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  • 1. ACE Learning Circles project Lynne Gibb
  • 2. What is the project?
    • Project is funded by ACFE as part of the ACFE Board's Research strategy and to support the implementation of the Ministerial Statement, Future Directions for ACE in Victoria .
    • Cheryl Wilkinson (ACFE Board) commented on the aim:
    • "Ultimately what participants are doing in the Circle will/should translate in some concrete way into their actual practice and impact on learners and help the implementation of ACFE Board policy. We hope practitioners will become aware of how they might be able to carry out their strategies in practice through their ACE organisations" .
  • 3. What is pedagogy?
    • In relation to this project, pedagogy is seen to be about:
    • The processes and dynamics of teaching and learning, including the purposes, relationships, environment, management & social context of learning
  • 4. Principles of ACE Pedagogy
    • Centred on learners and their needs
    • Continuous learning for work and life
    • Building on and within real life contexts
    • Sharing power – empowering people & communities
    • Many roads to learning
  • 5. Jill Sanguinetti, 2006 Pedagogy group dynamics social context curriculum relationships assessment philosophy hidden agendas instructional methods Values
  • 6. Four dimensions of ACE pedagogy Jill Sanguinetti, 2006 The plACE The teacher The teaching The curriculum ACE
  • 7. The teacher
    • Is engaged with learners and their learning on a personal level
    • Is reflexive and open about her/his own practice
    • Is able to improvise and take risks
    • Is aware of relations of power
    • Is patient and puts trust in the learning process
  • 8. The teaching
    • developmental
    • experiential
    • fosters skills of critical literacy
    • strategies to empower learners
    • multi-layered and eclectic
  • 9. The curriculum
    • Prioritises learners’ needs in assessment methods
    • Includes explicit teaching of employment and employability skills
    • Contextualised (in the lives of learners)
    • Curriculum negotiated where possible
    • Mix of accredited, non-accredited and enrichment programs opens pathways
  • 10. The place
    • The plACE:
      • Embodies collective values
      • Has a strongly networked ‘community of practice’
      • Is community-owned and community building
      • Is led by enabling management
      • Is involved in local community issues
  • 11. Principles of ACE pedagogy Dimensions of ACE pedagogy The Teacher The Teaching The Place The Curriculum Centred on learners and their needs Is engaged with learners and their learning on a personal level Is developmental (starting from where learners are at and consciously helping them to progress) Embodies collective values: commitment to education, to community service Prioritises learner needs through creative assessment C ontinuous learning for work and life Is reflexive about own practice and professional learning journey Is largely (but not exclusively) experiential Is a community of teaching and learning practice G eneric skills for employment, life and further study Building learning on and within real-life contexts Is able to improvise and take risks Fosters skills of critical literacy Is community-owned and is engaged in community building locally Is contextualised (in terms of local, community issues, interests and needs) Sharing power - empowering people & communities Is aware of relations of power Includes various strategies to empower learners M anagement is committed to enabling learning processes Is negotiated wherever possible Many roads to learning Is patient and able to put trust in the learning process Is multi-layered and eclectic C entre of involvement in local community issues accredited, non-accredited and enrichment programs
  • 12. My project
    • Involves
    • Reflection
    • Mutual support
    • Technology
    • Resources
  • 13. What is blogging?
    • A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger." Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog.
  • 14.
    • It is a requirement of the project that we keep a journal
    • My blog is my journal of the project progress.
    • It is long, wordy and written on the fly
    • Some people use pen and paper – I am trialing doing it online
  • 15. What is a Wiki?
    • A website or similar online resource which allows users to add and edit content collectively.
    • “ Wiki wiki” means "rapidly" in the Hawaiian language.
  • 16. How I am using the wiki
    • To outline and keep track of the progress of the project
    • To house resources for tutors
    • To provide a discussion point for us to reflect on our work
    • To use as chat forum if we wish – the facility is there
    • To practise using a wiki to discover if we can use it with our students
  • 17. Coonara Tutors wiki