This week, we’ve been honoured to have Jenna Price hosting the @EduTweetOz account. Jenna is well known as a journalist, feminist and social activist. She is also an educator, teaching journalism at the University of Technology in Sydney.
At a time when tertiary education funding is under the spotlight, her involvement with the account couldn’t have come at a better time.
Here are her answers to our five questions:
Please tell us a little about your background and why education is important to you?
I was the first in my family to go to university; and it still shocks me that I teach in one. I have absolutely love teaching and focus on first years – the opportunity to help them make a successful transition from the cosiness of the final year of school to the first year of tertiary education is both a privilege and a slightly terrifying responsibility. I enjoy telling them that higher education will have four significant impacts on their lives: broad understanding of how the world works; higher income, longer relationships; and better sex;} This makes them laugh. it also makes them think.
Who or what inspires you when you think about education in Australia?
I work at UTS which I find extremely satisfying. It’s like me – a very outward-looking institution, so I enjoy the good fit. I’ve seized the opportunity to have good mentors, including David Boud, Jo McKenzie and others.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
Upheavals in tertiary education and its funding. I hope that any changes this government makes will not have a negative impact on young people who aspire to a tertiary education but may not have the family support to make that happen.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
Fund schools, TAFE and universities to the level the Australian public needs, not to the level that politicians find expedient.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
I’ll be tweeting nonstop about higher education and RTing accounts which focus on that – particularly in the light of the government’s proposed changes to higher education.