Learning differently: new frontiers for community collaboration, agency and identity

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Please join us for an interactive and dynamic one day learning exchange event on alternative approaches to learning in the vibrant cityscape of Camden Town in London. The event aims to provide a platform for challenging some of the taken for granted assumptions about learning as means to labour market ends and to consider alternative models and applications/practices used for the development of creativity, critical thinking and problem solving in a socially situated and empowering way. The topical themes of alternative learning approaches, assessment, learning communities and alternative education spaces will guide avenues for sharing practice and ideas.

The event will cater to a diverse audience of BERA members, PhD students, early career and experienced researchers’ professionals as well as those engaged in the practice advocacy or educational difference. All come together with a common interest. Our dynamic collection of speakers include: Professor Peter Twinning (Open University), Dr Ian Cunningham (Self-Managed Learning College, Sussex) and Professor Peter Kraftl (University of Birmingham).


10:30 Registrations, refreshments and networking
11:15 Welcome and introductions
Dr Amber Fensham-Smith, University of Bedfordshire
and Dr Harriet Pattison,
Liverpool Hope University
11:30 Alternative assessment and reflective practice
Professor Peter Twining, Open University
12:30 Micro presentations:
new project development in alternative education
Pedagogies of Hope: Dr Darren Webb, University of Sheffield Innovating spaces for change:
Sophie Christophy, Phoenix Education Trust
Curriouser & Co.:
Nikki O’Rouke, The Institute of Imagination, Luke Freedman, Phoenix Education
The Light on Education Researcher Network:
Peter Humphreys, Centre for Personalised Education
13:10 Lunch
14:00 Self-managed learning
Dr Ian Cunningham, Self-Managed College, Sussex
15:00 Alternative education spaces
Professor Peter Kraftl, University of Birmingham
16:00 Citizenship and democratic education
Mike Berrill & Neil Hopkins, University of Bedfordshire
16:30 Refreshments and networking
17:00 Panel discussion: reflections and new pathways
Chairs: Dr Amber Fensham-Smith & Dr Harriet Pattison
17:55 Completion of evaluation forms
18:00 Close of event


The BERA Early Career Researcher Network offers a limited amount of bursaries to the value of £75 towards travel for BERA Student Members only.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email events@bera.ac.uk with a 250 word statement on why you want to attend this event and why you need the financial assistance. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.

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