Learning Styles Matter

There are so many factors that determine effective learning. The idea that safety is simply ‘tell the rule, repeat the rule, punish offenders’ is nonsense. The behaviourist approach to knowledge and comprehension only works if you are training robots. Amongst the many skills and knowledge teachers develop in order to… Learn more >>>>>

There is no HIERARCHY of Controls

WARNING: For safety people, please read more than the headline! Whilst some models are helpful they are never accurate. Models are symbols/myths that convey a semiotic purpose but in themselves ought not to be considered absolute. This is why we find metaphors and symbols helpful, neither are scientific or accurate… Learn more >>>>>

Scaffolding, Readiness and ZPD in Learning

In the first few weeks of a Teaching degree one is introduced to the fundamentals of learning theory and there are plenty of them (https://teacherofsci.com/learning-theories-in-education/ ). Every teacher knows that the simplistic nonsense of behaviourism – in and out, reward and punishment, black and white doesn’t explain even the basics… Learn more >>>>>

Next Generation Safety Leadership

Next Generation Safety Leadership - From Compliance to Care New book by Clive Lloyd from gystconsulting.com.au  - available HERE From the Foreword: "Safety as an industry is in crisis. For reasons that escape me, Australia seems to be clinging to out-dated, culture-eroding, fear-driven ‘traditional’ safety models and theories that we… Learn more >>>>>

What Can Safety Learn From Playschool?

These days I watch a lot of Playschool, a children’s TV program on ABCTV (https://www.abc.net.au/abcforkids/sites/playschool/). Playschool is a pre-school education program based entirely on imagination and play. Everything about the show is basic - no fancy props, no expensive sets and adults (usually male and female) enact the poetics of… Learn more >>>>>