26/06/2015:Tony Gallagher and Gavin Duffy visited Israel in June 2015
23/06/2015:Professor Tony Gallagher, gives the annual Vere Foster lecture entitled 'Shared Education - a new way forward?'
23/06/2015:Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation’ research team present findings to community and education stakeholders at the North West Teacher Centre
16/06/2015:Dr Stephanie Burns presented a paper at the International Conference on Gender and Education held in Indiana University, Bloomington on 30th May 2015
29/05/2015: Dr Ana Tomovska, from Republic of Macedonia and former graduate PhD scholar at the School of Education, has won a prestigious Civil Society Scholar Award (CSSA)
14/04/2015: Lecturer (Education) in Shared Education
16/03/2015: Banning Faith Schools is no Quick Fix to Social Segregation’, article by Professor Tony Gallagher in ‘The Conversation'
11/03/2015: A report has just been published by the Social Integration Commission on social integration in Britain. One of its recommendations is to emulate the work on shared education in NI
12/02/2015: Cathal McManus has recently published a paper in Irish Studies Review
19/11/2014: Dr Gavin Duffy shortlisted for Vice Chancellor’s Impact Prize for research on sharing and collaboration between schools in contested spaces
14/11/2014: Research Impact: Centre for Shared Education with Qendra për të drejtat e njeriut dhe zgjidhje të konflikteve
25/09/2014: Professor Joanne Hughes presented a paper at the European Conference on Educational Research held in Porto, Portugal on 4th September 2014
11/08/2014: PhD student Rebecca Loader presented a paper on shared education at the Fourteenth International Conference on Diversity
Tony Gallagher and Gavin Duffy visited Israel in June 2015 to talk with teachers, education officials and NGO about their work on shared education and continue their collaborative work with Israeli colleagues on their Shared Life initiative. The main purpose of their four day visit was in response to an invitation from the Lautman Foundation to lead a roundtable discussion on shared education/ shared life at the Dov Lautman Conference on Educational Policy. They were also invited to give keynote presentations at the Centre for Educational Technology Learning Seminar in Tel Aviv: Tony provided a comparative paper on the role of shared education in co-existence, while Gavin presented a paper on the lessons learned from practice and research on shared education in Northern Ireland.
During their visit Tony and Gavin held a meeting to discuss collaborative projects with academic colleges in Beit Berl College and visited two Arab schools involved in shared life projects in Taybeh in an area known as the Triangle. They also visited schools in Ramle, an area where a shared life project has been in operation for some time, to discuss with school principals and teachers some of the challenges and opportunities of collaboration: some of the Ramle teachers had been on a recent study visit to Northern Ireland and this had clearly affected their sense of ambition for their work in Israel. The visit also provided an opportunity to meet with some senior figures in Education in Israel, most notably the Director of Education in Jerusalem.
Professor Tony Gallagher, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University and Professor of Education, was invited to give the annual Vere Foster Lecture this year. The lecture was entitled 'Shared Education - a new way forward?' The lecture was given in INTO in Belfast on Friday June 19th.
On Wednesday 17th June, members of the ‘Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation’ (ILiAD) research team presented findings from the research to community and education stakeholders at the North West Teacher Centre in Derry/Londonderry. The findings from two of the case study electoral Ward areas (Rosemount and The Diamond) were presented, followed by a discussion of the key issues and how they might be best addressed by policymakers at the local and national levels. The ILiAD research study was funded by OFMDFM from 2012-2015 and the final report will be available online in the coming months.
Dr Stephanie Burns presented a paper at the International Conference on Gender and Education which was held on 28th-30th May 2015 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. The paper was entitled ‘Barriers and enablers of education equality for transgender students’, which reported the results of a subsection of research on education inequalities in Northern Ireland carried out by a team from the Centre for Shared Education on behalf of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Please click here for link to the conference website.
Dr Ana Tomovska, from Republic of Macedonia and former graduate PhD scholar at the School of Education, has won a prestigious Civil Society Scholar Award (CSSA). The CSSA supports international university faculty to access resources that enrich socially engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country. Ana, who is now associate professor at University American College, Skopje, will be collaborating with the Centre for Shared Education and joining colleagues on the Centre's recent international AP projects with specific reference to the promotion of Shared Education in primary schools in Macedonia.
We are looking for someone who can undertake high quality teaching and assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the area of shared education.
The post holder will develop and deliver courses relating primarily to inter-cultural and collaborative education, and will contribute to the development of an international outreach programme for shared education. For further information and application details click here
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To view the article by Professor Tony Gallagher please click here
'In order to reconcile the rise of free schools with a commitment to social integration, the government should seriously consider emulating the Shared Education programme instituted by the Northern Irish Executive. This might involve building new facilities for shared use by schools catering to different religious communities, or even co-locating these schools within shared campuses.'
Cathal McManus has recently published a paper in Irish Studies Review, which explores Protestant working-class underachievement:
McManus (2015) ‘“Bound in darkness and idolatry”? Protestant working-class underachievement and unionist hegemony’ Irish Studies Review 23, (1) 48-67
To view online click here
Gavin Duffy, from the Centre for Shared Education at the School of Education has been shortlisted for the Vice Chancellor’s Impact Prize 2014 under the category of Early Career Researcher.
Gavin’s research in conjunction with Professor Tony Gallagher and the SEP implementation team (Mark Baker, Alistair Stewart and Niki Moat) focused on a partnership of 8 schools in the Foyle Area which established an educational programme exploring a series of social themes including: anti-social behaviour, community relations, internet safety, health issues and substance misuse. The partnership involved over 1000 pupils aged between 8 and 15 and a network of 35 teachers and 8 school leaders was established.
The research reveals significant social and educational impact to have emerged from shared learning and broader collaboration between schools, including:
- Encouraging the movement of pupils, parents and educators across a contested space setting into each other’s communities
- The formation of relationships and meaningful contact between participants from different cultural backgrounds
- Building stronger links between schools and statutory/voluntary agencies
- The formation of a sustainable cross-sectoral school partnership supported by teacher and leader networks
- Capacity building and professional development opportunities for teachers
- A unique shared social needs themed educational programme located within the Key Stage 2 PDMU and Key Stage 3 LLW curriculum
- School improvement
The winner will be announced at the Chief Executive’s Gala Dinner on Friday 21st November 2014
Professor Joanne Hughes and Professor Ruth recently visited the Republic of Macedonia where the Centre for Shared Education has an ongoing collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and UNICEF.
DALLIMEVEdhetë MULTIKULTURALIZMIT në kopsht
A previous visit, supported by UNICEF, shared with policymakers and practitioners our research findings on principles and cultures of contact and effective interventions to ensure respect for diversity and multiculturalism in the early years. Since then, over a 100 teachers across10 kindergartens have been trained in pedagogical activities, using educational materials inspired by research on SesameTree to help young children understand and accept differences of any sort.
Professor Joanne Hughes presented a paper at the European Conference on Educational Research held in Porto, Portugal on 4th September 2014. The presentation focused on ‘Interpretations of National Identity in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland: A Comparison of Different School Settings’ authored by Joanne Hughes (QUB), Andrea Furey (University of Ulster), Caitlin Donnelly (QUB) & Danielle Blaylock (QUB).
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PhD student Rebecca Loader presented a paper on shared education at the Fourteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations on 11th July in Vienna, Austria. The paper, entitled "Sharing Education Across Religious Boundaries: A Case Study from Northern Ireland", discussed the advantages and challenges of shared education, drawing on research undertaken within the Centre, including findings from Rebecca's doctoral research."