Free Public Lecture: A/Prof Hanne Knudsen

When:2 May 2017, 4pm - 5:30pm
Venue:Room 119 John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Associate Professor Hanne Knudsen
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Distribution of worries: Interdisciplinary meetings as welfare technology.


The “worry conversation” is an interdisciplinary meeting used by Danish schools and related welfare institutions. You are invited to a worry conversation about whether teachers or other professions worry about students' wellbeing or learning. Beginning with the presentation of a case study – a worry conversation about a girl in 7th grade - the focus of the analysis is how “the worry” is formulated and who is attributed responsibility for the problem and thus the possibility to act. I suggest that professionals “worry” when they locate the problem outside their own professional field. The worry is not formulated as a professional problem – in the school an educational problem - because the school thereby would exclude other disciplines from describing and handling the problem. Using the concept of “worrying” creates, though, the risk that the meeting solves the school’s problem but not the girl’s.

A/Prof Hanne KnudsenAbout Associate Professor Hanne Knudsen

Hanne Knudsen is Associate Professor at Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. In her research she analyzes how new social technologies, practices and discourses in educational settings put basic categories like citizen, profession, responsibility, community at stake. Current projects: “The infrastructure of Visible Learning”, “Heterophony and responsibilisation”, “Competition and comparison in education”. Publications in English e.g.: “Playful Hyper Responsibility: toward a dislocation of parents’ responsibility” (2014 together with Niels Å. Andersen), in Journal of Education Policy, 29 (1) 105-12. “Experimenting with practice: A monstrous pedagogy” (2016 together with Hanne Adriansen) in Developing public managers for a changing world. (Critical Perspectives on International Public Sector Management, Vol. 5).

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Completing this workshop will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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