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Education, history and democracy

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Online registration has now closed. If you want to attend this event, please email for details of how to register onsite.

This is the launch event for the newly established BERA History special interest group.   Please do join us to celebrate this launch and to help us plan for the future. We welcome all who are interested in history and educational research, for example the history of education, biography, life history, the history curriculum and representations of history in schools and informal educational settings.

The seminar for this event is on the theme of Education, history and democracy. This is an opportunity to discuss the powerful theme of democracy in relation to education and history with our keynote speakers, marking also the centenary of John Dewey’s Democracy and Education (1916).

You are warmly invited to join us for tea and coffee to introduce the SIG, informal talks and discussion, and a reception.

14.00 Registration, tea and coffee.
14.30 Introduction and opening discussion – Gary McCulloch .
15.00 Lost histories of poverty and schooling and the idea of policy  activism – Lori Beckett.
15.30 In pursuit of democracy: Shena Simon and the reform of secondary education in England, 1938-1948 – Hsiao-Yuh Ku .
16.00 Why does John Dewey matter in 2016? – Steven Cowan
16.30 BERA conference and future plans.
17.00 Reception and departures.


You are welcome to join us after the event for an informal meal in a local restaurant. 



BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA in the current year.