RMIT University

Melbourne, Australia
5-9 July 2000

LEaRNing Conference 2000

About the Conference

About the Venue

Conference Themes

Keynote Speakers

Papers & Workshops


'How To' Workshops

Book Launches

Desert Aboriginal Community
Learning Experience

Rainforest Aboriginal Community
Learning Experience

Call for Papers

International Participants

Australian Participants

Publication of Papers


About Melbourne, Victoria







'How To'


PRACTICAL CLASSROOM STRATEGIES - many 90 minute and three hour workshops, including:

  • Multimodal and Multidimensional Assessment Practices for Multiliteracies Classrooms: A Workshop for Year 4 - Year 12 Teachers, presented by Dr. Heather Fehring and Dr. Pam Green, RMIT University
    Teachers in all educational systems around the world must cater for students with a diversity of knowledge in terms of content and learning processes and in terms of levels of experience. To cater for the range of learners in the 21st Century teachers need to collect not only multimodal but also, multidimensional literacy assessment information. Participants in this workshop will be involved in a hands-on experience examining a number of assessment practices. The assessment techniques and strategies to be investigated innovatively cater for learner diversity and maximise the collection of cross-curricula information. The workshop will also begin to address the notion of 'Principles of Comparability'. Educational systems have a preoccupation with formal assessment practices that produce accountability data. Until classroom educators can provide evidence of the 'Principles of Comparability' amongst assessment techniques, bureaucrats will continue to be hard to convince as to the validity of the multiple strategies needed to cater for the diversity of learners in our classrooms.

  • Making Maths Fun, presented by Sue Fine of the Department of School and Early Childhood Education, RMIT University.
    Games and problem solving in mathematics communicating and talking our way through ideas and problems. Audience - primary teachers interested in developing new ways of making mathematics enjoyable and valuable learning experiences.

  • Research Methodology Workshop - Narrative Research, presented by Robin Usher & Adele Flood, RMIT University
    All recorders of stories are engaged in representing the events in a life in a systematic and organised manner. These stories provide the content from which we can create order and meaning. This workshop will investigate how, through the use of Narrative Enquiry, a researcher can elicit understanding and make sense of the world through the lived experiences of others. The workshop will provide valuable information to those who are currently undertaking Qualitative Research or those who wish to commence further
    study in this field.

  • Research Methodology Workshop - Case Study Research, presented by Dr Pam Green, RMIT University.

  • Children's Art and Writing, Anthony Browne and Surrealism, presented by Jean Rasmussen
    Participants in this workshop will look at examples of children's writing and art inspired by the quirky picture books of illustrator and author Anthony Browne. Practical art experiences form a major part of this workshop and participants will create images using a range of art materials. The art materials for this workshop will be provided by Binney and Smith (Aust), manufacturers of Crayola and portfolio products.

  • Picture Storybooks and an Early Primary Art Program, presented by Jean Rasmussen
    In this workshop participants will look at art/literature projects from a curriculum program that takes much of its inspiration from picture story books. Participants will use a range of art techniques and try several projects relevant to early primary levels. The art materials for this workshop will be provided by Binney and Smith (Aust), manufacturers of Crayola and portfolio products.

'how to' workshops