Month: April 2018

How to test my ideas?

light-bulbIn the previous article when introducing the idea of my project, I said that this is an ambitious planning, but it is of course possible. As this is quite a big project, this long-term program cannot be directly applied in the coming periods, and also it will be conducted in my home country, Indonesia, where most views and policies can apply, and it is relevant to my situatedness. However, in this section, I would like to explain about several steps that I will do in order to run as well as to test this project. Continue reading “How to test my ideas?”

Innovation and Failure

123Experts from various backgrounds including economists suggest that innovation is a must in order to better create high-quality products and results and to improve humans’ life in all aspects, and the successful innovation determines international competitions among countries nowadays (OECD 2007, p. 3). However, in the process to innovate, we might somehow face two different possibilities Continue reading “Innovation and Failure”

Wawancara AAS 2017 (Perjalanan Saya)

Halo kawan-kawan semua. Saya ucapkan selamat bagi Anda yang lulus tahapan administrasi beasiswa Australia Awards Scholarship (AAS). Anda semua memang luar biasa. Saya mengerti bahwa tahapan tersebut memang sangat ketat, banyak sudah yang kawan-kawan lalui, perjuangkan dan korbankan. Tentunya perasaan sebagian kawan-kawan semakin nervous tak karuan untuk menjalani proses selanjutnya (wawancara), memikirkan apa yang harus dipersiapkan dan apalagi yang harus dihadapi.  Continue reading “Wawancara AAS 2017 (Perjalanan Saya)”

Cultural Difference and Identity

saling-melengkapi-300x204The phenomenon of “a deaf lesbian couple in the United States deliberately creating a deaf child” is for me really a quite complex case, and I still think it hard to find the real reasons behind that proposal. Of course, it raises a number of pro and counter-arguments, but I try to be neutral when talking about this issue. Continue reading “Cultural Difference and Identity”

Three Main Aspects for Pre-service Teachers

“Great teachers are not born, they are made”

0757562e42e18c7I again and again talk about Pre-service Teachers’ Preparation in order to be professional in their fields because of many reasons, including my personal observation as a part of Education Department students in the past. The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, together with ILO, UNICEF, UNDP, and Education International representatives in The Joint Message on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day in 2014, suggest that “[a]n education system is only as good as its teachers.” She and her team believe that “teachers are an investment for the future.” Continue reading “Three Main Aspects for Pre-service Teachers”

Education, Gender and Sexual Identity

Given the issue that boys are more likely dropping out from schools because most teachers are women, Smith (2016), a senior lecturer from Cardiff University, argues that “a teacher’s gender has no measurable impact on pupils’ academic achievement”. I myself personally believe that there are many other reasons why female students academically outperform boys at school and are more likely to complete Year 12 than their male counterparts. Continue reading “Education, Gender and Sexual Identity”