Three blind mice and the elephant in the room: Why austerity matters to education and how forum theatre can help

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by Dr Nick Hammond November 2014. I have been invited to deliver a session on forum theatre (FT) at the British Psychological Society’s Community Psychology Festival. As I sit in the church cafeteria – that’s doubling up as an auditorium for the day – a young couple approach the stage carrying a banner which reads… Read more »

A Modern Silk Road of Education

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by Steven Cowan and Tinghe Jin The days when studying Chinese Education amounted to sifting through official pronouncements and fighting through impenetrable ideological statements are over. Education across China is definitely on the move as the government seeks to use radical changes within the schooling and university system in order to move China up to… Read more »

The Power of Picturebooks

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by Anne M. Dolan You, Me and Diversity presents picturebooks which inspire, educate and encourage us to care. My cover image of five children happily engaged with a picturebook captures the philosophy of the book. Through discussion, analysis and playful encounters, children develop empathy with characters and an understanding of complex issues related to power… Read more »

New academic diseases identified

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by Frank Coffield Students are contracting a new disease – bulimia academica – defined as repeated bouts of bingeing on information and regurgitating it in exams. The pressures on students to obtain the best possible grades have become so intense that they feel forced to resort to ingesting large amounts of information and then in… Read more »

Becoming NEET: The realities of youth unemployment

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by Dr Chris Arnold The European Union is concerned about the rise in youth unemployment across its member states and has allocated 100 million euros for projects to try to tackle the problem. One project is based on the book I wrote with Tracey Baker, published last summer by Trentham Books and IOE Press. Becoming… Read more »

How do leaders lead young children’s learning?

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By Elaine Hallet What defining characteristics do early years leaders have? How do early years leaders help children learn? What leadership of learning practices help children engage in learning inside and outside the nursery, daycare setting, children’s centre, or school? These questions formed the starting point of a research study exploring how graduate early years… Read more »

Religion is risky; secularism safeguards

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by Lynn Davies Research tells us that conflicts are much harder to resolve when they have a religious underpinning. Identities become hardened, there is no basis for bargaining or exchange and both parties think God is on their side. Faith-based organisations are good at picking up the pieces after conflict, but religious divides present a… Read more »