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Rida Akzar on AARES Conference 2016

Another GoLive Indonesia #SharingMarch story featured Rida Akzar experiences on attending the 60th AARES Conference earlier this year in Canberra. GoLive Indonesia is proud to have the support of such talented young minds.

Rida Akzar is currently studying his Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business in The University of Adelaide. At the moment, he is working on his research project focusing on the adoption of dairy farm innovations of Indonesian smallholder farmers under supervision by Dr Risti Permani and Dr Wahida.

Last month he attended the 60th Annual Conference Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) 2-5 February 2016 in Canberra to present his research.  It was his first experience on presenting an international conference and was the only Master’s student to do so this time around. His preparation started early on in October 2014. The preparation evolved from developing an abstract, compiling a research proposal to securing research ethics for data collection and data analysis. During that time, he finds it really demanding and time consuming but was extremely grateful for the support given by his supervisory team.

He emphasises that by attending an international conference, he was provided with the opportunity and pathway to engage with the academic and research community especially in the agriculture field. Furthermore, the feedbacks and insights provided to him by renowned researchers on the field attending the conference is very useful in shaping the progress of this research project. He felt very fortunate

He adds that he also learnt many new things from what people are doing in the field, thus, enables him to update his knowledge. Another plus point is that he met with numerous senior researchers, professionals and other PhD students from other universities.  One interesting story is that he was able to have a short discussion with Professor David Pannell who is an author of one of the main article he cited in his thesis. He was curious to see if what he was doing is on the right track according to the Professor. From the discussion, the Professor recommends Rida to have a look at some related articles of him that may help to develop his research project.

In addition his presentation, Rida also attended a pre-conference event, early career researcher (ECR) workshop from January 29th to February 1st 2016. This three-day conference was organised by the AARES committee and attended by postgraduate students and young lecturers. The primary aim of this workshop was to provide an insight and advice to guide participants’ future career development across sectors: academia, government, and private. Speakers from various organisations attended this session and shared good insights to the participants about working in different sectors.

According to Rida, both events were extremely valuable for his networking and career development in the future. Thus, he encourages other master students to attend an international conference to be able to engage the research community. He also added that the conference is really important not only for people who are working in academia, but also people working in government and business sector.

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On top of building and expanding network, the conference is also a media for researchers to disseminate and communicate their innovative ideas, update sectoral trends and policy recommendations for the development of agricultural sector.

Rida would like to thank to his supervisory team (Dr Risti Permani and Dr Wahida) for the great support given by the Global Food Studies, The University of Adelaide and the AARES committee for the travel grants provided for him.

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Left: Professor David Pannell (Head of School of Agricultural and Resource Economics Director, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy University of Western Australia) Right: Dr Malcolm Wegener (Honorary Senior Research Fellow University of Queensland, The AARES President in 2012)




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Think positive. For Indonesia.

In the midst of presidential election, many Indonesians are feeling confused about whom they should vote for; start doubting the benefits from democracy; do not know what actions can actually improve Indonesia and, what is worse, forget that we do have potentials to make some positive impacts.

We want to share positive energy to our fellow Indonesians. This following video is a good way to start.

An excellent video below was composed by Dias Satria which might help us realise that there ARE actually some things that we can do for Indonesia as long as we think positive.

As Dias Satria always says, “Majulah terus pelajar Indonesia” – pretty much Golive Indonesian students!


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School Leadership: Exploring the Influence of Context and Individual Characteristics on Leadership Skills

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Purni Susanto, School of Education, Flinders University

We all have heard statements such as, “He is born to be a leader” or “She is a natural leader”.

The trait perspective of leader suggests that certain individuals have special innate or inborn characteristics or qualities that make them a leader (Northouse, 2010). Some of the qualities were even set physical appearance (e.g. height) as the quality of leaders (Northouse, 2010). It was believed that people were born with great personality, and that only these great people can possess it.

People think that leadership is something that born and given by the God. To the most extreme, they believe that leaders are the God’s incarnation and therefore they behave more like God. Leaders have been specifically selected by the nature and sent to the world to rule on behalf of the Him. As selected figures, leaders have extraordinary characteristics and behaviour which distinguish them from the average people. So, leaders have outstanding personal qualities which according to Daft (2008, p.8) are hard to see but are very powerful. “These include things like enthusiasm, integrity, courage and humility.” This trait approach suggests that leadership is only for special, usually inborn, talent people (Northouse, 2010). 

However, some others contend that leadership skills can be learned and developed. Based on this opinion, everyone has a chance to be a leader as long as he or she is persistent, hardworking and self-determinant.

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born, leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work” (as cited in Lussier & Achua, 2010, p. 9).

This article will examine the importance of context as well as individual characteristics on leadership skills at school context. It argues that leadership skills are shaped as the result of the combination of personal capacities and the enhancement of situation. First, this essay will analyse the importance of personal characteristics in shaping the leadership personality. The importance of situation in creating leaders will be explored afterwards. Next, the contribution of both personal characteristics and cultural context (situation) will be discussed.         

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Methodological Considerations: Transcription as the Act of Representing, Analyzing, and Interpreting ‘Talking Data’

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Handoyo Puji Widodo (Discipline of Linguistics, University of Adelaide)


Interview data transcription is part of the qualitative research activities designed to capture and unpack the complicatedness and meaning of naturally occurring phenomena (e.g., values, beliefs, feelings, thoughts, experiences) in social encounters. It becomes the norm in most qualitative research studies. Literally, transcription is a useful means for turning digitally recorded interview data (findings) into transcripts, but methodologically speaking, transcription is the act of representing original spoken text (recorded talking data) in written discourse as well as analyzing and interpreting instances of these data (Bird, 2005). These data in the form of transcripts are viewed as text, jointly created by research participants and a researcher through dialogic conversation and negotiated engagement. In other words, transcription is seen as the act of data representation, analysis, and interpretation, and indeed it is an activity that requires sound methodological orientation. In response to this, I would like to briefly discuss some methodological considerations in data transcription to help emerging or beginning researchers prepare transcripts on the right track.

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Five Key Issues in Academic Writing: Writing Scholarly Articles in English

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Handoyo Puji Widodo (Discipline of Linguistics, University of Adelaide)


Academic writing is a complicated task that involves cognitive process (mind interaction) and social activity (interpersonal interaction). One form of an academic writing task is writing scholarly articles in English, which has recently been a passport to being accepted as a member into a particular academic community of practice (CoP) or getting promoted (a job promotion). Writing scholarly articles in English has been a global issue because English has played a leading role as a global lingua franca, and consequently, most of the scholarly publications are written in English. It has also recently been a national issue on a tertiary institution level in Indonesia. This national issue challenges Indonesian faculty members to help undergraduate and postgraduate students write publishable scholarly articles.

Needless to say, Indonesian students unfamiliar with this task are socio-cognitively and psychologically burdened by the task. For this reason, this article highlights five key issues in academic writing that faculty members need to incorporate into their academic writing program whose goal is to help students write scholarly articles. These key issues include (1) critical thinking, (2) authorial voice—self voice and expert voice, (3) plagiarism, (4) linguistic resources, and (5) feedback—role of a critical peer or partner.

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