27 October 2009, by admin
The first seminar in this series on Educational Futures will be held at the Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University on December 15th, 2009.
At a time when billions of pounds are being spent on ‘building schools for the future’, in which our ideas of economic and environmental futures are subject to weekly change; when it is suggested that new bio-technologies will offer radically new human/technical futures, and when the consequences of our actions may be ever longer lived, strategies are needed for critical reflection and research into our ideas about and understandings of the future.
The overarching aim of this seminar is to gain a deeper understanding of diverse strategies for theorising change and the implications of these strategies for different groups’ approach to thinking about the future.
- To explore the different strategies that different disciplines and groups use for theorising change and so for thinking about the future
- To articulate the different motivations and reasons for which different disciplines and groups think about future
- To identify the areas of most useful intervention and discussion for the educational research field
This seminar series will bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to explore the intellectual tools and resources, the existing traditions and new departures that might be mobilised to help us contribute to thinking intelligently and critically about the future in order to help us make better decisions in education today.
Should you like to attend, please contact Barbara Ashcroft. Please note that places are limited to 35 people only and that there are no bursaries for travel. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day.