I started out as an agricultural economist before moving into secondary school teaching. I became dissillusioned with secondary teaching and moved into social services, community education and community development. From 1989 I worked briefly in the polytechnic sector and after a redundancy in 1993, moved moved back to community, managing a domestic violence intervention project and facilitating education programmes, for about 12 years. In 2005 I started working at EIT Hawkes Bay teaching social services and in 2007 was appointed to the role of Co-ordinator/tutor on the Diploma of Adult Education.
Hold a Bachelor in Agricultural Science (Hons) through Massey University, a Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), Certificate in Adult Eucation and a Diploma in Integrative Psychology (Hakomi) through EIT. Currently completing a Masters in Adult Education (Adult Learning Global Change) through Monash University in Melbourne.
I am passionate about encouraging learners to learn to learn, and to come to a place of valuing learning in their lives as means of shaping their own future and positively influencing the futures of those with whom they associate. I encourage learners to find the ways of learning that work for them, and have relevance for them. In order to do this I endeavour to teach in ways that are strongly grouded in the principles of social learning, and in which meaningful relationships (learner:learner, learner:teacher)are established and fostered. I try to create learning opportunities that are meaningful in the life and/or work contexts of the learner. In my role as 'teacher' I try to never forget that alongside learners, I too am a learner in whatever the teaching and learning context we are sharing.
My current teaching roles include:
- Programme Co-ordinator/Lecturer Diploma of Adult Education (see information at http://www.eit.ac.nz/study_programmes/diploma_in_adult_education.aspx)
The papers I am teaching in this current year are: Teaching Practice, Assessment and Evaluation, Programme Design and Development, Teachers as Leaders and Advanced Teaching : Principles and Practice.
- Lecturer Certificate in Introduction to Social Services (a foundation level programme)
The papers I am teaching in ths current year are: Personal development and New Zealand Society
- I am also active in the wider EIT community, facilitating an annual teaching and learning "Innovation Week", and contributiing to the Teaching and Learning Plan 2010-2015, as well as participating in a Literacy and Numeracy community of practice, and fostering programme and faculty based teaching and learning fora.
My own learning:
In the Masters in Adult Education programme I am currently participating in, I have completed the following papers to date:
- Adult learning : Contexts and perspectives
- Work and learning
- Fostering learning in practice
and have a further three papers to complete:
4. Locating oneself in global learning (In progress across whole programme)
5. Global/local learning
6. Understanding research
- Cycling - Road and MTB
- Adventure racing
- Good wine and food
- Good movies
- The occasional thriller to read
My wiki projects
- I registered for eL4C41, a Learning4Content workshop to learn wiki skills.
- I am planning to research and establish an online community of learning "Bicultural teaching for Pakeha teachers in tertiary education in Aotearoa/New Zealand". I have established a separate wiki-page Wiki Project 2010: Bicultural Practice to record my initial ideas to contribute to the community from my own current practice and to note ideas for developing this project
My optional community service (learning contract) project
||By signing this optional learning contract I will try to complete my training in basic wiki editing skills to achieve the status of a Wikibuddy. In return for this free training opportunity, I will give the gift of knowledge by donating or developing at least one free content resource licensed under a CC-BY-SA or CC-BY license which can be used by myself (and others) on WikiEducator.|
| Brief description of project
||Bicultural practices for pakeha (non-Maori) teachers in tertiary education in Aotearoa/New Zealand - an online community of practice.|
| Target date for completion
||Researched by end August 2010 and established by end 2010|
||<--Deb Stewart 12:04, 26 July 2010 (UTC).>|
Feedback and notes from my WikiNeighbours
- Dear Deb, Can you share with us your experiences on what was most beneficial to you on learning wiki skills? --R C Sharma, PhD 14:13, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
(: Dear Deb, Good Day. You page is improving now. Please you may like to add more information on educational resources you are using for your courses. Pl ask if you need some help. and Congratulations for your certificate. --R C Sharma, PhD 16:48, 1 August 2010 (UTC))
(: Dear Deb, Hope you are reading the instructions on wiki skills. In case of any help needed, donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email me or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes. --Ramesh Sharma 20:02 30 July 2010 (UTC))
(: Dear Deb, Hope you are checking instructions on building page, in case of any difficulty, please do not hesitate to ask for help. --Ramesh Sharma 20:57 23 July 2010 (UTC))
(: Greetings Deb, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I am your facilitator and will help you in develop your page. Enjoy this workshop and donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email me or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 18:54, 21 July 2010 (UTC))
(: Welcome Deb. It was nice to chat with you at the live online session. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or require assistance. Cheers ) --jennip 03:53, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
(: Hi Deb, Good to see you're progressing well with this wiki thingy.. and that you've got quite an ambitious project lined up -Mverhaart 09:32, 28 July 2010 (UTC))