Democracy through Pedagogy: the Mantle of the Expert in Initial Teacher Education
In his powerful speech at the Cambridge Primary Review Trust’s (CPRT) conference in November last year, Robin Alexander suggested, in relation to recent electoral outcomes in the UK and the US, that discourses of hatred and derision might be interpreted as ‘education’s failure’.
published on: 24 February 2017
Nur Nabilah Binti Abdullah discusses her attendance at the ICOP-L2 conference
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Interactional Competence and Practices in a Second Language (ICOP-L2) international conference which was held at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland from 19-20 January 2017.
published on: 16 February 2017
What progress has been made towards evidence-based education?
Stephen Gorard is Professor of Education and Public Policy, and Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute at Durham University, and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Birmingham.
published on: 14 February 2017
New publication by Paul Seedhouse – the Digital Kitchen!
The digital kitchen project has recently culminated in the publication of a new book, edited by Paul Seedhouse
published on: 14 February 2017
2016 Marie Butterworth Prize for Excellence in Practitioner Enquiry
Anne Clough has won the 2016 Marie Butterworth Prize for Excellence in Practitioner Enquiry.
published on: 27 January 2017
Education Blog: Developing critical perspectives of pedagogy: the role of Teaching Thinking
Our Secondary Core and School Direct PGCE and Employer-based PGCE students (based at Newcastle SCITT) started their new term with a busy period at both university and in school.
published on: 20 January 2017
RECAP: The future of learning
Listen to the RECAP of Professor Sugata Mitra's seminar on January.
published on: 19 January 2017
Reflection on a presentation at Harvard
I participated in the 21st Century Academic Forum Conference which was held at Harvard on 27-29 September 2016.
published on: 17 January 2017
Global SOLE Event
Become part of our Biggest Ever Big Question on Martin Luther King Day 2017 (16th January 2017)
published on: 5 January 2017
The Teaching Excellence Awards (TEAs) 2016-17
Nominations for the Teaching Excellence Awards (TEAs) are now open!
published on: 5 January 2017
A report on attending the Arabic Linguistic Forum Conference in York 2016
The second Arabic Linguistic Forum Conference which I attended was held at the University of York on the 12-14th December 2016;
published on: 3 January 2017
Season's Greetings from ECLS!
The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences would like to wish you all the best over the holidays.
published on: 16 December 2016
ESRC Funded Studentships (NINE Doctoral Training Partnership)
We are able to support applications for the Education and Linguistics (Speech & Language Sciences; Applied Linguistics and Communication) pathways.
published on: 8 December 2016
Seven Stories Research Scholarship
Earlier this year, a SLS student, Zoe, spent 8 weeks with Seven Stories working on a Newcastle University Research Scholarship.
published on: 7 December 2016
Students Have To Take Control Of Their Own Education
Professor Sugata Mitra discusses the skills today’s students need, and the role that teaching plays.
published on: 30 November 2016
Computers, not classes
Professor Mitra recently opened the ninth Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) research lab (a tiny 15-feet cube of a room) in West Bengal.
published on: 29 November 2016
Travelling to the UK from Kazakhstan: learning from a study visit
During November 2016 a fifth cohort of academic colleagues from universities across Kazakhstan took part in the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme at Newcastle University.
published on: 21 November 2016
School wasn't like this in my day - see inside Kenton School's futuristic new classrooms
Professor Sugatra Mitra from Newcastle University officially opens the new Accelerated Learning Centre at Kenton School.
published on: 16 November 2016
Education Blog: “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends” (part 2)
A different type of ‘safe space’; creating collaborative learning experiences for PGCE students. Over the last few months there has been considerable debate regarding the establishment of ‘safe-space’ on university campuses around the world, with the anxiety expressed that they act to shut down free speech.
published on: 14 November 2016
Education Blog: Pedagogic research methods: An analysis of the methodological traditions in the UK and Netherlands
This study was inspired as a response to an Erasmus Mobility Grant to the Netherlands. Anecdotal conversations with colleagues there led to a discussion about the different approaches being taken in conducting pedagogical research in the UK and the Netherlands
published on: 11 November 2016
Education Blog: “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends”
Learning from the past to understand the significance of opportunities for collaborative teacher learning in ITE. This blog post is drawn from part of a key note that I gave at the UCET (University Council for the Education of Teachers) Annual Conference in November 2016.
published on: 8 November 2016
Dr Rachel Lofthouse has contributed to the SEND regional conference
This was organised by Percy Hedley, Epinay, Sunningdale and The Dales - the four special needs Teaching Schools in the North East.
published on: 7 November 2016
European Day of Languages 2016 – Announcement of Winners
Network for Languages, the North Leadership Centre and Routes into Languages North East have once again partnered with the Association for Language North East for this year’s European Day of Languages competition.
published on: 3 November 2016
Report on presentation at 2nd LITU-CULI international conference in Bangkok, Thailand
On 6-7 October 2016, Monthon Kanokpermpoon a third year IPhD student participated in and presented his paper at the 2nd LITU-CULI International Conference
published on: 26 October 2016
A feature of Professor Sugata Mitra’s Self-Organised Learning Environments
In 1999, Sugata Mitra, Professor of Education Technology at Newcastle University, England, and his colleagues tried a dipstick experiment in teaching.
published on: 19 October 2016
Languages for Learning: A Pedagogy for EAL
The conference includes speakers who are experts in multilingual/plurilingual pedagogical approaches and intercultural education from UK, Finland and France and experts in Romani languages and heritage from UK and Romania.
published on: 18 October 2016
All-Party Parliamentary Group Press Release on Languages welcomed
Today’s press release on ‘BREXIT and Languages’ by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages was welcomed by René Koglbauer, Director of Network for Languages North East and Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University.
published on: 17 October 2016
Staff and students ‘suspicious’ of international strategies
Research by Dr Alina Schartner suggests staff and students are cynical about universities’ attempts to become more international and believe the strategies are about generating income.
published on: 14 October 2016
Two ECLS students receive University Endowed Prizes
The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences are delighted to announce that two of its students received University Endowed Prizes for their academic achievements in Year 1 of their degrees.
published on: 12 October 2016
Personal and professional learning from this summer’s conferences
I was tempted to begin this blog post with a witty anagram of BERA and BELMAS, the two conferences I attended this summer but it is with some degree of embarrassment that I have given up with nothing to show for my efforts.
published on: 10 October 2016
A small space for big ideas
Prof Sugata Mitra is opening the smallest School in the Cloud research lab in India this week. Prof Sugata Mitra’s latest SOLE research lab is a discreet affair, tucked away in the corner of a school playground in West Bengal.
published on: 27 September 2016
The Trouble with Aid – Quantity, Institutions and Utopian Ideals
Just over a year before Priti Patel took up the post as Secretary of State for International Development, the Coalition Government brought into law the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015.
published on: 22 September 2016
European Day of Languages Competition 2016 goes live
Network for Languages North East and the North Leadership Centre have partnered once again with the Association for Language Learning and Routes into Languages North East to run the European Day of Languages competition for schools and further education colleges.
published on: 21 September 2016
Rethinking a National Curriculum and finding space for the local
On 14 July 2016, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced her new Cabinet, following a significant reshuffle and re-structure of Government. In this context, researchers from all over Newcastle University express their thoughts on the challenges..
published on: 20 September 2016
Sugata on why we need a turnaround in our education system (in Spanish)
and how the SOLE method fits into that (in Spanish). He's just been in Spain to help bring SOLE into schools in Madrid.
published on: 19 September 2016
EVENT: CfLaT Showcase 2016
Themes of: Social justice; Innovative research methodologies; Professional development, leadership & learning; Innovative pedagogy and curriculum; Learning spaces; Teaching and learning in HE.
published on: 15 September 2016
The One Show (BBC One)
The One Show revisits 'Granny Cloud' volunteer Jackie Barrow four years on from her trip to Pune, India.
published on: 11 September 2016
The Speech Therapy Society has won an RCSLT Giving Voice Award
EXCITING NEWS: The Speech Therapy Society has won an RCSLT Giving Voice Award for our efforts in the last academic year!
published on: 9 September 2016
From private conversations to public dialogue reflections on a European research workshop
Picture the scene; it was a sunny August Friday afternoon on the last day of a four day European conference in Dublin. We found our session venue and we organised ourselves and our resources for our workshop.
published on: 31 August 2016
Africa overlooks 'slum superstars'
Talented children from poor families with illiterate parents are often overlooked in developing countries, as no-one believes they can be gifted – wasting a potentially enormous contribution to economic growth and development.
published on: 25 August 2016
Tim Morris Award
In 2012 CfBT Education Trust (now Education Development Trust) launched the Tim Morris Award in order to provide a one-off grant of £2,000 to a PhD/MPhil student in the field of education in a developing context.
published on: 22 August 2016
EVENT: Setting a course for life chances: a new direction
This event discusses how researchers can influence policy by considering life chances across the lifecourse.
published on: 18 August 2016
Dr Alina Schartner receives prestigious award in Bangkok
Alina Schartner has been awarded the highly prestigious James J. Bradac Prize, which is awarded biannually by the International Association of Language & Social Psychology, and recognises early career excellence in the field of language and social psychology by a scholar.
published on: 9 August 2016
Festival of Learning Nomination
ESRC Impact IAA project, SOLE and Self Advocacy for Communities of Adults with Diverse Needs has been nominated for a 2016 Festival of Learning Award.
published on: 1 August 2016
The Applied Linguistics & Communication section are delighted to announce the appointment of three new members of staff, set to join us some time in the autumn.
published on: 30 July 2016
23rd Annual Meeting of Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR)
I was given the excellent opportunity to present a poster at the 23rd Annual Meeting of Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR)
published on: 29 July 2016
Alina Schartner has been awarded the highly prestigious James J. Bradac Prize, which is awarded biannually by the International Association of Language & Social Psychology.
published on: 27 July 2016
Aspiring leaders understanding their ‘selves’ and/in social contexts
This blog post follows up my initial thoughts concerning opportunities for change in August 2015. At that time, the opportunities in question related to the forthcoming review of National Professional Qualification programmes for Middle Leadership (NPQML), Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and Headship (NPQH) in England.
published on: 25 July 2016
Learning outdoors in school grounds
Perhaps it’s the onset of summer weather, or the fact that the school term feels different after the exams and tests are over, but whatever the reason there has been a renewed interest in learning outdoors recently, as illustrated by a recent Guardian feature.
published on: 22 July 2016
InForm Conference 2016: Working with words – Supporting understanding of discipline-specific vocabulary in IFPs
On 16 July 2016 I attended the annual InForm conference, which took place at Durham University. InForm is a publication edited by staff from the University of Reading that provides a research forum for HE professionals working on international foundation programmes.
published on: 20 July 2016
UK teacher writes in defence of 'evidence' for SOLE
In response to your article 'Sugata Mitra - the professor with his head in the cloud'Guardian (7th June 2016)
published on: 18 July 2016
Self-Reflection - LILA '16
I did present at LILA '16 / 3rd International Linguistics and Language Studies Conference which was held at Istanbul, Turkey on JUNE 24-25, 2016.
published on: 15 July 2016
Simple measures can poverty proof the school day for pupils
A scheme to help disadvantaged pupils has been shown to increase attendance and attainment in schools.
published on: 14 July 2016
ALC PhD students present their research at ‘Sociolinguistics Symposium 21’ in Murcia, Spain.
Last June, I visited University of Murcia in Murcia, Spain to present my analysis in the conference, “Sociolinguistics Symposium 21”.
published on: 13 July 2016
The EUROSOLE project - sparking creativity and discovery through Big Questions across Europe
EUROSOLE offers a targeted response to the strategic objectives of national education systems in the UK and European level cooperation in the area of reducing and tacking early school leaving.
published on: 11 July 2016
Strong ALC presence at the 15th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology
Applied Linguistics and Communication @ Newcastle was represented by two staff members and two PhD students at the 15th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP) which was held from 22-25 June at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand.
published on: 5 July 2016
Congratulation to PhD student Kazuki Hata
A huge congratulation to Applied Linguistics and Communication PhD student Kazuki Hata, who has had a paper published in the internationally-renowned Journal of Pragmatics!
published on: 30 June 2016
NETSP celebration event
On Monday 27th June 2016 Newcastle University welcomed a number of successful graduates from the National Professional Qualifications. Newcastle University is one of the partners in the North East Teaching Schools Partnership (NETSP).
published on: 29 June 2016
Applied Linguistics & Communication blog: Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 (SSS7)
Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 (SSS7) at Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 in France that I attended in June 2016, turned out to be a very welcoming place for postgraduate students to showcase and share their research.
published on: 29 June 2016
EDUCATION BLOG: BREXIT – initial thoughts on effects on our schools
Alea iacta est, the die is cast! With 5am last Friday morning it was obvious that a majority (51.9%) of the UK electorate had voted for BREXIT.
published on: 28 June 2016