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Australian Teacher Education Association Conference: One Mob Different Country

IMG_0484We (Clare and Clive) are at ATEA in lovely Darwin. The conference has been so interesting because we are learning much about teacher education in Australia. There is a heavy emphasis on Indigenous education.

The conference started with a welcome dance by One Mob Different Country. The dancers were IMG_0486incredibly talented and set the stage for a wonderful conference.
One Mob Different Country is a program that operates out of the Berrimah Correctional Centre. The program allows low-security Indigenous prisoners to take part in performing traditional Aboriginal dances at events. The dancers have been given permission from the Elders of the Beswick and Burunga communities to perform certain dances and songs from that region. The name One Mob Different Country refers to the fact that the dancer themselves may come fom different communities (different country) but they come together as a group to dance (as one mob).

Australia Here We Come

Clive and I are off to Australia today. The impetus for the trip was an invitation to speak at the Australian Teacher Education Clive with Aussie flagAssociation Conference in Darwin. The trip then mushroomed to include visiting Clive’s family in Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne. He has lots of family!

Being in education I have long been an admirer of many Australian educators:

  • Mem Fox (children’s books)
  • First Steps (literacy program)
  • Keith Punch (research methodology)
  • John Loughran (pedagogy of teacher education)
  • Robyn Ewing (Master of Teaching program at the University of Sydney)
  • Neil Selwyn (digital technology)

And I love Tim Tams (best cookies) and the new Australian TV series A Place to Call Home (a potboiler of an evening drama).

Tim TamsSo while we are on the road we hope to do some blogs about our adventures.Image Place to Call Home