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Open Lecture with prof. Dick Howard on “Searching for Marx – Then and Now”

On 9 May, 2017 EDiTE students at the University of Lower Silesia attended prof. Dick Howard’s open lecture with the title “Searching for Marx – Then and Now.” Dick Howard is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University, received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Texas. He studied in Paris (with Paul Ricoeur) and Bonn (with Klaus Hartmann). He later worked with Claude Lefort, Cornelius Castoriadis and Jürgen Habermas. A participant in the civil rights and anti-war movements in the US, he was a student at Nanterre in 1968, and traveled thereafter throughout West and East Europe, becoming an early anti-totalitarian leftist.

In his lecture, prof. Dick Howard elaborated his concept of the differentiation between the political (framework where politics happen) and politics (place and practice for transformation) in order to locate his analyzis of the “new left”. The lecture was organized by the EDiTE programme and IISCE (International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education) and it was streamed on facebook. We highly recommend prof. Howard’s book “From Marx to Kant ” published by Palgrave Macmillan in 1985, where he analyzes the relation of philosophy and politics, and illustrates this by a reinterpretation of Kant, Hegel and Marx.

EDiTE Researchers at Freire Conference at the University of Gdansk

From April 26-28, 2017 six EDiTE researchers from the University of Lower Silesia made their way to Gdansk University (GU) in Poland where Prof. Maria Mendel hosted a unique conference on Freire Today: Educational Reconstructions in the Contemporary Social Context. Prof. Mendel, director of the Institute of Education at Gdansk University had invited a special guest for these days, Prof. Carmel Borg from the Department of Education Studies of the University of Malta, who has edited the only existing full-scale Freire Reader. His keynote lecture, in which he reflected on Freire’s renowned Pedagogy of the Oppressed, deeply impressed the researchers who commented that he combines experiences of an academic and in-school-practitioner perfectly. The conference days were a wonderful opportunity for each of the EDiTE researchers to present their own take on of Freire’s work and connect it with their area of expertise. Our presentations ranged from “The Grammar of Schooling as the Obstacle to Emancipation in Modern Schools” (Lucie Bucharova), to “Freire’s Solidarity and the Community of the Disabled” (Agnieszka Licznerska), “Growing the Polish Teacher Potato – The Case of Polish Teachers’ In Action on Facebook” (Beata Zwierzynska), “Two Natives and a Colorful Pile- Constituting the Norm in an Austrian Primary School” (Josefine Wagner), over “The Necessary Shift towards Democratic Practices”(Monika Rusnak), and “Anti-discrimination Education and Social Justice in Schools” (Ewa Stoecker). Furthermore, we benefitted from the very welcoming program that Prof. Mendel had planned for us. This included a walking tour through the Old Town of Gdansk and a guided visit to the European Solidarity Center which documents the Solidarnosc movement that started in the former Lenin dockyard of Gdansk in 1980 and eventually struggled successfully for the first free and democratic elections in Poland after World War II. Here, the poems “Nothing Twice” and “The Three Oddest Words” by Wislawa Szymborska, 1996 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, were recited to us and a truly inspiring trip thanks to Prof. Mendel and educational theorist at GU Prof. Tomasz Szkudlarek, came to an end. Please get in touch with the individual researchers if you are interested in their presentations (info@edite.eu). To read an interview with Prof. Mendel, please klick here, to find out more about Prof. Carmel Borg, please follow this link and if you are interested in some of the joint works of Prof. Mendel and Prof. Szkudlarek, check this out.

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A lecture on Tennessee Education System

Teacher week also known as Tyden Ucitelstvi 2017 was marked from 24th to 28th April, 2017 at the Faculty of Arts, Department of Educational Sciences, Masaryk University. During this week on 26th April at 14:00 hour, Ezra Howard one of the recipient of Marie-Sklodowska-Curie grant under the European Doctorate in Teacher Education Programme delivered a talk on US Education particularly focusing on the state of Tennessee.

Mr. Howard’s lecture was focused on the vast and varied nature of the U.S. education system with specific focus on the state of Tennesse.

He presented the lecture with an interesting video that clearly captured the brief description of how education evolved in US over the times.  He also touched upon how funds are distributed over Federal, State and Local governments. He spoke about forms of schools, alternative forms of schools and different options available for the structure of schooling.

He said: Education is compulsory until the age of 16. After 16, if one wishes, one can discontinue the education with the awarding of General certificate.

Mr. Howard also touched upon policies such as No Child Left Behind, Race to the top, National Assessment Education Programme, and Every Student Succeed Acts.

Second National Partner Organization Meeting Within the EDiTE Project

The second national partner organization meeting within the EDiTE project took place on 25 April, 2017 at ELTE. This occasion was a fruitful opportunity for practitioners and researchers to brainstorm on specific activities for the internship period of Early Stage Researchers.

The Learning Teacher Workshop Conference

The Learning Teacher Workshop Conference was organized within the Learning Teacher research framework of the EU H2020 MSCA funded European Doctorate in Teacher Education (EDiTE) on 25 April, 2017. On this occasion participants could listen to the presentations of PhD students (four on Hungarian and four on English languages) at the Pedagogical and Psychological Faculty of the Eötvös Loránd University – ELTE (Budapest, Hungary). The underlying theme of the conference was teacher education and teachers’ learning, including:

  • the impact assessment study of an innovative school’s pedagogical programme;
  • adult learning models and the role of mentoring in learning management;
  • national teacher education programmes and the role of practice in these;
  • analysis of master teachers’ portfolio;
  • the role of leadership and organization in innovation;
  • the study of teachers’ learning in the context of professional learning;
  • Europeanisation in teacher education.

The conference was closed with an interactive discussion section between the participants and the presenters, and it could be considered as a professional meeting venue for Early Stage Researchers involved in the EDiTE project (Csilla Pesti, Helena Kovacs, Deisi Yunga, Vasileios Symeonidis), students of other PhD programmes from the Doctorate School of Education (ELTE), colleagues from the institution, as well as numerous partner organizations.

For the programme, please visit the following website: http://www.ppk.elte.hu/file/program.pdf

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Open Lecture and Seminar with prof. Dave Hill and dr. Leena Robertson

From April 19-21, 2017 we had a lecture and two extremely inspiring seminars with professor Dave Hill and dr. Leena Robertson (Middlesex Universiry London) at University of Lower Silesia. Prof. Dave Hill presented a Marxist critique of neoliberalism with a special focus to education policies and we discussed his proposal: a socialist manifesto for education. Dr. Leena Robertson gave a presentation on “Education and Rights of Linguistic Minorities in Europe” and we learned in-depth about her Erasmus+ funded project “ROM-tels” which involves People to People Foundation in Romania and four collaborating universities: Newcastle University, (UK), Univerity of Montpellier (France), Helsinki University (Finland) and Middlesex University (UK). The project addresses educational challenges, such as Eastern European Traveller, including Roma pupils’ poor participation and persistently low achievement in education and the decline of home language use in primary classrooms as a pedagogic tool to raise the academic achievement of pupils whose home language(s) differs from the official language of schools. Both lectures were streamed on facebook: Dave Hill on “Critical Education” and Leena Robertson on “Education and Rights of Linguistic Minorities in Europe”. The lectures were organized by the EDiTE programme and IISCE (International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education).

Internationalisation of Teacher Education

EDiTE was present at the 1st European Conference on Internationalisation of Teacher Education which took place at the Goethe University Frankfurt, 29-30 March. EDiTE researcher Vasileios Symeonidis participated in the activities and workshops of the specific conference which aimed at discussing possibilities and alternatives of recognition of study programme achievements as well as final qualifications from across Europe in order to increase mobility activities of teachers and teacher trainees. Bringing together stakeholders from different teacher education institutions and experts from exchange services and the European Union, the aim of the conference was to deliberate and extend existent accreditation strategies.

Some interesting facts: at the EU policy level, the directive 2013/55/EU of the Parliament and of the Council facilitates the accreditation of international teaching degrees in order teachers to be able to change their labour country. However, only few teachers choose to collect experiences as a teacher abroad, mainly due to the difficulty of getting achievements from abroad accredited.

EDiTE was referred to as an example of good practice which innovates at the field of teacher education, by creating the first ever transnational doctoral degree for professionals in the field of teacher education. Professor Romita Iucu from the University of Bucharest, Romania, described how EDiTE was developed through the activities of the European Network for Teacher Education Policies (ENTEP).

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Deisi Yunga in the new edition of IRRADIUM Magazine (Marie Curie Magazine)

Deisi Yunga, one of the ESRs from ELTE was featured in the new edition of IRRADIUM Magazine in a special Social Sciences edition.
You may access the magazine here.

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Open Lecture with Professor Boguslaw Sliwerski

On February 28, 2017, Professor Boguslaw Sliwerski, Chair of the Department of Education Theory of University of Lodz, Chairman of the Committee of Educational Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences,  gave a seminar on Education in politics. Politics in education to EDiTE researchers at the University of Lower Silesia. The participants were asked to read Professor’s recent article Quo Vadis Polish Education?  The  article from International  Journal of Psycho-Educational Sciences (Volume 5, Issue 2, September, 2016) was the starting point of the discussion on the issues of Polish educational policies and its influence on the process of democratization of the society and schools. The professor himself was involved in the policy making of the transformation period which draws on the heritage of postwar and 1980’s Solidarity heritage, and advocates the right of a teacher to act with internal freedom and three principles in education: decentralization, autonomy and subsidiarity of the state. Sliwerski has been a strong supporter of the idea that education should be free from political influences and considered a common good. He wrote several books and articles documenting his and his wife’s successful experiment to create “democratic classrooms” called “klasy autorskie” within the public education system in the early 1990’s. He and his wife introduced democratic representations of students, parents and teachers who collaborated, had meetings and fully participated in the classroom and school community.

The Second Day of the EDiTE Virtual Seminar

On the 2nd of March 2017, the second and final day of the EDiTE Virtual Seminar took place. During the morning sessions, Dr Alpesh Maisuria from the University of East London gave a keynote speech with the theme “Education Policy in Neoliberalism”. Based on the keynote, researchers initiated discussions in local groups at their respective universities and gathered questions which Dr Maisuria replied. A reflective journaling activity followed, helping researchers to align the keynote with their research projects.

During the afternoon sessions, the researchers presented their group work progress on drafting an academic publication, a process initiated in the first day of the seminar. All groups had the chance to briefly present their ongoing work and received feedback from supervisors of each university. The researchers were encouraged to submit their work for publication in relevant academic journals. The final activity of the Virtual Seminar included a group work on designing a research matrix for each of the EDiTE partner universities. Researchers from each university used an online platform to map the predominant themes related to their research and according to the overall EDiTE theme “Transformative teacher learning for better student learning within an emerging Europe”.

Last but not least, the EDiTE community celebrated one year of researchers in action! The next occasion when researchers will meet is the 2nd EDiTE Summer School in Wroclaw, Poland (June 19-23).