30th Issue of Dialogue Australasia Journal OUT NOW!
Access Online (Current Members Only)
- Educating the Heart by Fr Chris Gleeson SJ, Melbourne
- Concepts of God by Professor Andrew Wright, London
- What Does It Mean to be Human? 6 lessons to start the journey by Brian Poxon, Wells **
- Ethics: Beyond Judgement and Death. Rationale and Student Unit Outline by Nikolai Blaskow, Canberra**
- Life after Death by Nicky Hansell, Yorkshire
- Stealing Contemplative Moments with Students by Tom Brennen, Sunshine North
- Creating Space for Mindfulness by Leigh Burrows, Adelaide
- Cast Out Into the Deep! The Art of Daring to Teach Religion by Megan McKenna, Albuquerque
- Nurturing an Understanding of Muslims by Australia by Nahid Kabir, Adelaide
**Additional supporting resources for these Units (including PPTs) can be accessed on the DAN website under Resources (using your current 2013 User Name & Password)
This Issue has been sent to all 2013 members of DAN and Dialogue Australasia subscribers.
If you have not received your copy by 22/11, or would like to renew your Membership, please contact the DAN EO.
New Film from EthicsOnline - Released November 2013.
LIFE AFTER DEATH
Ethics Online present another five absorbing and contemporary films on Life After Death, including the thoughts of Plato, The Buddha, St Paul, Augustine, Pascal, Descartes, Ryle, Hick, Stevenson, Blackmore and Dawkins.
Teachers’ notes, scripts & classroom activities accompany each film.
Read more about the other films available from EthicsOnline which are available for purchase from DAN. There are now 6 film series covering: Environmental Ethics, The Problem of Evil, Sex & Ethics, Abortion, War & Peace and the latest, Life After Death.
‘Philosophy is not just about reason. I suspect it might find more time in schools if that became more widely known. The good philosopher is the individual who can take risks, can tolerate uncertainty, can play with ideas. The heart is developed alongside the mind. And of course, such qualities should be central to education.’ from Mark Vernon, Philosophy and true freedom of speech
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 9th International DAN Conference.
Delegates have access to Keynote and Workshop Resources.
Further to the details advised in an email on 17/7, you will be prompted for a Password to enter the Conference Portal. If you have any difficulties, please contact the DAN EO.
Enter the 2013 DAN CONFERENCE RESOURCE PORTAL
‘I am most alive when I am not connected to technology‘
Student quote from Richard Browning’s Keynote on Service Learning
PM Kevin Rudd asked the General of the Jesuits, Father Nicolas -
‘What is the most important challenge facing the Jesuits in the world today?’
Father Nicolas replied with stunning brevity: “The Globalization of Superficiality.”
‘Teaching is the only profession where you have to meet all of your clients at the same time’
Dr Leigh Burrows
Read more about the 9th International DAN Conference …
A WORLD OF PRAYER:
Spiritual Leaders, Activists and Humanitarians Share Their Favorite Prayers by Ros Bradley
This was the book given to all speakers and as I mentioned once or twice (!) it’s a super little book for use at both school and home.
You can order it from Mosaic Resources
Established in 2002, Dialogue Australasia Network (DAN) is an exciting and important initiative arising from a commitment to develop Values, Philosophy & Religious Studies with intellectual rigour and contemporary relevance in Australasian schools. We have over 300 members from Independent, Catholic and Government schools and Educational Bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
DAN’s PURPOSE is to help young people become more fully human by nuturing and promoting the development of a broad-based academic approach to the teaching of Values, Philosophy & Religious Studies.
DAN’s VISION is to be a vibrant organisation that brings together educators who have a shared sense of the importance of our purpose, and a willingess to work together to achieve its objectives.
A FIVE STRANDS APPROACH
DAN promotes a Five Strands approach to form the base for each school’s RAVE Curriculum from Prep – Yr 12 covering five essential areas:
- Textual Strand: An appreciation of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures (and the Judeo-Christian heritage underpinning much modern culture)
- World Religions Strand
- Philosophy of Religion Strand
- Values Strand
- Affective Strand: Silence and Stillness
Every school is encouraged to develop these strands according to their specific curriculum aims, traditions, ethos and strengths. Read more …
MEMBERSHIP OF DAN
Membership of DAN is open to any individual, school or organisation committed to furthering the aims of the network. DAN supports its members through:
- Dialogue Australasia Journal (twice yearly)
- Website with access to online Teaching Resources
- Professional Development Opportunities including Workshops & a bi-annual Conference
- Periodic e-Newsletters and Updates
- A network of like-minded colleagues throughout Australia and New Zealand
Check out our range of online resources including curriculum outlines, schemes of work and detailed lesson plans.
The 5 Strands Beginners Curriculum is offered as one possible way into teaching RAVE for new and non-specialist teachers.
Yr 9 Matrix Course, Dr Nicholas Coleman, Wesley College, Victoria