Learning- it’s all in the connections

Do you know a person who, completely by themselves, can  build a 747? Everything from the metal shell, the comfy (??) seats, upholstered in company fabric, the plastic tray tables, the tyres for landing, not to mention the complex electronics and massive engines required to run it? Of course not – no one on earth could hold all of this knowledge in their heads, nor possess all of the skills required to build it. The same goes for almost all of our transport today – cars contain not just engines but also computers, trains are complex creations, and ocean liners; ...

Summer School – or how much I didn’t know about research

Being a Librarian, research is part of my role. I have been asked to research all sorts of things, and generally if it is out there, somewhere on Google, or in a Database, or on a shelf in the library, I can find it. These research skills are valuable, and I am so glad that I have them – they make finding out information far more efficient. However after four days completing the QUT EdD (Education Doctorate) Summer School I have come to realise that research for higher degrees will be a much more demanding beast. Previously, when I thought of...

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me…

So 2016 has arrived, and it certainly is a new dawn for me. Taking leave from Brisbane Catholic Education, which has been my employer for the past eighteen years, I have taken a leap of faith, and have enrolled to be a full time doctoral student, completing (hopefully!) the Doctor of Education course through Queensland University of Technology. Almost all of my previous studies have been part time while working full time, and so I am very excited about the idea of actually having time to read and reflect, write and think; rather than squishing it all into evenings and...