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  1. Changing to Theory Making About Systems Involving People: Meta-Theoretical Analysis and Brain Research.Terence Love - unknown
    The paper describes how a meta-theoretical approach developed in Design Research points to weaknesses in systems theory. It identifies ways that new findings from brain research help address these weaknesses in systems involving humans. The paper suggests that including the findings of brain research marks the beginning of a new direction in Systems theory making.
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  2. Addressing Information Systems Failures Through Design Research.Terence Love - unknown
    The ubiquitousness of failures in new information systems designs and implementations indicates that the design methodologies that the field has developed are inadequate or faulty. This paper points to the body of knowledge developed from design research as a potential source of expertise for developing design methods that are more successful. The paper describes a meta-theoretical method for classifying theories in the Information Systems field, and identifying areas that need farther development.
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  3. Embodying Our Future Through Collaboration: The Change is in the Doing.Marilyn Palmer, Peta White & Sandra Wooltorton - 2018 - Journal of Environmental Education 49 (4):309-317.
    Contributors to this special edition have agreed that we want a future of ecojustice and ecological sustainability. Our article unpacks experiences of oppression within the context of middle class academic privilege, undertaking resistances and working, in relationship, learning to live more sustainably in the Year of Living Sustainably. In this writing, we argue the case for activism in the academy and collaboratively build resilience toward more sustainable ways of being. By co-writing and analyzing fictionalized stories, we demonstrate how contemporary universities (...)
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  4. Longitudinal Case Research - A Critical Realist Perspective.Philip J. Dobson - 2001 - Systemic Practice and Action Research 14 (3):283-296.
    It is argued that case studies can be classified as either describing or explaining a particular research phenomenon and as such researchers first need to finalize which approach they are going to adopt. The concept of explanation suggests a realist approach and description suggests an interpretive approach. If explanation is the target, the selection of a theoretical approach for a longitudinal study is made more difficult as organizational contexts can alter radically from that in place at the initiation of a (...)
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  5. An Investigation of Preservice Teachers’ Beliefs About the Certainty of Teaching Knowledge.Leila E. Ferguson & Jo Lunn Brownlee - 2018 - Australian Journal of Teaching Education 43 (1).
    Beliefs about the certainty of teaching knowledge may influence how preservice teachers engage with and learn from knowledge sources in teacher education, and their subsequent practice. In light of inconsistencies in prior findings that mainly employ epistemic questionnaires, we extended research focusing on a contextual analysis. Sixty-six elementary and lower-secondary preservice teachers in Norway responded to the Beliefs about the Certainty of Teaching Knowledge scale in the first and second year of study, respectively. Participants believed knowledge about teaching and learning (...)
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  6. The Evolution of Epistemology and Concepts in an Interactive-Generative-Reflective Practice:The Importance of Small Differences.Bryan J. Bishop, Christopher C. Sonn, Neil M. Drew & Natalie E. Contos - unknown
    Using a contextualist epistemology, it would be expected that regional differences in community psychology would develop over time. It is argued that the epistemology and theory of Western Australian community psychology, while largely based on North American approaches, has developed its own idiosyncracies. These developed through the integration of practice and theory in an “iterative-generative” fashion. The process of development is conceptualized in terms of Schön's and Altman's distinctions between foundational knowledge, and professional and socially responsive knowledge. It has also (...)
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  7. Constructing a Coherent Body of Theory About Designing and Designs: Some Philosophical Issues.Love Terence - unknown
    This paper explores some of the philosophical problems associated with building a unified and coherent cross-disciplinary body of knowledge and theory associated with designing and designs. The paper identifies issues that a cross-disciplinary unified body of knowledge would be expected to address. It describes general criteria for improving the definitions of concepts and theories, and outlines relationships and boundaries between design research and other disciplines for nine areas of theory. The paper closes by proposing definitions of core concepts in research (...)
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  8. Social and Cultural Factors Framing the Teaching and Learning of Primary Science in Australia, Germany and Taiwan.W. Hackling Mark, S. Chen Hsiao-Lan & Romain Gisela - 2017 - In M. W. Hackling, J. Ramseger & H.-L. S. Chen (eds.), Quality teaching in primary science education: Cross cultural perspectives. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. pp. 19-47.
    There has been increasing interest in international comparisons of teaching and learning extending from the TIMSS and PISA comparisons of achievement to video studies that compare pedagogical practices of teachers from different countries and cultures. Video capture of classrooms across national boundaries has raised questions about the varying foci of teaching and learning including relative attention to reasoning in mathematics and science classrooms and the possibility of significant cultural determinants of classroom practice. Given that teaching and learning are embedded in (...)
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  9. On Legitimacy in Impact Assessment: An Epistemologically-Based Conceptualisation.Bond Alan, Pope Jenny, Retief Francois & Morrison-Saunders Angus - 2018 - Environmental Impact Assessment Review 69:16-23.
    Impact assessment is carried out as an ex ante process to inform decision-making. It includes requirements for engagement with stakeholders regarding actions proposed by a proponent. A key issue with the various stakeholders involved is the perceived legitimacy of the IA, which can have implications both for the reputation of the proponent, and the likelihood of conflict over the decision. But the understanding of legitimacy in the IA literature has changed over time in line with an ontological shift from positivism (...)
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  10. Shanghainese Parklife: Cultivating the Taoist Body and Exploring the Traces of the Absent Figure and Creature in the Landscape.Rossow Brenton Mark - unknown
    This creative Honours project explores Taoist body cultivation practices and the traces of the absent figure and creature in the landscape within Shanghainese parks. This exploration, presented in the form of a documentary and an audiovisual meditation, share a yin and yang relationship. Although they both contain elements of each other, the documentary celebrates body cultivation practices and their relationship to Taoism, while the audiovisual meditation examines the darker side of human relationships with the natural world in Shanghainese parks. Informed (...)
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  11. The Essence of Construction Industry Project Management and Why It Needs to Change.G. Fulford Richard - unknown
    Much of project management theory has been devoted to the praxis of project management with a focus upon project processes and the development of project documents. The extant literature abounds with project practices such as the rules and norms of project management. Much less concerns the ontology of projects and the environment in which they exist; the individuals who are involved and the interactions that occur. The process of project management in many sectors, such as the construction industry, has not (...)
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  12. How Ideological Differences Influence Pre-Service Teachers’ Understandings of Educational Success.Justin Sim - 2017 - Australian Journal of Teacher Education 42 (9).
    This paper explores how popular ideological discourses within public policy are influencing the views and practices of pre-service teachers at a university in Melbourne. The research began by examining how educational success has been historically understood by individuals vis-à-vis government discourse. Three values and four corresponding ideological positions were used to create a theoretical framework. The researcher then surveyed a small cross-section of pre-service teachers to investigate how these values contributed to their understandings of educational success, and how these understandings (...)
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  13. Silence.Taylor Andrew - unknown
    Silence may traditionally have been golden, but how is it valued today? Can it survive the impact of a technology which can, and does, bring the apparently irresistible seductions of noise to the remotest parts of the world, and which invades the most reclusive aspects of our lives? And what place has silence in a culture such as ours which classifies it as "unproductive"? But what is silence anyway? Professor Taylor considers two ways in which, from the Romantic period onward, (...)
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  14. Proceedings of the Thirtieth Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.Haynes Bruce - unknown
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  15. Socrates Café: An Effective Mechanism for Realising a More Participatory Democracy?Christopher Phillips - unknown
    This thesis interrogates the practices of the Socrates Café initiative since it was inaugurated nearly 13 years ago by the author of this dissertation. It seeks to critique whether Socrates Café – which strives to establish democratic communities of philosophical inquiry – has successfully embodied the stated goals of the non-profit Society for Philosophical Inquiry, or SPI, as enumerated on the website www.philosopher.org. These goals are to support “philosophical inquirers of all ages and walks of life as they become more (...)
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  16. Moving Beyond the Enduring Dominance of Positivism in PsychologicalResearch: Implications for Psychology in Australia.Lauren Breen & Dawn Darlaston-Jones - unknown
    Almost since its inception, the dominant narrative of modern psychology has embraced positivism through its insistence that psychological science is objective, generalisable, and value free. Consequently, quantitative research and, in particular, experimental designs, are privileged over other forms of enquiry, and other epistemologies, methodologies, and methods remain marginalised within the discipline. We argue that the enduring hegemony of positivism needs to be opposed to enable psychology to genuinely understand the antecedents of, and provide meaningful sustainable solutions for, complex human issues (...)
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  17. Competence, Capabilities and Ethical Practice.Alison Garton - unknown
    Competence to practice is regarded as fundamental for a professional psychologist. Competence generally captures the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to provide direct and professional services to human clients. The dictionary defines competence as 'ability; the state of being competent' and 'an area in which a person is competent; a skill'. Competent is defined as 'adequately qualified or capable'. There are also definitions of competence that are applicable in law. The dictionary therefore concurs with the commonly accepted description of an (...)
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  18. ‘Time for Being’: Why the Australian Early Years Learning Framework Opens Up New Possibilities.Marianne Knaus - unknown
    Many Western countries around the world have been reviewing policy and practice aimed at enhancing the quality and professional practice of early childhood education. The response has been to establish government-sanctioned curriculum frameworks based on current research and the dominant discourses of educational provision. The successful implementation of a curriculum framework relies not simply on the policy or regulatory practice, but on educators; their interpretation, knowledge and understanding of the framework; and their ability to apply it to their pedagogical practices. (...)
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  19. Failure of Science, Death of Nature.H. F. Recher - unknown
    As a people, Australians have lost contact with the world of nature, Risking the collapse of civilization. One factor in the alienation of nature in Australia is the failure of the scientific community to take responsibility for the technology created by the knowledge generated from scientific research. Science has failed to protect Australia's flora and fauna. Scientists must communicate more widely with society, but need to be educated on how to communicate and on their ethical responsibilities to others and other (...)
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  20. Everyday Philosophy.Andrea Monteath - unknown
    My thesis is a work of creative non-fiction, in the form of an introductory, philosophy workbook. The workbook, tentatively named Everyday Philosophy, is intended to appeal to upper secondary students aged sixteen to seventeen, and contains a broad cross-section of information about the philosophy tradition. The workbook is loosely constructed around the new Western Australian Certificate of Education 'Philosophy and Ethics' curriculum, due to be launched in 2008. The aim of my thesis is to provide an introduction to Philosophy and (...)
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  21. Ideas of Landscape: Finding an Uneasy Peace.Iris Koornstra - unknown
    Landscape, both the actual and the representational, "is a work of the mind" it encompasses ideas of difference, arcadia, commodification, nationalism and many others. How does one negotiate the physical and the representational when trying to reach beyond the traditions of the sublime? Anchoring my research in the physical landscape of Kings Park, Perth, Australia whilst looking at looking this paper explores the manifestation of ideas about land in both forms. Central to my research approach is W.J.T. Mitchell's theses on (...)
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  22. Photography, Dance and the Concept of Punctum.Rhiannon Newton - unknown
    ... catching the underground home from the performance. Alone... tears streaming down my face... but I feel warm, uplifted, acutely sensitive. I can't pinpoint exactly what part of the performance or what idea is particularly affecting me. There is a broadening in my screen of vision, an excitement in previously unnoticed detail... an older wisdom. "Reality' is always, already encoded, it is never raw". Codification negates abstraction or loss of information. "We do not live among and relate to physical objects (...)
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  23. An Exploration of Community, Identity, Religion and Spirituality.Sara Thomas - unknown
    Research in the field of community psychology supports findings that membership, influence, integration and fulfilment of needs, a shared emotional connection, and a sense of belonging contribute to a sense of community. Sarason proposes that individuals have a basic instinctual need for transcendence which leads them to seek religious groups and experiences. Hill posits that Sarason's sense of transcendence is a construct that is closely related to and can be useful for conceptualizing and exploring spirituality and suggests that SOC may (...)
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  24. Panpsychism as Personal Experience: Resolving a Paradox.Jonathan Cotton - unknown
    The thesis of panpsychism is that throughout the natural universe there is mentality, although I prefer the term "mind". We human beings experience this mentality in everyday consciousness and by analogy we are able to assert that mentality is not confined to the human experience alone. The extent to which this mentality penetrates, or is imbued by, our natural world has been a subject for discussion in western schools of philosophy since the ancient Greeks and in the even more ancient (...)
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  25. Virtual Reality and the Modern Ideology of Order and Control.Craig I. Murrihy - unknown
    In this thesis I will examine the construction of the concept of Virtual Reality. I argue that rather than a technology of liberation as it is often perceived, virtual realities' conception has been influenced significantly by a discourse of control and order. I examine books, articles and films concerning Virtual Reality to support this claim. Furthermore this discourse of control and order is born out of a larger ideology of Western culture that values order and control. Throughout modernity this ideology (...)
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  26. Spinoza, the Philosopher Craftsman: Understanding the World Through Painting and Process.Paul G. Uhlmann - unknown
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  27. Samurai of Gentle Power : An Exploration of Aikido in the Lives of Women Aikidoka.Katie Noad - unknown
    This exploratory study of women's experience of the martial art of aikido comes as a response to the paucity of texts on women in the martial arts. My 16-year involvement with aikido and my studies in the field of Leisure Science have led me to explore the apparent contradiction between the traditionally masculine domain of martial arts and prescribed female/feminine behaviour. As a feminist researcher and as an aikido participant I acknowledge a close connection with my topic and hence the (...)
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  28. Fractured Certainties: Epistemology and Ontology in David Malouf's Child's Play, The Great World and Remembering Babylon.Chris Lyon - unknown
    This thesis is an exploration of the way in which David Malouf develops ideas of epistemology and ontology in three of his novels. The novels discussed are Child's Play, The Great World and Remembering Babylon. Of particular concern here are the different ways in which figures in the text are constructed as having imperfect and sometimes contradictory systems of making sense of their world.
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  29. Remote Area Nursing in Western Australia: An Examination of a Conceptual Model for Practice.Anne Magee - unknown
    The intent of this research was to explore the phenomenon of remote area nursing in relation to a theoretical framework, the SUN Conceptual Model. A Theory-Research-Theory strategy was chosen in order to modify, refine or redevelop the model. Using a descriptive, interpretive design, a sample of eight Remote Area Nurses in Western Australia were asked to describe their experiences of remote area nursing. The data were collected by telephone interview. Themes were extrapolated and categorised according to key concepts of the (...)
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  30. Nature of Talk and Interaction in the Singapore History Classroom.Pamela Chellappah Thuraisingam - unknown
    History is a complex subject. It is more propositional than procedural in nature, and involves adductive thinking, where historical evidence and facts are 'teased out' and a convincing account of the past is then reconstructed through speculation, imagination and empathy. The teaching and learning of history should not just be the transmission of knowledge, but rather it should involve a process whereby students and teachers interact in order to analyze evidence, raise questions and hypotheses, synthesize facts, and communicate their ideas, (...)
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  31. Understanding and Developing Transformational Community in Order to Prevent Alienation : A Longitudinal Study of Students Involved in a School Restructure.Stephen J. Fyson - unknown
    The research examined whether the transition of students into junior high school from primary could school be managed with less alienation for the students by using a school restructure that intentionally attempted to increase psychological sense of community. The objectives of the research were therefore to describe and understand students' perspectives of their community life world, contribute to the knowledge of community-based practice in education, and to add to the scope of understanding of the psychological sense of community.
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  32. The Tao of Water.Rodney Giblett - unknown
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  33. A Stirring of Cultures: The Contest for Place, Belonging and Identity in Australia.Garry Stewart Henderson - unknown
    The creative work, The Wounded Sinner, and the accompanying exegesis, form a volume of writing that considers aspects of place and belonging in a contemporary Australian context through the agencies of Aboriginality, migration and homelessness. While these issues are present and, at times, contentious in the structure of modern Australian society they have roots in past eras of empire building, racism and the movement from agrarianism to industrialisation. The characters are drawn from my own experiences and, as such, validate both (...)
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  34. Unbraided Lines: Essays in Environmental Thinking and Writing.John Charles Ryan - unknown
    Unbraided Lines offers a foray into environmental writing—an emerging literary genre that engages the current ecological crisis through poetry, creative non-fiction and other textual forms.
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  35. Digital Imaging : Creating New Realities.Mark Datodi - unknown
    More and more it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern photo reality from digital reality. Digital imagery is revolutionising photography and challenging preconceived notions of this art form. Over the years, photography has been viewed metaphorically as a window on the world and on the past. No longer however, is the creation of photographic imagery reliant upon its intrinsic relationship with reality. Using computer technology original photographic material can be altered, manipulated and seamlessly combined with other fictional imagery without obvious (...)
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  36. Legitimating a Theodicy : Peter Berger and the Search for Meaning in Post-Enlightenment Society.James A. Collins - unknown
    This thesis seeks to provide an overview and examination of the thought of the significant contemporary sociologist, Peter L. Berger. Berger is concerned with the issue of how meaning is constructed in modern, secular, bureaucratic society. Furthermore, this thesis seeks to outline, and trace the development of, Berger's thought. To achieve this the thesis examines Berger's use of the disciplines of the sociology of knowledge and religion, along with contemporary studies in religion and theology. Berger, by linking the function of (...)
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  37. Pre-Primary Children's Progress and the School Development Plan.Elizabeth A. Moulin - unknown
    In recent years several policy changes have occurred in Western Australia regarding the provision of pre-compulsory education, particularly for children turning five. These changes have led to education of such children centred largely in full-time, on-site classes rather than in sessional, independent community centres, resulting in pre-primary education becoming mainstream school business. As such it is incorporated in the administrative, managerial and educational policies of the school including school development planning. The school development plan, a major tool of accountability within (...)
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  38. "Inside-Out Pedagogy": Theorising Pedagogical Transformation Through Teaching Philosophy.Rosie Scholl - unknown
    This retrospective interview study focused on the impact that training and implementation of Philosophy, in Lipman's tradition of Philosophy for Children, had on the pedagogy of 14 primary teachers at one school. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to document the impact of teaching Philosophy on pedagogy, the resources required to facilitate and sustain such change, including the necessary dispositions required to teach Philosophy, and the critical junctures in pedagogical change associated with teaching Philosophy. Interview data were coded and analysed to generate (...)
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  39. An Exploration of the Transcending Experience in the Art-Making Process.Veronica Aldous - unknown
    This study explored the transcending experience as described by visual artists that sometimes occurs during the art-making process. The exploration was conducted within a philosophical framework informed by the researcher's practice of Transcendental Meditation. From this perspective, transcending is related to personal, inner, and ephemeral aesthetic experiences which never-the-less make a powerful contribution to the visual artist's experience of the creative process and to a lesser extent, the final product. The focus of the study was on the identification and documentation (...)
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  40. A Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Advanced Nurse Specialisation and Education.Miriam E. Langridge - unknown
    The purpose of this study was to present issues and the paradoxes surrounding advanced nurse specialisation and education, This study was conducted in two parts. Part A examined the prospective experiences of 13 registered nurses who were advancing in an area of special is III ion: they were working in a specialist area of practice and studying in II course specific 10 their specialisation. Two rounds of interviews were completed over six-month intervals. Part B examined the data gathered from a (...)
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  41. Using Contextual Constructs Model to Frame Doctoral Research Methodology.Shirlee-ann Knight & Donna Cross - unknown
    This paper presents a novel research model - Contextual Constructs Model and the theory that underpins it - Contextual Constructs Theory. First developed as part of a complex project investigating user perceptions of information quality during Web-based information re-trieval, the CCM is not a single research method per se, but is a modelled research framework providing an over-arching perspective of scientific inquiry, by which a researcher is able to iden-tify multiple possible methods of study and analysis according to the identified (...)
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  42. Passive Flora? Reconsidering Nature's Agency Through Human-Plant Studies.John Ryan - unknown
    Plants have been—and, for reasons of human sustenance and creative inspiration, will continue to be—centrally important to societies globally. Yet, plants—including herbs, shrubs, and trees—are commonly characterized in Western thought as passive, sessile, and silent automatons lacking a brain, as accessories or backdrops to human affairs. Paradoxically, the qualities considered absent in plants are those employed by biologists to argue for intelligence in animals. Yet an emerging body of research in the sciences and humanities challenges animal-centred biases in determining consciousness, (...)
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  43. Process Philosophy and the Text-Image Interface: A Study of Three Western Australian Botanical Illustrators.John Ryan - unknown
    Botanical illustration combines scientific knowledge and artistic technique. However, whereas illustrated botanical images record static visual qualities, such as form and color, written botanical narratives supply crucial sensory, ecological, historical, and cultural contexts that complement visual representation. Understanding the text-image interface—where images and words intersect—contributes to humanities-based analyses of botanical illustration and illustrators. More specifically, a process philosophy perspective reveals the extent to which botanical representations engage the temporality, cyclicality, and contextuality of the living plants being illustrated. This article takes (...)
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  44. Spatial Relations of Landscape: A Poetics. Part 1.John Kinsella - unknown
    This thesis is composed of two parts. Part one is a volume of essays, commentaries, and manifesto pieces that investigate the relationship between literary tropes of landscape, such as pastoral and “nature writing”, and the development of a poetics of landscape writing. The issue of "self" and the relationship the individual might have with specific place, is examined from angles as seemingly disparate as using; a manual Olivetti Letter 32 typewriter for drafting, the ethics of anthologizing place as nation, text (...)
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  45. The Use of Principles and Techniques Derived From Meditation for the Design and Creation of Co-Participatory Musical Systems.Hannah E. Clemen - unknown
    For this thesis, a detailed study was undertaken to determine whether techniques derived from traditional meditation systems can be applied to "co-participatory" music systems in order to enhance their accessibility, interactivity, and experiential impact, In order to adequately address this subject, a number of investigative steps have been taken. First, a workable list of definitions for what meditation actually is was made by comparing the practices and philosophies of a number of traditional meditation forms. The conclusions derived from this stage (...)
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  46. The Ontology of the Closet.Travis Kelleher - unknown
    This thesis argues that the “queer” identity politics from the early 1990s, read here through the work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, have come to fruition in contemporary culture with results that need interrogating. I argue that male hetero/homosexual definition has become even more firmly dichotomised, with the “proliferation” of sexual identities more strongly afforded to heterosexual masculinity that appears to define itself ever more strongly against the “homosexual”. One of the contentions of this thesis is that Sedgwick’s model of “the (...)
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  47. Plants as Objects: Challenges for an Aesthetics of Flora.John Charles Ryan - unknown
    This paper presents the conceptual challenges to an aesthetic model of living plants based in embodied interaction with flora through smell, taste, touch, sound and sight. I argue that the science of aesthetics is deterministically visual. Drawing from theories of landscape aesthetics put forth by Carlson and Berleant, I outline four primary obstacles to an embodied aesthetics: plants as objects of sight, plants as objects of art, plants as objects of disinterestedness and plants as objects of scientific discourse. A multi-sensorial (...)
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  48. Leaves of a Tree: Interweaving the Many Narratives of Southwest Australian Flora.John C. Ryan - unknown
    The narratives of plants offered by science, history, poetry, mythology and direct personal experience are often thought to contradict one another and are thus held as separate. Like leaves of a tree, however, the posthumous botanical works of nineteenth-century American naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau gather together the diverse stories that give meaning to plants. Drawing from the concept of multiple narrative streams as a method of writing natural history inspired by Thoreau, this article explores many accounts of the (...)
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  49. Plants, Processes, Places: Sensory Intimacy and Poetic Enquiry.John Ryan - unknown
    As an arts-based research approach, poetic enquiry has been theorised and applied recently in the social sciences and in education. In this article, I extend its usage to eco-critical studies of Australian flora and fauna. The Southwest corner of Western Australia affords opportunities to deploy arts-based methodologies, including field poetry, for celebrating the natural heritage of a region of distinguished biodiversity. I suggest that lyric practices in places such as Lesueur National Park and Anstey-Keane Damplands in southern Perth can catalyse (...)
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  50. An Unlikely Marriage: Theorizing the Corporeality of Language at the Crossroads of Thoreau, Heidegger and the Botanical World.John Charles Ryan - unknown
    This paper examines the relationship between language, particularly language that expresses aesthetic experiences of plant life, and corporeality. The theorisation of language is a keystone towards conceptualising participatory relationships between people and the botanical world. A comparative reading of the works of Henry David Thoreau and Martin Heidegger provides a framework for approaching language as embodied participation. Despite political differences, Thoreau and Heidegger shared a mutual conviction about the generative powers of language. Thoreau’s literary practice partly involved immersion in places (...)
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  51. Cultural Botany: Toward a Model of Transdisciplinary, Embodied, and Poetic Research Into Plants.John C. Ryan - unknown
    Since the eighteenth century, the study of plants has reflected an increasingly mechanized and technological view of the natural world that divides the humanities and the natual sciences. In broad terms, this article proposes a context for research into flora through an interrogation of existing literature addressing a rapprochement between ways to knowledge. The natureculture dichotomy, and more specifically the plant-to-human sensory disjunction, follows a parallel course of resolution to the schism between objective and subjective forms of knowledge. The foundations (...)
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  52. Anthoethnography: Emerging Research Into the Culture of Flora, Aesthetic Experience of Plants, and the Wildflower Tourism of the Future.John C. Ryan - unknown
    How does anthoethnography contribute to the development of understandings of aesthetic experiences of wild plants and wildflower tourism? As exemplified by the quintessentially aesthetic industry of wildflower tourism, the culture of flora represents diverse engagements between people and plants. Such complex engagements offer further avenues for research. The critical methodology of anthoethnography has been one such approach to circumscribing the values, practices and rhetoric of wildflower tourism. Interviews have revealed perceptual phenomena such as the orchid and everlasting effects as two (...)
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  53. A Longitudinal Study of Change in Preservice Teachers’ Personal Epistemologies.Sue Walker, Jo Brownlee, Chrystal Whiteford, Beryl Exely & Annette Woods - unknown
    There is strong evidence to show that beliefs about knowing and knowledge held by individuals influence preservice teachers’ learning strategies and learning outcomes . However, we know very little about how preservice teachers’ personal epistemologies change as they progress through their teacher education programs. This study investigated changes in personal epistemology and beliefs about learning for a group of preservice teachers as they progressed through the four years of a Bachelor of Education degree. Preservice teachers completed the Epistemological Beliefs Survey (...)
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  54. Photography and the Paradigm of the Trace.Daniel Nevin - unknown
    The idea that photographs can be explained as traces made by the things they depict has been a recurring paradigm in theories about the nature of the photographic medium. Walter Benjamin, Charles Sanders Peirce, Susan Sontag, Andre Bazin and Roland Barthes are a few of the many theorists who have used the paradigm of the trace to explain the nature of photographs. The paradigm can also be argued to have been a significant influence in the work of prominent artists such (...)
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  55. Principles for Designing an Effective, Post-Compulsory Music Curriculum Suitable for Western Australia.Andrew T. Sutherland - unknown
    A new post-compulsory Music course known as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Music course was recently introduced into Year 11 and 12 in Western Australian (WA) schools. Following a convoluted process of creation, its implementation into classrooms has been problematic. Given criticism levelled at its process of creation and implementation, the researcher questions whether the WACE Music course embodies effective, recognised principles to support the effective teaching and learning of music. This study investigates the principles which should form (...)
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  56. From Ecological Creativity to an Ecology of Well-Being: 'Flows & Catchments' as a Case Study of NVivo.Dr Brad Warren & Dr Patrick West - unknown
    This paper’s research question concerns how the ecological creativity of the Volcanic Plains region of Western Victoria may be transformed into an ecology of well-being of benefit to the local community. Drawing on the philosophies of Spinoza and Gilles Deleuze, we argue that community well-being results from the richness of connections and relationships made within a place. The case study for our investigation is ‘Flows & Catchments’, which is an ongoing, collaborative, creative-arts research project auspiced by Deakin University. Its modus (...)
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  57. The Pink Divide : Commodified Femininity, Gender Performativity and Identity.DeeDee Noon - unknown
    Is a preference for pink a harmless colour choice? Pink has emerged as a social phenomenon in the West and a highly gendered colour choice that stereotypically signifies femininity. In light of Judith Butler’s concept of gender performativity and heteronormativity, this practice-led enquiry enlists photographic portraiture in tableau format to investigate how contemporary Western females use pink theatrically to perform and masquerade femininity. Pink’s historical trajectory from modernity to the present contextualizes how the colour has accumulated connotative complexity, and developed (...)
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  58. Philosophy for Teenagers: Finding New Relevence in Old Concepts.Andrea Monteath - unknown
    In 2008, the Curriculum Council of Western Australia launched a formal curriculum of philosophy and ethics education for upper secondary students. This thesis is a writing project that provides a new teaching text in support of this course. The thesis is composed of two components, a creative project and an essay. The creative project is a work of non-fiction entitled, Philosophy for Teenagers: Finding New Relevance in Old Concepts, and has been researched and designed employing the Western Australian Certificate of (...)
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  59. Living Systems, Complexity & Information Systems Science.Shirlee-ann Knight & Georgia Halkett - unknown
    The paper examines some of the significant new developments in the epistemological framing of systems theory, and their application within the information and management sciences. Specifically, the article argues that Information Systems – at its heart a systems-science – requires an ongoing discourse into how the metaphors of ‘living systems’, ‘complex systems’, and ‘complexity’ apply to the theoretical foundations of the IS discipline at large. Pragmatically, the implications of developing a complex and living systems framework to investigate IS phenomena has (...)
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  60. Empowering Learners with ICT is a Battle Against Educational Fundamentalism.Christopher Newhouse - unknown
    Over the past 40 years computer-based systems have developed and become infused in almost every aspect of life in Australian society transforming many things to become almost unrecognisable, except it would seem, schooling. Research has identified a range of reasons why we have hung on to, what some would view as, the ‘horse and buggy’ in schools with most of the legitimate constraints now overcome. However, over the past decade we have suffered from an epidemic of what I view as (...)
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  61. Adumbral Traces : Poems on the Naming of Places in South Western Australia.Anandashila Saraswati - unknown
    The poems in this collection are based on research into the naming of places in Western Australia. I began this project with the idea to study place names in the North and South of Western Australia; however the rich stories I found beneath the place names, and the time constraint of twelve months, has limited my field of research mainly to the metropolitan areas of Perth and Fremantle. In writing these poems I read extensively from historical accounts of the British (...)
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  62. An Evaluation of Agile Software Methodology Techniques.Anuradha Sutharshan & Stanislaw Maj - unknown
    It is well documented that software projects are often over budget, over schedule and many fail to meet the functional requirements. In an attempt to address this problem numerous software methods have been introduced such as Extreme Programming, Lean Development, Scrum etc. The main problem however has been to provide guidelines for efficient and effective team management. The Agile software philosophy was therefore developed. Uniquely Agile is a framework of principles that employs a range of different software methods. This approach (...)
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  63. Design Guideline Gap and 2 Feedback Loop Limitation: Two Issues in Design and Emotion Theory, Research and Practice.Terence Love - unknown
    This paper identifies and describes two issues, ‘Design Guideline Gap’ and ‘2 Feedback Loop Limitation’ that expose problems in the Design and Emotion theory and more widely challenge the validity of design theory, research findings and design practices. The paper describes the issues by way of examples, draws out the implications for emotion-related design research, theory and practice and suggests ways of addressing the design and emotion theory problems exposed by the analyses presented in the paper.
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  64. Philosophical Justification and the Legal Accommodation of Indigenous Ritual Objects; an Australian Study.Andrew G. Hunter - unknown
    Indigenous cultural possessions constitute a diverse global issue. This issue includes some culturally important, intangible tribal objects. This is evident in the Australian copyright cases viewed in this study, which provide examples of disputes over traditional Indigenous visual art. A proposal for the legal recognition of Indigenous cultural possessions in Australia is also reviewed, in terms of a new category of law. When such cultural objects are in an artistic form they constitute the tribe's self-presentation and its mechanism of cultural (...)
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