04/04/2014: Centre for Shared Education visit to Macedonia
27/02/2014: Centre for Shared Education welcomes British Association for International and Comparative Education - Student Conference 2014 to Queen's
28/01/2014: On 20th January 2014, staff from the Centre for Shared Education presented the interim findings of a research study
10/01/2014: A new book Integrated Education in Conflicted Societies
28/08/2013: Dr Danielle Blaylock to present at international colloquium in Mexico City
19/08/2013: Staff to attend a Colloquium for the Los Angeles Promised Neighborhood Schools programme (LAPN)
20/07/2013: Future of Education Conference,Florence, June 2013
20/07/2013: Prof Joanne Hughes visits University of Bologna
20/07/2013: Phd Student Rebecca Loader presents a paper on her research
14/05/2013: Prof Soon-Won Kang hosts research seminar
14/05/2013: Promoting Shared Education in Macedonia - An Exploration of the challenges
24/04/2013: Shared Education – Views of Children and Young People’ report launch
23/04/2013: Launch of 'Advancing Shared Education' report
Joanne Hughes and Ruth Leitch visit Macedonia from 30th March – 4th April to deliver a workshop on promoting diversity at primary level. Workshop participants include senior officials and practitioners involved in curriculum planning and delivery.
Mark Baker and Dani Blaylock have been invited to deliver a series of presentations on shared education at Elizabethtown University, Pennsylvania in April. The Centre will then host student teachers from Elizabethtown in May for a series of visits to shared education sites in NI
PhD students and members of the Centre for Shared Education, Helen Hanna and Gareth Robinson, are involved in organising a postgraduate student conference in conjunction with the British Association for International and Comparative Education and the Postgraduate Office at Queen's, to be held on Friday 7th March. The theme of the conference is 'Education in Plural Societies: Conflict and Comparison' and will bring together postgraduate research students from across the UK in order to discuss current issues relating to the role of education in plural or divided societies such as Northern Ireland, Lebanon, Macedonia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and others. This is an important opportunity for a new generation of researchers in this field to share their work, receive constructive feedback, and build networks. For further information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 20th January 2014, staff from the Centre for Shared Education presented the interim findings of a research study which is currently being undertaken on behalf of the Equality Commission Northern Ireland (ECNI). The study is investigating current educational inequalities in Northern Ireland across the nine equality grounds listed in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (gender, disability, age, dependant status, sexual orientation, racial group, marital status, religious belief and political opinion) with consideration to levels of access, attainment, progression and destination. During the morning, Dr Stephanie Burns outlined the emerging key inequalities that have been identified from a secondary analysis of significant datasets to a group of key stakeholders, as well as the barriers and enablers to education that have been identified for each equality ground from a review of the literature and qualitative interviews. Prof Joanne Hughes and Prof Ruth Leitch facilitated roundtable discussions with the key stakeholders present, and Dan Sweeney (Senior Policy Officer from ECNI) gave feedback on the discussions for the plenary. These discussions served to highlight the factors that might explain the key inequalities for each ground, as well as any further barriers and enablers to educational access, attainment, progression and destinations, and the key issues that should be brought forward to policymakers upon completion of the research. The final report of the research will be published by the Equality Commission later in 2014.
A new book Integrated Education in Conflicted Societies edited by Dr Claire McGlynn (School of Education, QUB), Dr Michalinos Zembylas (Open University of Cyprus) and Dr Zvi Bekerman (Hebrew University Jerusalem) has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. This collection focuses on the developing field of integrated education in conflicted societies and analyses accounts from different geographical and socio-political sites such as Northern Ireland, Israel, Cyprus, Macedonia, Bosnia and Croatia. In each context integrated education has been difficult to initiate, complex to sustain and has aroused the suspicion of historically divided societies: nonetheless, those involved believe it to be essential in contributing to the healing of the wounds afflicting their societies.
Staff from the Centre for Shared Education have been invited to Mexico City to present at an international colloquium organised by the Human Rights Commission in Mexico City to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The objective of the colloquium is to encourage a space for dialogue where multidisciplinary voices may consider how peace education may promote social justice, the respect for human rights, and the transformation of divided societies through non-violent solutions.
Invited speakers represent a diverse array of academics, practitioners, human rights promoters, and governmental institutions including representatives from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Human Rights Department of the United Nations in Mexico, National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, the Ambassador of Spain in Mexico, UNICEF, and UNESCO among many others.
Dr Danielle Blaylock will be a part of a discussion group exploring experiences of reconstruction of the social net and building a peace culture. She will be presenting research examining direct and indirect impacts of intergroup contact experienced by young people in Northern Ireland. In addition, Dr Blaylock has been asked to speak at a two day seminar following the colloquium at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Mexico’s national university for teacher training, in which she will discuss shared education in Northern Ireland.
Staff from the Centre for Shared Education have been invited to California to attend a Colloquium for the Los Angeles Promised Neighborhood Schools programme (LAPN).
The Promise Neighborhoods Initiative is President Obama’s signature education and poverty program to transform schools and communities into vibrant centers of opportunity and excellence. The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is the lead agency for the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and was awarded a $30 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education in December 2012. The Promise Neighborhood is transforming 19 neighborhood schools into full-service community schools while opening six Promise Neighborhood Centers and dozens of satellite centers. More than 60 partners have signed on to the collaboration and all partners will be sharing data through the groundbreaking Efforts-to-Outcome data system.
Having attended the Sharing Education Programme conference in July colleagues from The Education Success Project and Loyola Marymount University felt that the collaborative approach of the Sharing Education Programme could provide clear lessons and practical examples for schools in the US. Dr Maureen Kindel from the Education success Project said that “frankly, we know of no other project than SEP that has gone out into the field and can say that 150 schools are collaborating because of their work.”
Mark Baker and Dr Gavin Duffy will be attending the conference and taking the opportunity to visit schools in Los Angeles that are in the early stages of collaboration. Professor Tony Gallagher has been involved with the LAPN since its inception and will be involved in presenting by video link.
Further information in the Los Angeles Promis Neighborhood can be found at http://www.ypiusa.org/lapn/
Ruth Leitch and Joanne Hughes presented a paper entitled, ‘Exploring Links between Educational Achievement and Disadvantage: A Case Study from Northern Ireland’ at the Future of Education Conference, Florence, June 2013.
In June 2013 Joanne Hughes presented a paper on shared education to PGR students at the University of Bologna, where she holds a visiting position.
On June 19 Rebecca Loader presented a paper on her PhD research entitled, ‘Intergroup contact in shared education partnerships: a qualitative study’ at the doctoral seminar series in the School of Education.
On the 9th May the Centre hosted a research seminar entitled, ‘Practicing Peace-Reunification Education in Schools: Attempting to overcome national division in Korea.’ The speaker was Prof Soon-Won Kang, a Professor in Education from Hanshin University, South Korea. Pictured (from left), Dr Ulrike Niens, the speaker Prof Soon-Won Kang and Prof Claire McGlynn.
On the 2nd of May the centre hosted a research seminar entitled, ‘Promoting Shared Education in Macedonia – an exploration of the challenges.’ The speaker was Prof Violetta Petroska-Beska a professor of psychology at the Ss.Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Pictured (from left), Prof Violetta Petroska-Beska , Prof Joanne Hughes and Dr Caitlin Donnelly
The Ministerial Advisory Group launched its report 'Advancing Shared Education'. The report refers extensively to research and programme work supported within the Centre. The report can be downloaded from here