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Giving: A key to solving our problems

Speech at the 2016 National Volunteer Week Forum, given by Associate Professor Thomas Nielsen, University of Canberra, at the NSW Parliament House, May 9. I have a proposition for you today. Giving —and by extension, volunteering—is a key to solving the pressing challenges of today. This claim may, at first, sound far-fetched; especially given the […]

Into the cave (medium)

Out from the cave: have we lost the purpose of education?

Republished from The Conversation, 5 May 2013. It’s nothing new to say we have a problem in education. But I’m not here to discuss the usual gripes with teachers and test scores. I believe we have a more fundamental problem with defining what we want education to do. At the moment, our definitions of educational “success” […]

Teaching care and wellbeing (alt - medium)

Teaching care and wellbeing

Thomas W. Nielsen, University of Canberra The Canberra Times, October 4, 2010. Occasionally, students shed a tear in my office. That is the nature of teaching and looking after students – even at university level. In the last couple of years, however, there have been a few more tears than usual. It has not been […]