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CESA E-Newsletter

November 2012

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Featured Contributions

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From the President, Kathleen McKenzie

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Yearning to Learn, Virginia McMurray

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Student to Professional, Rodney Yeomans

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Why Teach Grammar?, Elizabeth Manning Murphy

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Knowledge Production, Kathleen McKenzie

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A Non-coercive Approach to Self-discipline, Hugh Twaddle

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Email and Internet, Maureen Fairhurst

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Psychological Differences between Men and Women, Dr Cliff Wilson

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From the Archives: The Grant of Arms

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From the President

Kathleen McKenzie

Welcome to CESA’s second newsletter. I hope that somewhere in the newsletter you find inspiration and renewed enthusiasm for your workplace, your business, your classes, your own interests in life. I encourage all of you as members of the Society to contribute articles about your experiences or stories either past or present, funny or sad, inspiring or moving, whether they are about vocational education, commercial ventures, life after VET, your interests, travels . . . Enjoy this issue.

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Yearning to Learn

Virginia McMurray

I recently read with interest the remarkable story of an 86 year old who was preparing to accept her PhD in English Literature through the University of Newcastle. Her wonderful achievement was the culmination of many years of study over her entire life. The article spoke of how much education had enriched her life and how age had been no barrier to her enjoying her study years. Although it’s an opinion I hear often, until recently, I don’t think I fully comprehended the extent of the sentiment.

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Student to Professional

Rodney Yeomans

Transferrable, employability, or “soft” skills are those attributes deemed by an employer to be advantageous to a job candidate’s success in a specific work role. Such transferrable skills are often included in the key selection criteria outlined in the position description of the work role the employer is advertising. Depending upon the position and the employer, these skills can be many and varied, and it is up to the job candidate themselves to address the selection criteria in their application — and to demonstrate evidence and examples of their practical application of these skills.

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Why Teach Grammar?

Elizabeth Manning Murphy

For more than thirty years, debate has raged about the teaching of English grammar in schools. There are those who deplored it, saying ‘Children should be allowed to express themselves’ and those who supported it, saying that an understanding of grammar was foundational to good expression in English at all levels.

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Knowledge Production

Kathleen McKenzie

“The empires of the future will be the empires of the mind.” Winston Churchill.

I am sure that all of you are interested in knowledge production — we hear it almost everyday in the classroom, in the workplace and see it in print and on the internet. Yet, this is not a new buzz word.

Read more . . .

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A Non-coercive Approach to Self-discipline

Hugh Twaddle

Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.” — Socrates [Goodreads.com (2012)] Socrates wrote those few words between 469BC and 399BC — yet when you reflect on what he said, there are many generations to which these words could apply.

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Email and Internet

Maureen Fairhurst

Email is not just for business as it originally started out. Nowadays email takes its place with the telephone, mobile phone, FAX and every other means of communication, and, let’s face it, more and more organisations are requiring the public to communicate by email or fill in forms through the Internet rather than by phone or mail. There is, I have discovered, a ‘need’ for email and Internet training.

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Psychological Differences between Men and Women

Dr Cliff Wilson

There are some outstanding differences — psychologically — between women and men. A man tends to see a whole picture, whereas a woman sees details. Over and over again, a woman cannot give a simple yes or no answer, but has to go into all sorts of descriptive expressions. A man should understand that; and a woman should also recognise that the man does not necessarily want all those details.

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From the Archives

The Grant of Arms — Condensed from an address to members of Council and their guests, including the Society’s most recent Diplomates. December, 1969.

These arms have been assigned to this Society by the Earl Marshal England on the advice of his Garter Kings of Arms and you are provided with a facsimile illustration of the original document.

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The Commercial Education Society of Australia was founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1911 as a non-profit company limited by guarantee. The Society has been accorded the patronage of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and honoured with a grant of arms by the Earl Marshall of England. The Society was the first recognized body to offer examinations for vocational education and training (commercial education).

The Society provides a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. It has a tradition of providing low cost educational opportunities without discrimination of any kind. It is dedicated to helping and encouraging colleges and staff to improve their teaching standards through networking with other members. It encourages students and individual candidates to strive for high standards and to reach their potential. The Society offers exams both nationally and internationally.

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Copyright © November 2012 Commercial Education Society of Australia

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