Volume 11 Issue 2


Recent Submissions

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    Stories from Sunnyside: Ellen White in Australia 1891-1900
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Knight, Sonia

    I’d never been to “Sunnyside” until a few weeks ago. So, the opportunity to tour Ellen White’s Australian home excited me. As a guide ushered our large group through the historic building, I saw not only the room where the Seventh-day Adventist Church pioneer wrote a large proportion of her writings, including The Desire of Ages, but also other items she’d used in the running of her household. Our guide interspersed historical facts with interesting snippets and captivating stories of everyday life.

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    History in the Details: A Historian Reflects on the Value of Letters
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Priestley, Robyn

    The humble letter proved a communication lifeline for Avondale alumna and missionary Margaret Watts between 1956 and 1966. She wrote letters almost every week to family and friends. For four years, the letters came from Redcliffe Mission Station on the island of Aobe in the New Hebrides, and for the last six years they came from Inus Mission Station on the island of Bougainville in the Territory of New Guinea. Dearest Folks: Letters Home From a Missionary Wife and Mother publishes almost 100 of these surviving letters, mostly from mid-1964 onwards.

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    Introducing Sunnyside
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) de Berg, Marian

    As an administrative assistant working at the Ellen G White Seventh-day Adventist Research Centre at Avondale College of Higher Education for the past two decades, I’ve been privileged to read Ellen White’s correspondence and manuscripts. She wrote a large portion of her writings, particularly those on the life of Jesus, while living in Australia. I’ve been encouraged and moved by her life’s journey while she lived in Cooranbong, a town near Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, where Avondale is located. Her correspondence during this time reveals Ellen White as a caring Christian woman giving her all to the work of the gospel.

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    Stories from Sunnyside: Where it Began
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Skrzypaszek, John

    Seventh-day Adventist Church pioneer Ellen White’s connection with Australia commenced with a vision she received on April 1, 1874. She referred to it as an “impressive dream in which the messenger said, ‘You are entertaining too limited ideas of the work for this time. . . . You must take broader views. The message will go in power to all parts of the world, to Oregon, to Europe, to Australia, to the islands of the sea.’” Fifteen years later, at the age of 64, she arrived in Sydney in December, 1891.

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    Wellbeing Education for Educators
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Morton, Darren; Hinze, Jason

    This study examined the impact of a 10-week multimodal wellbeing intervention (The Lift Project) on pre-service teachers’ personal wellbeing and their perceptions of the value of the intervention when embedded into their course of study. Ninety-two percent of the 103 students (20.1±3.0 yrs, 29 males/74 females) indicated that the intervention positively influenced their wellbeing. Significant improvements were observed in all domains of wellbeing measured, including: perceived physical health (5.1%, p<0.001), physical health behaviours (7.4%, p<0.001), mental health (16.3%, p<0.001), vitality (18.9%, p<0.001), spirituality (4.4%, p<0.01), and life satisfaction (7.1%, p<0.001). Further, significant reductions were recorded in symptoms of depression (-30.6%, p<0.001), anxiety (-34.9%, p<0.001) and stress (-23.3%, p<0.001). The pre-service teachers indicated that the intervention would equip them to support the wellbeing of their future students. The findings of the study suggest that meaningful improvements can be achieved in the wellbeing of pre-service teachers by embedding experiential studies of wellbeing into pre-service teacher education.

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    Strategies to Address Educational Needs of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Lennox, Madelyn; Shields, Marion

    This paper addresses some of the educational needs of students with hearing impairments, for this group has unique learning needs especially in relation to language acquisition. Throughout the course of history there have been two dominant approaches to deaf education, oral (speech) and manual (sign language). Despite conflicting opinions between medical professionals and educators in the field of Deaf education, current research suggests that flexibility and an openness to utilise a combination according to the individual needs of the students is the best approach to forming language proficiency. This paper will use these findings to suggest a holistic range of effective management strategies for educators, which target the physical, academic, social, emotional and communicative wellbeing of deaf students.

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    Transforming Classroom Practice
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Christian, Beverly J.; Van Bezouwen, April

    A journey into the amazing world of seeds.

    “How can seed pods encourage a sense of

    awe and wonder in young learners?”

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    Avondale Creates Community for Christian Early Childhood Educators in Australia
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Stacey, Brenton; Judge, Kaye

    Avondale has helped establish the first association for Christian early childhood educators in Australia at an inaugural conference organised and hosted by its Discipline of Education. The inter-denominational Australian Christian Early Childhood Educators Association (ACECEA) will bring academics and practitioners together to network, collaborate on research and promote informed practice. “We recognise a key strength will be unity of purpose,” says Kaye Judge, a lecturer in education (early childhood) at Avondale.

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    Values-Virtues Leadership and the Australian Professional Standard for Principals: Toward a Distinctive Touchstone for Principals in Christian Faith-Based Schools
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Rieger, Wilf

    The article challenges school leaders in Christian faith-based (CFB) schools to live Jesus’ kingdom values and virtues in their daily professional working and personal lives. To further this, the writer proposes an ethics, moral and spiritual purpose lens to ‘refract’ distinctive leadership profiles ─ complementary to the published Australian Professional Standard for Principals (APSP) ─ to encourage principals to engage in reflection and renewal, and bridge the gap between leadership rhetoric and practice.

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    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Perry, Graeme
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    Old School or Cutting Edge? An Examination of Ellen G. White's Views on Education from a Best Practice Twenty-First Century Perspective
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Christian, Beverly J.; Kilgour, Peter W.

    Ellen White was an inspired writer who was influential in the development of Adventist education in the late nineteenth century. She wrote prolifically on the philosophy of Christian education, its goals and its practice. This article explores her views, as written over a century ago, and compares them with several twenty-first educational concepts that impact pedagogical practice today. The concepts chosen are: neuroplasticity, differentiation, holistic education and well-being, metacognition, education for employability, visible learning and heutagogy. The comparison revealed that when White’s views were analysed in terms of purpose or in terms of underlying principles, they aligned with several educational concepts that are driving pedagogical practice in the twenty-first century.

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    Improving the Writing Skills of English Learners: An Impact on Student Learning Analysis
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Arnold, Holly W.

    In this action research project, English learners’ (ELs) progress is monitored with a variety of formal and informal evaluation methods through the Impact on Student Learning Analysis (ISLA). The purpose of this ISLA is to: a) determine the effect of instruction; b) use assessment methods to guide instruction; and c) communicate the results to multiple audiences. As evidence of this, lessons centered on writing conventions were implemented, with formative writing assessments to guide future lessons. Writing quizzes were given every week to determine the effect of the instruction. As a result of this analysis, it was deduced which formal and informal evaluation methods best worked with these ELs. By directly focusing on writing conventions, all ELs showed an increase in writing convention knowledge and overall writing skills.

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    Socioscientific Issues: A Framework for Teaching Ethics Through Controversial Issues in Science
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Pope, Timothy C.

    As science progresses, it seemingly uncovers more ethical dilemmas for society to grapple with. More than ever before educators of today face the challenge of preparing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage with these issues. This paper explores the potential of the Socioscientific Issues framework for the teaching of ethical understanding within the science classroom of Christian or other faith based schools and offers some insights into what teaching with socioscientific perspective might look like in the classroom.

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    Establishing Personal Ethics: Modelling Principles of Spiritual Leadership for a Christian Educator
    (Avondale Academic Press, 2017-11-01) Green, Richard L.

    Spiritual leadership for a college instructor relies upon developing certain principles that can only be derived from God. I assessed the value of many possible principles upon which anyone could draw to foster the necessary traits of a successful spiritual leader from God’s viewpoint. The outcome was the creation of a visual tool to illustrate the principles and their relationship to one another (Figure 1), which is then explained in detail. The evolution of this illustrative concept continued even during the writing process and was revised more than once until finalized into its current form. Submission to God is the core principle without which the other principles are impossible to develop. In short, spiritual leaders must be unquestioned followers of God. Once capitulation to God’s leading is established in a spiritual leader’s life, wisdom and understanding, personal integrity and ethics, and focus and perseverance are then available for the spiritual leader to develop.