Monthly Archives: July 2014

Metaphorically feeling – grounded cognition research

I found this research really interesting! Lacey, Stilla and Sathian write: “Some accounts of cognition propose that knowledge is represented in abstract codes, distinct from the sensory modalities through which the knowledge was acquired, and that cognitive processes involve computations on these … Continue reading

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The academic as authority figure

Sheila Trahar makes some interesting comments on the social and cultural responsibilities attached to teaching students who perceive the academic as an authority figure. She writes: “A critical pedagogic approach seeks to dismantle the hierarchy that creates a power differential … Continue reading

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A HISTORY of whispers and forgetfulness

I am reading a history of ‘Celtic Britain’ by Alistair Moffat. It is beautifully written and has me thinking of parallels with a Maori history of New Zealand. If you read these segments from the introductory chapter, you will see … Continue reading

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Scientific findings vs. scientists’ speculations

“There is a difference between scientific findings and scientists’ speculations. Often the public is not told which it is being fed.” ~ Chris de Freitas Ref: Chris de Freitas ‘Jury still out on global warming’ pp.6-8 New Zealand Geographic No.64, … Continue reading

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Interesting… gut stuff

“We should start thinking about diets from the perspective of what we should be feeding our gut microbes,” says Leach. “Nothing matters more.”  –  http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/the_wild_world_within Also: http://americangut.org/?p=189

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Housing the imagination

In his foreword to the 1994 edition of Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, John R. Stilgoe wrote: “Here is indeed a magical book. Bachelard guides the reader into wondering why adults recall childhood cellar stairs from the top looking … Continue reading

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Louise Porter

Have I mentioned how wonderful this resource is? DVD Resource* Guiding children’s behaviour (2008, Small Poppies International) This live recording presents the differences between guidance and the use of controls, offers alternatives to rewards, presents methods for guiding children when … Continue reading

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Hmmm – the internet discussed on National Radio

http://www.radionz.co.nz/collections/world-wide-web

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Matariki on National Radio

http://www.radionz.co.nz/collections/matariki

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Night sky conservation

http://www.darksky.org/education/quick-reference-materials there are some cool materials and links here

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