In Real Time

By Melodie Bat and Tina A. Doe.

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This paper uses the personal and professional experiences of two academics working on a collaboration project in order to elicit some general principles of practice for similar undertakings. This paper shows that it is possible to find a resolution to the tension between the human and the bureaucratic that often exists when working in collaboration in the tertiary sector. The reflective process engaged in by the two collaborators has generated two main proposals. The first is that of a metaphor of working that aligns the essential governance paradigms of the two institutions and has context specificity. The second has more general application and is a set of three principles that has emerged from this work: finding time; making space; and being real. This paper follows the journey of the initial collaboration at a program level between two Northern Territory tertiary institutions; Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (Batchelor Institute) and Charles Darwin University (CDU). This collaboration was generated within a context of change management specific to education course reaccreditation and the opportunities afforded through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). In Real Time is the authors’ personal reflections on a journey motivated by a common goal - ‘to enhance the ability of each institution to fulfil its role and to enrich tertiary education for Indigenous people’ (Batchelor Institute/CDU 2005 p.1)

Keywords: Collaboration, Metaphor, Change Management, Teacher Education

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 666.818KB).

Dr. Melodie Bat

Lecturer, Specialist Publications and Resource Centre, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia

Melodie Bat is currently working in resource production at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. Melodie has worked in Indigenous education in the Northern Territory of Australia since 1994 when she arrived at the small remote Aborigianl community of N’taria, to be the Junior Class school teacher. She has worked in NT schools as a Teacher-Linguist; Early Literacy Project Officer; manager and then back to teacher. The past three years has been spent working with Batchelor Institute within the Teacher Education program.

Ass. Prof. Tina A. Doe

Associate Professor, School of Education, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Associate Professor Tina Doe is currently leading the implementation of the Teaching Schools model in the roll out of Charles Darwin University’s new Teaching and Learning courses. Tina has spent many years working in a range of state and private school contexts, from primary through secondary, predominantly in the Arts/Humanities and most recently in secondary school leadership as a deputy principal of a large Queensland high school. Tina worked previously as a lecturer in Education and Creative Arts and practicum school coordinator at Central Queensland University.

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