The Learning Capacity Podcast

Stories from around the world that help make lear...

Stories from around the world that help make learning easier.


In today's episode, I talk with Dr Marianela Diaz.


Topics covered

1. Early education

2. Bi-lingual education

People & organisations mentioned

1. Cleverest Early Education – Panama

2. Mulberry Learning, Singapore

3. PISA test

4. Reggio Amelia

5. Howard Gardner – Multiple Intelligences

6. Professor Costa from the University of California

7. Singapore Ministry of Education


Resources/books/articles mentioned

1. Habits of Mind

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Without student engagement, is there any point in trying to teach anything? These days the education conversation is clearly shifting back towards learning, rather than school work. But what if your students aren't engaged, or interested in what you think they should learn, or what the curriculum thinks they should learn? And what if teachers think that student centred learning is a great idea, but the students don't. Surely not every student is enthusiastic about learning. Is lack of student engagement the elephant in the room... or the classroom? My guest today is Richard Andrew, a specialist in online learning. He's had a wide range of experience in classrooms across Australia and interacted with hundreds of teachers through the professional development courses he delivers. In this episode we take a light hearted but serious look at possibly one of the most significant topics in the education debate. This podcast is brought to you by LearnFast. To find out more about science based language, learning and reading programs for your school or child, visit www.learnfasthome.com.au To comment on this podcast, send your emails to feedback@learnfastgroup.com.au

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Part 3 of 3: An Industry in Crisis - Live Animal Export Just how much do we need to know about an industry before we shut it down? How much will people tolerate before enough is enough? Is it ethical to continue industries where we know for certain, that a great deal of animal suffering is involved? And perhaps the toughest question... is it worth the money? This is part three of a three part case study on the ethics of the live animal export industry in Australia. To find all three episodes, you can subscribe for free to Learning Capacity on your favourite podcast app, and look for episodes 80, 81 and 82. My guest in the series is Dr Lynn Simpson, who's sailed 57 voyages on live animal export ships over 11 years, transporting live Australian sheep and cattle to the other side of the world for slaughtering and processing. In this episode we talk about the industry here in Australia and some of the major players involved. It seems that even though there's plenty of research and evidence to suggest that significant change is needed for improved animal welfare... the industry continues largely unchanged. It immediately raises the question of viability... is it worth the money? Or is the money worth the suffering? And if we can't fix it, should we simply stop it? And a warning... some listeners may find this story distressing. To find out more about LearnFast, and science based language, learning and reading programs for your child, visit www.learnfasthome.com.au To comment on this podcast, send your emails to feedback@learnfastgroup.com.au

Part 2 of 3: Strange events in foreign ports. Is it wrong to respond to a tragic situation with humour? Is it insensitive to be light hearted about something you feel is unjust? What if humour is your only remaining coping mechanism, and what does that say about the situation you're in? This is part two of a three part case study on the ethics of the live animal export industry in Australia. To find all three episodes, you can subscribe for free to Learning Capacity on your favourite podcast app, and look for episodes 80, 81 and 82. My guest in the series is Dr Lynn Simpson, who's sailed 57 voyages on live animal export ships over 11 years, transporting live Australian sheep and cattle to the other side of the world for slaughtering and processing. In this episode, Dr Simpson tells a couple of stories of what happened when she arrived at her destinations. On one level they're quite comical, but on the other hand they're far from it. Just how far can humour go in helping people to deal with the stresses of extreme situations. To find out more about language, learning and reading programs for your school or child, visit www.learnfasthome.com.au To comment on this podcast, send your emails to feedback@learnfastgroup.com.au