STUDY EDUCATION FOR TRANSFORMATION
A UNIQUE TEACHING AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Learn from interdisciplinary teaching from world-leading practitioners and scholars across the fields of education, social science, social policy, law, criminology, youth justice and social work.
The International Summer School on Education for Transformation is hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW), an interdisciplinary school located in a unique society emerging from conflict with many distinct educational sectors. From faith schools to Irish language schools to religiously integrated schools to schools involved in the internationally renowned Shared Education Programme, the SSESW is at the heart of rigorous research conducted throughout our schools and those further afield which has informed policy and brought about systemic change in the local system and beyond. You will be taught by those who have led and developed the innovative research, change and transformation of the excellent education system we have today.
There will be exciting opportunities to hear first-hand accounts of researching and teaching in different educational contexts and working within other disciplines (justice, social work, social policy) and in partnership with key stakeholders to include Governments, charities and NGOs. Students are also given the opportunity to meet with some of Northern Ireland’s stakeholders and education partners, with excursions to informal educational settings to see our learning in practice.
Drawing on our experiences and research within Northern Ireland, the UK and from around the world, we will examine:
• Northern Ireland and the local and global platform: including sessions on higher education, Northern Ireland culture and dealing with social and religious differences throughout our unique history and in current times.
• Education through Evidence and Social Innovation: to include sessions on children’s services, early intervention and prevention, conducting RCTs and a range of rigorous educational research approaches.
• UNESCO sessions: to include sessions on curriculum in divided and conflict-affected societies, engaging young people with controversial political issues, models for promoting intercultural education and maximising intergroup contact through schools in divided societies.
• Education for all: to include sessions on epistemic justice and special needs education, inclusive education for children and young people with disabilities, mental health needs of children in care and the implications for schools, student voice and youth justice.
• Education Studies and leadership in the 21st century: to include sessions on literacy, technology and society, higher order thinking skills, learning dispositions, theories of learning, assessment, the outdoor classroom and educational leadership.
A LEADING CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
UNESCO AND SHARED EDUCATION
We will host sessions facilitated by our United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Chair in Shared Education.
Our UNESCO Chair works with international development organisations and Governments to facilitate, promote and develop models of shared education in societies impacted by conflict and division.
USING EVIDENCE TO TRANSFORM LIVES
The programme includes sessions from researchers in our Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, a flagship pioneering research programme.
We seek to improve the lives of children, families and communities by working in partnership to create robust evidence to find innovative solutions to key social problems. Early intervention and prevention is at our core, reflecting our commitment to tackling social problems at their root and before they arise or have time to take hold.