Monthly Archives: June 2012

Excellent research advice

“Research is tricky and time consuming, but there are a couple of ways of approaching it.  First things first, internet is a fast way to get information, but it’s not always accurate.  You need to start building your research library.  … Continue reading

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Ecoliteracy and education

Just a random note because I stumbled across a book that looks at ecoliteracy and education: Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence By Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, Zenobia Barlow “A new integration of Goleman’s emotional, social, … Continue reading

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Eating ethically… and education?

In an article I thoroughly enjoyed, Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig raise the question of “how privileged subjects should eat ethically” [1] [1] p82 Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig (2009) ‘Culture and the Politics of Alternative Food Networks’ Food, Culture … Continue reading

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The Allan Wilson Centre – Science in New Zealand

In her MacMillan Brown lecture (the second of 2009), Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith mentioned the work being done by the Allan Wilson Centre (for Molecular Ecology & Evolution) and the way in which they work with local iwi to share knowledge … Continue reading

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Science and the Treaty of Waitangi

We have been looking at ways to better understand the connections between science and the Treaty of Waitangi. Some of the relevant information and resources we have found include: Maori science: The Macmillan Brown Lectures (on Radio NZ National) 2009 … Continue reading

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Childhood Obesity: Trends and Potential Causes

Anderson, Patricia M., Butcher, Kristin Frances (2006) Childhood Obesity: Trends and Potential Causes The Future of Children, 16(1), Spring, pp.19-45 “The increase in childhood obesity over the past several decades, together with the associated health problems and costs, is raising … Continue reading

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Language and the Mind – Pinker…

Another BBC audioarchive treasure: Language and the Mind Thu, 11 Feb 99 Duration: 28 mins Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss whether the formation of language is innate or cultural. With Steven Pinker and Jonathan Miller. Download 13MB (right click & … Continue reading

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Whanaungatanga, Manakitanga, Rangatiratanga, Kotahitanga, Wairuatanga – a discussion

In a book on (and titled) violence in New Zealand, Jane and James Ritchie once discussed the cultural aspects of social justice as they play out in NZ. within this discussion, they described the principles of Whanaungatanga, Manakitanga, Rangitiratanga, Kotahitanga, … Continue reading

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Thinking about gangs

“The aim of gangs,” Jane Ritchie and James Ritchie write, “is not to wage war on society, even though one might well gain that impression from the media. The major purpose of gangs is to provide affiliation and support for … Continue reading

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Learning communities are not homogenous; there is a need for teacher research

J Amos Hatch writes that “It has never been more important for teachers of young children to explore ways to examine and improve their own practice. The steady drumbeat from federal, state, and local education officials is to prescribe curriculum, … Continue reading

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