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Special Educational Needs: Changing Perspectives

Friday, January 13th 2012

This workshop is presented by TEAN, the Teacher Education Advancement Network. TEAN’s aims for Teacher Education are: to enhance practice, to support and promote innovation and development, to contribute to and help build research capacity; to contribute to policy development and implementation.

Venue: University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus


SEN concerns us all; how do we ensure that all children and young people reach their full potential and make a successful transition to adulthood? What is the level of awareness of student and practising teachers with respect to children and young people with Special Educational Needs? What are your perspectives regarding SEN? The overall aim of this day event is for you to discover tangible outcomes concerning what to do in teacher education to develop student teachers and thereby benefit children and young people. How could things be done differently? TEAN offers the time and space to consider this vital area of education and to benefit from collaboration with colleagues from across the sector. In morning and afternoon workshops you will work together following presentations which will challenge your thinking and suggest innovative practice. You will investigate different layers from teacher educators to students teachers – and by extension, practising teachers – to children and young people and feed back your ideas to delegates on the day and then, through the TEAN website, to the whole sector both at home and abroad.

Keynote speaker

TEAN is delighted to welcome Professor Lani Florian, Professor of Social Inclusion at the University Aberdeen to give the keynote address for the day. She has written extensively on inclusive education and has consulted on special needs education and inclusion internationally. Her research interests include categorisation of children, models of provision for meeting the needs of all learners, and teaching practice in inclusive schools (inclusive pedagogy).

To present ideas on innovative practice in the afternoon session TEAN gives a warm welcome to: Christopher Robertson who lectures and researches in the field of special and inclusive education at the University of Birmingham and was a member of  the reference group for the 2009 Lamb report; and to the successful team from the University of Cumbria who run one of the very few specialised undergraduate courses in SEN/inclusive practice and inclusive pedagogy: Alison Feeney, Anne Gager, Graham Hallett, Verna Kilburn, Kären Mills.

Who is it for?

This event will be appropriate for all Initial Teacher Educators from HEIs or schools, and all those with an interest in teacher education.

How to book:

Please reserve your place by completing the registration form which can be found at:

This can also be accessed by going to  and going to the Diary of Events

Fee:  £90                     

Please note that our preferred method of payment is by credit/debit card although alternative methods of payment are available.

Closing date for registrations: 19th December 2011

For queries about the workshop content contact:  Telephone contact: 01524 385459 (internal 5759)

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Kind regards

Helen Harling


Teacher Education Advancement Network
University of Cumbria
Bowerham Road


Tel: 01524 384193 (internal 4193) Administrator.
Tel: 01524 385459 (internal 5759) Dr Alison Jackson

Administrator availability: Mon 8.30 – 4.00, Tues & Wed 9.00 – 4.30.

TEAN is The Teacher Education Advancement Network. Its aims for Teacher Education are: to enhance practice, to support and promote innovation and development, to contribute to and help build research capacity; to contribute to policy development and implementation.


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Gender and Education


Call for Proposals – Workshop “Gender and Far Right Politics in Europe”
27th – 28th of September 2012
Georg-Simon-Ohm-University of Applied Sciences Nurnberg (Germany)

We invite applications to present a paper at a workshop on Gender and Far Right Politics in Europe to be held in September 2012 at Nurnberg (Germany). The Workshop aims to bring together scientists of all career stages and/or critical activists, journalists and practitioners from different European countries who did research on aspects of the named topic. Submissions could refer to the following aspects (all or parts or additional ones):

A. Women/men within the far right
– quantitative shares of women/men at diverse dimensions of far right activities (hate crimes, elections etc.)
– preferred issues and ways of activity
– women’s organisations
– social networking
– social resources and backgrounds
– international connections
– effects of women’s presence in the far right (within the scene)

B. Gender specific attempts to infiltrate civil society
– improving public image of the far right
– community activism
– educational system and social work
– using of social media and virtual media
– antifeminism as a strategy

C. Ideology
– narrative strategies
– dealing with the past
– gender ideologies
– role of intellectuals and churches

D. Motivations
– findings on reasons and ways to become a member of the far right
– criticism of traditional explanatory of political science

E. Countermeasures and preventive measures
– sensitivity for gender perspectives on the far right at diverse actors (police, courts, media, social work, school)

F. Researching in the field of gender and right wig extremism
– approaching and entering the field of research
– field-experiences
– getting out of the field of research

We like to encourage especially submissions with comparative perspectives on two or more countries, but also submissions which cover the situation in just one country. Interested persons should submit a short CV and a half- to one-page description of the issue they would like to present at the workshop. These should be sent to: between 1st of October and 30th of November 2011.


Applicants will be notified of decisions in January2012. The organizers will cover transportation and accommodation costs (in whole or partly), provided that the applications for funds will be successful.

Prof. Dr. Andrea Peta, Central European University Budapest (Hu)
Prof. Dr. Michaela Kattig, University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt a.M. (Ger)
Prof. Dr. Renate Bitzan, Georg-Simon-Ohm-University of Appl. Sciences Nurnberg (Ger)


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Marketisation of Higher Education

This is an essay written by Brad Dymond when he was a final year student in Education Studies at theUniversity ofNorthampton.

It was written as an assignment for the Education, Culture & Society module (EDU3004) that Brad studied during the 2010-2011 academic year.


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Dymond, B. (2011) Competition and Markets in Education, an essay written for EDU3004 ‘Education, Culture and Society’ module, Education Studies, School of Education, University of Northampton, 10th January, online at ‘The Flow of Ideas’:



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Antonio Gramsci


FESATODER (aka. The Association of Philosophy and Social Researches, is setting out an international meeting in commemoration of Antonio Gramcsi’s 120nd year of birth at Büyükada-İstanbul as our 3rd annual philosophy meeting. For further information please visit our site.

Religion, Civil Society and Political Society in Gramsci

Gramsci Conference 7.10.-8.10.2011 in Istanbul, Büyükada

In the last decades, Gramsci’s work has become a central point of reference for critical philosophical and social-theoretical debates. His Prison Notebooks have been translated into many languages and some of his key concepts have been decisively influential for the analysis of social development under the conditions of restructured neoliberal capitalism. Among these are concepts such as those of the integral state, civil society, hegemony and leadership, the intellectuals, an historical bloc, his critical understanding of culture and Marxism as a philosophy of praxis.

Turkish society has also been studied in a series of research projects inspired by Gramsci’s perspectives, stimulating new approaches of emancipatory politics. Turkey is of particular interest because it is a semi-peripheral state between the south-eastern border of the European Union and the nations and states of the Middle East. Given the long tradition of the Ottoman Empire, the secularisation that occurred following 1923, authoritarian parliamentarian democracy and the recently renewed role of different currents of Islam in Turkish politics, it is worthwhile considering to what extent Gramsci’s perspectives on the state and civil society, his distinction between east and west, his notion of the philosophy of praxis and particularly his reflections on the meaning of religion can be useful for analysing the Turkish reality.

Prof. Dr. Alex Demirović (Technical University Berlin; Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung; editor of Prokla)

Prof. Dr. Sinan Özbek (Kocaeli University; editor of Felsefelogos)

Dr. Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University; editor of Historical Materialism: research in critical Marxist theory).


‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (recording) and (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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