On behalf of JCU Education & Indigenous Studies, we invite you to the following information session at JCU City Campus Townsville:

How do you gauge the value of education for disengaged young people?

Education & Indigenous Studies – James Cook University – invites teachers, youth workers and community members to our new Townsville facility, City Campus, for a professional development session focused on the value of education for disengaged young people and the community. The session is based upon Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research involving collaboration between six partner groups (Youth Plus, WA Catholic Education, the Victorian Government, the Northern Territory Government, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Centacare NQ, and researchers from James Cook University and Victoria University).

The focus of this session is to engage educators and youth workers in a discussion about value in education, with a particular focus on the needs of disenfranchised youth. While the national conversation in education is consumed by topics such as ‘teaching quality’, ‘effective teaching’ and ‘accountability’; missing from this conversation is consideration of the needs of young people who have disengaged, or are in the process of disengaging from schooling. How do these young people value education? What is the cost to society when these young people disengage from school? How can we measure the benefits of re-engagement? How does this speak to a wider discussion around value in schooling? These questions will be explored with our panel of presenters including Professors Sue McGinty and Brian Lewthwaite (Education), Associate Professor Riccardo Welters (Economics), Dr Kimberley Wilson (Education), and Mr Mark Thomas (PhD student Economics).

Table discussions and feedback around what educators are doing in this area will be a part of the session. Teachers attending will receive certificates of participation specific to appropriate AITSL Professional Standard 1: Know Students and How They Learn.

Date: Monday April 4th, 2016
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm (Afternoon tea starts at 4:30 p.m.)
Location (JCU City Campus Townsville): Near the Paleo Café in the Flinders St, City Mall.
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Learn more about this event from our interview with ABC Radio National.


For further information and to register for catering purposes by Monday 28 March, 2016, please contact: Brian Lewthwaite (Education) Email: brian.lewthwaite@jcu.edu.au
Telephone: 07 – 4781 6510


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