Program outline

Program details

(Subject to clarification and change)

Forum • 'At the frontline:context, pedagogy and practice'

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Pre-conference Forum at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Darwin was 'at the front line' of Australia’s defence during WWII, suffering 64 bombing raids. This 'frontline' focus continues today, with a focus on Indigenous education and health.

Our guest speakers for the Forum are from the adult literacy front line, and will leave you in awe and inspired, as they paint a picture of the context, pedagogy and practice of adult literacy and numeracy 'Northern Territory style'. This will include presentations that focus on Indigenous contexts and a 'both ways' approach to pedagogy.

Interest Group Gatherings (more on this to come) will focus on Indigenous contexts, the justice and VET systems, targeted programmes such as the LLNP and WELL, Policy and Research and Numeracy Teaching.

We expect the 27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) will be on exhibition.

Late afternoon, move to the renowned Mindil Beach Market for a casual meal and a fabulous sunset. Apparently such sunsets are compulsory at Mindil Beach!

Mindil beach sunset

Mindil Beach sunset

Conference • "hands up... hands on..."

Friday, 10 September 2010


Coaches leave selected Darwin hotels in the CBD

A coach service will operate morning and afternoon between the CBD and the University. At any time you can use the public coach service or taxi.

(Information will be provided about some CBD hotels, you need to make your own booking.)


Opening and welcome at Charles Darwin University

We are at the CDU Casuarina Campus, 15km from the city centre, situated in lush, tropical gardens.


Keynote session

Workshop sessions

Hands up… Hands on… will focus on how we can make a difference through our work in adult literacy and numeracy.

Hands up… reminds us that adult learning is most successful when the learner has ownership and control of the learning.  Adults embark on a learning journey driven by their own needs and aspirations and our role in the adult literacy and numeracy field is to nurture these. Hands up… also relates to the need for vigilance to ensure that adult literacy and numeracy is just as much about building communities and expanding social inclusion as it is about building a skilled workforce.

Hands on… encourages a special focus on practical, creative solutions to complex problems arising from a wide variety of social contexts in which learning can take place. The various sites of adult literacy and numeracy learning now and in the future present many opportunities for people to learn and realise their personal, community and employment aspirations. This conference offers you an opportunity to share ideas about creative and transformative practice.

Late afternoon

Coaches return to Darwin CBD

Early evening

Civic Reception, Parliament House, Darwin - hosted by Dr Christopher Burns MLA, Minister for Education and Training

Saturday, 11 September 2010


Coaches leave selected Darwin hotels in the CBD


Conference continues at Charles Darwin University


Keynote session

Workshop sessions

Conference concludes

Late afternoon

Coaches return to Darwin CBD

Evening Deck chair cinema and other options

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