Event focuses on connecting education theories with practice

23 October 2018

This free event on Monday 29th October will be of interest to anyone within the education industry, including teachers, principals, Boards of Trustee members, and those in policy, research or governance. It will include presentations from leading educationalists and researchers.

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Event organiser, Associate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan says that translating theories into everyday practice can be seen as complicated for some educationalists and this event will showcase, through examples, how it can be done successfully. Participants are even encouraged to bring a question about knowledges their body holds, or their teaching practice, that can be explored through practical work.

“All practices are informed by theories, whether they are acknowledged or not, and it’s important to be able to critically engage with them to see what they produce, do they open up possibilities for a diverse range of ways of being in the world or do they shut them down?” said Prof Quinlivan.

“How you conceptualise social worlds will determine how you can act within them. That is why theory, even if it’s tacit and unacknowledged, is important. Indigenous knowledges don’t make arbitrary divisions between concept and practice, seeing them as more intertwined. What can we learn from that?”

The theory/practice divide can be seen as a perennial issue in education. Speakers in this symposium draw on contemporary social science theories as practices, and concepts as methods, to call into question the theory/practice binary. The symposium explores methodological and pedagogical ways in which such approaches can reorient thinking and doing, and open educational and social science inquiry to new possibilities.

The keynote address will be presented by Professor Anna Hickey-Moody, RMIT University, Melbourne. Anna is Professor of Media and Communication at RMIT University where she holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship. Her keynote address is titled Inventive and Non-Representational Methods: Understanding Cultural Difference Through Collaboration. It will explore some interdisciplinary connections between socially engaged arts practice, visual sociology and anthropology.

For more information about this event click here or contact Associate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan (kathleen.quinlivan@canterbury.ac.nz).

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