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Pedagogy A-Go-Go

Dr. Gina Turner and Dr. Thomas O'Connor

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Welcome to Pedagogy A-Go-Go, a podcast about college faculty sharing what happens in their classrooms and why. Hosted by Dr. Gina Turner, Associate Professor of Psychology at Northampton Community College, and Dr. Thomas O'Connor, an Assistant Dean at Northampton Community College.
 
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In this interview, Dr Weston talks to Professor James O'Higgins Norman about bullying. Professor O'Higgins Norman is the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace at Dublin City University, where he is Director of the fantastic National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre. We chat about what bullying looks like in 2022, how…
 
Today’s guest has worked as part of the production team for some of the world’s biggest films and television shows. From Harry Potter to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp, to The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise. These days he’s helping people from his Doonan home with skills honed while on set as a makeup artist. Everyone has a st…
 
Professor Brackett outlines how, far from being a weakness, emotions - and our ability to feel, understand, and use them - are vital to achieving success. He describes his effective, evidence-based approach to emotional intelligence, known as RULER, which is used in thousands of schools worldwide.
 
In this interview, Dr Weston chats with Ella Podmore about her role as senior materials engineer at McLaren Automotive. Ella answers questions from children and young people, talking inspiringly about setting goals and how to work towards achieving them. Passionate about inspiring other girls into STEM industries, Ella also highlights some campaign…
 
Abalone has been a much sort after product in Asian countries, however with fewer exports heading to China there’s now a push by the New South Wales Abalone Association to get abalone on menus here in Australia and to raise awareness for the product amongst Aussie consumers. Greg Finn and Greg Ryzy are both part of the association and I spoke to th…
 
In this interview, Dr Weston talks with PhD student, Caoimhe Dempsey about her research into how parents feel when their children first start school. We know a lot about how to make children 'school-ready' in terms of their learning, but what about how parental attitudes and emotions impact their transition? Do parents tend to feel positively about…
 
In this interview, Dr Weston chats to England and Saracens rugby player, Sonia Green, otherwise known as Sonic. They discuss how to encourage sporting participation, how to balance academic pressures with sporting aspirations and the best way to deal with inevitable injuries. A must listen for all parents of young athletes and their children.…
 
In this interview, Professor Mina Fazel talks to Dr Weston about supporting displaced children once they are in a place of refuge. Listen now to find out about the crucial importance of a sense of belonging and how the outcomes of these children are dramatically improved if they are able to form natural social connections. Teachers and school staff…
 
Researcher of the month, Professor David Putwain, discusses his recent paper which focuses on whether warning GCSE students of the consequences of failure (otherwise known as a 'fear appeal') is a motivating strategy in terms of their levels of engagement and achievement. He outlines the reasons why teachers use fear appeals, how this kind of appro…
 
In this podcast interview, Dr Weston talks with Professor Deirdre Butler and Dr Paula Lehane about how Minecraft: Education Edition is being used in classrooms. They discuss the great potential of so called 'sandbox' games in children's learning, outline current gaps in the research evidence and provide useful tips for any teachers wanting to make …
 
Researcher of the Month, Dr Éadaoin Slattery, discusses her recent paper, which systematically reviews the evidence around popular sustained attention training interventions, which are widely used in schools. She talks us through what sustained attention is, why it is important and whether or not widely used interventions are likely to have a signi…
 
In this interview, Dr Weston talks with Justin Bowen about his own family's experience of loss and what prompted him to write support books for parents, schools and children experiencing bereavement. They discuss how schools can best support children who have lost a loved one (and how settings can access Justin's fantastic and practical book, 'Be T…
 
Today’s guest has dedicated herself to her career in ophthalmology with study and work in places like London, Singapore, Melbourne, and Sydney. Her father’s influence in terms of the way he helped and supported his children early on with their careers has had a big influence on my guest today, and in turn, there’s an element of giving back to the c…
 
Our Researcher of the Month, Tom King, discusses his recent paper which reviews the evidence for peer-led mental health and wellbeing interventions, widely used in schools worldwide. He talks us through why they are so appealing to schools and outlines the potential benefits and risks.
 
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Bennie Kara, deputy headteacher, author and speaker on diversity in the curriculum and school environment. Bennie shares her wealth of expertise on how schools can build an inclusive school culture, talks about the importance of language and outlines some key terminology that all educators and parents should be…
 
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Nikita Hayden about the experiences of young people who have siblings with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Research into the outcomes of these children is extremely mixed. Dr Hayden unpacks the complexities of this, highlighting more complex family factors that also impact on young people's outco…
 
Our researcher of the month, Dr Larisa McLoughlin, talks to Dr Weston about her recent paper which examines whether or not social connectedness is a protective factor against cyberbullying's negative impact on mental health and wellbeing. They chat about what social connectedness really is, the best ways to approach conversations about cyberbullyin…
 
In this podcast, Dr Weston is joined by research scientist, Dr Natalie Brown, to discuss the importance of menstrual cycle education and its current delivery in UK schools. They discuss the everyday effects of the menstrual cycle, including its impact on school attendance, social confidence and participation in sport and physical activity, and expl…
 
You can't help but get swept up in my next guest's enthusiasm when she talks to you. She's a podcaster, coach, and author of the book Radical Self Belief.She's spent a lot of her time helping women and now she's turning her attention towards helping blokes. This episode is full of cracking one-liners that you're sure to remember and repeat to other…
 
Our researcher of the month, Mishika Mehrotra, talks to Dr Weston about the importance of mealtime conversation between parent and child. Join us to learn more about the why mealtimes are so important, what Mishika will be investigating and how to encourage children to open up during family chat around the table. Mishika is currently pursuing a PhD…
 
In this podcast, Dr Weston is joined by Laura Barrett, author of a powerful and moving new book which chronicles her experiences when, shortly after birth, her third son was diagnosed with the life-limiting genetic condition, cystic fibrosis. It is a powerful and inspiring read, imparting a strong message of hope for any parent going through a simi…
 
There's always been a sense of myth and mystery around baseball. MLB teams like the New York Yankees, The White Sox, and the LA Dodgers are globally recognised brands, and while the game may not be considered a tier-one game in Australia, a local club, Sunshine Coast Baseball has given my son Max a sense of purpose, passion and skill level that I'l…
 
My guest on today's episode is a cardiologist who's studied and worked all over the world, from the UK to Italy, Germany, and the United States.With the recent deaths of prominent Australians, Shane Warne, and Senator Kimberley Kitching, cricketer Ryan Campbell is luckily recovering following his cardiac arrest; pre-emptive measures around heart di…
 
This month Gina and Tom sit down with Assistant Professor of Biology, Sonia Massie. In this episode, Sonia explains the value of teaching with grace and leeway and why she believes this compassion-based pedagogy is exactly what our students need now and moving forward. Listen in as she reflects on why she’s decided to move away from lectures and ho…
 
Our researcher of the month, Dr Ola Demkowicz, talks to Dr Weston about teenage girls' mental health. We know that girls and women tend to be at greater risk of low mood, anxiety and depression, and that over the last decade or so, more girls are reporting symptoms of low mood and anxiety. Dr Demkowicz joins us to discuss her recent paper which inv…
 
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Patrice Bain, educator, speaker and author, about her new book A Parent's Guide to Powerful Teaching. In it, they discuss some of the science behind how children learn and Patrice outlines practical and simple strategies that parents can use at home with their children to optimise learning. You'll also learn mo…
 
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with suicide prevention and postvention expert, Dr Chris Bowden. They discuss the importance of cultivating emotional literacy, developing coping mechanisms and managing impulsive behaviours before considering how schools can best respond in the sad event of a pupil dying by suicide.…
 
Our researcher of the month, PhD student Emre Deniz, talks to Dr Weston about sibling bullying. They discuss how common this phenomenon is, how often it goes unnoticed and what it involves. Learn more about predictive and protective factors and optimal ways that parents can respond to bullying in the home. Emre also specialises in sibling relations…
 
Welcome back and welcome to the start of season four! Join us as Gina and Tom sit down with Dr. Cara McClintock, Professor of English at Northampton Community College. In this episode, Cara shares her vision of the classroom as a two-way street and how she has learned that by embracing this relationship with her students, they each gain a greater u…
 
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, founder of the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, a drug and alcohol education charity that aims to support young people make safe choices about drugs and alcohol and reduce harm. Fiona and her husband Tim set up the charity in response to the death of their son Daniel, having taken ecstasy. Fi…
 
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with developmental psychologist, Dr Rory Devine. They focus on what we know about how young children develop control over their own thoughts and actions (their ‘executive functions’), and how they acquire the ability to tune in to the thoughts, feelings, and desires of others (their 'theory of mind'), and the positi…
 
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Karri Gillespie-Smith about the experiences of children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the post-Covid period. They discuss Dr Gillespie-Smith's Road to Recovery project, which aims to build a clear picture of the challenges faced by families with children with intellectual disabilities …
 
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