Child as a learner: creative pedagogies

28th February 2022 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Public Seminar

Speaker: Chair: Dr Steven Puttick, Speaker 1: Professor Hugh Starkey, Speaker 2: Dr Shauneen Pete, Speaker 3: Bernadine Anderson

Location: Zoom Webinar

Convener: Leon Feinstein

Audience: Public


Part of a seminar series interrogating the concept of rights of the child and implications for research, policy and practice

In Article 29(a), UNCRC recognizes the goals of education as it ‘develops every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.’ To meet this objective within different contexts, educators might rethink the conventional forms of learning to support every learners’ potential based on their values and needs within their cultures. This panel investigates various views on children’s right to education and culturally-responsive pedagogies. It also brings examples of creative pedagogies in contexts, which have attempted to develop children’s talents and personalities through an unconventional form of education.

About the speakers:

Chair: Steve is Associate Professor of Teacher Education. He is a curriculum tutor for the Geography PGCE and MSc Learning and Teaching. He holds an MA in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Warwick University, an MSc in Educational Research Methodology and DPhil in Education from the University of Oxford. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He researches at the intersection between the academic discipline and school subject of geography, including recent collaborations developing through the Smart Cities Network for Sustainable Urban Future project. He is currently leading research on Climate Change Education Futures in India (GCRF) in collaboration with colleagues at IISER, Pune, and on the role of cultural heritage in curriculum making in Kolkata. His research on teacher education focuses on the contribution that geography education research offers to the conceptualisation and practice of teaching.

Speaker 1: Hugh Starkey is Professor of Citizenship and Human Rights Education at IOE, UCL’S Faculty of Education and Society. His research interests are education for democratic citizenship and human rights education (EDC / HRE) developed in an intercultural perspective. He is co-convenor, with Audrey Osler of the World Educational Research Association’s International Research Network on Human Rights Education. His latest book (2021), co-authored with Lee Jerome, is Children’s Rights Education in Diverse Classrooms: Pedagogy, principles and practice. His current and recently completed doctoral students research citizenship and intercultural education in contexts including East Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Europe.

Speaker 2: Dr. Shauneen Pete is from Little Pine First Nation in Treaty 6 territory (Canada). She works in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She teaches courses in Indigenous Education. Her research includes the indigenization and decolonization of Canadian higher education. Dr Pete has served in several leadership roles including: Executive Lead Indigenization at the University of Regina, and both Vice President (Academic) and Interim President at First Nations University of Canada.

Speaker 3: Bernadine Anderson (Dip. AMI,Dip Ed, MA Education, reading for MA in Peace Studies,) Sri Lankan educationist with over 3 decades’ experience in USA & Sri Lanka, who oversees 10 Sri Lankan educational institutions including sponsored schools, catering to students from 18 months to 18 years. Established a State-approved teacher training programme in Montessori Primary and organized Sri Lanka’s first colloquium on Montessori Primary. With international and national recognition/awards for education, capacity building, social outreach, rehabilitation and peace work, including the N-Peace Award in 2018, this mother of three and grandmother of two lives in Colombo.