    Our conference program highlights several dynamic keynote speakers coming together with many leaders in their field who will present a range of topics throughout their presentations, sessions and workshops. These are complimented with a thought-provoking Q&A session and culminate in a robust panel discussion/debate. Of course, the conference dinner on Saturday evening is not to be missed. Besides the great Australian food and wine selection, the night’s festivities hosted by radio 5aaa dynamo Amanda Blair, will provide the setting for ALA to acknowledge the Movers & Shakers in adult learning through announcement of the 2010 ALA Awards.

    In addition to the formal two-day program we have organised a day of pre-conference events and activities sure to appeal.

    We hope that you can join us in Adelaide for what promises to be a fun, educationally informative and thought-provoking conference.

    Kind regards

    Susan RossChair2010 ALA Conference Organising Committee

    Conference Venue

    The 50th ALA Conference in 2010 will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley, 65 Hindley Street, located in Adelaide, South Australia.

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley is a 4-star hotel perfectly situated in downtown Adelaide, within just a three-minute walking distance away from the Torrens River and just a short stroll away from the lively Rundle Mall.

    This luxury hotel features 180 stylish guestrooms and suites, a relaxing bar, an elegant restaurant, a well-equipped gymnasium, a refreshing outdoor swimming pool, a soothing Jacuzzi and a convenient tour desk.

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley is the ideal starting point from which to experience exciting tours of the charming Adelaide Hills as well as one of the region’s well-known wine tasting areas - The Southern Vales or the Barossa Valley.

    Pre-Conference Venue and Registrations

    WEA Adult Learning is located at 223 Angas Street, Adelaide, just a 10- minute walk (east) from Rundle Mall.

    The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) of South Australia was founded after a public meeting in Adelaide in 1913. WEA is now Australia’s largest non-government adult community learning organisation and operates as an innovative, flexible provider of moderately priced adult learning programs to the public of South Australia.

    As a major sponsor of the 50th ALA Conference WEA is providing a Conference Secretariat and Registration service. Conference Delegates are urged to meet at the WEA Centre at 9.30am on Thursday 11 November 2010 and register for the conference before joining one of the educationally rich activities on offer. A light luncheon will follow at the Centre prior to an interesting array of afternoon sessions/workshops.

    WEA Adult Learning 223 Angas StreetPhone: 8223 1272

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  • Conference Keynote Speaker

    Dr Peter Ellyard B.Sc. Agr, MS. Ph.D.

    Peter is currently Chairman of the Preferred Futures institute and the Preferred Futures Group, which he founded in 1991. He also chairs the Sustainable Prosperity Foundation and two start up environmental companies. Peter is a futurist, strategist, leading international conference speaker and author of several

    best-selling books. He is an enlightening, challenging, thought- provoking and inspirational keynote speaker and workshop presenter.

    Conference Speakers

    David Helmers

    With an extensive background in management and business, the coordination of ‘sheds’ has been a natural progression for Mr David Helmers. He has dedicated the past two years to the development of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, one of the largest Men’s associations in Australia.

    David is an advocate and active lobbyist for AMSA at all levels of Government, recently securing $3m over four years for AMSA, as part of the National Male Health Policy.

    Jan Simmons

    Jan is the CEO of Morrisons, one of the largest ACE providers in Victoria, where she has worked for 30 years. Her knowledge and experience spans education, community development and social enterprise and she is well known for her work in community planning and civic engagement , implementing projects

    from different sector streams. Jan is the current chairperson of the Victorian Learning Communities Network and Chair of the National Learning Communities Network.

    Dr Roger Harris

    Dr Roger Harris is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of South Australia. He has had extensive experience in adult and vocational teacher education and in research focusing on national training reform. He is currently national editor for the Australian Journal of Adult Learning, a Fellow of the

    Australian College of Educators, and has just completed a three-month Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute for Adult Learning in Singapore.

    Conference Speakers

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    Dr Anne Morrison

    Dr Anne Morrison is interested in the learning that adults undertake willingly and voluntarily due to interest. Her PhD focused on interest-driven language learning, where adults learn for personal challenge or for pleasure rather than for academic or vocational reasons.

    Jose Roberto (Robbie) Guevara, PhD

    Robbie Guevara is a passionate popular environmental educator who is committed to participatory, creative and experiential learning methodologies within the context of sustainability. He is the President of the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) a regional network of more than 200 NGOs dedicated to advancing

    equitable access to relevant, quality and empowering education and learning opportunities for all people, especially the most marginalised groups. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at RMIT University in Melbourne. His research and writing have focused on community environmental education and more recently he has branched out to examine the nature of learning partnerships for sustainability and global citizenship.

    Facilitator Q&A and Panel

    Jenny McCormick

    Jenny McCormick is Director of her own business Movers&Shakers – a consultancy firm offering a range of services including motivational speaking; marketing; strategic planning; training and development; event management; and organisational development, to a portfolio of public and private sector clients. She holds a Master of Business Administration

    (Advanced), a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma of Teaching and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is also an accredited facilitator of Stephen Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ three-day training program.Jenny prides herself on her ability to translate theory into practice in creative and innovative ways. This ability is reflected in her business motto – ‘we can move mountains’.

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    Amanda Blair

    A woman built of 40% charisma, 40% wit, 35% sass and 39% intelligence, what Ms Amanda Blair lacks in mathematics skills, she more than makes up for with personality. Following an extensive background in career choices, she began with radio in 1997, winning an MO Award for the best live show in Australia in 2003. She was a member of the Social

    Inclusion Board, is a board member of the Adelaide Festival and has raised over $1million for charity.

  • Pre-Conference Program

    Thursday 11 November 2010

    9.00am Hosted visits meet at WEA Centre, 223 Angas Street

    Choice of hosted visits (3 hours’ duration):

    Option 1: walking tour Historical sites in CBD; Botanic Gardens and Zoo

    Option 2: mini-bus tour Glandore, Camden and Eastwood Community Centres (Includes morning tea)

    Option 3: walking tour North Terrace Walk including South Australian Art Gallery, Library and Museum

    12.30pm Light Luncheon Conference Registration WEA Centre, 223 Angas Street

    1.30pm Pre-conference workshop From small beginnings: a snapshot of South Australian adult literacy and numeracy activity

    Dr Sue Shore, UniSA and SACAL members

    3.00pm Afternoon Tea

    3.30pm ALA Researchers’ Network

    Evening Program

    Thursday 11 November 2010

    6.00pm Welcome Cocktail Party

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide Dress: 60’s theme Entertainment: Jazz Pianist, Daniel Ross

    Theme: Looking Back – Moving Forward Celebrating 50 years of Adult Learning Australia: Back to where it all began

    Welcome David Muscio, SA Network Chair Ms Susan Ross, Chief Executive Officer WEA and Vice-President ALA

    Day 1-Conference Program

    Friday 12 November 2010

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide

    8.15am Conference Registration Exhibitions Open Level 1: Pre-function area and balcony Level 1: Torrens 3 Speakers’ Preparation Room

    8.45am Welcome Level 1: Hindley 1, 2 and 3 Ms Susan Ross Chief Executive Officer, WEA and Vice-President, ALA

    9.00am Opening Address Hon Carmel Zollo MLC Member of the Legislative Council SA Government

    9.20am Keynote Address Education Revolution: 2010 - 2050 Dr Peter Ellyard Futurist

    10.30am Morning Tea Level 1: Pre-function area and balcony 11.00am Concurrent Sessions 1.1 Does the Emerging Discipline of Community Engagement Present New Opportunities for Adult Learners and the ACE Sector?

    Dr Mark Brophy Australian Study Circles Network

    1.2 Communications for Seniors: Then and Now

    Nan Bosler Australian Senior Computer Clubs Association, NSW

    1.3 Launching a career or reflecting on life? Reasons, issues and outcomes for candidates undertaking PhD studies mid-career or after retirement compared to the traditional early career pathway.

    Dr Tom Stehlik University of South Australia

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  • Friday 12 November 2010

    11.00am Concurrent Sessions continued

    1.4 Workforce training: the role of mentoring and non-formal education in achieving employment outcomes

    Ursula Walker Sydney Community College 1.5 Communities of practice in a voluntary youth organisation: reaching for the sky and building social capital

    Bill Chan and Dr Tom Short University of South Australia

    12.00pm Lunch Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Poster Demonstration Level 1: Pre-function area and balcony

    12.45pm The Big Q&A Where’s Cindarella? (whole audience participation)

    Facilitator Jenny McCormick Director, Movers&Shakers

    1.45pm Concurrent Sessions 2.1 Dr Peter Elllyard 2.2 RPL – can inter-subjectivity and a philosophy of recognition support better equity outcomes?

    Jen Hamer University of New South Wales

    2.3 Building Quality, Capacity and Pathways – the ACFE Quality of Pre-Accredited Delivery Project 2009-2012

    Verna Kearney, ACFE and Josie Rose, CAE

    2.4 The learning projects of Rural Third Age women: Enriching a Valuable Community Resource

    Glenna Lear University of South Australia

    1.45pm Concurrent Sessions continued

    2.5 All over red rover? The neglect and potential of Australian adult education in the community

    Assoc Professor Barry Golding University of Ballarat

    2.45pm Afternoon Tea Level 1: Pre-function area and balcony

    3.00pm Energisers Level 1: Hindley 1, 2 and 3 3.15pm Presentation Through the Looking Glass: Adult education through the lens of the Association’s Journals over 50 years Professor Roger Harris University of South Australia Dr Anne Morrison University of South Australia

    4.15pm Plenary Session What’s come out of today? Setting the scene for tomorrow Ms Dorothy Lucardie President, ALA

    4.30pm Day 1 Conference Close

    Evening Program (optional activity at no cost)4.30pm Official opening of the BRACE Training Facility at Port Adelaide meet at front of conference venue Bus trip to Port Adelaide 5.15pm Presentation, Overview of Activities and Opening North West Business Enterprise Centre Brace Training Room Ms Dorothy Lucardie & Ms Susan Ross

    5.30pm Refreshments and Beverages Port Dock Hotel

    6.00pm Graduation Ceremony and Guest Speaker New Enterprise Incentive Scheme Graduate

    6.45pm Refreshments and Beverages Port Dock Hotel

    7.30pm Catch the return bus to conference venue or stay on for dinner at the Port Dock Hotel and make your own way back to acommodation

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  • Day 2-Conference Program

    Saturday 13 November 2010

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide

    8.30am Exhibitions open

    9.00am Welcome back Level 1: Hindley 1, 2 and 3 Ms Dorothy Lucardie President, ALA 9.15am Keynote Address Australian Men’s Sheds David Helmers Executive Officer, AMSA

    10.20am Keynote Address The Learning Habit Jan Simmons Chief Executive Officer, Morrisons Chair, Victorian Learning Communities Network Chair, Australian Learning Communities Network

    11.00am Questions 11.15am Morning Tea Level 1: Pre-function area and balcony 11.45am Concurrent Sessions

    3.1 Looking Forward: Community Gateways at Victoria University

    Christine Mountford Victoria University College

    3.2 Green Work: What is the future?

    Dr Mike Brown La Trobe University, Vic

    3.3 Past and Present into the Future: Engaging adult educators and learners in Web 2.0

    John Daley South Western Sydney Institute

    3.4 Arnold Hely and Australian Adult Education

    Dr Roger K Morris AM University of Technology, Sydney

    11.45am Concurrent Sessions continued 3.5 Is the use of video conferencing and supporting technologies eg Moodle, a feasible and variable way to woo farmers back into farmer education?

    Dr Margaret Brown AgResearch Limited, New Zealand

    12.45pm Lunch Gilbert Beekeeping and Laura Gardens Bees Poster Demonstration Level 1: Pre-function area and balcony

    1.30pm Concurrent Sessions 4.1 Thinkin Wrong Way; Thinkin Right Way. Using the Australian Core Skills Framework to assess the literacy and numeracy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    Cathrena McRae The Learning Workshop, Cairns Qld

    4.2 Developing a learning culture in Australia

    Allison Miller Australian Flexible Learning Framework

    4.3 Authenticity through reflexivity: connecting teaching philosophy and practice

    Catherine Jenkins Centre of Adult Education, Melbourne Vic

    4.4 Scheherezade’s Secret: The power of stories and the desire to learn

    Dr Peter Willis University of South Australia

    4.5 Art, Disability, Learning and the Dance of my Life

    Faith Thorley University of South Australia

    2.30pm Afternoon Tea Level 1: Pre-function area and balcony

    2.45pm Energisers Level 1: Hindley 1, 2 and 3 3.00pm Presentation Responding to the Unfinished Agenda of CONFINTEA VI (Sixth International Conference on Adult Education) Robbie Guevara, President ASPBAE

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  • Saturday 13 November 2010

    3.30pm Panel Discussion Level 1: Hindley 1, 2 and 3

    Moving Forward – to where? Mr David Helmers, EO AMSA Ms Jan Simmons, CEO Morrisons Drew Thomas, Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) Ms Cassandra Gibson Pope, Unit Manager Neighbourhood Centres, City of Marion Mr Robbie Guevara, President ASPBAE Dr Peter Willis, UniSA

    Facilitator Ms Jenny McCormick Director, Movers&Shakers

    4.30pm Conference Summary Ms Susan Ross, Chief Executive Officer WEA and Vice-President ALA

    4.45pm Day 2 Conference Close

    5.00pm ALA Annual General Meeting Torrens 1

    Evening Program

    7.00pm Conference Dinner Level 1: Hindley 1, 2 and 3 Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide

    Awards Recognising the Movers and Shakers Presentation of 2010 ALA Awards MC Ms Amanda Blair, Presenter Radio FiveAA

    Entertainment Live Music Dinner: String Quartet Later: Dance Band

    Welcome to AdelaideA brilliant blend of history and culture

    Whether you want to sightsee or relax, South Australia’s capital has it all. With spacious boulevards and vibrant inner-city districts, sophisticated architecture and lush gardens, Adelaide is the perfect venue for a short or long break.

    One of our brief tours on the pre-conference day may just have whet your appetite for more. Check out the array of tour maps and brochures in your conference bag.

    Or indulge in some serious retail therapy in Rundle Mall, North Adelaide, Westfield or Harbour Town.

    You might prefer to visit the world famous Adelaide Oval, have a game of golf or take a trip to one of the many cosmopolitan seaside suburbs.

    Day trip options abound - visit one of the many wine districts such as the wonderful Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Willunga – famous for their great food and wines; or 15 minutes from the Tollgate you can experience the Adelaide Hills - Mount Lofty, Stirling and Hahndorf offer history, shopping or breathtaking beauty are just a few kilometers away.

    At night you might like to take in a live show at the Adelaide Festival Centre after dining alfresco in Adelaide’s East End; try your luck at SkyCity or enjoy live music at one of the city’s many bars and nightclubs.

    Adelaide offers a fantastic blend of things to see and do.


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  • Conference Sponsors

    Adult Learning Australia

    ALA is Australia’s largest peak organization for adult and community education. ALA has been in operation for 50 years and has members in every state and territory. ALA is committed to ensuring that all Australians can access the benefits of lifelong and lifewide learning.

    Workers’ Educational Association of South Australia Inc.

    WEA proudly supports the 50th ALA National Conference in Adelaide through the provision of conference organization and secretariat services. During 2010, the WEA Centre at 223 Angas Street has been totally transformed, with all student facilities, classrooms, administration, enrolments, Information Centre and the Travel Centre receiving a total makeover, including the installation of a lift enabling easy access to both the basement and first floor.

    WEA delivers over 1400 diverse courses annually with in excess of 30,000 enrolments, addressing its concerns about equity, access and social justice by providing opportunities and pathways for all adults to improve and enrich their lives through lifelong learning.

    Government of South Australia

    The Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology contributes approximately $2 million a year to support the provision of Adult Community Education (ACE) through:

    • Multi-literacies projects which develop foundation skills and connect the pathways to further training and to employment

    • Community Learning Transitions projects which support collaborative arrangements between the ACE sector and TAFE SA for the delivery of accredited training in local community settings

    • Workforce development projects which provide professional development to raise the skill levels of volunteers and paid staff involved in the management and delivery of ACE.

    Credit Union SA

    Credit Union SA is pleased to support the 50th ALA Conference. We can provide all your day to day banking, home and personal loans, credit cards, savings and investment accounts, Credit Union SA can meet all your banking needs with specialised personal service. We are dedicated to helping South Australians manage their finances and are renowned for our local knowledge. After all…‘Knowledge counts’.

    PBA FM - 89.7 on the FM Band in Adelaide

    PBA FM in Adelaide is pleased to support Adult Learning Australia, on the occasion of the 50 year National Conference. Para Broadcasters Association (PBA-FM) is a Community Radio Station broadcasting to the northern suburbs of Adelaide, in South Australia. Based in the heart of Salisbury, PBA FM broadcasts with support of a dedicated team of volunteers. PBA-FM is a member of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and is supported by the Community Broadcasting Foundation. PBA FM is heard on 89.7 on the FM band in Adelaide, and is heard world-wide through on-line streaming, through Each week, PBA FM produces and broadcasts Learning Works – see PBA FM acknowledges the support of the South Australian Government, through the ACE and Community Partnerships Unit, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology.

    The Conference Organising Comitee wishes to acknowledge the support provided by The University of South Australia PhD students

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