ALARA Australian Conference: The Whole Person: sustainable futures in living, learning and working

11 Sep 2008 - 8:00am
12 Sep 2008 - 5:00pm

The Whole Person: sustainable futures in living, learning and working

ALARA Australian Conference 2008, Canberra, September 11-12
Hosted by the Centre for Education Excellence, Canberra Institute of Technology

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The conference theme explores the encroachment of economic rationalist approaches to our work and life and its dominance in areas such as health and education particularly. This is often pursued at the expense of community development and wellbeing of individuals and families, not to mention workplaces and our educational institutions.

The central focus on sustainability concerns education (e.g. developing sustainable curricula), community development (e.g. designing and developing sustainable communities), and environmental impacts (e.g. sustainable futures and technologies). This is not an exhaustive list, but outlines the intentions behind the theme, to develop the whole person. In this, the whole person requires attention to issues of health and wellbeing, work-life balance, investigation of the worker-learner, education for lifelong learning and tensions between individual and community and economics and community.

The approach the ALARA/CIT team wishes to take involves a loose conference format enabling open discussion and working of issues and ideas before, during and after the event. Whilst presentations are welcome, we hope to broaden the scope to include first-time delegates and students studying in the areas mentioned above, to enable new and emerging voices in these fields to actively contribute.

Networked and online technologies will be used to complement the face-to-face offerings at the conference.

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is the ACT’s largest public vocational education and training (VET) provider, with three main campuses at Reid, Bruce and Phillip.

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