Podcast: Meet The Education Researcher: The idea of public education by Professor Carl Anders Säfström
Educational philosopher Carl Anders Säfström (Maynooth University) joins us to talk about the past, present and future of ‘public education’. We trace the origins of the idea from post-war Europe back to the writing of John Dewey, and even further to the Ancient Greek ‘Sophists’. Carl Anders also considers how models of public education differ dramatically between countries – highlighting recent reforms of Swedish schooling as a cautionary example.
Date: Wednesday, 03 November 2021
The Centre for Public and Pedagogy intends to hold its second Doctoral Conference in May 2021.
Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Professor Carl Anders Säfström, director of theCentre for Public Education and Pedagogy in Maynooth University, latest book entitled 'A Pedagogy of Equality in a Time of Unrest' will be published on 8 September 2020. A Pedagogy of Equality in a Time of Unrest addresses education and teaching as fundamental democratic forms of equality. It offers an alternative route for democracy and education and shows how particular shifts in ways of thinking and practising can lead to an education in favour of a democratic life for all. This book will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of the philosophy of education, history of education, critical sociology of education and educational theory. It will also appeal to activists and those interested in emancipatory forms of education and pluralist democracy.
Date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020
In 2020 Gert Biesta published a new book, Obstinate Education: Reconnecting School and Society, with Brill|Sense Publishers. For more information see below. The book makes an important contribution to the discussion about public education by exploring the different relationships between school and society and arguing for a new way to ‘reconnect’ school and society that focuses on the school as a public institution.
Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
The MSCA European Training Network “Solidarity in Diversity” (SOLiDi), coordinated by prof. Stijn Oosterlynck, University of Antwerp, and including the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy at Maynooth University as beneficiary passed the first phase of selection with a score of 96.6% and has been invited by EU to start the grant preparation. Prof. Sharon Todd and Prof. Gert Biesta will be the scientists in charge for Maynooth University, joining a network of 10 beneficiaries and 23 partner organizations from eight European countries.
Date: Tuesday, 09 June 2020
REPORT FROM THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL DOCTORAL WINTER CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC EDUCATION: 20-24 JANUARY 2020
From 20 to 24 January 2020 we held our first international doctoral winter conference on public education. The conference provided an opportunity for doctoral students whose work focuses on questions concerning public education to share their work.
Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020
Forms of Formation: A Pedagogical-Philosophical Inquiry into Embodied Tensions around Gender and Social Equality in the Classroom
Financed by: Swedish Research Council Grant, 5.4 million SEK (€550k) 2020-2024 Tensions around gender and social equality are commonplace both in societal debates and the classroom and often include reference to the body (e.g. headscarves, skin colour, gestures, touch and comportment). To date, pedagogical research has been mainly focused on dialogic approaches to these tensions and little attention has been paid to their bodily and sensory aspects. The present study combines feminist theory with sensory studies in examining embodied expressions and the social and cultural coding of sensual experiences in the classroom. Project members: • Profesor Sharon Todd, Maynooth University • Senior Lecturer Elisabet Langmann, Södertörn University, Sweden • Senior Lecturer Lovisa Bergdahl, Södertörn University, Sweden
Date: Monday, 11 November 2019
Financed by: Swedish Research Agency, 2020 - 2022 This interdisciplinary international network for ground-breaking research on the Public role of Education in Democratic Sustainability Transitions (PEDST) brings together researchers from, the research group SMED (Studies of Meaning-making in Educational Discourses) at Uppsala University, the Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Ghent University, the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy at Maynooth University, and the research group Feminist Aesthetics in Public Education (FAPE) at Södertörn University. It aims to increase the quantity and quality of environmental and sustainability education (ESE) research through a common research programme. Project members: • Professor Carl Anders Säfström, Maynooth University • Professor Leif Östman, Uppsala University, Sweden (PI) • Dr. Katrien Van Poeck, Ghent University, Belgium • Senior Lecture Lovisa Bergdahl Södertörn University, Sweden
Date: Wednesday, 06 November 2019
MU SSI Visiting Fellowship in association with the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy will be hosting Dr. Stefan Ramaekers, University of Leuven - November 2019
MU SSI Visiting Fellowship in association with the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy will be hosting Dr. Stefan Ramaekers, University of Leuven during the month of November 2019. His area of expertise is in the philosophy of education, and particularly on the philosophy of ‘parenting’, which he have developed in several books and articles.
Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019
Professor Gert Biesta speaks to Sean Delaney, Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM
Date: Monday, 20 May 2019