This paper justifies the presentation of a Ph.D. thesis about computer-assisted Ndjebbana on a digital video disc (DVD). Ndjebbana is a language spoken by 200 Kunibidji, the indigenous landowners of Maningrida on the north coast of Arnhem Land, Australia. Simple digital talking books about the community were created in Ndjebbana and then presented on touch-screen computers located in Kunibidji houses. Kunibidji social practice and discourse around the computer were recorded on digital video, and the traces of what the screen displayed were recorded on the computer and later synchronized with the video. Using DVD technology, the Ndjebbana talking books and the digital video can be integrated into a scholarly text for academics and an Ndjebbana-narrated report for the Kunibidji, which can be combined to present a thesis. From a theoretical perspective, a thesis on a DVD can be located in the center of critical literacy, a critical theory of technology, and critical research methodologies. There are also logistical, semiotic, and ideological reasons for presenting a thesis about computer-assisted Ndjebbana on DVD. Such a presentation will link the tools and data of the research with academic discourse and will also support the empowerment of the Kunibidji by making them more informed about the research process.
An age characterised by the sort of 'manufactured uncertainty' identified by Giddens (1994) throws up for scrutiny any number of taken-for-granted assumptions regarding professional practice experience in the Education field. This paper explores the suggestive possibilities of discourses of pre-service teacher practica in terms of naming, positioning and examination of taken-for-granted aspects of teacher education as they present at a regional university in Victoria, Australia. The University of Ballarat has introduced a new P-10 teacher education course. In the second year of its progress, traditional aspects of paid supervisory and assessment roles of practising teachers in relation to student teachers have been the focus of attention and activity based on reconfigured foci on the roles of both practising teachers and undergraduate students. One such focus is on what Schön (1987) describes as 'indeterminate zones of practice', and the result has been a research program exploring those zones in terms of mentorship in relation to mandated supervision and assessment requirements for graduate registration. The project is action-research based, with teacher, student, academic and semi-academic/teacher roles considered in the light of suggestive possibilities of mentorship and reflective practices as transformative possibilities in relation to roles associated with these.