The TRANSFORM-iN Education organises and attends events for researchers and teaching professionals to explore the balance of conformity and transformation in schooling, including the tensions in pursuing both goals. These spaces value uncertainty and not too quickly or narrowly deciding how to respond to such challenges. Forthcoming events include:
o National Education Union, Celebrating Education conference, Saturday 30th March 2019, UCL Institute of Education (IoE), 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL. We shall be running a workshop entitled 'Broadening the curriculum to engage with uncertainty – where children are not simply working out the correct answer', in which we shall discuss how our research and working with teachers has led our current concerns with engaging with uncertainty as part of a schooling curriculum fit for the twenty-first century.
o Interested Group Meeting: following the launch event, where a lot of interest was expressed for continuing discussions, we are holding a further meeting on Monday 20th May, 5-6.30pm, for all those interested in pursuing spaces for uncertainty and transformation in the day. [Room to be confirmed] This event is open to all those who are interested to attend (teachers, researchers, students, parents, etc) - please contact us.
o Active Learning Network conference: Creating Spaces for 'Uncertainty' in the HE Teaching Space, 11th June 2019, University of Sussex. [Time and Room to be confirmed]
o British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference, workshop on 'Rebalancing and broadening contemporary education to include a focus on both conformity and transformation', 10th - 12th September 2019, at Manchester University, Manchester.
o Staff and student workshops: In the summer term, we will working with teachers in schools to workshop how they might open up opportunities for working with uncertainty with their students.
KEY PASSED EVENTS
o Launch event: We had a wonderful turn out and plenty of discussion at our launch event on Monday 10th December, 2018, hosted by CIRCY (Centre for Innovation in Child and Youth Research) and CTLR (Centre for Teaching and Learning Research). Photographs and a link to the recording of all presentations are available at the link below. Perpetua Kirby and Rebecca Webb introduced their understanding of transformation and presented three models of education. Mariyam Toor, a masters student, talked about why a schooling in certainty does not prepare young people for a life of uncertainty. Marcelo Staricoff (@MStaricoff), a former scientist and head teacher, talked about the importance of not knowing, and Prof. Saul Becker, the University of Sussex Provost, linked the importance of uncertainty for education and research to the university's transformative focus encouraging ‘disruptive thinkers’. There was plenty of group discussion and play dough modelling, all done with a passion for not knowing. Thank you to everyone who attended and watched by live stream.
Photographs and link to the recording available at:
If you would like to become involved in any of these events please contact us.