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Living family, studying family : exploring the tensions

Mahoney, Mary, Dakis, Cheryl and Butler, Pauline 2003, Living family, studying family : exploring the tensions, in Relationships : family, work and community : proceedings of the 3rd Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 68-73.

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Title Living family, studying family : exploring the tensions
Author(s) Mahoney, Mary
Dakis, Cheryl
Butler, Pauline
Conference name Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference (3rd: 2003: Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 15 - 16 Nov 2003
Title of proceedings Relationships : family, work and community : proceedings of the 3rd Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference
Editor(s) Moore, Kathleen A.
Publication date 2003
Start page 68
End page 73
Total pages 6 P.
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Whilst the role and value of education is extremely contested, there are some areas of common agreement: that educational experiences and activities give meaning to features of the world other than themselves; that education helps individuals to see the world differently; that it is a fluid process, moving in and out from general to specific; and, that it provides understanding and meaning for the learner and teacher. The dynamics result is reciprocity in relationships between the knowledge and the known and between the subject and the object of the learning. This reciprocity results in significant change. For instance, what is learned changes the individual and thus their relationships, which, in tum, results in new learning and thus new relationships. The reverse is also the case - relationships affect learning. This paper will explore the changes that occur when the learner is studying family studies/relationships education and is simultaneously living them as a mature woman with a family. It will consider the tensions, assumptions and expectations for self as student, partner, worker and community member and the reciprocal links to relationships within the family.
ISBN 0909881243
9780909881245
Language eng
Field of Research 130309 Learning Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003, the Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005242

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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