Faculty seminars cover RKE, L&T and RIT related topics and offer an opportunity for colleagues to share their work. Presentations from visiting speakers (both from the UK and overseas) also form part of the seminar series.
Visiting speakers seminars semester 1
- Wednesday 20 November ’13 - Fibonacci project, Ida Guldager & Claus Auning, Syddenmark University College Haderslev, Denmark and Training of Carers for the Elderly, Dr Agnieszka Szplit of Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce Kielce, Poland (visiting speakers), 1-2.30pm, West Downs 9
- Monday 9 December ’13 - Publishing in Early Years, Associate Professor Rod Parker-Rees, Plymouth University (Early Years Cluster visiting speaker), 3.30-5pm, Herbert Jarman Building 3
- Monday 20th January 2014 - Education Communities and MESH, Professor Marilyn Leask, University of Bedfordshire (visiting speaker) 4.15 - 5.15 Herbert Jarman Building 10
The first BERA/TACTYC Early Years Education Special Interest Group Seminar of the ECEC policy in the UK: Research perspectives and issues event took place on Tuesday 30 April 2013 at the University of Winchester.
Four invited speakers Dr Christine Stephen, Dr Jane Waters, Dr Glenda Walsh and Professor Denise Hevey gave overviews of key early years issues and policies from their nations (Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England). Dr Jane Payler, Chair of TACTYC: Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators and Professor Elizabeth Wood, University of Sheffield and Convenor of British Educational Research Association Early Childhood special interest group, launched a new collaborative project, the aims of which are twofold: 1) to co-ordinate the writing of a review of early years research in the UK since 2003, updating the publication ‘Early Years Research: Pedagogy, Curriculum and Adult Roles, Training and Professionalism’ and 2) to produce briefing documents for policy makers on issues for policy from early years research as we approach the next General Election. There were group discussions and interactions based on poster summaries of participants’ research. You can view the poster synopses by clicking here
‘Malaguzzi and Contemporary Early Years Alternatives: Lessons from Iceland and Reggio Emilia’, International Conference
The ethics, philosophy and approach of Loris Malaguzzi, a key 20th century pioneer in early years education, were recently explored in this international conference that took place on Saturday 2 November 2013, attended by around 130 delegates in the Stripe theatre at the University of Winchester. A stellar list of keynote international speakers addressed the conference, including Professors Peter Moss and Kristján Kristjánsson, Dr Alfredo Hoyuelos from Spain and Kristín Dýrfjörð from Iceland. With his forward-thinking and radical approach – that children should be encouraged to develop their own theories about the world and how it works through facilitated exploration – Loris Malaguzzi’s pedagogy is revered and drawn upon by increasing numbers of modern-day practitioners. The work of this hugely influential contemporary early years educator was highlighted in the conference, in the context of the Icelandic and Scandinavian approach to early years education. With a book launch and supported by Early Childhood Action, the conference was formally opened by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joy Carter. The continuing work of the community of early childhood education in Reggio Emilia was represented in a specially commissioned video presentation from Dr Tiziana Filippini and England's Reggio Emilia community was also well represented by 'Sightlines' and other colleagues, which provided delegates with a rich range of networking opportunities.
Unhurried Pathways Conference
On 27 October 2012 the university hosted the first national conference of Early Childhood Action (ECA), an organisation campaigning for a paradigm shift towards an explicitly unhurried approach to early child development in England. Nearly 250 delegates from Britain and beyond packed the Stripe lecture theatre to hear a galaxy of well-known speakers argue for a re-thinking of England’s approach to early childhood and school starting. Generously launched by Professor Joy Carter and Professor Joyce Goodman, and expertly chaired by much respected early childhood consultant Wendy Scott, the list of keynote speakers included Baroness Susan Greenfield, Dr Penelope Leach, Professor Colwyn Trevarthen and author Sue Palmer, together with Dr Simon Boxley and the conference organiser, Dr Richard House. In the afternoon MP Annette Brooke, former shadow early years minister brought her wisdom to bear on the policy-making process itself. A video (DVD) is being made of the conference, and an edited book, Unhurried Pathways, will also be published. The conference also saw the launch of ECA’s new early childhood document, ‘Unhurried Pathways’, which sets out ECA’s vision for a fundamentally different approach to early childhood in England – a document that is now attracting significant international attention and interest.
On Wednesday 1 May 2013 a series of three workshops on Impact for the REF were given by Marilyn Leask, Professor of Educational Knowledge Management at the Learning Futures Centre at the University of Bedfordshire, as special guest of the Faculty Research and Development Team. The workshops were attended by academic staff from EHSC, the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Business Law and Sport. The first workshop discussed ‘Creating a world class research environment - the role and responsibility of individual staff’. The second looked at ‘Getting high ratings for your articles and books - how to plan this from the beginning and how to assess outputs’. The third and final workshop was an interactive on-line session that looked at ‘Extending the reach and impact of research using online collaboration and publishing tools with examples from the ‘Education Futures Collaboration’.
‘What is a Child?’
On 5th November 2012, Paola Cavazzoni came by invitation as a Visiting Lecturer to speak about ‘What is a Child?’ in the Reggio Emilia approach of Northern Italy. Reggio is famous for its pre-schools since Newsweek declared them the best in the world.
The Reggio Approach works with an image of the child as a citizen of the world, a strong, capable protagonist in her or his own learning, and, importantly as a subject of rights. This approach is at the heart of the value system upon which educational experiences are built. Paola Cavazzoni is a pedagogista in the pedagogical co-ordination team of the infant-toddler centres and schools of Reggio Emilia. Paola completed her studies at the University of Bologna with a Degree in Pedagogy and has been working for 25 years in the field of education, first as educator and then as a pedagogista. The event was attended by staff, post and undergraduate students from programmes across the EHSC Faculty as well as teachers and advisory teachers in Hampshire schools.
Professor Vasudevi Reddy
Guest Speaker Professor Vasudevi Reddy spoke to staff and students invited from the Faculty and the department of Developmental Psychology on 30th January 2013. Vasudevi’s book "How Infants Know Minds" won the British Psychological Society Research Board and Psychology Education Board Book Award in 2011. She was a warm engaging and responsive speaker who has interesting views on how the researcher stands in relation to the child. Professor Reddy updated us on her current work on how infants interpret adult intentions.
‘Exploring Interpretations of Enquiry’
6th - 7th July 2012
This two day seminar brought together a mixed group of teacher practitioners and teacher educators keen to engage critically with the concept of ‘enquiry’. In P4C circles, the term enquiry is widely used and the literature gives some precise accounts of what is intended. The seminar began with the opportunity to observe children engaged in philosophical enquiry in a Hampshire Primary School. A discussion followed, chaired by Joanna Haynes, Associate Professor in Education Studies at Plymouth University with a presentation from key note speaker Professor Gert Biesta, from the University of Stirling. Time was programmed for other presentations from those interested in sharing their own work on enquiry.
‘Philosophical thinking on pedagogical matters’, Philosophy and Education – what are the connections?
24th – 26th June 2011
What pedagogy underpins proposals for advancing philosophical thinking in the classroom?
In what ways does philosophy in education connect with philosophy of education?
Winchester University, Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service (HIAS), The Society for the advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education (SAPERE) and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) hosted a two day seminar considered the above questions. Building on a seminar which took place in 2010, this event provided a space for educators to reflect critically and enter into dialogue on the issues in and around the relationship between philosophical thinking and pedagogy. Philosophical enquiry was used in several sessions as a means by which to open up issues, exploring values and assumptions that underpin it. Eugenio Echeverria, Director of the Latin American Centre for Philosophy for Children and Jan Derry, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London co-led sessions chaired by Joanna Haynes Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Education Studies at the University of Plymouth.