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Graeme Johanson

Tutoring in:  Knowledge Big and Small
It does not take a genius to realise that knowledge is power. For 39 years Graeme Johanson has taught students about making the most of the creation, management, and uses of knowledge. Knowledge is both a resource and a product of our times of widespread information and communications technologies. The technologies pervade every aspect of our lives, and are worth understanding well. The social issues which they present continually influence our activities and communities. They are inescapable.
Graeme has enjoyed plotting changes in knowledge for a long time. He began his professional life as a researcher, then worked for a decade as a librarian, then taught at universities. He likes to supervise student projects which make practical use of abstract ideas. He likes to question the values of knowledge and technologies in combination. Recently a student described the use of mobile phones by migrants who want to stay connected with their kith and kin. Another defined the gaps between what the Australian government recommended for treatment of elderly patients, and what GPs did in fact in practice. A third identified tensions between hobby collectors of Australian data about native flora, and the professional scientists who use the data.
Enquiry stimulates. It does not matter whether a person is simply curious, just keen to know, or has an obsessive hobby about a special topic. Everyone wants to know how to answer basic or thorny questions that arise directly from observation, and from the experiences of daily life. They challenge. Kids are very good at awkward questions – my 13 grandchildren are expert askers.