Day in Applied Sociology 13: In the field again, this time for a new education project I’ll be taking over soon. It is a longitudinal study of different cohorts in regional areas, exploring their support networks for study and work. Continue reading Education and Work
Day in Applied Sociology 9: Completed the design for a mock up brochure and a client paper explaining the social science behind the design, for a quick turnaround advice piece on an education program. This was a fun application of visual … Continue reading Visual Sociology for Social Policy
Day in Applied Sociology 5: Completed the design for a mock up brochure and a client paper explaining the social science behind the design, for a quick turnaround advice piece on an education program. Very grateful to have collaborated with … Continue reading Education design
Day in Applied Sociology 3: Managed to make good progress on an education project focusing on communicating change. We had a great view as inspiration – this one below! Wrote a brief for senior executive on my major project. Finished … Continue reading Progress on Education Project
A significant but growing minority of Australia-educated international graduates show signs of economic disadvantage in the Australian workforce, despite their Australian qualifications. While these students have gained their degrees in Australia, my research shows they are less successful in finding work in their chosen profession relative to students from English-speaking countries and Australia-born graduates. The largest disadvantage occurs for students born in India and China who are aged in their 20s.
They face discrimination from employers who exclude considering them for roles, presuming that their English language skills are poor, or that their cultural differences would make them a poor organisational fit. This is not aligned with evidence showing that cultural diversity enriches workplaces.
James Coleman’s classic sociology study on the structural inequalities of the American education system has an ongoing influence in academia and in public discussions.
“One implication stands out above all: That schools bring little influence to bear on a child’s achievement that is independent of his background and general social context; and that this very lack of an independent effect means that the inequalities imposed on children by their home, neighbourhood, and peer environment are carried along to become the inequalities with which they confront adult life at the end of school.”
Public funding for libraries tends to be decreasing in many parts of the world. The idea that libraries and librarians are redundant because we can search for information online is false. Librarians are trained professionals who understand information needs of different groups as well as the nuances of research.Continue reading “In Support of the Public Library”
The lights in the video below represent areas on our planet where there’s more than 1 million people. This display at the Museum of Victoria educates on the ecological impact of population growth on the environment and climate change.Continue reading “How Over Population Changes the World”
A study published in Social Science Quarterly shows that music lessons outside of school have a positive effect on literacy and math.Continue reading “Music Literacy and Social Mobility”
In 2013 Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argued Australia is overly focused on debt without putting this into international context.Continue reading “Economics for Social Infrastructure”