Maynooth Education Forum - 16 June 2017

Recognising the 12%: Migrant Trajectories through the Education System. 

There has been a dramatic increase in the proportion of migrants in Irish society in a very short period of time. Today, 12% of students in the Irish education system come from diverse backgrounds. This year's Forum seeks to explore:

  • How migrants are faring in the Irish education system 
  • To what extent has the education system adapted to cater for migrants? Is the curriculum adjusting to their needs?
  • Is the education system culturally responsive?
  • How are practioners are dealing with this live issue
  • What can we learn from the experiences of other countries?

Keynote Speakers 

  • Dr Zelia Gregoriou, University of Cyprus, is a philosopher of education. Her research explores the need to rethink intercultural education (curriculum and pedagogy, policy frames and research methodology) as decolonial education. Towards this end she pursues theoretical, political and performative links between education and philosophical accounts of life and mourning, biopolitics, governmentality, subjectification, subjection and resistance.
  • Prof Irena Kogan, holds a chair in comparative sociology at the University of Mannheim. Currently she is co-directing the German part of the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries, focusing on the intergenerational integration of the children of immigrants in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
  • Prof Frances McGinnity, ESRI, with colleagues has conducted a large study of migrant children in Irish schools and she is currently collaborating with EU colleagues on a project examining early socio-cultural integration patterns of migrants.
  • Dr Victoria Showunmi, Senior Lecturer in the Maynooth University Department of Education. Her research focuses on Gender and Educational leadership and Black young women and their wellbeing through an intersectional lens.

Registration is free but places are limited - register here

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