The social categories of gender, race, dis-ability, intelligence, sexuality and class in relation to education

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By David Scott There have recently been calls to adopt approaches to the study of the social world that deny the need to address ontological and epistemological issues. Advocates for these approaches give the impression that they are operating outside of and in opposition to philosophical framings about the nature of the world and how… Read more »

Civil society organisations trapped in a gilded web: Whatever happened to morality and altruism?

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By Linda Milbourne and Ursula Murray ‘Civil Society Organisations in turbulent times’ highlights the central theme in this recently published book and its focus on rapidly changing times. The political turmoil surrounding us during its completion has only served to accentuate this message: the 2016 EU referendum, a snap election, a new Conservative government, and… Read more »

Mothers of ‘Jihadi-brides’ or ‘terrorist sons’: Debunking the stereotype of Muslim mothers

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By Suma Din Suma Din shares her experiences as a Muslim mother in the state school system and describes what inspired her book Muslim Mothers and their Children’s Schooling – a study that gives voice to more than fifty women from a wide range of African, Arab and Asian backgrounds and all social classes, some of them immigrants but many born… Read more »

Teaching in Times of Fear

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How do we teach children about modern day issues such as fear of immigrants and terrorism? By Marie Parker-Jenkins New arrivals from the Syrian War have placed the footlight on key issues of immigration and identity. For many, identity is multi-faceted but religion can be a key factor. After fleeing war-torn countries, people may wish… Read more »

Education research and policy in an imperfect world

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by Geoff Whitty In 2005 it was my turn to deliver the British Educational Research Association (BERA) presidential address, typically a ‘state of the nation’ review for education research. I considered many topics, but an overwhelming issue for the education research community at the time was the ‘what works’ agenda and its implications for the… Read more »

Transforming lives

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by Dr Philip Stevens Malcolm Williams changed his life. In his late 20s, he was working in a sheet metal factory on the North Circular Road. Within a few years he was Head of Department at one of the largest Further Education (FE) colleges in London. His intellectual interests developed alongside his career and a… Read more »

Dr Nick Hammond: Q & A

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Following the recent success of Nick Hammond’s Forum Theatre workshops at the IOE, he told us more about the concept of FT and why the workshops are so important. Q1. Please tell us a little about your background in working with Forum Theatre and what motivated you to write this book. Nick: My background before… Read more »

The migrant story of non-belonging

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by Dr Aminul Hoque In the summer of 2004 my family went to our motherland of Bangladesh in search of self-discovery. One moment sticks in my mind. I saw that my aunts and uncles all looked worried and were muttering amongst themselves. They decided that one of my uncles make the trip from our remote… Read more »

From 2 to 2,000 words

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by Dr Philip Stevens Beware of stereotyping. In the early 1990s my college established a new Access to Higher Education programme in Plymouth, where precious little adult learning existed. At the Open Evening we were astonished to see a queue of people stretching around the block. One of the interviewees, a heavily tattooed merchant seaman… Read more »