A lecture on Education Systems in Bhutan, Nepal and Tennessee

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Between the months of November, 2016 and February, 2017, Masaryk University organized an open lectures for interested students. The theme of the event revolved around the Education System of Bhutan, Nepal and Tennessee. The presenters were the three researchers who are the recipients of Marie-Sklodowska-Curie grant under the European Doctorate in Teacher Education Programme.

The opening lecture was on the Education System of Bhutan presented by Kinley Seden. The presentation mainly focused on Gross National Happiness inspiring education. Ms. Seden also touched on how modern education started in the country and some of the challeges that the education system is currently facing.

The next talk was delivered by Dev Raj Paneru on the Nepalese Education System. The talk highlighted some special cultural features about Nepal, the highest Himalayan habitat and its education in today’s context. The lecture mainly focused on philosophy, system, directions, and some genuine issues that all the stakeholders of education must be aware of in order to correct the directions that in other way should qualify to the theory of localization, a balancing approach for 21st century contexts.

The next lecture, yet to be held, will be presented by Ezra Howard and will focus on the vast and varied nature of the U.S. education system with specific focus on the state of Tennesse. The presenter will also focus on the future agenda under a Trump administration.

The purpose of the event was to allow open interactions amongst EDiTE researchers and local students. The three researchers proudly circulated posters advertizing their lecture and inviting students for the event accordingly. The students who attented the lecture found the lecture to be extremely engaging, interactive and informative. Videos were shown to make the sessions even more lively and focussed. Culinary delicacies from their countries were served and showcased to the partcipants.


Introduction to EDiTE for UIBK teacher education students


EDiTE researcher Vasileios Symeonidis from the UIBK team presented EDiTE to a class of undergraduate Teacher Education students in two lectures, which took place at the University of Innsbruck, on 16 of January 2017. The lectures were at the same time virtually transmitted to all UIBK higher education partner institutions in Western Austria, which undertake common courses as part of the newly established collaboration “LehrerIhnenbildung West”. The lectures introduced EDiTE and discussed the development of international ideas in Europe, referring to the concept of the European teacher in the era of globalisation.

EDiTE Innsbruck team at the Leadership Academy

The UIBK EDiTE team attended the Leadership Academy meeting at the Congress Centrum in Alpach, October 16, 2016. The meeting was chaired by Professor Michael Schratz, one of the two directors of the Leadership Academy.
The Academy is a nationwide project in Austria, aiming to improve the qualifications of school leaders from all types of educational institutions by offering innovation training. The Academy is based on an understanding of leadership which focuses on dialogue, shared leadership, trust and creativity to actively promote the quality of education.

At the meeting, there was a delegation from the German School Academy, the Deutsche Schulakademie, which works to transport excellent school practices by building on the knowledge of excellent school practitioners and linking them to research and scientific expertise. In order to make good school practices visible, the Academy is committed to a school development approach and a learning culture across the six quality areas of the German School Award: Performance, dealing with diversity, teaching quality, responsibility, school climate, and school as a learning institution.

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EDiTE Supervisors Awarded for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design


In celebration of International Education Week, The Forum on Education Abroad announced the 2016 recipients of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Hana Cervinkova (supervisor and program director in EDiTE) and Juliet Golden (co-supervisor in EDiTE), for their course in cooperation with Syracuse University “Negotiating Identities Across Europe’s Borders,” offered as part of the Culture and Politics of Reconciliation in Central Europe program, based in Wroclaw, Poland. The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design honors faculty who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. Through visits to cities and villages in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Lithuania over the course of a semester, “Negotiating Identities Across Europe’s Borders” analyzes conflict and reconciliation in European history, to better understand the reasons that the European Union was awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for its work in “the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights.” Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen stated, “Professors Cervinkova and Golden’s important and timely course is a wonderful example of faculty innovation and creativity in education abroad.”
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Negotiating Identities Across Europe’s Borders (Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania)


The Program Director of the Culture and Politics of Reconciliation in Central Europe, Professor Hana Cervinkova, and core curriculum Professor Juliet D. Golden have run this outstanding and recently awarded Study Abroad Program with the Syracuse University of New York for 12 years. Also in this year’s fall semester, the University of Lower Silesia became the academic home to American Syracuse students who together with some of the Polish EDiTE researchers entered the journey of exploring Central and East Europe’s borderlands from Lithuania to Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. The program invites analysis and reflection on memories of conflict and reconciliation as well as civic organisations that initiate the building of bridges between the past and present and fragmented societies of today. The program is accompanied by a rigorous study plan, including courses, such as Exploring Culture and Society in Transition: Gender, Sexuality, Class, and Race in Poland, Discord and Unity: Engaging the Contemporary World Through Ethics and Philosophy, and Civil Society East and West.


Seminar with Prof. Julia White

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On October 31, 2016, Julia White, Assistant Professor at the School of Education of Syracuse University, New York, gave a seminar on Inclusion to EDiTE researchers at the University of Lower Silesia. Prior to the meeting, students were equipped with an extensive list of readings that stretched from literature on critical disability theory (Baglieri, Bejoian et. all 2011; Leonardo & Broderick 2011) to aspects of qualitative research designs in special needs education (Brantlinger 2005, 2004). The five-hour-session was a unique experience to discuss and reflect with Prof. White on current issues in teacher education, student learning, and trends apparent in international education policies. Drawing from her PhD thesis on the schooling of Romani children in Slovakia, Prof. White gave insights into practices of inclusion and exclusion in the United States as well as the Central European context. As a high school teacher of English for children with disabilities and a scholar in fields, such as Critical Race Theory, Disability Studies, and Comparative Education, she shared a vast and fascinating range of expertise with her audience.

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Announcing the EDiTE Knowledge Portal

It is with great pleasure that the team at University of Lower Silesia announces the EDiTE Knowledge Portal. The portal is in testing phase (Beta version). We’ve already started a second development phase, during which we are going to add extra functionalities, and the Slack integration. Through the Knowledge Portal you can get to know our doctoral researchers and their work, explore the personal profiles which include areas of academic interest, theoretical and methodological frameworks as well as recent and prospective research activities and make use of the contact information given and get in touch to receive more details in areas of interest to you. As an online collaborative space the Knowledge Portal invites external partners to connect to the community. We would like to encourage cooperation between our partners and offer our own contributions to research as a source to anyone who might see our work fit to develop their own practical and theoretical approaches.


Public lecture and seminars with prof. Thomas Wallgren

We had two extremely interesting seminars with professor Thomas Wallgren (University of Helsinki) at University of Lower Silesia and we were pleased to welcome an EDiTE Researcher from Brno, Dev Raj Paneru (Masaryk University). EDiTE researchers had the honourable opportunity to have a conversation with prof. Wallgren (elected to the Helsinki City Council as a Social Democrat from 2008) and discusse among others the manifold dimensions of language games, the role of science in constructing the Truth, the challenges of rationality in the crisis of modernity, and the possible contributions of Wittgenstein in the discourse of pedagogy posing the questions “What to learn?”, “How to learn?” and “Why to learn”, placing pedagogy as an ethical problem. On the 19th of October prof. Wallgren held an open lecture on “Wittgenstein, philosophy and the crisis of modernity”, which was streamed on facebook. The lecture was organized by the EDiTE programme and IISCE (International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education). We highly recommend prof. Wallgren’s book “Transformative Philosophy: Socrates, Wittgenstein, and the Democratic Spirit of Philosophy” published by Lexington Books in 2006.

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EDiTE at the 6th International Conference on Critical Education

EDiTE researchers and supervisors attended the 6th International Conference on Critical Education (ICCE), previously held in Athens (2011, 2012), Ankara (2013), Thessaloniki (2014) and Wroclaw, Poland (2015). ICCE is a forum for scholars, educators and activists committed to social and economic justice.  The 6th ICCE: Dialogue, Solidarity and Resistance against Neo-liberalism and Neo-conservatism in Education took place in London at Middlesex University, 10 – 13 August 2016. 


Professor Hana Cervinkova (supervisor and program director in EDiTE): “Neo-conservatism, Precarity and New Citizenship Education in Poland”

Professor Lotar Rasiński (EDiTE supervisor): “What Does it Mean to Be Critical?”

Tamás Tóth (EDiTE researcher) and professor György Mészáros (EDiTE co-supervisor): “Critical Pedagogues in a Post-Socialist Country. Collaborative Auto-Ethnography of two Academic Selves in the Hungarian Neoliberal Context”

Vasileios Symeonidis (EDiTE researcher): “Moving from Global Policies to Local Practices: A Critical Study of Teacher Education Discourse in Europe”

Josefine Wagner (EDiTE researcher) presenting “‘I-Kind’ a body of power struggles”

The International Conference on Critical Education (ICCE) provides a vibrant and egalitarian, non-elitist, platform for scholars, educators, activists, students and others interested in critical education and in contesting the current neo-liberal/ neo-conservative/ nationalist hegemony, to come together and engage in a free, democratic and productive dialogue. 

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Democracy and Diversity Institute 2016

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From July 5- 21, 2016 the Transregional Centre for Democratic Studies of the New School for Social Research, New York, organised the 25th Democracy and Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland. The institute themed In unsettling times: An Effort in Understanding provided an intimate international forum for lively but rigorous debate on critical issues of democratic life. The summer institute brought an interdisciplinary, comparative, and highly interactive approach to the social, political, and cultural challenges facing today’s world. The 25th Anniversary session hosted a very special series of lectures and events featuring some of today’s major scholars and public intellectuals, among them two iconic philosophers, Agnes Heller and Richard Bernstein. In close partnership with the University of Lower Silesia and in particular the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education, all EDiTE researchers had the unique opportunity to join into this extraordinary experience of studying side by side with international students in classes of Elzbieta Matynia (Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, NSSR), Alice Crary (Associate Professor of Philosophy, NSSR), and Richard and Carol Bernstein (Professor of Philosophy, NSSR and Professor of English and Comparative Literatureophy, NSSR).
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