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Seminar: Engaging Family Narratives; Children’s Lives at home and school

28th June 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm, Portland Building, Room 1.66

Emma Maynard, Senior Lecturer, School of Education and Childhood Studies

Abstract:

This is a doctoral research project investigating the narratives of parents and children identified by the child’s school for social intervention. Noting the positioning of these families as “troubled” and “hard to reach” in policy and practice, the narratives explore what matters to individual families.

Parents and children were interviewed separately so as to allow them to explore themes freely, and a loose semi -structured interview enabled conversations to be (largely) led by the participant.

The data reveals an echoing of critical incidents between parent and child, and a retelling of family histories through shared perspectives. However the children also present different observations from their parents, offering new understandings. Unexpectedly, soft data indicates parents placed significant value on telling their story.

Thus the research hypothesises that engaging parents’ narratives could enable greater understanding of children in the context of their family history, and could influence intervention strategies to elicit a more effective outcome.

Book your place: https://secsresearch28062017.eventbrite.co.uk/

Hidden Bellies: The Power of Silence and Invisibility in Managing Pregnancies in Mozambique

30th November 2016, 1:00 – 2:30pm

Dr Francesca Salvi, Lecturer, School of Education and Childhood Studies

Abstract:

Decree 39/GM/2003, the first national policy to deal with in-school pregnancy in Mozambique, indicates that girls that get pregnant while being registered at school should transfer to night courses. In this seminar Francesca explained why transfer tends to precede dropout, but also discussed the various strategies that girls implemented in order to resist transfer and remain in their day courses. By hiding their bellies, young pregnant women resist current norms and engage in an act of self-assertion. This goes against mainstream theorisations of silence and invisibility, which point to submission and powerlessness.

The School of Education and Childhood Studies hosts regular seminars with a research focus and presentations from internal and external speakers – here is the link to the seminars for 2016/17

Conference, 2016: Education and Childhood Studies: Research, Practice and Impact.

The School of Education and Childhood Studies held its 2016 conference on Monday, 11th July 2016, sharing some of our and others’ research, practice and impact in relation to the following themes:

  • Mental Health and Well-being in Childhood and Education
  • Childhood and International Development
  • Action Research in Teacher Education
  • Creative Pedagogies

Keynote speakers

Professor Rachel Brooks, Head of Department of Sociology, Professor of Sociology, University of Surrey
Internationalisation, Global Capital and English Secondary Schools

Dr Sarah Riley, Director of Research, Reader in Psychology, Aberystwyth University
If looks could kill: The social aspect of body image and how we might use that to build resilience

In this conference – two parallel sessions on ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in Childhood and Education.

Download Research, Practice and Impact programme 2016 (pdf)