11/08/2014: PhD student Rebecca Loader presented a paper on shared education at the Fourteenth International Conference on Diversity
15/05/2014: Student teachers from the David Yellin Academic College of Education visit the Centre for Shared Education
04/04/2014: Centre for Shared Education visit to Macedonia
04/04/2014: Centre for Shared Education visits Elizabethtown University, Pensylvania
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
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."
This week the Centre for Shared Education hosted a group of trainee teachers from the David Yellin Academic College of Education. The teachers are particularly interested in the role of shared and integrated education in Northern Ireland and to identify any potential crossovers to their own context.
The 12 student teachers attended a seminar on Monday morning given by Mark Baker, Dr Danielle Blaylock and Dr Gavin Duffy covering the context, sharing education programme application and research into contact and collaboration. The following day they visited Limavady to see the shared education partnership between St Mary’s and Limavady High School first hand. After a presentation from the school Principals and senior management the students tasted a school dinner and then went on to attend shared classes.
This visit continues the positive relationship between the Centre and the David Yellin College and its academic staff.
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: email@example.com.
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.
The NI Commissioner for Children and Young People’s (NICCY) report ‘Shared Education – Views of Children and Young People’ was launched today at an event at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
Click here to view the main report which presents findings from NICCY’s consultation of children and young people’s views and experiences of shared education to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education. Click here to view an additional report which provides a brief overview of the views of children and young people on shared education.
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.