Perspectives in Parryville

Perspectives in Parryville

Unexpected and profound insights from smart people you’d like to meet. Mark Parry has a perspective, but as a conduit, he wants you to hear the perspectives of others. Mark’s longstanding commitment to learning, teaching and communication gets more engaging than ever as he chats with a broad and diverse range of intelligent, friendly and interesting people—artists, researchers, scientists, psychologists, film makers—who are thinking up new ideas and then getting on with making a big or small impact on the world. Mark takes time to listen to their perspectives, and so can you. If you ever wanted to know what the shattered ideology of the American dream looks like as a self-aware oil painting on instagram or how reflection and creative thought helps a scientific researcher in pursuit of a cancer cure or what melodramatic sex on 70s Australian television tells us about the politics of our society, then look no further. The goal: to get big, complex, challenging, important and contemporary ideas out to listeners that never knew they were interested. This is Perspectives in Parryville. Music by Oly Marlan www.olymarlan.com/

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April 29, 2022 48 min
Today my guest is Leon Furze, a Teacher Educator and Author. Leon is also the Director of Learning and Teaching at a regional Victorian high school. In this episode we explore Leon’s early enthusiasm and connections to reading and literature, growing up in a lower socio-economic area of England. Leon reflects on some of the texts that influenced him along his journey studying English and American literature at university, and furth...
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Today my guest is Carolyn Newall, an English Teacher and International Educator with an active involvement in digital technology, inequality and teacher professional development. In this episode we find out more about Carolyn’s early observations and experiences in India, Singapore and Australia, especially those relating to racism, inequality, reading and literacy. Carolyn offers some personal and professional reflections on the l...
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Today my guest is Donald H Taylor, an educator and researcher specialising in workplace learning and development (L&D). Donald has more than 30 years of experience across the globe, from English language teaching through to roles as director and vice-president of various software companies. In this episode Donald provides insights into the L&D Global Sentiment Survey, a survey he created over ten years ago to take the pulse...
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Today my guest is Dr Sharon Kerr, an educator and researcher specialising in inclusive curriculum for students with a disability utilising assistive technologies and the training of community service professionals. Sharon has had over 30 years experience working with students with a wide range of disabilities. She is widely recognised as having expertise in maximising student engagement for students with intellectual, sensory, lear...
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February 5, 2022 41 min
Today my guest is Dr Michael Harvey, a Science Teacher from New Zealand. In this episode, Michael outlines aspects of New Zealand - or kiwi - culture, including Maori language. We also explore Michael’s previous role as an industrial research Chemist and the evolution into his current role as a high school teacher. With a strong interest in how technology can transform teaching & learning, Michael offers insights into how digit...
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December 7, 2021 45 min
Today my guest is Lottie Dowling, a global educator specialising in languages, culture, digital technologies and teacher professional learning. Much of Lottie’s work revolves around global citizenship, that is, how school students are increasingly interconnected with others across the world. This episode offers insights into some of Lottie’s collaborative approaches and practices as she works with teachers to incorporate and streng...
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Today my guest is Kat Montagu, a Screenwriter and Instructor. In this episode we find out more about the precise, nuanced territory of screenplays, or more specifically, screenplay formatting that is designed to ensure that a screenplay not only tells an engaging story but also communicates the more technical details used in film and television productions. Kat provides insights into some of the industry-informed processes of creat...
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Today my guest is Steven Kolber, Teacher, Writer & Researcher from Melbourne, Australia. Steven is one of 50 finalists in the Global Teacher Prize, 2021. In this episode we explore Steven’s role as an English and Humanities teacher at a public, Government high school. We also find out how, driven by a fundamental enjoyment of learning, Steven works globally with technology, instructional video and assistive technology to promot...
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Today my guest is Alister Lockhart, an Illustrator and Digital Artist. Since Alister’s work is highly visual, you might like to explore some of his artwork as we listen. You can find images and videos on his website: alisterlockhart.net (there’s link in the show notes. In this episode, we explore demons, goblins, and superheroes and capturing their form in illustrations and digital art. In our conversation, Alister shares thoughts ...
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Today my guest is Liron Gilmore, a Multi-disciplinary Artist. Since Liron’s work is highly visual, you might like to explore some of her art works as we listen. You can find images on her website: lirongilmore.com or instagram (there’s links to these in the show notes). In this episode we explore the use of fibre and textiles in art marking, including the techniques of machine-sewing, the value of practical tests and the use of moc...
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Today my guest is Keith Heggart, a Civics & Citizenship Educator & Researcher. In our conversation, we explore civics and citizenship education in schools, that is, the way that students learn to take part in society. Keith offers insights into a range of teaching and learning approaches including the design of an interdisciplinary and integrated curriculum. Keith outlines how students that grow their own agency might becom...
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Today my guest is Joyce Matthews, a Facilitator, Trainer and Writer from Scotland. Joyce works with leaders across the world, developing their skills, confidence and competence in andragogy - that is, teaching and leading adults. In our conversation we explore how Joyce supports participants to “find their own why” as they create their own route through their educational programs, correlating with their own mindset, values and beli...
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Today my guest is Sandy Nicoll - Dr Sandy - a Teacher Educator & Researcher. In her PhD thesis, Sandy asked the question: How do pre-service teachers engage students in learning during professional experience? in a process of narrative inquiry. The simple, yet profound ideas and practicalities around student engagement continue to inform Sandy’s enthusiastic, ongoing research and professional interests. In our conversation, we ...
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Today my guest is Jane Messer, a writer, former Associate Professor in Creative Writing, and mentor for fiction and nonfiction authors. In this episode, we explore Jane’s early fascination with storytelling, leading to further study in literature, sociology and philosophy. Jane has published novels and anthologies of world literature, radio dramas, short stories and most recently, a narrative video game. Jane also shares insights i...
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Today my guest is Sarah White, a Conversation Analyst and Lecturer. In her research, Sarah studies the often-unspoken rules of language and how people, in conversations, use words, phrases, tone of voice and even pauses. Much of the focus of Sarah’s research is conversation analysis in healthcare, for example, interactions between surgeons and patients in a clinic. In our conversation, Sarah outlines how language used in interactio...
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Today my guest is Professor Ronika Power, a Bioarchaeologist and teacher. Ronika’s research revolves around human skeletal and mummified remains from diverse populations across the world. Ronika's team made the cover of Nature for research that was named as one of the Top Ten Discoveries of 2016 by Archaeology Magazine. In this episode, we chat about Ronika’s very early interest and fascination with ancient Egyptian and other c...
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Today my guest is Heather MacDonald, an Education Specialist and Primary School Teacher. Heather has been designing, developing and implementing education programs and strategies for non-profit and other organisations for over 20 years. In this episode we explore a range of global sporting events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games and how they provide a meaningful, engaging and practical context for learning and community ...
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October 17, 2020 50 min
Today my guest is Astrid Pickup, a Yoga Teacher and President of the International Yoga Teachers Association. In this episode we explore the ancient practice of yoga and its place within contemporary western culture. Astrid reflects on her early enthusiasm for physical activities and outdoor sports such as hockey, cross-country skiing, canyoning and rock climbing, which lead to the physical techniques and practice of yoga. From thi...
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Today my guest is Associate Professor Kelly Matthews, a teacher and Academic Researcher at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Teaching & Learning Innovation. Kelly asks: Why can’t students be more involved in curriculum and assessment decisions? In this episode we look at Students as Partners, currently a growing practice in higher education that challenges assumptions about the role of students in learning, teaching,...
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September 7, 2020 45 min
Today my guest is Associate Professor Marina Harvey, an Academic Researcher and Director of Academic Development Services at the University of New South Wales. Over the past decade, Marina and her team have researched student reflection and how it is used to support learning and teaching. In this episode we look at the value of higher-order thinking skills, such as reflection, in a rapidly changing world and how reflection might be...
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