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Ambition and Its Enemies: A Report Card on 40 Years of Leadership in Education

4.30 - 5.30pm Drinks reception (A201, Epsom Campus)

5.30 - 6.30pm Public Lecture (J1 Lecture theatre)

In more than 40 years in education as a teacher, curriculum developer, University lecturer and Dean, Graeme has sought to achieve ambitious but not always popular goals. In this lecture he will reflect on three of these ambitions, the extent they were achieved and, to borrow Karl Popper’s phrasing, the “enemies” that challenged their realisation – including the enemy of his own personal capacity as a leader.

Graeme Aitken retires in December this year as Dean of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland – a position he has held since July 2008. He was appointed to the University in 1996 as inaugural Director of Teacher Education. In 2001 he was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award for his contribution to establishing the secondary teacher education programme at the University. Prior to his appointment to the University Graeme taught social studies, geography and history at Waitakere College (1977-1990) and part-time at Onehunga High School (1992-1999). From 1992-1996 he held the position of Principal Lecturer: Schools Liaison at the then Auckland College of Education. While he will continue his involvement with the University for a further three years in a part-time role as Director of Educational Initiatives in the Vice Chancellor’s Office this lecture offers the opportunity for him to reflect on four decades of involvement in school and university education.

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