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  1. David Rousell, Dwelling in the Anthropocene: Reimagining University Learning Environments in Response to Social and Ecological Change.
    Over the last three decades, scientists have uncovered the extent of human impacts on the earth's operating systems with increasing clarity and precision. These findings have prompted scientific claims that we have transitioned out of the Holocene and into the Anthropocene epoch in the earth's geological history. At the same time, the traditional humanist underpinnings of the university have been eroded by the ongoing digitisation, massification, and decentralisation of higher education. This article argues that higher education has a crucial role (...)
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  2. Dawn Hill Adams, Shawn Wilson, Ryan Heavy Head & Edmund W. Gordon, Ceremony at a Boundary Fire: A Story of Indigenist Knowledge.
    This document is a story rather than an unedited and verbatim record of events. Saying it is a story doesn’t mean it’s not true, but that in fact it has been edited to better convey the truth we all experienced as we lived these events together. That is the purpose of story, is to create an opportunity by which a person who was not present during an event can experience and learn from it themselves instead of merely being told what (...)
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  3. David Rousell, The Cartographic Network: Re-Imagining University Learning Environments Through the Methodology of Immersive Cartography.
    This paper presents a discussion of the methodology, theory and key findings from an arts-based inquiry into academic learning environments entitled Cubic Reflections. The Cubic Reflections project involved a series of twelve site-specific cubes that were installed within the outdoor environments of a university campus in regional Australia. The cubes were designed to form a network of objects that reflected the aesthetic and ecological dimensions of the university’s learning environments. Students and staff were invited to both activate and build on (...)
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  4. Brenda Hall-Taylor, Deconstructing Organisational Politics: A Causal Layered Approach.
    This study raises some theoretical issues about research methodologies and questions at what level research methods normalise power relations or make unproblematic various respondent accounts of the real. The paper is directed toward the epistemic level of transformation - towards the way we come to know the world. It describes an academic research project designed to elucidate the manner in which a group of executive understand the real, and had as its ultimate goal, the purpose of tracking social change. At (...)
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  5. Airdre Grant, Why Philosophy Really Matters.
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  6. Ruth Walter, Nel Glass & Kierrynn Davis, Epistemology at Work: The Ontological Relationship Between Feminist Methods, Intersubjectivity and Nursing Research – a Research Exemplar.
    This article explores the importance of strong epistemological and ontological links in nursing research by examining the design and process of a recent research project. The research topic concerns the relationship between self-concept and nursing practice. In this article, the authors demonstrate that commitment to a methodologically consistent process and the necessary associated epistemological and ontological positions provides a depth and structure to nursing research. It is the authors' belief that such consistency within research acts to strengthen the research process, (...)
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  7. Stewart Hase & Chris Kenyon, Heutagogy: A Child of Complexity Theory.
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  8. Robert Keith Percival, The Poetics, Politics and Writing of Memory.
    The overall aim of the composite thesis is the critical examination of the poetics and politics of memory, particularly in the extended role of the ekphrasis in literature. The creative work A Strange Chinese Tale draws on theoretical elements from Debord, Deleuze, Lefebvre, and Baudrillard, and provides a narrative for the post-modern political and cultural landscape of contemporary China, in relation to the individual’s search for a sense of belonging. The exegesis The Poetics, Politics and Writing of Memory argues for (...)
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  9. Louise Holdsworth, Women and Housing: Making Women’s Experience Visible.
    Opportunities for wealth creation, access to affordable housing, sense of security andbelonging, level of choice, self-esteem and self-determination are all linked to housing,and more specifically to tenure type with its resulting inequity. In thispaper I explore the impact of non-homeownership on a particularly significant anddisadvantaged social group, sole mother families who do not own their homes and whosubsequently privately rent their housing. I draw on some findings of a qualitative studywhich I undertook as part of my PhD research which adopted (...)
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  10. Susan Joyce, Picturing Lesbian, Informing Art Therapy : A Postmodern Feminist Autobiographical Investigation.
    Within art therapy discourses there is a dearth of scholarly literature related to the dilemmas of voicing lesbianism and picturing lesbians. This is the result of sustained discrimination and censorship worldwide. In order to address this issue, a research study was designed to investigate this topic and its relationship to informing art therapy. There were two research methods and two research processes used in the project. Autobiography and art based research were the methods, and intertextuality and reflexivity were the research (...)
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  11. Daniel J. Peterson, Knowledge as Agreement: Inviting Indigenous Innuendo.
    By contrasting rational knowledge with relational knowledge, this paper discusses the forming of agreements as the pursuit of knowledge. Knowledge as agreement is thus discussed in this paper via research methods including ‘autoethnography’ . Pursuing knowledge by virtue of agreements is subsequently valued after positioning the author as a non-Indigenous ‘dagay’, positioning the paper itself as a dissertation, and after assuming an initial relationship between the reader and author. The paper occurs within the cultural context of ‘academia’. Once rational knowledge (...)
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  12. Robert I. Westwood, Gavin Jack, Farzad Rafi Khan & Michal Frenkel, Situating Core-Peripheral Knowledge in Management and Organisation Studies.
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  13. Robert I. Westwood, Michal Frenkel, Gavin Jack & Farzad Rafi Khan, Carrying Across the Line.
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  14. Robert I. Westwood, Gavin Jack, Farzad Rafi Khan & Michal Frenkel, Core-Periphery Relations and Organisation Studies.
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  15. Tania von der Heidt & Ali Quazi, Enhancing Learning-Centeredness in Marketing Principles Curriculum.
    Contemporary learning-centred teaching and learning approaches are vital to help learners develop lifelong skills for employability in the digital age. This paper relates the knowledge and experiences gained from a study to enhance LC in a first-year core marketing curriculum undertaken in a blended learning environment by large, diverse groups of business students in an Australian tertiary educational institution. The study involved measuring the degree of presence of LC in the 2011 curriculum, identifying and exploring ways to enhance LC in (...)
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  16. Emma Kearney, Reconceptualising Historical Praxis : A Dialogical Approach to Historical Understanding.
    This thesis situates recent tensions in debates about history over epistemology within their historical and social contexts. It explores the possibilities for developing historical understanding across epistemologies by considering the role ideas of justice can play in contemporary historical praxis. By considering historical praxis in relation to ideas of justice I have identified a nexus in which to explore different ways of knowing the past that is at once responsive to difference whilst also situating the ethical as an essential regulator (...)
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  17. Peter John McErlain, The Nature of Nursing Wisdom : A Grounded Theory Approach.
    Fostering wisdom is often stated as the aim of nursing education, yet there is a great deal of uncertainty as to what is meant by wisdom. This thesis aimed to paint a collective picture of eighteen nurse's stories and insights into the nature of nursing wisdom. Grounded Theory was adopted to explore the nature of nursing wisdom. Nursing wisdom is seen as a journey and is depicted as an interconnected collection of character traits in wise nurses. The wise nurses' journey (...)
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  18. Donna Wright, Big Blue Ball : Pictures, People, Place ; Connecting the World Through Creativity.
    This three-part publication series presents the epistemological processes and outcomes of an international arts-based research project titled Big Blue Ball : Pictures, people, place. The project uses the creative function to investigate the nature of meaning-making. In particular, through collaborative engagement with adversity of cultures, it explores the significance of creativity and creative practice in setting up sites for shared understanding in a contemporary and globally interactive world. The project was developed and carried out by Donna Wright during her PhD (...)
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  19. Lyndall Adams, The Indeterminate Precision of Narrative.
    The indeterminate precision of narrative is the culmination of multiple exhibitions that engage with the uncertain, unfixed and yet simultaneously accurate and truthful nature of story telling. There is no single narrative that explains our historic present. To tell a story is to re-tell stories from the past in order to create coherent narratives in the present. The narrative structures the exhibitions enquire into focus on images and objects that speak to the body in hybrid forms. The significance of the (...)
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  20. Jennifer A. Parratt & Kathleen Fahy, Including the Nonrational is Sensible Midwifery.
    Since the subordination of midwifery by medicine and nursing in the 19th and 20th centuries the standard approach to childbirth has been dominated by rationality. This approach proceeds by creating dichotomies and then prioritising one half of the dichotomy whilst rejecting the opposite term. Rationality itself is prioritised, for example, by contrasting it with the rejected opposite: irrationality. Expert clinical practice is, however, increasingly identified as being inclusive of more than merely rational ways of knowing and behaving. This paper is (...)
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  21. Erika Kerruish, From Vulgar Words to Lightening Bolts: Nietzsche on Style, Language and Experience.
    Nietzsche writes that literary styles must be taken into account when determining meaning. To not do so vulgarizes language. The importance of style to meaning is best understood by examining the relationship between language and experience. Style requires readers to experience the particularity of texts if they are to understand their meaning, and style is experienced and evaluated in terms of the audience’s ethos. Through style’s ability to provide alternative perspectives on the audience’s linguistic norms, language is not limited to (...)
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  22. Ruth Rewa Bohill, Intentional Communities: Ethics as Praxis.
    Intentional communities are formed by a group of people who have voluntarily chosen to live together for a range of reasons in the creation of a shared lifestyle. They concern practical forms of living that may reflect diverse structures and distinct philosophies. The intentional community literature is both broad and unique in its representation of intentional community living. Intentional communities may also be considered sites that form the basis for resisting mainstream forms of living and representations of subjectivity. Through an (...)
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  23. Steven N. J. French, Alexander Kouzmin & Stephen J. Kelly, Questioning the Epistemic Virtue of Strategy: The Emperor has No Clothes!
    A critical analysis of contemporary strategic management theory and practice suggests that modernist, linear thinking has facilitated the development of an abstracted reality which is misleading to managers and fundamentally flawed. It is argued that formulaic strategic tools such as those propounded by Porter fail to capture the reality of the complex environments that confront firms and falsely suggest that an answer can be derived from a predetermined toolbox. As an alternative to this dominant paradigm, the complexity of markets is (...)
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  24. Sue Evans, Challenge, Tension and Possibility: An Exploration Into Contemporary Western Herbal Medicine in Australia.
    This thesis is about the contemporary challenges facing herbal medicine. Specifically it concerns the difficulties faced by Australian herbalists in their attempts to maintain authority over the knowledge base of their craft and a connection with traditional understandings of the uses of plant medicines, while at the same time engaging with biomedicine and the broader Australian healthcare system. It contributes to the study of the nascent field of qualitative studies in contemporary western herbal medicine by making three main arguments. Firstly, (...)
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  25. Iain W. Graham, Understanding the Nature of Nursing Through Reflection: A Case Study Approach.
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  26. Paul Thom (2003). De Re Modality and the New Essentialism: A Dilemma. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 44 (4):189-199.
    In his book The Philosophy of Nature, Ellis presents "the new essentialism" as resting on the notions of a property, an intrinsic property, an essential property, natural necessity and possibility, a natural kind, a fixed natural kind, and a natural law. The present paper argues that the central notions in this group are susceptible of a logical analysis, Ellis's notion of natural possibility has a historical precedent in the work of Abéelard, the notion of natural possibility contains both de re (...)
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