24/09/2015:Centre for Shared Education British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference contributions
18/09/2015:Staff from the Centre for Shared Education present research findings at the European Educational Research Association Conference in Budapest, Hungary
02/09/2015:Centre for Shared Education PhD student Gareth Robinson presents findings of a study on the social network structure of five collaborating primary schools within a Shared Education partnership in Northern Ireland
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
The BERA conference 2015 was hosted at Queen’s University, with staff from the Centre for Shared Education delivering contributions showcasing their recent work.
An ‘Innovation Session’ took place on Wednesday 16th September, entitled ‘The role of education in divided and conflict affected societies: a symposium including reflections on delegates’ participation in site visits to schools.’ Delegates were invited to participate in site visits to schools in Belfast to reflect on how different schools deal practically with societal division and promote social cohesion. The Innovation Session, delivered by Lesley Emerson, Caitlin Donnelly, Joanne Hughes, Karen Orr, Paul Connolly and Rebecca Loader, included presentations on:
- Shared education and the community relations agenda in Northern Ireland
- Integrated schools in Northern Ireland: an overview of the evidence
- The role of the curriculum in conflict affected societies.
The session also provided a space for delegates to share their experiences from the site visits and locate their observations within current research perspectives presented by the panel members. Photographs from the site visit are below, and the following link to St Colm’s High School webpage details their visit from BERA delegates.
Other presentations given by Centre for Shared Education staff members were:
- Teenage talk: speaking, stance-taking and young people’s views of themselves within the education system (Dr Aisling O’Boyle)
- What is being taught in Religious Education classes in Northern Ireland and to what extent should states be concerned about regulation, quality and control of the subject? (Dr James Nelson)
- Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation: a case study approach to community differences (Prof Ruth Leitch, Prof Joanne Hughes and Dr Stephanie Burns, with Dr Erik Cownie)
- From co-presence to integration: exploring processes of intergroup contact within shared classes in Northern Ireland (Dr Rebecca Loader)
Dr Rebecca Loader’s paper reported her research on the features of the shared class that can facilitate (or impede) interaction and relationship-building, focusing on aspects such as class size and composition, the physical arrangement of the classroom, and the teaching style and approach. The presentation offered some recommendations for the ways that shared classes and activities might be structured to maximise opportunities for contact and friendship-development. The slides from Rebecca’s presentation are available below:
The annual conference of the European Educational Research Association was held on 7-11 September 2015 at Corvinus University in Budapest. The theme of the conference was ‘Education and Transition – Contributions from Educational Research’. Dr Andrea Furey from the School of Psychology at Ulster University and Professor Joanne Hughes from the Centre for Shared Education at Queen’s University presented a paper (written with Dr Caitlin Donnelly and Dr Danielle Blaylock from the Centre for Shared Education) entitled ‘National Identity Narratives Within Different Educational Contexts In Northern Ireland And Macedonia’. This paper drew on the conceptual framework of both contact theory and identity theory to explore student narratives on national identity within different educational contexts in both Northern Ireland and Macedonia. Preliminary analyses suggested variation in narratives surrounding identity and intergroup relations as a function of school settings in both Northern Ireland and Macedonia. Identification processes within integrated / bilingual educational contexts seem to offer greater grounds for optimism in the transitioning of both societies towards a more peaceful dispensation. Dr Stephanie Burns from the Centre for Shared Education at Queen’s University presented a sub-section of findings from the recently-completed ‘Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation’ (ILiAD) study, entitled ‘Examination Of A Model of Full Service Extended School Provision In An Area Of High Deprivation’ (written with Dr Michael Ievers from Stranmillis University College, and Professor Ruth Leitch and Professor Joanne Hughes from the Centre for Shared Education). This paper presented the model of Full Service Extended School (FSES) provision that was designed for two partnering schools in an urban area of high deprivation in Northern Ireland, and examined how it fits alongside models of community-schools or full-service extended schools operating in other international contexts. The paper also highlighted the impact this FSES provision has had alongside the challenges it continues to face, which need to be considered in the development of similar programmes.
Gareth Robinson, a PhD student from the Centre for Shared Education, presented a paper entitled ‘Are Shared Education Networks Social?’ at the fourth Public Health Annual Scientific Conference in Belfast and a paper entitled ‘Networks as a Model for Sharing Education in Northern Ireland’ at XXXV Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) in Brighton, both in June 2015. Gareth’s two papers reported on the findings of a study on the social network structure of five collaborating primary schools within a Shared Education partnership in Northern Ireland. They focused upon the collaborative interactions of staff members and the patterns of relationships that emerged as a consequence of sharing. 'Are Shared Education Networks Social?' presented the prosocial outcomes of teachers involved, their networked benefits, and how sharing education has been observed to improve the professional lives of educators. 'Networks as Model for Sharing Education in Northern Ireland' discussed in detail the structural properties of their networked learning community and the professional and social benefits for actors directly involved in Shared Education when compared to those actors who were not. For more information please see the conference links:
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