AARE Seminar Series - Seminar one - 'Be careful who you associate with': In dialogue with the AARE President

Wed, Jul. 8, 2020 19:00:00 — 20:00:00


As a child, I recall well-meaning adults advising me to be careful who I associated it with. It’s not something I gave too much thought to then or since, but being asked to give this talk to members of our association, at a time when so many of our ways of associating have been disrupted, has made me think about this question and helped to frame the discussion I want to have with members.

Interestingly, our constitution has very little to say about how we associate. It sets out the purpose of AARE and how it is organised. Instead, it is our recently created code of conduct that speaks to the terms of our association and how we relate to each other – our responsibility to treat each other with respect, to not encourage or participate in bullying or intimidation, to adopt appropriate language in our communications, to act honesty in all dealings with other members, to behave ethically, and to not discriminate against any person. It is an impressive list of intentions but what happens when we fall short? How might our organisation’s response be underpinned by an ethics of care that is framed by an educative rather than a punitive purpose?

In this seminar (dialogue), I hope to present some scenarios that facilitate a discussion about these questions and that strengthen the basis of our Association.

Debra Hayes is Professor of Education and Equity and Head of School Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Her research investigates the inequitable effects of schooling in contexts where there are high levels of poverty and difference. Her most recent book, completed with Craig Campbell, is a biography of Jean Blackburn (1919–2001), one of the key architects of the Disadvantaged Schools Program (1974–1996).


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