Scottish Educational Research Association

Issued: Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:14:00 GMT

The School of Education was strongly represented at the annual Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference, 20-22 November 2019. One of the many highlights was that Nic Dickson, one of our doctoral students, won the SERA prize for the best poster.

A well-attended symposium led by Professor Chris Chapman explored the use of Collaborative enquiry and participatory approaches to tackle educational and social inequality. David Morrison-Love, Fiona Patrick, Fiona McGregor and Ernie Spencer delivered a symposium on the place of knowledge in learning to teach.  Professor Stephen McKinney delivered a paper on David Stow, one of the founders of teacher education, and led the Poverty and Education symposium that discussed recent research focussed on the impact of poverty on school education.

There were excellent papers by a number of our doctoral students: Julian Liu, Yusuf Ogretici, Stephen Scholes, Gary Walsh, Conor O’Reilly and Nic Dickson. Members of staff made a significant contribution to the conference. George Head presented on Film Education in libraries. Mark Breslin, Brian Leslie, Julie Harvie and Evelyn McLaren presented a fascinating paper on the challenges of the negotiating the transition from being a member of school staff to becoming a member of staff in Higher Education.

Leon Robinson presented a masterful Pecha Kucha on the etymology of intolerance. Jacqueline Horsburgh spoke on engaging carers in educating looked after children and Jim Friel posed the question: Why don't men want to be teachers?

'The three days of the conference were very successful and there were many excellent papers that provided valuable insights into educational issues. We now look forward to hosting ECER in August  2020 and we expect a very large number of academics from all over the world.' Professor Stephen McKinney, School of Education.

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