Getting of wisdom – Learning in later life

IndigenousInternational Exchange and Conferences (12–18 Feb 2017)

A unique collaboration between researchers in Europe, Australia & New Zealand

During the week of 12-18 February in Ballarat, Melbourne and Wellington, New Zealand, over 100 delegates, from more than ten (10) countries, representing a broad spectrum of academics, community workers, governmental agencies, and non-governmental and non-profit organisations, came together to discuss and develop ideas, sharing inspirational stories of older adults learning and creating spaces and places for the getting of wisdom.

The conference program was built around four intersecting themes: place, equality, empowerment and identity. The aim was to acknowledge, share, listen to and learn from the accumulated wisdom of older people and researchers in the field to help secure and shape our diverse but interconnected futures.


Presentations from the three conferences are now available for viewing below.


Presentations

Ballarat Conference 14th February 2017

Older learning in diverse contexts – Key Note
 (Alex Withnall, University of Warwick, UK)

International perspectives on learning in later life – Key Note (
Brian Findsen, University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Indigenous Eldership: For all times – Key Note
 (Tony Dreise, Indigenous Scholar, Australian National University, Australia)

Learning settings for older adults in Portugal: Universities of Third Age undergoing change
 (Esmeraldina Maria da Cosa Veloso, University of Minho, Portugal)

Intergenerational exchange of knowledge, skills, values and practices between self-organised active citizens in Maribor, Slovenia
 (Sabina Jelenc Krašovec & Marta Gregorčič, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

WARM: the knitting project that engaged older learners in sustainability
 (Lisa Kendall)

BECS
 (Glenn Arkell, Ballarat East Community Men’s Shed)

Ageing in Sweden from a Polish senior immigrant perspective
 (Małgorzata Malec Rawiński, University of Wroclaw, Poland)

The role of universities in older adult education in Aotearoa New Zealand (Brian Findsen, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)

Service Learning (Margaret Robinson, Probus)

Active lives
 (Lorna Rogers, Ballarat Life Activities Group)

Why bother about learning in later life?
 (Barry Golding – Federation University Australia, Helen Kimberley – Brotherhood of St Laurence, David Helmers – CEO Australian Men’s Shed Association)

Feedback and Reflection (Sue Jackson, Professor Emerita Lifelong Learning and Gender, Birkbeck University of London, UK)

Melbourne Conference 15th February 2017

The shapes of later life learning in Australia – Key note
 (Cath Dunn & Chris McCall, Adult Learning Australia)

Old as the new new: Indigenous perspectives on life and learning – Key note
 (Tony Dreise, Indigenous Scholar, Australian National University, Australia)

Learning in community – Panel presentations

Gwen Smith, Senior Victorian of the Year and President of Echuca Neighbourhood House & Bridget Gardner, CEO, Neighbourhood Houses Victoria

Anna Donaldson, CEO, Lively

Ronda Held, CEO, Council on the Ageing (COTAVic)

Elsie Mutton, President, U3A Network, Victoria

The case of Sweden – learning in later life and social inequities: Lifelong learning in policy and practice (Ann Kristin-Bostrom, ENCELL National Centre for Lifelong Learning, Sweden)

How the idea of men’s sheds travels to Scandinavia (Helene Ahl, Joel Hedegaard, Jönköping University, Sweden & Barry Golding, Australia)

The professionalization of the University of Third Age in Australia: The Needs and human rights of older persons: A Work in progress
 (Margaret McDonough-Glenn, University of Sydney, Australia)

Fifty years of adult and community education (ACE) in Aotearoa New Zealand, with special reference to learning in the later years
 (Robert Tobias, University of Canterbury, New Zealand & Australia)

Elder abuse prevention
 (Gary Ferguson, Seniors Rights Victoria)

iPads in residential aged care (Bonnie Simons, Brotherhood of St Laurence)

Building seniors’ money know-how
 (Judith Waller, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC))

 

Wellington Conference 16th February 2017

Intergenerational transfer of knowledge (Hauiti Hakopa, University of Otago)

Pākehā perspectives (Brian Findsen, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)

Vocational history of older workers and their participation in further education
 (Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha & Margaretha Muller, University of Tübingen, Germany)

Learning Neighbourhoods as arenas of intergenerational learning, inclusion and identity formation for learners in later life
 (Séamus Ó Tuama, University College Cork, Ireland)

Learning to live with chronic illness in later life: Empowering myself
 (Alexandra Withnall, University of Warwick, UK)

Māori perspectives on learning in later life: The case of Rauawaawa Trust – Keynote
 (Rangimahora Reedy, CEO Rauawaawa Trust)

The Treaty and Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840 (Charissa Waerea, ACE Aotearoa Board Member)

Neighbourhood houses: Lifelong learning, community, connections, and later life learners
 (Jennifer Angwin & Ursula Harrison, Deakin University, Australia)

Constructing narratives in later life: Autoethnography beyond the academy
 (Barry Golding & Annette Foley, Federation University Australia, Ballarat)

New immigrants in Aotearoa NZ: Insights from seniors on learning – Keynote
 (Nicola Sutton – English Language Partners)

 

Overview

International Exchange

The one week Exchange (12–18 Feb 2017), including three one day conferences, is a unique collaboration between the Education and Learning by Older Adults (ELOA) Network of ESREA (European Society for Research into the Education of Adults); Adult Learning Australia (ALA), the peak adult and community education in Australia; Federation University Australia, and ACE Aotearoa, the peak organisation inclusive of New Zealand’s diverse Maori, Pakeha and Pacifika cultures and people.

Learning in later life is a relatively new and exciting field of research, and becoming increasingly relevant internationally. The two nations hosting the European exchange (Australia and New Zealand/Aotearoa) have only relatively recently begun to acknowledge, celebrate and learn from their rich, diverse and vibrant Indigenous and European ways of being and knowing after centuries of very recent and often painful colonisation.

 

One day conferences
We take four intersecting themes in our attempt to collectively underpin the exchange and better understand the nature and future of learning in later life. The themes are about place, equality, empowerment and identity. We have woven these themes into the three conferences to be held in Australia and New Zealand 2017.

Older learning in diverse contexts
14 February 2017 – Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Learning later life and social inequalities
15 February 2017 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Learning, empowerment and identity in later life
16 February 2017 – Wellington, New Zealand

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Exchange Program

Online registration for the Exchange programs and one day conferences has now closed, please call ALA on +613 9689 8623 for enquiries.

 

Supported by: Adult Learning Australia (ALA), Federation University Australia, ACE Aotearoa & ELOA (Education & Learning by Older Adults) Network of ESREA (European Society for Research into the Education of Adults).

Exchange Program

Full Exchange and Conference Programs

12-18 February 2017

Accurate as of 17 Nov 2016, Subject to Change; *** These flights should be booked ASAP.


Online registration for the Exchange programs and one day conferences has now closed, please call ALA on +613 9689 8623 for enquiries.


Friday & Sat 10 Feb

European delegates on recommended flights *** depart Europe Friday pm, departing Dubai 10.15am Sat for Melbourne. All others make own way to Ballarat via Melbourne by 12 midday Sunday 12 Feb.

 

Sunday 12 Feb 2017 ‘Welcome and Orientation’

6.30am           Arrival in Melbourne on recommended flight Emirates EK406*** (from Europe via Dubai).

7.30-9.30am Those of recommended flight met on arrival and driven to Fed Uni, central Ballarat, Camp Street Residence S

12 midday     Delegates not on recommended flight (above) make own way from Melbourne to Ballarat (e.g. by pre-booked Ballarat airport shuttle bus or by VLine train from Southern Cross Station, Melbourne) and book into Residences, above, from 11.30am-12.30pm midday. Those on VLine train that departs Southern Cross, Melbourne 9.35am will greeted on arrival in Ballarat at 11.11am and taken to camp St accommodation nearby.

1.30pm           Depart for MADE (Museum of Australian Democracy, Eureka).

1.45pm           Lunch at MADE at Salt Bush Café, followed by Welcome activity in the Theatre.

3.15pm           Depart MADE for St Georges Lake, Creswick (walk or swim).

4.30pm           Depart Lake for Daylesford Botanical Gardens or Hepburn Spa..

6.10pm           Depart Botanical Gardens for 6.30pm Dinner at Captains Creek Winery, Blampied.

8.15pm           Depart Captains Creek for Ballarat, arrive Residences 9pm.

 

Monday 13 Feb ‘Australian Field Trip’

8am                Depart Camp Street for 8.15am Breakfast at Buninyong Men’s Shed.

9.30-10.30     Travel Buninyong to Winchelsea.

10.30-11.45   Winchelsea Community House: Orientation to learning in later life in a rural Australian community, including a cuppa.

11.45-1pm     Travel Winchelsea to Wye River along the Great Ocean Road.

1-2pm            Lunch (optional beach swim), Wye River General Store.

2-2.40pm       Travel via Cape Patton through Apollo Bay to Maits Rest.

2.40-3.30       Rainforest walk at Maits Rest

3.45-4             Travel back to Apollo Bay Surf Club

4-6.30pm       Marrar Worn Neighbourhood House: Orientation to learning in later life in an Australian coastal community

6.30-9pm       Return by bus to Ballarat.

 

Tuesday 14 Feb ‘Ballarat Conference’

8.45 am          Registration for Ballarat Conference, ‘Older learning in diverse contexts’, Camp St Ballarat.

See separate detailed Ballarat one-day program; Conference Welcome at 9.30am, Keynotes from10am, International Papers 11.30pm & 1.30pm, Close 4.30pm.

5.30pm           City of Ballarat Civic Reception for Exchange delegates, Ballarat Town Hall, Sturt Street.

7.30pm           Light dinner at the Pizzeria in Armstrong Street and early night.

 

Wednesday 15 Feb ‘Melbourne Conference’

7.15am           Leave Camp Street (with luggage) for Ballarat Railway Station.

7.46am           Depart Ballarat by train, arrives Melbourne (Southern Cross) 8.58am,tram to Royal Society of Victoria (RSV), Spring Street.

9.30am           Registration & Morning tea, Melbourne Conference, ‘Learning in later life and social inequalities’, RSV Melbourne.

See separate detailed Melbourne one-day program; Conference Welcome 10am, Keynotes from10.20am, International Papers 12.45pm, Close 3.00pm.

3.00pm           Delegates participating in New Zealand events depart RSV for Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport by shared taxi.

6.20pm           Fly Melbourne to Wellington NZ850 (3.5 hour flight) arriving 11.55pm NZ time***. Transfer for those on recommended flight to CQ Hotel, Cuba Street in city. Any other Exchange registrants make own way to and book into CQ Hotel, 223 Cuba Street.

 

Thursday 16 Feb ‘Wellington (NZ) Conference’

9am                ‘Learning, empowerment and identity in later life.’

See separate detailed Wellington one-day program; Powhiri (Welcome) 9.00am, Papers 9.45am & 1.50pm, Poroporoaki 4.00pm.

6.30pm           Dinner.

 

Friday 17 Feb ‘New Zealand Field trip to the Wairarapa’

8.25am           Train from Wellington arrives Masterton 10am.

10.20-11.30   Henley Menz Shed, Masterton.

11.30-12.15    Senior Net & King St Artworks.

12.15-1.30     Travel to and lunch at Pukuha, Mt Bruce.

1.30pm           Te Reo Maori Lesson.

3.00pm           Kaka (native parrot) feed.

3.30-4.30       Travel to Featherston.

4.30-5.15       Featherston Community Centre.

5.15pm           Bus back to Lower Hutt Station, then return by train to Wellington by approx. 6.30pm.

 

Sat 18 Feb     ‘Morning Sightseeing in Wellington’

Morning         Sightseeing, Wellington City, including Te Papa Museum and Wellington Botanical Gardens.

1.30pm           Transfer to Wellington Airport by 2.30pm for recommended 5.00 pm QANTAS flight QF172*** back to Melbourne by 7pm (3.5 hour flight).

10.25pm        European delegates on recommended flight back towards Europe depart Melbourne for Dubai on Emirates EK049*** at 10.25pm.

 

Sunday 19 Feb

European delegates on recommended flights*** arrive back in Europe approx. midday Sunday.

 

Conference Programs

Conference Programs

Information for Registrants at The Getting of Wisdom One Day Conferences
Ballarat Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, and Melbourne Wednesday 15 Feb 2017

 

ballarat-programBallarat Program – Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Older learning in diverse contexts

Key notes:

Older learning in diverse contexts
Alex Withnall, University of Warwick, UK

International perspectives on learning in later life
Brian Findsen, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Notions of Indigenous eldership
Tony Dreise, Principal Research Fellow, Indigenous Education, Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), Brisbane, Australia


melbourne-programMelbourne Program – Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Learning in later life and social inequalities

Key notes:

The shapes of later life learning in Australia

Adult Learning Australia

Indigenous Perspectives on Lifelong Learning in Australia

Tony Dreise, ACER, Brisbane, Australia


The Getting of Wisdom - Wellington ProgramWellington Program – Thursday, 16 February 2017

Learning, empowerment and identity in later life

Key notes:

Māori perspectives on learning in later life: The case of Rauawaawa Trust
Rangimahora Reedy, CEO Rauawaawa Trust

New immigrants in Aotearoa NZ: Insights from seniors on learning
Nicola Sutton – English Language Partners

 

Papers

Papers

Conference participants who submitted papers by 9 December 2016 had the option of them being peered reviewed and published in the Conference proceedings. A selection of these papers will be published in this special edition of AJAL. There will also be an opportunity for a selection of these papers (and any later papers submitted to AJAL on related themes by 13 April 2017) to be published in a special, guest-edited November 2017 issue of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning (AJAL).

 

Resources

Resources

Help us promote the 2017 Getting of wisdom – Learning in later life by downloading and distributing the free promotional materials.

Flier – 2 page A4

Poster – Full Exchange – 1 page A4

Poster – Australia Conferences – 1 page A4

Poster – New Zealand Conference – 1 page A4

 

Program

Full Exchange Program

 

 

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