1,277 results for Conference paper

  • The implications for science education of the hermeneutic philosophy of science.

    Shaw, R. (2010)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    This paper introduces a modern philosophical tradition and indicates its implications for science education. The hermeneutic philosophy of science is the tradition of Kant, Heidegger, and Heelan. Essential to this tradition are two concepts of truth, truth as correspondence and truth as disclosure. It is these concepts that enable access to science in and of itself. Modern science forces aspects of reality to reveal themselves to human beings in events of disclosure. The achievement of each event of disclosure requires the precise manipulation of equipment, which is an activity that depends on truth as correspondence. The implications of the hermeneutic philosophy of science for science education are profound. The paper refers to Newton?s early work on optics to explore what the theory implies for teaching. Science is about a relationship between each student, equipment, and reality. Science teachers provide for their students access to truth and they may show how their discipline holds a special relationship to reality. If the aim of science teaching is to enable students to disclose reality, the science curriculum will challenge some of the current practices of schooling. If teachers base science teaching upon the hermeneutic philosophy of science, science will assert itself as the intellectual discipline that derives from nature, and not from the inclinations of human beings. It will become apparent that science teachers teach nature?s own science.

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  • Older workers and intergenerational workplaces: Implications for management educators

    Bourke, J.; Bourke, D. (2010)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Increased workforce participation by older workers is an emerging reality. Older workers are often perceived as reluctant learners unable to adapt to new technology, but both research and empirical evidence suggest that this stereotyping is not valid. Where managers hold to this view they create the reality of aged-based cohorting by denying older workers training in technology, which in turn leads to reduced technological skills. Consequently, older workers will be denied positions where technology skills are important. Yet, as producers and consumers, older workers can only remain valuable economic contributors if managers better understand how to encourage them to change and (re)train. The limiting factors in developing workers are attitude and aptitude, not age. Discrimination on age-related grounds can distract the debate from the real management issues around maintaining a competent workforce. Training and development in the workplace is about developing workforce skills. Managers cannot expect optimal performance in a changing workplace unless investment is made in developing workers hand-in-hand with investment in technologies. Stigmatising a worker cohort on the basis of age is counter-productive to this process. This paper reports an analysis made of relevant New Zealand Diploma in Business courses to establish the extent to which learners are introduced to management of intergenerational workplace issues. The conclusion reached is that no learning outcomes address these issues, and raises the question of whether management educators are permitted sufficient flexibility to introduce emerging workplace issues in this programme.

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  • Quality assurance in open and distance learning - Making it work in the digital age.

    Rutland, P. (2009)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    This paper discusses a number of aspects of quality assurance (QA) related to Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the digital age.

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  • Women learning in community.

    Ross, C. (2006)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • New learning challenges.

    Matehaere-Patten, S. A. (2008)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses new learning challenges.

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  • Teaching an entrepreneurial approach to marketing planning for business success - as applied to NZ Dip Bus course 248 Marketing planning and control.

    Bhatt, R.; Joshi, R. (2006)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Employment ethics: Privacy and hiring decisions.

    Scholes, V. (2006)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Human rights legislation in Australia and New Zealand places restrictions on the information an employer may require from job applicants as a basis for hiring. Some of these restrictions help to maintain the privacy of applicants and protect them from unethical discrimination in the job market. In this paper I argue there is other information that employers may potentially require of job applicants that raises similar privacy and discrimination concerns. This involves information about personal characteristics or private activities that may be statistically linked to higher or lower productivity across employees as a group. This may be sought through methods such as pre-employment drug testing, personality tests or interview questions. I discuss the potential this creates for a disturbing conflict between important liberty and privacy values, raising questions about the nature of employment positions and the trade-off between these ethical values that we may need to consider.

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  • Enterprise training and trade unions: A pilot study of India's IT sector.

    Malik, A. (2005)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Enterprise training and trade unions: A pilot study of India's IT sector

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  • The pricing challenge in a social enterprise: A case study.

    Awan, N. (2008)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Volunteers: Perceived invisible in accounting.

    Cordery, C.; Narraway, G. (2006)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses the increasing use and reliance on volunteers in Early Childhood Education, and how increasingly volunteers are board members with professional skills and parents with trade skills. Looks at Governments attempts to put a dollar value on these assests, and at accounting methods that could be used for this task. Concludes that government must increase funding to cover contribution by volunteers especially in relation to the 20 hours free program.

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  • A brave new e-World? An exploratory analysis of worldwide eGovernment readiness, level of democracy corruption and globalisation.

    Kovacic, Z. (2004)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • A comparison of learning and teaching styles: Self perception of IT students.

    Kovacic, Z. (2004)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Automatic grader of advanced office skills.

    Kovacic, Z.; Green, J. S. (2010)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Collaborative trends in higher education.

    Karamat, P.; Petrova, K. (2008)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Using digital storytelling and video to build a virtual world of e-learning.

    Fowler, P. (2007)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Wrestling with metadata.

    Brown, C.; Thomas, B. (2007)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    The objective of the OER (Open Educational Resources) project is to develop courseware that will be freely available to all tertiary education institutions in New Zealand. We were faced with the challenge of developing a model for future online open-source education projects. We needed to develop a metadata profile in order to package the learning materials so that they were searchable, and we wanted to be sure that the process we developed was easy to use by a range of people. The presentation will: Share ideas about metadata application profiles, models and pitfalls. Give attendees an understanding of the process we used to develop the application profile. Look at the technical process undertaken in packaging a learning object with metadata attached. Discuss and develop a shared understanding of interoperable metadata application profiles. Involve wrestling metaphors and catch cries. Finally, we compare the OER metadata application profile with that of other developments in Aotearoa New Zealand and discuss suggestions for moving towards greater interoperability.

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  • Circulating capital: A judicial label.

    McDermott, J.; Prebble, J. (2003)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • Using augmented reality technology to render 3-dimensional objects in paper-based course materials to enhance learning for apprentice engineering trade students.

    Mersham, G. M. (2009)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses how Augmented Reality images can be produced from a teaching manual for 2nd year engineering students. Based on a research project by a cross functional team from the Open Polytechnic funded by Ako Aotearoa. The overriding objective is to improve the learning experience for year two apprentice engineering trade students using augmented reality technology.

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  • Quality of life in end-stage renal disease

    McLachlan, K. (2010)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

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  • The New Education Fellowship Conference, 1937.

    Adams, P. (2007)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses the New Education Fellowship Conference, held 1937. It was organized by NZCER and was NZ's largest educational event with thousands of public and teachers attending sessions in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

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