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ISSUES IN PROFESSIONALISM CONFERENCE
Centre for Educational Research (CER) Annual Conference

Issues in Professionalism

Tuesday 5th July 2011   13.00 – 17.30,

Universityof Derby

What does it mean to be a ‘professional’ today? Is it to be compliant and regulated or is it still possible to be an autonomous professional, whatever your discipline is? The idea of a ‘new’ professionalism is increasingly discussed but the meaning of professionalism is now uncertain.

The conference will open with a Keynote Speech by Gary McCulloch, the Brian Simon Professor of History of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, who will place professionalism in its historical context. Various issues in professionalism will then be examined in a series of workshops and the day will end with a panel debate around the question “What does ‘professionalism’ mean today?”

Register on line:  http://www.derby.ac.uk/professionalismconference

The conference is open to all academic or administrative staff, postgraduate students at the University of Derby, teachers who are research associates and external delegates.

External Bookings cost £25.

Programme  

12.00 Registration and Buffet Lunch (in the Atrium,UniversityofDerby,Kedleston RoadCampus)

13.00 Keynote Speaker:  Professor Gary McCulloch

14.30 Workshops on a variety of topics related to professionalism such as the student as consumer, academic freedom, the return of professional knowledge, the new regulatory professionalism and a special workshop for the Teacher Research Associates Network (TRAN) facilitated by Dr Des Hewitt.

16.00 Coffee and Tea

16.30 SCETT Panel Debate “What does professionalism mean today?”  Speakers include: Siôn Humphreys (SCETT Chair, & NAHT); Rania Hafez (SCETT Vice-Chair, & Muslim Women in Education); Toby Marshall (SCETT & Havering College of FHE); Brian Cookson (SCETT Treasurer & NASUWT National Treasurer); Professor Dennis Hayes (SCETT Hon Sec & University of Derby).

The debate is sponsored by the Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT): www.scett.org.uk

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Education Crisis

IN DEFENCE OF TEACHER EDUCATION

On the launch of the SCETT Publication: In Defence of Teacher Education (March 2011), Professor Dennis Hayes, Hon. Secretary, the Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT) said:

“Today SCETT publishes this important short work, In Defence of Teacher Education, which provides a unique defence of education as a field of study essential for future teachers. It is addressed to the Coalition government but should be read by all teachers, teacher trainers, academics and all those with an interest in ensuring that our children are taught by teachers who understand what they are doing and who believe that teaching is a profession and not merely a ‘craft’.  

The 15 contributors include leaders from all the major teaching trade unions, national educational organisations and distinguished academics. If the Coalition is serious about developing their thinking about teacher education they must engage with the arguments that SCETT’s contributors present and we are happy to discuss them with Mr Gove, Mr Gibb, Mr Hayes and their advisors.”

For further information and comment contact:

Dennis Hayes – Tel: 07791 200 341 – Email: d.hayes@derby.ac.uk

At the SCETT Website: http://www.scett.org.uk/activities/in-defence-of-teacher-education.aspx

In Defence of Teacher Education (PDF): http://www.scett.org.uk/media/3583/in_defence_of__teacher_education_scett_march_2011.pdf

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The University of Utopia
Radicalising Higher Education

 

2nd Annual Research Conference

The Centre for Educational Research and Development of the University of Lincoln

 

Thursday, 4th June, 2009

EMMTEC Conference Centre, Brayford Pool, University of Lincoln, LN6 7TS

 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:         

Professor Ron Barnett, Institute of Education:         The Utopian University: Challenges and Prospects

Professor Antonia Darder, University of Illinois: “Breaking Silence: A Study into the Pervasiveness of Oppression”

 

 

THEMATIC WORKSHOPS

Patrick Ainley, Joyce Canaan: “The Student Experience”

Stefano Harney, Fred Moten: “Academic Labour”

Cath Lambert, Mike Neary, Elisabeth Simbuerger: “Teaching in Public”

Dennis Hayes, Terence Karran: “Academic Freedom”

 

 

What is the Conference About?

 

Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) sets out, for the first time, the paradox of the modern (new) world: the possibility of abundance (freedom) in a society of scarcity (non-freedom); and the dangers that are inherent in this paradoxical situation for the development of the emergent capitalist society.

 

More suggests the universality of education as a way of resolving this paradox.  For the humanist More, the highest pleasures are those of the mind, and true happiness depends on their realization.  On More’s fantasy island, Utopia is a universal school for all its citizens, where all civic life is education.  Citizens attend public lectures in the morning, participate in lively discussions during meal-times, and, in the evening, receive formal supervision from scholars. (Meiksins Wood, 1997).

 

In 1953, with the publication of The University of Utopia, the educational philosopher Robert Hutchins extended More’s allegory to a liberal humanist reappraisal of higher education.  Anticipating the vocationalist critique of contemporary higher education, Hutchins wrote ‘The object of the educational system, taken as a whole, is not to produce hands for industry or to teach the young how to make a living. It is to produce responsible citizens’ (p.3). Hutchins’s views have been repeated and endorsed in the increasing volume of critical literature on the commercialisation of higher education.

 

However this critical literature has struggled to provide any convincing alternatives to ‘academic capitalism’ (Slaughter and Leslie, 1997).  This absence of any radical alternative, occurs not because of a lack of imagination, but by virtue of the nature of liberal-humanism itself.  For Zizek (2002) liberal humanism ‘precludes any serious questioning of the way in which this liberal democratic order is complicit in the phenomena it officially condemns, and, of course, any serious attempt to imagine a different socio-political order’ (167). What this amounts to, for Zizek, is ‘a prohibition on thinking… the moment we question the liberal consensus we are accused of abandoning scientific objectivity and recourse to outdate ideological positions’ (168).

 

The aim of this conference is to recover the freshness of More’s critique, while going beyond Hutchins’s liberal fundamentalism, in order to imagine some real radical futures for higher education.  The conference addresses the problem of inventing a form of radicality that confronts the same paradox that emerged in Tudor England, and continues to undermine the progressive development of the postmodern world.

 

 

Why Come to the Conference?

 

The conference will be of interest to all staff in further and higher education who are concerned about the future direction and role of the changing university within the emerging global knowledge economy.

 

We look forward to welcoming you

Register online now at: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/conferences/  

 

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