TELL Update December 2018

Hi to all

This update includes materials from our first 2018/19 network meeting on Oxford; details from LSRN of other research networks and a number of new publications written or co written by TELL members. As always, please share this as widely as you wish, and do send in details of any relevant items you wish to have included.

This is the first time ever a TELL update has gone abroad (as far as I know), as we now have two new members from South Africa. Welcome to Patricia Galeboe and

Elizabeth D. Musi from Northern Cape Urban TVET College. They were visiting the college in Oxford at the time of the TELL meeting, and joined us for the day.

TELL NETWORK MEETING – MONDAY 19th NOVEMBER – OXFORD CAMPUS – ACTIVATE LEARNING

Materials and resources

Keynote – Lee Nicholls – Executive Director, Curriculum, Standards and Academies

What is the impact of the post 16 study program and apprenticeships for teacher training in the further education setting?

Lee updated the meeting on the current state of play with FE teaching apprenticeships, and provided a number of very interesting points for discussion about challenges of recruiting and retaining staff at all levels.

Research showcase – resources below each entry

Janet Hobley – Rites of Passage: Practice Architecture, trainee to middle manager

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Neil Barnes – University Centre, Colchester – Learning Gain – new for HE – Old hat for IT

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Colin Waugh – independent; editor of Post-16 Educator – Responses of Liberal and General Studies lecturers to the introduction of formal assessment procedures

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Tara Furlong – ‘Educator’s research-engaged literacies practices contribute significantly to learning’
The powerpoint is available as a pdf online here https://www.bera.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/BERA_EducationalLeadership_TaraFurlong.pdf and gives the link to the background study.

Jim Crawley – Bath Spa University – Feeding back and looking forward – academic skills and feedback in the transition to higher education study.

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Our next TELL meeting is on Thursday 7th March 2019 11.00 to 15.00 at Lincoln College – Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5HQ

CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME

Please email Jim Crawley (j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk)

or Simon Justice (SJustice@lincolncollege.ac.uk)

to discuss a contribution.

TO BOOK A PLACE

Please email Simon Justice (SJustice@lincolncollege.ac.uk)

News from the Learning and Skills Research Network

The newsletter is at https://lsrn.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/181107-november-2018.docx

Two new LSRN networks

Kent

A new network is being formed for the South East region, in Kent, which may attract researchers too from East and West Sussex and Surrey (and anywhere else favoured by transport routes). The launch event is on Saturday 9th of February at Mid Kent college, Gillingham. Convenor: James Snyder james.snyder@eastkent.ac.uk

NE London and Essex 

A new area network for LSRN is being planned, covering the North East quadrant of London and Essex. No activities have yet been planned; these would be decided at an initial meeting of interested people. If you would like to get involved, contact the convenor Philip Lawrence at City & Islington College: Philip.Lawrence@candi.ac.uk

Events

SET and LSRN in NW London
#FEResearchMeet
Join us after work on 22nd January 2019 at Stanmore College, North West London, from 5-7pm for a combined SET networking event and LSRN #FEResearchMeet – refreshments provided.
Whether a qualifying, new or experienced teacher, or working towards Masters or PhDs in adult, further and community education you’re very welcome to a range of quickfire presentations and interactive discussion to support your teaching and learning journey.
The draft agenda includes:
• Keynote ‘A brief overview of practitioner research and some basic approaches to research methods’ with Dr Sai Loo, Lecturer in Education, UCL Institute of Education, and
• ‘Educators’ research-engaged literacies practices contribute significantly to learning outcomes and professional wellbeing’ with Tara Furlong, Designing Futures
If you or your colleagues have been engaging in forms of research in your teaching and learning, please don’t hesitate to get in contact to share. We’re very happy to make space in the agenda for you!
Near the M25, A1 and M1; Jubilee line (connects to Metropolitan); and multiple bus routes. See Map. Booking here

LSRN Greater Manchester

6th March, 4-6pm – keynote Dr Alison Iredale from Leeds Beckett. Booking https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-and-skills-research-network-gr-manchester-for-further-education-staff-6th-march-2019-and-tickets-49843866346

also 26th June 2019 4-6pm – keynote Dr Jim Crawley from Bath Spa University – book here

also TELL meeting 26 June! – to book email Jim Crawley at j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk

National LSRN

Spring workshop
LSRN’s twice yearly series of national workshops continues next Spring. Building on a suggestion from the previous workshop, the theme will be “Resources to support research and evidence use”.
The date is 14th March from 11.00 to 15.30 and the venue is Pearson in The Strand in central London. Full details will appear in a future Newsletter. The programme is aimed at practitioners. People from all parts of the sector and from HE and intermediate organisations are welcome. Participation is by invitation. If you wish to be invited, please contact Anne Thompson

Association for Research in Post Compulsory Education (ARPCE)
Inaugural Regional Seminar
ARPCE Is holding its inaugural regional research seminar in the City of Liverpool College on 13th February 2019. The theme of the event is Past, Present and Future FE Policy.
Speakers include Professor Geoffrey Elliot (ARPCE President), Professor Robin Simmons (Huddersfield University), Dr Gary Husband (Stirling University), and Professor Vicky Duckworth (Edge Hill University).
The event is supported by the AoC, the ETF and UCU. It is fully booked but videos of the presentations will be available after the event on the ARPCE website and colleagues are invited to follow the event via the Twitter hashtag #ARPCECoLCRelaunch

UCL Institute of Education

Adult education and inclusion of young adults: policy and practice-related findings from the EduMAP Horizon 2020 Project

A free workshop will be held on 11 January 2019 at UCL Institute of Education on the EduMAP Horizon 2020 project (2016-2019). This has been about advancing the understanding of the role of adult education in promoting the social inclusion and active participation of young adults across Europe.

This workshop includes a presentation and discussion of findings, examples of good practice and challenges affecting different European countries.

The event will be of interest to practitioners, managers, policy makers, academics and anyone else working involved with education, training and the social inclusion of young adults.

For more information and to learn how to secure a place please write to Dr Natasha Kersh, n.kersh@ucl.ac.uk

PUBLICATIONS BY TELL MEMBERS

Coldwell, M. and Maxwell, B. (2018a) Using evidence-informed logic models to bridge methods in educational evaluation. Review of Education 6, 267–300. https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3151

Coldwell, M., Maxwell, B., 2018b. Context and Implications Document for: Using evidence-informed logic models to bridge methods in educational evaluation. Review of Education 6, 301–302. https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3153

Loo, S. (2018) Vocational Teachers’ Knowledge, Experiences, and Pedagogy, In McGrath, S.; Mulder, M.; Papier, J. and Suart, R. (Eds.) Handbook of Vocational Education and Training: Developments in the Changing World of Work. Cham, Switzerland: Springer

Ovenden-Hope, T.; Blandford, S.; Cain, T. and Maxwell, B. (2018) RETAIN early career teacher retention programme: evaluating the role of research informed continuing professional development for a high quality, sustainable 21st century teaching profession. Journal of Education for Teaching 44, 590–607. https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2018.1516349

I hope you all have a really nice Christmas and new year

Regards

Jim Crawley

 

TELL Update 16th October

Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning (TELL) research network update October 2018

Twitter hashtag #TELLResearch
Hi to all, and I’m happy to be putting out a short update during this #LoveOurColleges week. Do take a look at this twitter hashtag to see how much support for FE there is out there.
FREE TELL NETWORK MEETINGS FOR 2018/19
We now have three meeting dates booked for 2018/19.
We would still like to run a meeting in April or May, so offers from different geographical areas from those where we already have meetings would be welcome.
Hosting involves 
  • Providing a venue, room and catering free of charge for the day (always easier if it is easy to get to by road and public transport).
  • The timings and agenda are usually as below.
Draft agenda:
10.30 arrivals
11.00 Introductions – programme for the day
11.15 Keynote or topic for discussion
12.00 Research showcase #1 (30m)
12.30 Lunch
13.00 Research showcase continued (4 x 30m sessions)
15.00 Close
  • You can provide a theme, speakers and contributors who wish to showcase their research ideas, data or publications, combine with an event (CPD day / partnership day) of your own, or of another network.
  • I also put out a call for contributions to the TELL network and via twitter.
  • You can manage bookings or I can.
  • Attendees do not need to be TELL members, just interested in networking with others about research.
It’s a very supportive atmosphere to share your research and ideas whatever field you are researching, or at whatever level. There is no theme or topic which will be irrelevant. We have had professors and very new researchers contribute. It is even possible to contribute to more than one meeting, subject to the overall amount of offers received.
Please email me at j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk if you would be interested in hosting.
The three FREE TELL network meetings scheduled for 2018/19 are: 
Contributions needed for all meetings (please email me)
MONDAY 19th NOVEMBER – OXFORD CAMPUS – ACTIVATE LEARNING
Activate Learning – Oxford Campus – Oxpens Rd, Oxford OX1 1SA
11.00-3.00
Email Papiha Whitehouse Papiha.Whitehouse@activatelearning.ac.uk to book
THURSDAY 7TH MARCH, 2019 – LINCOLN COLLEGE
Lincoln College, Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5HQ
11.00-3.00
Email Simon Justice sjustice@lincolncollege.ac.uk to book
WEDNESDAY 3rd JULY 2019 – ASHTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
11.00-3.00
Ashton Sixth Form College, Darnton Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 9RL
Email Jim Crawley j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk to book
RESEARCH PROJECTS
Please notify me of any project/s you would like to have mentioned / circulated.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Please notify me of events you would like to have mentioned / circulated.
PUBLICATIONS BY TELL MEMBERS
Thanks to Kevin Orr for details of the Gatsby-funded project on subject-specialist pedagogy. A pdf of the literature review on subject-specialist pedagogy is attached, and the link to the project page is below. This link will lead you to the web-based resources. There will soon be four routes through these materials but currently the route for trainee teachers is available.
Please do share these with your colleagues and colleges. We are keen to receive any feedback on the resources so that we may improve them and please feel free to disseminate the link and pdf to anyone you think might be interested, too.
THOMPSON, C.A. and WOLSTENCROFT, P.J., 2018. 14. NO MORE SUPERHEROES… ONLY AVATARS? SURVIVAL ROLE PLAY IN ENGLISH POST COMPULSORY EDUCATION. Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers.
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TELL Update 18th September 2018

Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning (TELL) research network update September 2018

Twitter hashtag

#TELLResearch

 

Hi to all and I hope you have all had a good (and not too busy) start to the year! Here is the first, brief update of 2018/19.

FREE TELL NETWORK MEETINGS FOR 2018/19 – OFFERS TO HOST PLEASE

If you would like to host a TELL network meeting, please let me know, as we will not have meetings otherwise

Hosting usually involves providing a venue free of charge (always easier if it is easy to get to by road and public transport) making a room available, and providing catering (also free of charge) for a day with timings usually of 11-3.00, and if you wish providing a theme, speakers and contributors who wish to showcase their research ideas, data or publications, or even combine with an event of your own.

It’s a very supportive atmosphere to share your research and ideas whatever field you are researching, or at whatever level. There is no theme or topic which will be irrelevant. We have had professors and very new researchers contribute. It is even possible to contribute to more than one meeting, subject to the overall amount of offers received.

Just email me at j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk with your proposed hoisting offer and / or contribution/s.

There is already one meeting scheduled, in July 2019

3rd JULY 2019 ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE

Ashton Sixth Form College, Darnton Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 9RL

More details in due course.

SOCIETY FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING (SET) MEMBERSHIP OFFER

I have been asked by the Society for Education and Training (SET) if TELL could help to get the message out as widely as we can to the sector to promote free membership of SET for all individuals undertaking an initial teaching qualification (level 3 and above).

This is an initiative I’m happy to support, and hope you will also do so by passing on the details if you do not have the already.

Student members will benefit from a comprehensive range of benefits to help them in their studies and aspirations toward a career in the profession. For those eligible (level 5 and above) they will then be able to become full members and undertake QTLS. See https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/membership/free-student-membership-offer/

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Please notify me of projects you would like to have mentioned / circulated.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Please notify me of events you would like to have mentioned / circulated.

NOTE: There is a new events page, to which you can send events, on the Education and Training Foundation’s website at

http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/events

Thanks to Ann Gravells for pointing this out

PUBLICATIONS BY TELL MEMBERS

James Avis is not a TELL member as such, but an article from him is always of interest to all

Socio-technical imaginary of the fourth industrial revolution and its implications for vocational education and training: a literature review

James Avis. JVET

Pages: 1-27 | DOI: 10.1080/13636820.2018.1498907

Happy researching

regards

Jim

TELL update June 2018

Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning (TELL) research network update 26th June 2018 – Twitter hashtag #TELLResearch

NEW WEBSITE

This is the new ‘Teacher Educator UK’ website. The home page URL is http.teachereducator.org.uk

It replaces http://teachereducatoruk.wikispaces.com as Wikispaces is about to close, so content had to be moved.

This site is mainly items transferred from the old site, but it’s a more up to date website platform, which is flexible and more visually interesting as a site.

The content is still developing, but please do take a look at the home page, where you will see what’s on offer, and some ways in which you can use the website to support your teaching and learning, and promote and disseminate your activity and research.

Contributions needed

If you would like to contribute to building the website, or propose / edit sections / pages, or post articles, pieces etc. please do email me on j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk

RESEARCH ABOUT TELL
Questions / ideas please?

I’m going to initiate some research about TELL during the 2018/19 academic year, so will be asking for suggestions / ideas / questions you would like to see included.

The tentative research question is

‘In what ways has TELL contributed to building research capacity in the FE and Skills sector, and what more could it contribute?’

Please contact me on j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk with any ideas

TELL NETWORK MEETING BRIGHTON – POSTPONED

THE MEETING AT BRIGHTON METROPOLITAN COLLEGE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY 11TH JULY HAS BEEN POSTPONED. APOLOGIES FOR THAT.

IT IS PLANNED TO RESCHEDULE FOR THE 2018/19 YEAR.

TELL NETWORK MEETING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON – 21st JUNE 2018 – RESOURCES – #TELLResearch

Keynote speech – Robin Simmons – University of Huddersfield

Robin Simmons is Professor of Education at the University of Huddersfield. His research interests include contemporary and historical education policy, the political economy of education; and education and social justice. Robin is particularly interested in

post-compulsory education and training, especially provision for those on the margins of education and work. He has acted as principal investigator and co-investigator on a range of significant research projects, including work funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Raymond Williams Foundation and the Society for Educational Studies. Robin’s most recent book is Education and Working-Class Youth published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.

From architectural planning to organic change: Mrs Thatcher and the abolition of the colleges of education revisited

This paper revisits the abolition of the colleges of education in England and Wales – specialist teacher-training institutions once some 160 strong, which were effectively eradicated in the years after Margaret Thatcher’s 1972 White Paper Education: A Framework for Expansion. Its central argument is that the way in which change was enacted following the White Paper represented a significant break with the model of policymaking which had held sway since the end of World War Two. Whilst more far-reaching change would come following Mrs Thatcher’s ‘conversion’ to neoliberalism later in the decade, the fate of the colleges of education was, I argue, an important if largely overlooked episode in the history of education – especially in terms of violating the collaborative relationship between central government and local authorities which had, until that point, dominated education policy in post-war Britain.

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TELL_Bolton_Simmons_Published paper

13.00   Lunch

Research showcase – research and development updates from:

13.30   Howard Scott – Wolverhampton University

The use of social networks for learning have a range of affordances in keeping with the FELTAG directions of travel for the sector, but analysis of the student-teacher interactions in this case study also revealed ambivalence among the peripheral 16-19 aged members of communities. This is clustered together as Social Media Fatigue, revealing a divergence from online form as a form of provision among students needing more acute levels of support than mobile offers. However, across a Continuum of Engagement, a convergence to goals and peer-support was seen in analysis of activity among adult groups. The talk will discuss the significance of blended approaches for post-compulsory education students and staff.

TELL_Bolton_Scott_PowerPoint

14.00   Colin Waugh – Independent and Editor, Post-16 Educator

‘The Liberal and General Studies Project’

Just over 50 interviews have so far been recorded for this project with people who taught Liberal and/or General Studies (L/GS) as an element in vocational courses in FE colleges between 1960 and about 1990. The historical roots of this provision are also being investigated. In November 2017 we published a report titled The Real Radical Education? (available at https://tinyurl.com/y7udrjzl) featuring interim analyses of both these aspects.

The presentation will focus on four aspects of interviewees’ responses: L/GS practitioners’ origination/adoption and implementation of experimental teaching and learning strategies and materials; their attempts to modify relations between and amongst the members of student groups; situations in which students were sufficiently engaged to take control of sessions; ways in which students were changed by their participation in L/GS. (Talk plus questions and discussion. Copies of report available at session.)

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14.30   Amanda Turner – University of Bolton

Incidental Learning for trainee teachers

The research/discussion in this part of the day will provide an opportunity to critically analyse a theoretical framework for incidental learning. I will be presenting the model at the meeting, and would appreciate a discussion based on the different elements and experience for trainee teachers.

TELL_Bolton_Turner_PowerPoint

RESEARCH PROJECTS

FE Transforms survey

This survey is designed to capture your thoughts and feelings about transformative teaching and learning. After asking about your teaching practices, the survey asks questions relating to the conditions that facilitate transformative teaching and learning in your college / place of work.
https://bcu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/furthereducationtransforms

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

RE-imagining FE Conference at Birmingham City University on 27th June
Link to conference website:
https://reimaginefe.wordpress.com/
Twitter hashtag: #ReimagineFE18

EAPRIL WEBINAR – Tuesday 3rd July

Invitation to Webinar by Clouds 3 and 12 on:

How collaboration can contribute to the professional development of teachers and leaders in education on Tuesday 3 July 2018 at 15.00 (Central European Time).

EAPRIL Clouds 3 and 12 are organising an interactive Webinar about educational collaboration on Tuesday 3 July 2018 at 15.00 (Central European Time). We are inviting all those interested in the challenges surrounding collaboration in education; why teachers and leaders find collaboration useful; and suggestions for ways in which teachers and educational leaders can get the most from collaborating together.
The event is an opportunity to share and discuss research findings and good practice ahead of the EAPRIL annual conference.  Registrations for this event are welcome before Monday 25 June 2018.

Please click on the link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSei6dZ89vVVafpYElHX9hsCWduSxYNdR761In_dZHtJOFQlUw/viewform

An #FEResearchmeet will take place on 4th July at Bedford Sixth Form.

A keynote from professor Jean McNiff, and two ‘strands’ of workshops. The first will be the research strand that was so successful last year. To present in this strand you need to be a researcher working within the sector. The second strand is the ‘development’ strand. This strand is to support others on their research journey with workshops on everything from action research to masters, PhDs to publication. This strand is open to ex-FE staff as well as present staff as we recognise that many ex-colleagues want to continue to support those working within the sector.
The day will culminate with a panel made up of key ‘leaders’ from around the sector who will address some of the issues that arise from the workshops.

Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feresearchmeet-bedford-tickets-43527474849

Early Career Researchers in Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning
To support early career researchers and those new to research in Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning (PCLL), we are holding two events:

Wednesday 18 July 2018 at Birmingham City University
Thursday 19 July 2018 at Bedford College
Keynote lectures and workshops aim to target key concerns and develop the capabilities of early career and new researchers. This day provides networking and discussion opportunities for those researching PCLL.

Birmingham City University – 18 July 2018
REGISTER HERE

Bedford College – 19 July 2018
REGISTER HERE

BURSARIES

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

Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £75 towards travel. To apply for one of these bursaries, please email events@bera.ac.uk with a 250 word statement with a brief overview of your research, stage of your research, indication of particular experiences that you would like to discuss and 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.

PUBLICATIONS BY TELL MEMBERS

None notified by you or noticed by me this edition.

TELL update May 2018

#TELLResearch

This update includes plans for research into TELL itself (with thanks to Vicky Duckworth for a conversation we had about this at the Marjon meeting, and the encouragement to start some research); presentations and other resources from our most recent meeting at Marjon University, Plymouth; an update on our last two TELL meetings for this year; details of other relevant events, and new publications by TELL members.

As always, if you wish to join TELL, or offer updates, contributions, details of research or publications, just email me at j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk

RESEARCH ABOUT TELL – CALL FOR QUESTIONS

I am working on a survey of TELL members to ask them about how they feel we meet our core objectives, and to comment both on ways TELL has helped promote and carry out research, or further ways in which we could do better.

What I’d really like is some ideas about questions you think could be asked about TELL, and which could be included in an online survey of all members. I’ll do my best to include all suggestions so that we can end up with a survey which has been shaped by members in the same way that everything we do is. Please email suggested ideas and questions to me at j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk

TELL NETWORK MEETINGS – ALL FREE

MARJON UNIVERSITY PLYMOUTH – Wed, May 16, 2018, 11:00 pm – 3:00 pm

DETAILS, RESOURCES AND DOCUMENTS FROM THE EVENT (items attached at the end with this email)

11.00 Welcome and introductions

Jim and Tanya – welcome, TELL and outline of the day 

11.15 Keynote speakers:

Dr Vicky Duckworth and Dr Rob Smith, Project Leads

Breaking the Triple Lock:  Further education and transformative teaching and learning

We will explore data from the UCU Further Education in England: Transforming Lives & Communities research project and through this develops a distinctive, theorised conceptualisation of transformative teaching and learning (TTL).

The research used an approach grounded in critical pedagogy utilising digital methods, including video interviews, to collect narratives from learners, teachers, family members and their communities from colleges across Britain.

Within a context in which there are structural pressures militating in favour of instrumentalising students in further education, TTL offers a way of theorising it as a transformative critical space that restores students’ hope and agency. The research provides evidence of how further education offers this “differential space” (Lefebvre 1991) and subverts the prescriptive, linear spaces of compulsory education. While productivist approaches to vocational education and training support ideologies that legitimate prescribed knowledge, reproducing inequality and injustice through the practices employed (Ade-Ojo and Duckworth 2016, Duckworth and Smith 2017b), TTL shifts to a more holistic approach, achieving a different level of engagement with learners.

The findings suggest that the TTL lens is a way of focusing on the dignity, needs and agency of further education students. The lens allows us also to identify how the existing structures associated with funding and marketisation can undermine the potential of TTL to activate students’ agency through education. Extending on existing literature around transformative learning, and drawing on a range of theoretical frameworks, the article formulates a new, contextually specific conceptualisation of transformative teaching and learning.

Visit http://transforminglives.web.ucu.org.uk/

Presentation can be accessed from this link

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N0DhFQ5POOkDBbxayUARFzNNJ0nQi14d/view?usp=sharing

12.15 Research showcase 

Peter Wolstencroft and Carol Thompson, research comparing the role of education and commercial managers.

The role of the middle manager has proved to be a difficult one to define due to the fluid nature of the tasks performed and the heterogeneity of understanding that exists for the term.  This is further complicated by the differences associated with the context in which individual manager’s work.  This research, which explores the drive towards neo-liberalism and the subsequent adoption of leadership and management practice from the private sector, makes a comparison between the roles of managers in English education with those in other settings.   Using a questionnaire with 252 responses and interviews with six managers in the private and public sector, the role of middle managers was compared to identify the similarities and differences between organisations driven by social policy as opposed to profit. Participants surveyed were based in Primary, Secondary and Further Education and the interview respondents were employed in non-education contexts.  The findings suggest that the initial reforms, which required higher levels of accountability through the introduction of key performance indicators, appear to be fully embedded within the education manager’s role and there is a high degree of convergence in relation to the expectation of managers at this level in all the settings.  The findings also highlighted a fundamental difference in relation to how middle managers were expected to carry out their duties, the autonomy they had to do so and the authority which was bestowed upon them.

TELL Plymouth_Wolstencroft_Thompson_Trust into Mistrust [Autosaved]

12.45 Lunch 

13.15 Dr Jim Crawley ‘Feeding back and looking forward – research into undergraduate academic skills and how they access and use feedback’.

This is new research, carried out with undergraduates, and asked them questions about their academic skills and the support they have to develop those skills and also asks about feedback, where and how it is accessed, and how they make use of it. Initial analysis of the results suggests that most undergraduates arrive at university with a low level of academic skills, and that they do make use of the wider variety of aspects of feedback available to them.

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13.45 Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Project Lead of ETF funded ‘Transferring CPD learning from schools to FE and skills settings: The Collaborative Pedagogy Project’

The project was contracted to The Cornwall College Group who seconded Tanya to develop and lead it.  The project ran from July 2017 to March 2018 and adapted five Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) strategies/interventions, that had been evidenced to have a positive impact on student outcomes in secondary schools and were of low to no cost to implement.  The TLA interventions were ‘tested’ in five subject areas (academic and vocational), in five different colleges (general and specialist) through small scale action research led by Curriculum Innovation Leads (CILs) that were experts in their subject area.

The project was evaluated using qualitative methods to assess changes in learner satisfaction and teacher self-efficacy and to illuminate the impact of the intervention on student progress through teacher case studies that included formative assessment (and summative where available). Findings suggest that engagement with the project:

  • Improved learner outcomes

  • Increased teachers’ confidence against the Professional Standards

  • Had a generally positive impact on learner satisfaction

  • Provided new and effective TLA that was adopted across more than one college in the subject area

TELL Plymouth_Tanya_Ovenden-Hope 

14.15 Paula Jones – Senior UTF project lead of ‘The Transformers Project’

A brief overview of an employer centred project and how it is demonstrating the potential of learning providers and employer relations to provide benefits to business of productivity gains and, for learning providers, improved learner outcomes and better understanding of employer needs.

I work with an all-embracing national partnership funded directly by Government through the Union Learning Fund and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Our partners include colleagues from LSE, Kings College London and AELP and ET Foundation.  Our ambition is to advance the status of those people who support and develop others in the workplace to advance our economy and improve working lives…the Transformers ..I trust my work will stimulate a great TELL member discussion!

Visit www.atl.org.uk/transformers

TELL Plymouth P Jones

TELL Plymouth_Paula Jones_Reflections and Findings on An Employer Engagement Resource 

TELL Plymouth_Paula_Jones_Transformers Project

14.45 Closing discussion 

15.00 Close

NETWORK MEETING – UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON

PLEASE NOTE – CHANGE OF START TIME

Thursday 21st June 2018 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm 

To book a place email Jim Crawley on j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk

Agenda 

12.00 Introduction and welcome

12.10 Keynote speech – Robin Simmons – University of Huddersfield

‘Whatever happened to the teacher-training colleges?’ Can their abolition, in some ways, be seen as a prequel to the more far-reaching changes in education policy which have taken place over more recent years?

13.00 Lunch

Research showcase – research and development updates from:

13.30 Howard Scott – Wolverhampton University

How social networks are used to support classroom based practices, situated literacy and the views of ‘legitimate peripheral participants’. The research considers technology used in English GCCE re-sit classes among adults / 16-19 students. The data was drawn from two years of a case study in a college.

14.00 Colin Waugh – Independent and Editor, Post-16 Educator

The Liberal and General Studies Project

Just over 50 interviews have so far been recorded for this project with people who taught Liberal and/or General Studies (L/GS) as an element in vocational courses in FE colleges between 1960 and about 1990. The historical roots of this provision are also being investigated.

14.30Amanda Turner – University of Bolton

Incidental Learning for trainee teachers who are placed in the FE context for their teaching experience.

15.00 Close

NETWORK MEETING – BRIGHTON METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Wednesday 11TH July – 11.00-3.00 – Central Brighton campus

We already have a good range of contributions for this meeting, but there is still room for some more, so please get in touch of you would like to make a contribution about your research.

Items already on the agenda

Paul Tully – Brighton Metropolitan College

Research which features capital (cultural, social, economic, symbolic) and its association with power in connection with professionalism in the FE and Skills sector.

Jim Crawley – Bath Spa University

New research into undergraduate academic skills and how students access and use feedback. 

Paul Demetriou-Crane – Havering College

Practitioner research into peer mentoring amongst adult learners on a Foundation Degree in Supporting Learning. 

Colin Waugh – Independent and Editor, Post-16 Educator

The Liberal and General Studies Project

Just over 50 interviews have so far been recorded for this project with people who taught Liberal and/or General Studies (L/GS) as an element in vocational courses in FE colleges between 1960 and about 1990. The historical roots of this provision are also being investigated.

It’s a very supportive atmosphere to share your research and ideas whatever field you are researching, or at whatever level. There is no theme or topic which will be irrelevant. It is even possible to contribute to more than one meeting, subject to the overall amount of offers received.

Just email me at j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk  with your proposed contribution.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

#FE ResearchMeet – Greater Manchester – Thursday 21st June 2018 – FREE

Are you a lecturer/assessor in the post 16 sector wanting to improve your practice? Have you been doing research you want to share in an informal environment? Join us on 21st June! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feresearchmeet-greater-manchester-tickets-38331717198 

Key note speakers are Professor Kevin Orr of Huddersfield University and Bill Watkin, CEO of the Sixth Form Colleges Association. Attendance is free and the event is being supported by LSRN, NEU and SFCA. Contact for the event is Jo Fletcher-Saxon  jmf@asfc.ac.uk

RE-imagining FE Conference at Birmingham City University – 27th June 2018

Link to conference website:

https://reimaginefe.wordpress.com/

Twitter hashtag: #ReimagineFE18

 

#FEResearchmeet will take place on 4th July at Bedford Sixth Form.

A keynote from professor Jean McNiff, and two ‘strands’ of workshops.  The first will be the research strand that was so successful last year.  To present in this strand you need to be a researcher working within the sector.  The second strand is the ‘development’ strand. This strand is to support others on their research journey with workshops on everything from action research to masters, PhDs to publication.  This strand is open to ex-FE staff as well as present staff as we recognise that many ex-colleagues want to continue to support those working within the sector. 

The day will culminate with a panel made up of key ‘leaders’ from around the sector who will address some of the issues that arise from the workshops. For tickets, visit

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feresearchmeet-bedford-tickets-43527474849

 

Early Career Researchers in Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning

To support early career researchers and those new to research in Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning (PCLL), we are holding two events:

Wednesday 18 July 2018 at Birmingham City University

Thursday 19 July 2018 at Bedford College

Keynote lectures and workshops aim to target key concerns and develop the capabilities of early career and new researchers. This day provides networking and discussion opportunities for those researching PCLL.

Birmingham City University – 18 July 2018

REGISTER HERE

Bedford College – 19 July 2018

REGISTER HERE

BURSARIES 

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

Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £75 towards travel. To apply for one of these bursaries, please email events@bera.ac.uk with a 250 word statement with a brief overview of your research, stage of your research, indication of particular experiences that you would like to discuss and 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.

 

Friday 14th September 9.00 – 3.00

The impact of policy on leadership practice: growing a research agenda is being organised by the BERA Leadership and Management SIG. Further details about the event are available from the BERA website:

https://www.bera.ac.uk/event/ed-lead18. 

The event is convened to bring together practitioners, researchers and policy makers across the five nations of the United Kingdom and Ireland to discuss the impact of educational policy on leadership practice. The aim of the event is to gain a clearer direction regarding a timely, relevant and collaborative research agenda for educational leadership.

Of course you do not need to be going to BERA to attend this event. But if you’re in Newcastle anyway – why not stay for a few days longer? And if you can’t make BERA this will much less intense.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Please send in details of any research projects you would like to have included in a future update.

PUBLICATIONS BY TELL MEMBERS

Please send in any publication details we haven’t featured.

Husband, G., 2018. The professional learning of further education lecturers: effects of initial lecturer education programmes on continuing professional learning in Scotland and Wales. Research in Post-Compulsory Education 23, 159–180. https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2018.1444384


Thompson, C., Wolstencroft, P., 2018. Trust into mistrust: the uncertain marriage between public and private sector practice for middle managers in education. Research in Post-Compulsory Education 23, 213–230. https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2018.1444372

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