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Upcoming event

Beyond ‘Navel Gazing’: Autoethnography as a Catalyst for Change

We will be using an umbrella theme of ‘Beyond ‘Navel Gazing’ (Tummons 2007): Autoethnography as a Catalyst for Change’ to anchor all activities during the next year. This theme is flexible and adaptable enough to accommodate emergent ideas and projects.

Using this theme all members are invited to reflect on their work, research and experiences in education to consider what activities they have engaged with, how those activities have impacted on their practice, what outcomes have occurred and what impact this has had on their personal and professional practice. Please bring your ideas, suggestions and thoughts to the Virtual May event where we will discuss and plan the Virtual July Forum which will be used to share our work and projects. You will also be invited to write a BERA blog based on your project which will be part of a BERA blog series.

Reference: Tummons, J. (2007) Becoming a Professional Tutor in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Exeter: Learning Matters.

Please note these are linked events and in and will be over 2 dates. Participants will need to have attended the May event to attend the July event.

10 May 2023 – Programme:

16:00 Welcome & Introduction
John Parkin and Sheine Peart
16:05 Outlining the autoethnographic project
16:45 Planning your autoethnographic project
17:15 Feeding back project ideas
17:30 Event close

19 July 2023 – Programme:

16:00 Welcome & Introduction
John Parkin and Sheine Peart
16:05 Sharing autoethnographic projects
17:00 Next steps: writing your BERA blog
17:30 Event close

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Sheine Peart, Dr

Reader in Access, Equality and Inclusion at Bishop Grosseteste University

Sheine Peart is a reader in access, equality and inclusion and is programme leader for the doctor of education. Her research interests include social justice and inclusion; and developing educators and trainees to work with diverse groups. Sheine...

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John Parkin, Mr

Senior Lecturer Practitioner at Anglia Ruskin University

John Parkin is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Education at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Peterborough. He is also the Course Leader of the BA Primary Education Studies course. Before becoming an academic in 2018, John was an assistant...