THE PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL VOICE OF QUEENSLAND’S TEACHERS AND SCHOOL LEADERS IN STATE SCHOOLS AND TAFE FOR MORE THAN 130 YEARS.

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QTU News

The QTU was delighted to welcome friends and members to our Milton office, which served as a face-to-face hub on day three of the 2021 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference. Jessica Holloway and Rafaan Daliri-Ngametua hosted their online Politics and Policy in Education symposium from our REP White Room, and Bob Lingard hosted the book launch for Radically Dreaming: Illuminating Freirean praxis in turbulent times from our Executive Room. Bob, an Honorary Life Member of the QTU, was joined by Leah Olsson, QTU Vice President, and Craig Wood, QTU Research Officer and contributing author to Radically Dreaming.

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QTU representatives regularly attend education research conferences hosted by AARE, the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA), and others. Recognising the challenges that COVID has presented to the world over the past two years, we appreciated the energy of AARE conference convenors Dr Amanda Heffernan and Dr Stewart Riddle and their role in ensuring that the 2021 AARE conference could take place.

Featured research

The 2021 AARE conference highlighted the importance of teacher voice in the field of education research. Teaching is a profession of the heart, and the experiences of teaching and learning are, in the words of Freire, an adventure.

2021 AARE conference presentations in the Politics and Policy in Education as well as Teachers Work and Lives special interest groups advanced the challenge set down by Marilyn Cochran-Smith in her 2018 AARE keynote, for the teaching profession to reclaim our democratic accountability from neoliberal oversight and governance, often external to our profession.

The QTU recognises teaching and learning is always contextually richer and deeper than numerical representations. To that end, the QTU welcomed new contributions by earlier career researchers Dr Jennifer Clutterbuck and Rafaan Daliri-Ngametua (Reimagining the life of data: birth to zombie), and Dr Pat Norman (Counter conduct as ethical professionalism).

Dr Jennifer Clutterbuck and Rafaan Daliri-Ngametua’s research, How to recognise an attack of the zombie (data) was featured on the AARE blogsite. They find that “excessive, purposeless and redundant data – ‘zombie data’ ... resides in school systems, lurking in the infrastructures used to manage student and school data.” To combat zombie data, Clutterbuck and Daliri-Ngametua call for “educational practitioners to recognise the problematic creation and use of zombie data across the different stages of data’s life,” and to “ensure all data are not excessive, they are purposeful, and they are allowed to rest in peace.”

Building on the notion of zombie data, Dr Norman’s presentation considered how teachers navigate neoliberal accountability mechanisms (see below). His research discussed varying conceptualisations of what a “good teacher” is, offering that a “good teacher” might be something outside of the narrow construct of neoliberal accountability. Ethical judgement and practical wisdom can be enacted by teachers to cope with policy demands established by those outside of the profession.

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QTU Lawrence Grulke Library

A great benefit of QTU membership is having access to the QTU's Lawrence Grulke Library. Members can borrow up to three resources at any one time for a period of four weeks, and resources are posted out free-of-charge (it is the responsibility of the member to pay for the return postage). Our QTU Associate Members can access the collection at our Milton Office.

Recent additions to the QTU’s Lawrence Grulke collection include:

Tony Breslin, Lessons from Lockdown: The educational legacy of COVID-19. (Routledge, 2021).

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Bri Lee, Who Gets to Be Smart: Privilege, power and knowledge (Allen and Unwin, 2021).

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Pasi Sahlberg, Finish Lessons 3.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? (Teachers College Press, 2021).

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Jonathan Cohen and Dorothy L. Espelage (Eds.). Feeling Safe in School: Bullying and violence prevention around the world. (Harvard Education Press, 2020).

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Forthcoming events

Queensland Education Support and Training (QuEST) is the professional development arm of the QTU. Rebecca Hack, our Professional Development Officer, works closely with QTU officers, members and external providers to identify a suite of professional development programs that will meet the needs of our members right across this diverse state.

QuEST offer a suite of face-to-face, online, and on-demand professional development programs on a range of issues, including teacher wellbeing, trauma informed practice, cultural capability, voice health, classroom behaviour, and more. If you are interested in participating in or working with QuEST, or for our 2022 program, visit our webpage.

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