Maximum Security Prison Offers A Pathway To Academic Excellence

Maximum Security Prison Offers A Pathway To Academic Excellence

We later discover that the person who took notes during prison our meeting is earning a high degree of distinction in their bachelor’s studies. This student will be award a university medal, which is an award that recognises exceptional academic achievement. This student clearly highly motivated.

The PhD candidate felt free to concentrate on the conversation without worrying about taking notes. The candidate is not only pursuing a PhD but also training five inmates in a specialise 3D design and manufacturing software package that is commonly use in the design industry.

It sounds like he is very busy and under great pressure. His paper was accept at an international conference on sustainable design in just his first month as a PhD student.

Were there any high-achieving students in the first place? In a New South Wales maximum security prison! It possible to do well in university while being held in prison.

Inmates who complete higher education are more likely to reoffend after being release from prison than those who do not. This is consistent with the US and UK experiences.

Which Type Of Prison Is This?

We were accompanied by a corrections officer who said. The inmates were judge by a judge in court, so it’s not necessary to do it again.

This statement is representative of the spirit and mission of the institution. Its mission is to provide genuine rehabilitation by being kind, respectful, and building skills. It has a strict policy against violence.

These jails are not like the ones we see in movies. The Macquarie Correctional Centre has private bathrooms and private bedrooms. Inmates treat with dignity and privacy.

These features are based on the desistance theory that criminals stop committing crimes.

My colleague felt a little uneasy after passing security and being escort into our meeting. We were in a maximum security prison. They being held for crimes that require maximum security.

The people we met were polite and welcomed us with open arms.

Because I was a participant and facilitator in Alternative to Violence Project (AVP), workshops, this environment was familiar to my.

What The Challenges Associate With Studying Inside?

Internet access is not available for those who study inside. Emails can be print or sent. Information that needs to viewed online must be under the supervision of an authorized officer. It is impossible to quickly verify a fact or locate a reference online.

All of these activities must plan, approve, and timed. It is important to learn, understand, apply, and follow procedures and processes. This something my colleague had difficulty understanding at first, as did the university’s postgraduate program.

Even though the research proposal was well-written, it was difficult to get into a PhD program. The inmate had unsuccessfully applied to another university before. Only a few inmates able to complete a PhD while held in NSW today.

Strong Commitment Towards Improving Prison

UNSW’s 2025 Strategy is a strong commitment towards improving quality of life and sustainable development. It also emphasizes equity, diversity, and inclusion. This request could be approved by the Graduate Research School.

There were many other problems that needed to be solved. It is possible to view online tutorials without your full name or face being shown (to avoid being identified as prisoners for legal reasons), but it is impossible to actively participate in the sessions while keeping complete confidentiality. How can I access the online learning platform? What are my options for submitting assignments online and meeting supervisors?

Online learning and working from home are common. It was initially not possible in this instance. But, the prison administration supported it.

A student designed, built and installed a computer desk that would allow students to participate in supervision meetings. The prison education officer was the one who pushed for this solution. Now we can see and speak to our student, and vice versa.

Revolutionise Education And Improve Job Prospects

Revolutionise Education And Improve Job Prospects

Dan Tehan, the then education minister, and Michaelia Cash. The employment minister, announced A$4.3million for a microcredential marketplace in June 2020. They said this would provide a national platform for comparing course outcomes, durations, delivery methods, credit value, and credit values.

This announcement made as universities were facing financial losses due to COVID border closings. That prevented international students from entering their campuses. This announcement showed how much federal government valued microcredentials more than other financial aid to higher education, such as JobSeeker eligibility for staff.

Tehan stated the following when he announced the marketplace. Microcredentials are design to address the two most important barriers that adult workers face when they don’t want to pursue formal training or study: cost and time.

Universities Australia has released a new guideline document to make microcredentials more portable in Australia. This done in order to assist universities and other educational establishments develop short-duration qualifications that can easily recognize and built upon by institutions. What are microcredentials and why are they so important for governments and higher education?

What Are Microcredentials Education?

Microcredential is a term used to describe different types of microlearning offered by universities, private education providers, and TAFEs in Australia. This term is frequently used interchangeably with short course and can be used to refer to microdegrees, which combine learning from full-time degree programs.

Microcredentials that contain an assessment task can be stacked to earn credit towards macro-qualifications. Microcredentials in leadership, management, and business are very popular in Australia. You can also learn topics such as space technology, Yolnu culture, generating social media and coaching sports leaders.

Students who complete a microcredential successfully usually receive a digital badge that they can use on social media platforms like LinkedIn. Badges can be used to verify learning. They also contain metadata that describes the learning experience and the knowledge the badge recipient should have.

Although the amount of learning is different from course to course with microcredentials, it usually takes more than an hour to study and less time to complete formal qualifications.

There is no one definition of microcredentials. UNESCO published a discussion paper earlier this month that described microcredentials a promising way to upskill workers and a force of good that can supplement or complement formal education systems.

A common definition is available from the European Union. The Universities Australia guidance document was recently release. There is also an Australian National Microcredentials Framework in development.

These documents are a step towards a common understanding of microcredentials through the establishment of three requisites.

Microcredentials Need To Be Evaluate

  • They should guarantee to be high quality
  • They should be able to explain and exchange credit in a transparent way.
  • What are the advantages of microcredentials

The microcredential reform movement in higher education stems from. The desire for individuals to have high job prospects and learning opportunities throughout their lives.

Students will have the opportunity to learn in smaller chunks that best suit their current work or future career paths.

Microcredentialing is a popular topic of global interest. Its ability to create a more just, equitable, and thriving learning environment for all is often the basis of investment.

Microcredentials are a way for people to get in and out quickly of school at a reasonable cost to meet their immediate learning and employment requirements. Often focused on skills development and closing skill gaps.

Microcredentials can also have a life-wide application. You can access shorter, less-expensive courses to increase numeracy and literacy, understand health and well-being better, and fulfill creative aspirations like writing a novel, producing an album, and engaging in activism and democratic processes more effectively.

Microcredentials can often found online. They may also be available face-to-face. Online learning is self-pace while face-to–face learning can done over a set time.

Microcredentials Marketplace by the Australian government is an online platform. That allows users to compare short courses, and how they can use towards a qualification.

In 2020, 36 of 42 Australian universities offered microcredentials.

Early Childhood Educators Feel Burnt Out And Undervalued

Early Childhood Educators Feel Burnt Out And Undervalued

Late at night, we are driving along a highway through the remote Kimberley feel area of northern Western Australia. This area known as the Fitzroy Valley. It lies about 3,500 km north of Perth, Western Australia’s capital city, and approximately the same distance east of Darwin, the capital of Northern Territory.

Canberra, Australia’s capital and home to federal government, is approximately 6,000 kms southeast of where we drive. In the afternoon, we leave Broome to head inland to the rivercountry, an area where Nykina, Gooniyandi and other language groups have maintained traditional Customary Law relationships over many generations.

We want to be in Fitzroy Crossing by nightfall, where the famous and extensive Fitzroy River runs. Amy is a local artist and traditional owner in native title customary law. Amy, a widow, has five children and grandchildren. She also has an extended family that lives in the Kimberley and Western Desert towns and communities. We drive onwards until we reach Fitzroy Crossing. Then, we travel further to Bayulu Community, where Amy lives.

We load the vehicle with bags, water bottles and food. Ngurnta informs me that she must visit Mangkaja Arts in order to check if any of her paintings are still available. She wants to know if she has enough money to buy food, such as bread, milk, tea, coffee, tea, sugar, fruit, sugar and tinned fish, and to fuel her trip inland to visit her desert homelands.

Learns That Payment For Her Painting Feel

We visit Mangkaja Arts, where Amy learns that payment for her painting is not ready for her to collect. We then meet up with Marminjiya who is on a lunch break from her work at a local Aboriginal resource agency. Meet Amy’s eldest daughter, Wayawu, who is employed on a part-time basis as a journalist and broadcaster with the local west Kimberley-based radio station, Wangkiyupurnanupurru, and Amy’s mother’s sister, Wapi. Lunch together sitting under a tree not far from the Bunuba-owned Ngiyali Roadhouse.

After lunch, we talk about many things, including Amy’s ngawaji or grandchildren, Mangkaja and a possible trip to the desert. Wayawu suddenly speaks out. Let’s make a book about Amy. About her life. Let’s talk about Amy’s stories. She has a lot of stories and paints. From this moment, a tiny literary and artistic seed is plant. This seed will later refer to thematically by visual storytelling.

Amy says she loves the idea of a book. This is partly because it may help her grandchildren to learn more about her life, as a Juwaliny/Walmajarri woman, who married a Walmajarri male to live in the Fitzroy Valley. Amy makes it clear that she wants the story inclusive. Early childhood educators in Australia feel undervalued and burnt out. Our research focuses on over 200 educators experiences during COVID-19, which exposed the system’s strains and further undermined their well-being.

Pointed Out Three Ways

Teachers also pointed out three ways that their well-being could restore. One educator shared his experience with us. You can’t pour from an empty cup. To do our best work, we need to feel supported in our well-being

The challenges faced by educators have brought to the forefront by the pandemic. Teachers have to deal with emotionally difficult work. They are often require to work long hours and receive low pay. They have limited career opportunities and are not eligible for professional advancement.

This has led to high levels of stress and burnout at work. Many people are leaving the sector. Teachers need to be healthy in order to do their jobs well. Their health and well-being have a direct impact on the development, learning, and well-being of all children in the country. Families, communities, and societies need a stable, qualified, and healthy workforce.

Our research revealed that more than 85% reported negative effects on their well-being from the pandemic. Three key findings show how to support well-being. Education experts spoke about the importance:

  • self-care
  • Relationships with parents, children, and teachers.
  • Recognition for their important work

Self-Care Must Priority Feel

Education professionals spoke out about the need to refocus on self-care in order to sustain their well-being. We all have finally realized that taking our dog on a walk has great merits, and that meditation, mindfulness, and weekly yoga classes are all effective.

Self-care was more than meditation and exercise. Creative activities like baking, clay-making, and knitting were also good for your well-being. To improve their well-being, educators took proactive steps to ensure their health.

Supports are also important. Professional development and counseling were both helpful. Online professional services like Beyond Blue and Employee Assistance Program were used by educators. Some services offered additional support for mental health. The psychologist was very powerful and she gave a few presentations on how to look after yourself.

The Burden Is Lighter Supportive Relationships

Education’s well-being is dependent on the quality of our personal and professional relationships. Solidarity and mutual understanding are possible through professional relationships. Lockdowns increased the value of being able talk, debrief and unload with colleagues at work. This sense of belonging and the strong support from all educators.

Although educators said that the pandemic had negatively affected their well-being and caused them to feel anxious, they reported strong relationships with their children. Teachers’ well-being is based on their ability to engage with children and teach them. It is important to connect with other aspects of the lives of children. COVID taught us that the most important thing is the relationships that we have with our parents and families.

Recognize Their Important Work Feel

Our research found that educators rated their senses of contribution highly. This is evident in workforce studies, which show educators appreciate and recognize the importance of their work with children. Their professional contributions are not always recognized. We were told by government] that we are here for essential workers, without actually being called essential ourselves was a serious blow to the industry as well as to educators self-esteem.

To ensure educator wellbeing during the pandemic, it was even more important that the local level be acknowledged. Families really appreciate the work we do. They gained an additional appreciation for the education they receive for their children.

Research on child development has shown us that there is a continuum of essential learning from birth to eight years old. The Australian education system is very different in how it treats pre-school and school settings. Educators felt neglected in government decision-making during the pandemic and have long advocated for early learning to become a key component of life trajectories.

Important Part Of Life Feel

A system that recognizes that early childhood is the most important part of life. The child struggles to become an adult. We educators know this. That also impacts our well-being.

She is more than just a focus on her. This project focuses on the interconnectedness of family, storytelling, and painting and not on Amy’s personal life.

We visit, be, and talk with each other in a variety of desert and Fitzroy Valley settings and in Perth. While Amy and her children are able to sustain their Aboriginal connections, we also rekindle old friendships with non-Aboriginal people.