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
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."