Archive Assistant for Antipodean Arks: Our Zoos and Sanctuaries


Project code: ART002

Disciplinary Area

English, Drama & Writing Studies

 

Supervisor

Dr Anna Boswell

This Archive Assistant summer scholarship forms part of a larger programme of research, funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, which critically examines the practices and histories of zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The project investigates the key role of such sites in shaping public values and environmental understandings, contributing to scholarship in environmental studies, human-animal studies, comparative settler colonial studies, and history and memory studies.

Australia and Aotearoa are internationally renowned for their unique endemic fauna, and significant loss of biodiversity resulting from European settlement has prompted both countries to become pioneers in zoo design and wildlife sanctuary management. The project proposes that zoos and sanctuaries in these places raise difficult questions about conservation, sustainability, care, human impacts and ecological futures in landscapes which have recently and rapidly undergone profound ecological upheaval.

Further information is available at: http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/2015/11/05/antipodean-arks-our-zoos-and-sanctuaries/

Scholar’s Work

The Archive Assistant will be based in and around Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland and their work will relate specifically to the New Zealand strand of the research. It will involve:

  • Archival research – to be undertaken at sites including Auckland War Memorial Museum Library and Sir George Grey Special Collections at Auckland Public Library. Objects of interest will include manuscripts, unpublished reports, photographs, ephemera and maps.
  • Compiling a textual database of images and resources consulted.
  • Online research into the history of acclimatisation, environmental and conservation movements in Aotearoa/New Zealand – including searching of Department of Conservation resources, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research resources, reports prepared by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, local news media sites (NZ Herald, Scoop, One News, Newshub), scholarly databases. 
  • Research into Waitangi Tribunal reports such as Ko Aotearoa Tēnei (Wai 262).
  • Completing an analytical review of textual sources consulted.
  • Bibliographic work – to assist with referencing of articles for publication.

Required Skills/Pre-requisites

By offering a summer scholarship for an Archive Assistant, the project aims to grow research capacity nationally in an interdisciplinary area of enquiry, giving graduates the opportunity to undertake research in ways that may not presently be offered through undergraduate study. No previous archival experience is specifically required. Preference will be given to a suitably qualified Māori applicant.

Candidates should possess:

  • A background in Arts and/or Science studies
  • A keen interest in questions of place, environment and history
  • Word-processing competency and basic experience in using formal academic styles of referencing

Some level of competency in te reo Māori would be desirable but is not essential

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Academy of New Zealand Literature: International Festival Research


Project code: ART033

Disciplinary Area

English, Drama & Writing Studies

 

Supervisor

Paula Morris

The Academy of New Zealand Literature is a new initiative designed to promote the writers of our contemporary literature and their work. Based on international models like the Royal Society of Literature in the UK and the German Academy for Language and Literature, the ANZL presents the diverse strands of our contemporary literary culture – fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction – to the world.

One of our key outcomes, promised when we received a grant from the VCSDF, was the creation of e-books promoting New Zealand writers on the international literary festival circuit, particularly as this is something for which we could receive external funding on an ongoing basis.

Each e-book will feature up to 30 New Zealand writers, all of whom will be represented by: a book excerpt, writer bio and photograph, information on travel availability, information on subjects of expertise (so the writer can be programmed into various panels and events) and links to podcasts or videos of each writer at other literary festivals. A key on each writer page will let festival directors know if the writer has appeared at specific NZ festivals, so they can apply directly for information on the writer as a performer/participant.

The creation of these requires substantial research and organisation of information.

Scholar’s Work

A Summer scholar is needed to engage in research about upcoming (2017 and 2018) publications in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction among the 120 ANZL Members and Fellows, to help in developing our first e-book going to festival directors around the world.

The scholar will source all the material cited above in the Project Description, ensuring it is comprehensive and up-to-date. This will involve liaising by email with writers and publishers, collecting information, visual material and excerpts, locating podcasts, videos and radio interviews. The scholar will also have to research the past five years of New Zealand literary festivals to establish which writers have participated in which events – readings, panels, interviews, debates, etc. The more specific information the scholar can uncover, the more useful and targeted the e-books will be. Note: any audio and visual material indentified can also be used in the Fellows and Members pages of the ANZL site.

In addition to research, there is an opportunity for the scholar to undertake copywriting for the e-book, as well as helping with design and production liaison.The scholar will also update our extensive database of international festivals and prepare a report on the festival ‘calendar’, so we can set an ongoing schedule for future e-books.

Required Skills/Pre-requisites

The scholar needs to be motivated and demonstrate initiative and strong research skills, especially in web research. S/he also needs to be a confident communicator and strong writer, able to represent the ANZL and the University to outside parties. Some knowledge of contemporary New Zealand literature, and familiarity with the existing resources on the ANZL web site, would be useful.

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Digital Learning Games


Project code: ART043

Disciplinary Area

English, Drama & Writing Studies

 

Supervisor

Stephen Turner

This project concerns the development of digital learning games for the enhancement of organisational life. In the course of 2014, and assisted by PTF Anna Boswell, I developed and trialled a learning game to enrich feedback within classrooms and organisations. In the first instance, the game was trialled with a range of academics, administrative staff and students from across the University, and its topic was the university itself. In the second instance, having produced a digitalised prototype of the game which used handheld devices, the game was trialled in my own stage III class (Writing Technologies), and addressed the value of learning activities that had taken place in the course. The game gives groups the autonomy to work together to reconstruct a course, organisation, agenda or activity in view of their own values. It is thus concerned with generating awareness of organisational values in a way that exceeds and enriches the premises of questionnaires, surveys, evaluations, and other measures of performance. The game has numerous possible applications for collaborative learning activities, especially in the teaching of writing. Beyond the ‘lectorial’ or ‘flipped classroom’, the project explores the potential for a 21st-century pedagogy that combines digital learning and game theory.

Scholar’s Work

The object of the summer scholarship is to research existing digital learning games in the light of game theory, to help formulate material for an article, and a related application for an MBIE grant with an eye to commercialisation. The summer scholar would be expected to:

1.      Research and produce a review of existing digital learning games, and their impact on pedagogical practice.   

2.      Research and produce an annotated bibliography of the application of game theory to pedagogy.

3.      To help formulate existing research with a view to generating further published work on learning games (see below), in line with the aims of the Liveable University project. 

4.      To help develop the project with a view to formulating a full proposal to the MBIE fund in 2017, with the larger aim of commercialisation for organisational contexts.

Required Skills/Pre-requisites

1.     Skills in online research, finding and summarising texts;

2.     Accuracy in bibliographical practice, and familiarity with Microsoft Word (and MLA 7) in order to format the bibliography;

3.     Familiarity with Google Books, Google Scholar, and other academic databases and catalogues;

4.     Technical familiarity with functions of hand-held held digital devices (iPhone, Ipad, tablet). Familiarity with game theory and online gaming would be helpful;

5.     Good writing skills, and some familiarity with the demands and formats of grant applications. 

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BASE Designs


BASE Designs


Project code: EDU027

Department

Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education Learning, Development and Professional Practice. Faculty of Education and Social Work

‘The Writing BASE’ is an interactive online tool (currently under construction) that will provide writers with diagnostic feedback about four BASE sets of writing habits: behavioral, artisanal, social and emotional. The tool is intended to help writers visualise the contours of their own current writing practice, and an associated book and website will supply resources and strategies for ‘broadening the BASE’ by developing more productive habits. Eventually the website will allow researchers to capture information about registered users’ self-identified BASE habits and their perceived professional development needs, which in turn will inform more sophisticated versions of the website and tool.

I am seeking a highly motivated, self-starting Summer Scholar to assist with development and testing of the Writing BASE website and associated resources.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate interest and ability in some or all of the following areas: academic writing; educational research; website development; graphic design; ‘gameified’ learning.