Monthly Archives: December 2014

Leadership is like tending a fire

“Leadership is like tending a fire. You unearth the embers and add the fuel to bring them to life and make the fire grow.” ~ Amelia Folaumahina, Principal of Tonga High School Science For Citizenship, p.15 New Zealand Education Gazette … Continue reading

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Doubt and science – the politics of doubting climate change Very interesting! Michael King Memorial Lecture: on science and doubt Originally aired on Writers and Readers Festivals, Sunday 17 July 2011 There’s no denying “doubt” is crucial to science and drives it forward, but it also makes science, and … Continue reading

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Personification in Advertising: media literacy

Delbaere, McQuarrie, and Phillips recently argued for the benefits of using personification in advertising. They write that: “This rhetorical device is powerful because it taps into the deeply embedded human cognitive bias referred to as anthropomorphism – the tendency to … Continue reading

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Visual and Verbal metaphors – developmental interactions

I’m still trolling through the research on children’s use of metaphors… a lot of it is notably old (but that doesn’t always rule it out as useful!). A lot of it also seems to focus on comprehension and communication, more … Continue reading

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When people move on foot

“When people move on foot they build up a sense of community along the way.” ~ Tony Watkins Ref: p.103 Tony Watkins (2012) Thinking it Through. Karaka Bay Press: Auckland

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taken from ‘curiously good books from around the world’ (true story)

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“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’” ~ Isaac Asimov (quoted p.142 in Brown) Following this quote, Brown goes on to say: “The state that most promotes … Continue reading

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Narrative identity and politics

Explaining the narrative lens on politics, psychology and identity, Phillip L Hammack writes: “narrative is a powerful rhetorical tool used far beyond the life stories of particular political candidates. Rather, consistent with growing arguments in social, cultural, and developmental psychology…, I … Continue reading

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Sensory Anthropology

hmmm! Interesting stuff… and what impact might such research have on our understanding of play? Readings Books Howes, David. Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Cultural Reader. Oxford: Berg, 2004. Howes, David. The Varieties of … Continue reading

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Go Naked: Diapers Affect Infant Walking


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