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EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION: EXPLORING EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TURBULENT TIMES

Society for Research into Higher Education

University of Porto, Portugal

Date – Monday, 01 September 2014: 13.30 – 18.30

Venue – University of Porto, Portugal

Network – Joint ECER/SRHE

This pre-Seminar to the ECER 2014 Conference (http://www.eera-ecer.de/ecer2014), is co-organised by EERA Network 22: Research in Higher Education and the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), in cooperation with Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE) from FPCE – University of Porto

Venue: Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto
Rua Alfredo Allen 4200-135, Porto, Portugal

Over the past years, in many European countries, higher education has been in turmoil as, for example, budget cuts have impacted significantly on the lives of  academics and students in higher education institutions. Higher education institutions are still expected to be one of the driving forces of nation states by creating new knowledge and educating a future workforce.

The aim of this seminar is to:

  • Bring together colleagues from various European countries to discuss how higher education can cope with turbulent times and how to move forward.
  • Bring insights into and examples from various European countries on current developments in higher education.
  • Provide a meeting point for emerging researchers to discuss current issues and network with established researchers in the field of higher education.

In order to promote lively discussions and a possibility to network and share opinions the second half of the seminar will be interactive workshops. There will be four parallel sessions each of which has moderators to promote lively discussions. The results of these interactive sessions will be reported on and disseminated.

 

Chair: Jani Ursin, Link-Convenor of EERA Network22: Research in Higher Education

11.30–12.30            Registration and networking

12.30–13.30            Lunch

13.30–14.00            Welcome
Helena Costa Araujo, Director of CIIE
Helen Perkins,  Director of Society for Research into Higher Education

14.00–15.00            Keynote:
‘What is the nature of the relationship between changes in European higher education and social science research on higher education and how can it be strengthened?’
Professor Rosemary Deem (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

15.00–15.30           Instructions for parallel sessions

15.30–17.00           Parallel sessions:

Session 1:

Future prospects in HE for Early Career researchers
Presenters/Facilitators: Mr Patrick Baughan, Department of Learning and Development, City University London, UK
University-Professor Dr Liudvika Leisyte, TU University Dortmund, Germany
(see: http://www.eera-ecer.de/ecer2014/emerging-researchers-conference/network-workshops/nw-22/#c215201)

Session 2:

Sustaining high quality teaching and learning in higher education
Presenters/Facilitators:   Dr Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University
Dr Mari Karm, University of Tartu, Estonia
In this workshop we will explore the challenges of using the available research evidence to sustain high quality teaching and learning in higher education. We will focus on two key and related issues in supporting high quality teaching and learning: the engagement of students in their learning and how we can use knowledge of this engagement to inform the professional development of academic staff. Through short presentations, as well as small group and plenary discussions, we will explore the following questions:
• What tensions are there in the research evidence in these two areas?
• What implications do these tensions have when we attempt to use this evidence to inform teaching and learning practices in higher education?
• How can we make use of our institutional experiences to further develop the research evidence?
• How can we make the research evidence useable in our institutional  contexts?
Session 3:

Developing as a researcher in turbulent times: becoming and being an ‘extended’ professional’
A presentation by Professor Linda Evans University of Leeds
Facilitator: Dr Christine Teelken, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

‘In this lecture Professor Evans will draw upon her own work on researcher development, to analyse what it takes to be an ‘extended’ researcher in the precarious and changing 21st century European Research Area (ERA). Adapting Eric Hoyle’s work on ‘extended’ and ‘restricted’ models of professionality, characteristics of the ‘restricted’ and ‘extended’ European researcher will be proposed. Of particular relevance to early career academics and researchers, the lecture will address  issues related to how they may develop their research skills and raise their profiles.’

Session 4:

Higher education and employment: building the connections
Presenters/Facilitators:  Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London, UK
Auxiliary Professor Mariana Alves, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Employability has always been a key feature of higher education, from the earliest days of the University of Bologna, to the vocational training of clerics, doctors and lawyers and the myriad professional, vocational and higher learning of today. This workshop brings together notion of “learning for learning’s sake” and “students’, institutions’ and governments’ needs for an educated workforce”. This workshop draws on research projects exploring employability from a variety of contexts. Three main themes discussed are:

– graduates’ employability – relevance  for students options and perspectives
– graduates’ employability – relevance for educational policies (either at national and/or institutional levels)
– graduates’ employability – current trends concerning educational and professional trajectories

Employability will be considered in individual, institutional, national and regional contexts. The workshop will draw on research but will have an interactive basis, encouraging participants to reflect on how employability is conceptualised. Key issues include the impact of employability on students and graduates, particularly in relation to student fees; the role and relevance of educational policies; and future trajectories.

 

Workshop participants are asked to reflect on these issues, and to think about the following questions:

1. How do you frame ‘graduates’ employability’? What resources do you draw on for this? For example research, reports, websites…
2. How is ‘graduates’ employability’ framed in higher education research? What fields does this cover? What disciplinary approaches?
3. What research, data and information will be needed in the future to enhance, assure and research graduates’ employability?

Participants are encouraged to read Chapter 3 of the report linked below (Final Report):

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kli/research/student-experience/student-expectations-perceptions-HE.aspx

17.15–18.30     Summing up the workshops and the seminar

18.30–20.30     Reception (sponsored by SRHE)

 

Reserve a place: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/

Society for Research into Higher Education: http://www.srhe.ac.uk

 

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Intern Nation

INTERN NATION

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‘INTERN NATION: HOW TO EARN NOTHING AND LEARN LITTLE IN THE BRAVE NEW ECONOMY’

By ROSS PERLIN

Published: 1st May 2012

 

The first no-holds-barred expose of the exploitative world of internships

Millions of young people – and increasingly some not-so-young people – now work as interns. They famously shuttle coffee in a thousand magazine offices, legislative backrooms, and Hollywood studios, but they also deliver aid inAfghanistan, map the human genome, and pick up garbage. Intern Nation is the first exposé of the exploitative world of internships. In this witty, astonishing, and serious investigative work, ROSS PERLIN profiles fellow interns, talks to academics and professionals about what unleashed this phenomenon, and explains why the intern boom is perverting workplace practices around the world.

The hardcover publication of this book precipitated a torrent of media coverage in theUSandUK, and Perlin has added an entirely new afterword describing the growing focus on this woefully underreported story. Insightful and humorous, INTERN NATION will transform the way we think about the culture of work.

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Praise for INTERN NATION:

    “Perlin’s attempt to understand internships as a symptom of wider trends in the economy … makes the book such a fascinating read.”

–      SPECTATOR

http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/7044593/part_2/empty-lines-on-a-cv-.thtml

 

    “A book that offers landmark coverage of its topic.”

    – Andrew Ross, LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n10/andrew-ross/a-capitalists-dream

 

    “A portrait of how white-collar work is changing … thought-provoking and at times jaw-dropping – almost a companion volume to Naomi Klein’s celebrated 2000 exposé of modern sweatshops, No Logo.”

    – Andy Beckett, GUARDIAN

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/08/intern-nation-ross-perlin-review

 

    “A compelling investigation of a trend that threatens to destroy “what’s left of the ordered world of training, hard work and fair compensation” … Full of restrained force and wit, this is a valuable book on a subject that demands attention.”

–      OBSERVER

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/15/intern-nation-ross-perlin-review

 

    “[An] eye-opening, welcome exposé.”

    – SUNDAY TIMES

 

    “Organizations inAmericasave $2 billion a year by not paying interns a minimum wage, writes Ross Perlin in INTERN NATION.”

    – ECONOMIST

http://www.economist.com/node/18586856?story_id 586856 

 

    “Well-researched and timely.”

–      DAILY TELEGRAPH

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/8552716/Intern-Nation-by-Ross-Perlin-review.html

 

    “[E]ye-opening … The book tackles a sprawling topic with earnestness and flair.”

    -Katy Waldman,WASHINGTON POST

 

    “Perlin … has an eye for polemical effectiveness.”

    – TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

 

     “A serious and extremely well-written text that offers sophisticated historical material about the origins of internship and its impact on the individuals concerned, the firms that use it and the world of work more generally.”

    -CaryL. Cooper, TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION

 

    “Perlin contends that most internships are illegal, according to the Fair Labor and Standards Act, stripping people who are employees in all but name of workers’ rights.”

–      NEW YORKER

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/reviews/brieflynoted/2011/05/16/110516crbn_brieflynoted1

 

 “‘Interns built the pyramids’, the great magazine The Baffler once declared. And that was just the beginning of their labors, as Ross Perlin demonstrates in this fascinating and overdue exposé of the wage labor without wages, the resumé-building servitude, at the heart of contemporary capitalism.”

–      Benjamin Kunkel, a founding editor of N+1 and author of the novel INDECISION

    “This vigorous and persuasive book … argues that the fundamental issue is the growing contingency of the global workforce.”

–      Roger D. Hodge, BOOKFORUM

http://www.bookforum.com/inprint/018_02/7802

    “A timely book addressing the exploitation of the nation’s younger workforce under the guise of the ‘internship model.'”

    – Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2011, HUFFINGTON POST

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Ross Perlin is a graduate of STANFORD, SOAS, AND CAMBRIDGE, AND HAS WRITTEN FOR, THE NEW YORK TIMES, TIME MAGAZINE, LAPHAM’S QUARTERLY, GUARDIAN, DAILY MAIL and OPEN DEMOCRACY. He is researching disappearing languages inChina.

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ISBN: 9781844678839 / $14.95 / £9.99 / $18.50CAN/ Paperback / 286 pages

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For more information about INTERN NATION, or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1112-intern-nation

 

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Taiwan

TAIWAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION – VOL.10 NO.1 (June 2010) 

Taiwan Journal of Sociology of Education

Vol. 10 No. 1 June 2010

Contents

Research Papers

The Medium for Influencing the Interactive Relations Between Structure and Agency: An Analysis of Primary School Teachers’ Professional identity and Cultural Awareness , Tien-Hui Chiang (pp.1-43)

The New Measure of Education-Job Mismatch and Its Impact on Earnings and Subjective Consciousness, Yih-Jyh Hwang, Chunn-Ying Lin (pp.45-83)

The Exploratory Study on University Graduates’ Further Developments in Taiwan, Da-Sen Lin (pp.85-125)

Tracking and Student Cultures: An Ethnographic Research of Two Classes of Senior High School Girls in North Taiwan, Horng-wen Huang, Hsin-Yi Wang (pp.127-174)

The Case of Teacher’ Working Experiences in a Pseudo-Gifted Program, Hui-Ju Hsu, Chih-Cheng Hung (pp.175-225)

Civil Service Examination Civilization: The Culture of the Resistance to the Taiwan Educational Reforms, Min-Cheng Lin (pp.227-276)

Taiwan Association for the Sociology of Education

Website: http://140.133.8.179/~social/English/html/engindex.html

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