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SCoTENS Doctoral Workshop 2022

The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) invites proposals for participation and working papers at the 5th SCoTENS Doctoral Studies Roundtable.  The Roundtable will provide a mix of short presentations by participants on their work in progress and will also feature participation by SCoTENS colleagues who are leaders in the field of Teacher Education and related research in Ireland and beyond.

The Doctoral Studies Roundtable will be held in conjunction with the 20th Annual SCoTENS Conference, which runs on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 October 2022 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk. The conference theme this year is Reflecting, Reconnecting and Re-Engaging with the Core Purpose of Education. The Roundtable will take place on the Thursday morning at 11am.

This Roundtable will bring together doctoral researchers working on topics relating to education and educators in its broadest sense on this island.  In Ireland, north and south, diversity and inclusion remain significant challenges and the conference will explore the links between education, schooling and societal wellbeing and inclusion. It will debate the purposes of education and consider what pedagogies are needed to challenge oppression and marginalisation.

A limited number of accepted contributions will address issues in the general field of educators and education – ideally in light of the concerns of the conference theme as noted here. We, therefore, invite doctoral students interested in these and related issues to apply for a place at the Roundtable. The Roundtable will provide a space for doctoral researchers to meet and discuss their interests, to showcase their work, and to participate in the SCoTENS Conference more broadly.

Accommodation and meals will be provided, and participants will also have full access to the main conference. Please submit your proposal on the attached form to tricia.kelly@qub.ac.uk before the deadline of 4pm 19 August 2022.

Doctoral Workshop Application Form

 

SCoTENS Conference 2022 – Expressions of Interest/Presentations

The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) is pleased to announce a call for expressions of interest/presentations from those wishing to contribute to its forthcoming conference in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk on 20 and 21 October 2022

We welcome expressions of interest on topics that are relevant to teacher education. Because the slots for presentations are limited we propose to give preference to presentations that link most directly to the conference theme and the work of SCoTENS. We welcome presentations that will invite exploratory conversations perhaps about aspects of the conference theme that are challenging and contested and that therefore will involve audience interaction and the productive exchange of ideas. In this context work-in-progress is very acceptable, and indeed, encouraged.

Please note: Your organisation should hold current membership of SCoTENS.  If you have any queries about this, please contact Tricia at tricia.kelly@qub.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your expression of interest and thank you for considering the conference as a forum to share your work.   

 Expressions of Interest Form

We hope to see you at SCoTENS in 2022.

Please complete and return to Tricia Kelly at tricia.kelly@qub.ac.uk by 4pm Friday 19 August 2022

Further information on the conference can be found HERE

SCoTENS Conference 2022

Reflecting, Reconnecting and Re-Engaging with the Core Purpose(s) of Education
20 and 21 October 2022
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk (In-person event)

Since our last face-to-face conference in 2019, the world has experienced unprecedented challenges, not only as a result of the global pandemic but, more recently, in the context of the war in Ukraine. In Ireland, diversity and inclusion remain significant challenges and this conference will explore the links between education, schooling and societal wellbeing. It will afford delegates and speakers a timely opportunity to pause and reflect, reconnect with each other, and re-engage with the core purpose(s) of education.  Among the questions to be examined are:

  • What lessons have we learned as educators from the events of the past two years?
  • What is the ‘new normal’ we want to co-create in our education and teacher education systems?
  • How can we ensure that the ‘new normal’ is one that reflects the type of society we want to be, and is faithful to the core purpose(s) of education.
  • How can educators recognise the shaping influence(s) of local communities and society?
  • How can education and schooling be structured to better impact societal wellbeing?
  • What pedagogies are needed to challenge oppression and marginalisation?

The SCOTENS organisers invite delegates to pose their own questions and contribute to the dialogue in the company of our two keynote speakers who will provoke and challenge us in their keynote addresses and a Panel of Speakers who will further inspire us through insights into their perspectives and practices. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the SCOTENS in-person conference on October 20-21 2022.

Registration details to follow!

 

SCoTENS Special Edition of IJE

Are you currently a partner in a SCoTENS-funded research project?
Have you been a partner on a SCoTENS research project in recent years?

 

If so, please consult with your fellow researcher(s) and consider this opportunity to share your findings and some of the learning from your experience on the project with the wider educational community.

The Irish Journal of Education (IJE) has announce a call for submissions for papers for a special issue of the IJE that will showcase SCoTENS-funded research projects carried out in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in recent years.

SCoTENS welcomes this development and we hope that current and past recipients of SCoTENS support for research projects will participate in the initiative by submitting an article, based on their work, to the IJE.

Further details available at the link below:

IJE-special-issue-on-SCoTENS-Call-for-submissions_FINAL

 

Five Successful Projects Announced under the Shared Island-SCoTENS Research Partnership

Five new education projects have been awarded funding under the partnership between the Shared Island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach and the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS).

A call for research on the themes of “Enhancing educational attainment: sharing experience and learning on a shared island” and How we teach: acknowledging, understanding and learning with others and from others on a shared island” was issued with funding of up to €25,000 per project available. Projects are North-South research partnerships, with contributions from international experts, which will undertake action-based research on enhancing understanding across communities through education.

The five projects which have been awarded funding are:

  • BUDDIES – led by Dr Glenda Walsh, Stranmillis University College, Belfast, in collaboration with Dr Seaneen Sloan, University College Dublin and Clíodhna Martin, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. Building on discussions of the role of Home-School Community Liaison at the Shared Island Dialogue on education, this study will seek to gain a clearer understanding of the valuable but under-researched work of HSCLs across the island.
  • SHARED – led by Dr Melanie Ní Dhuinn and Dr. Julie Uí Choistealbha from Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, in collaboration with Julie Hamilton, from St. Mary’s University College, Belfast. This project explores how teacher educators can prepare and support student teachers to negotiate and engage with the challenges of educational underachievement while on their school placement.
  • SRASI: Shared Responsibility Across a Shared Island: Teaching social justice in initial teacher education – led by Prof. Ann MacPhail, University of Limerick, and Dr. Paul Mc Flynn, Ulster University, Coleraine. This project will develop and share, through practitioner research, a teaching approach to social justice across the initial teacher education programmes in UL and UU.
  • CRiTERiA: Cultural Responsivity in Teacher Education: Research in Action – led by Dr. Patricia Eaton, Stranmillis University College, Belfast, and Dr. Martin Brown and Dr. Paddy Shevlin, Dublin City University, in collaboration with Dr. Manuela Heinz, National University of Ireland, Galway, and Prof. Joanne Hughes, Queen’s University Belfast. This project will work with teacher educators and student teachers to design and develop an Open Access Online course (for teachers of all levels of experience, including student teachers) to enhance culturally responsive educational skills and competencies, recognising that teaching takes place in culturally diverse learning environments. This Open Access Online course will benefit education professionals on the island of Ireland and internationally.
  • EDUCATE: Educating about Difference Uniting Classrooms and Teacher Education – led by Dr. Patricia Kieran, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and Dr. Stephen Roulston, Ulster University, Coleraine, in collaboration with Dr. Emer Nowlan, Sandra Irwin Gowran and Vera Shanahan, Educate Together, Séamus Conboy and Megan Whyte, Education and Training Boards Ireland, Cliodhna Scott-Wills, Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education, and Dr. Matthew Milliken, Ulster University, Coleraine. This project will equip primary school initial teacher education students with the teaching skills, knowledge, and resources to explore and teach, in diverse primary classrooms, about respect for identity, difference, and fostering mutual understanding.

Find out more about the projects below:

Buddies Project Overview

SHARED Project Overview

SRASI Project Overview

CRiTERiA Project Overview

EDUCATE Project Overview

 

John Coolahan Award 2022

In recognition of John’s contribution to the foundation of SCoTENS, the John Coolahan award is made to the authors of the Seed Funding Report which is recognised to be most in line with the values and ideals of SCoTENS.  This award is awarded annually at the SCoTENS Annual Conference.

Through his pioneering work on SCoTENS since 2003 John immeasurably enhanced cross-border cooperation in teacher education, such that the SCoTENS mission is synonymous with his name.  Thanks to John’s vision, teacher educators, student teachers, serving teachers and doctoral students have learned to work across boundaries, to build bridges and to recognise common interests and challenges facing contemporary education on both sides of the border. The opportunities provided for cross-border working through SCoTENS have yielded new knowledge and understandings that shape daily practices and attitudes.

This year,  there was a joint award for two exceptional projects which took place as part of the Research Webinar held in March 2022.  Dr Gabrielle Nig Uidhir, St Mary’s University College Belfast awarded the two successful seed funded projects:

Contested Childhoods Across Borders and Boundaries (CCaBB) whose authors are Diane McClelland, Leah O’Toole, Thomas Walsh, Deirdre Forde, Suzanne O’Keefe, Carl Anders Safstrom & Noel Purdy

Knowing Your Neighbour: Educating in Multi-belief contexts in Northern and Southern Ireland (KYN) whose authors are Aideen Hunter & Jones Irwin.

 

SCoTENS Research Webinar 2022

As part of our ongoing series of online eventSCoTENS hosted a research focused webinar on 15 March 2022.

The event was aimed at members of SCoTENS and was a thoroughly successful event.  The seed funding research speakers provided a very thoughtful and inspiring input on how Scotens seed funding enabled them to carry out much needed research and detailing the impact the funding had. They all embodied what the committee of SCoTENS aspire to, namely creating a safe space for collaboration, sharing, listening and learning for educators on the island.

Catch up on the Webinar below 

Seed Funding Research Speakers

 

 

 

Three new projects awarded funding under Shared Island-SCoTENS Research Partnership

Three new education projects have been awarded funding under the partnership between the Shared Island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach and the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS).

A call for research on the theme of How we teach: acknowledging, understanding and learning with others and from others on a shared island” was issued in late 2021 with funding of up to €25,000 per project available. Projects are North-South research partnerships, with contributions from international experts, which will undertake action-based research on enhancing understanding across communities through education.

The three projects which have been awarded funding are:

  • SRASI: Shared Responsibility Across a Shared Island: Teaching social justice in initial teacher education – led by Prof. Ann MacPhail, University of Limerick, and Dr. Paul Mc Flynn, Ulster University, Coleraine. This project will develop and share, through practitioner research, a teaching approach to social justice across the initial teacher education programmes in UL and UU.
  • CRiTERiA: Cultural Responsivity in Teacher Education: Research in Action – led by Dr. Patricia Eaton, Stranmillis University College, Belfast, and Dr. Martin Brown and Dr. Paddy Shevlin, Dublin City University, in collaboration with Dr. Manuela Heinz, National University of Ireland, Galway, and Prof. Joanne Hughes, Queen’s University Belfast. This project will work with teacher educators and student teachers to design and develop an Open Access Online course (for teachers of all levels of experience, including student teachers) to enhance culturally responsive educational skills and competencies, recognising that teaching takes place in culturally diverse learning environments. This Open Access Online course will benefit education professionals on the island of Ireland and internationally.
  • EDUCATE: Educating about Difference Uniting Classrooms and Teacher Education – led by Dr. Patricia Kieran, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and Dr. Stephen Roulston, Ulster University, Coleraine, in collaboration with Dr. Emer Nowlan, Sandra Irwin Gowran and Vera Shanahan, Educate Together, Séamus Conboy and Megan Whyte, Education and Training Boards Ireland, Cliodhna Scott-Wills, Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education, and Dr. Matthew Milliken, Ulster University, Coleraine. This project will equip primary school initial teacher education students with the teaching skills, knowledge, and resources to explore and teach, in diverse primary classrooms, about respect for identity, difference, and fostering mutual understanding.

The project teams will publish their reports in September 2023, and their findings will contribute to enhanced understanding and professional and policy development, on a shared island basis, and internationally.

Co-chairs of SCoTENS, Dr. Maria Campbell and Dr. Gabrielle Nig Uidhir added, “These new projects are an exciting next step in the Shared Island-SCoTENS research partnership programme.  They are providing an opportunity to enhance cooperation and collaboration between teachers and educators across the island of Ireland by bringing together leading national and international experts.

“We were particularly pleased to see so many diverse and high-quality projects applying for the funding, which is further evidence of the appetite that exists for increased North-South collaboration on important education issues across this island.  It is through sharing ideas and learning from each other’s experiences that we will deliver the best outcomes for our students.

“We have no doubt that these three important research projects addressing “How we teach: acknowledging, understanding and learning with others and from others on a shared island” will provide valuable insights for educators North, South, and beyond.  We would like to wish the successful awardees well as they begin their work”.

Click HERE to find out more from the project partners.

Find out more about the Projects below:

SRASI Project Overview

CRiTERiA Project Overview

EDUCATE Project Overview

 

 

SCoTENS Research Webinar taking place on 15 March 2022

 

As part of our ongoing series of online events SCoTENS are delighted to announce that they are running a short research-focused webinar on 15 March 2022 from 2.00-3.00 pm with a follow-on session for 30 minutes for anyone considering applying for seed funding this year (3.00-3.30pm).  

This event is aimed at members of SCoTENS and will comprise the following: short presentations by a small group of team members who have been successful in recent SCoTENS funded projects; the launch of our Annual Report by Dr. Noel Purdy, Director of Research and Scholarship, Director of the Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement (CREU), Head of Education Studies, Stranmillis University College, Belfast and the presentation of this year’s John Coolahan by Prof Linda Clarke, Research Director, Ulster University, Coleraine, to the authors of the Seed Funding Report which is recognised to be the most in line with the values and ideals of SCoTENS; and, finally, from 3.00 to 3.30pm, a short Q&A session to support potential applicants to this year’s seed funding programme. 

When: 15 March 2022 at 2.00pm

Please Register in advance for this meeting at the link below:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tricia Kelly at tricia.kelly@qub.ac.uk

 

Successful Projects Announced under the Shared Island-SCoTENS Research Partnership

The Shared Island-SCoTENS Research Partnership are delighted to announce that the first two projects awarded funding under the the theme of “Enhancing educational attainment: sharing experience and learning on a shared island”  

Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD speaking at the the Shared Island Forum said, “I would like to congratulate these first awardees under the Shared Island SCoTENS research programme.  “I am confident that these two research projects will add significantly to teacher education practice, and to the scope for deeper cooperation at a policy level on the island. I wish both of the research teams the very best as they start their work, and look forward to seeing the results.”

Click HERE to see speech from Minister Norma Foley TD and the Partners from the successful projects, BUDDIES and SHARED.

  • “BUDDIES” – led by Dr Glenda Walsh, Stranmillis University College, Belfast, in collaboration with Dr Seaneen Sloan, University College Dublin and Clíodhna Martin, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. Building on discussions of the role of Home-School Community Liaison at the Shared Island Dialogue on education, this study will seek to gain a clearer understanding of the valuable but under-researched work of HSCLs across the island.
  • “SHARED” – led by Dr Melanie Ní Dhuinn and Dr. Julie Uí Choistealbha from Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, in collaboration with Julie Hamilton, from St. Mary’s University College, Belfast. This project explores how teacher educators can prepare and support student teachers to negotiate and engage with the challenges of educational underachievement while on their school placement.

Find out more about the projects below:

The Buddies Project Synopsis

The SHARED Project Synopsis