Ending Educational Inequities: Teachers Finding New and Creative Solutions

Announcing Lived Places Published first seminar in the new Topics in Education Studies seminar series: Ending Educational Inequities: Teachers Finding New and Creative Solutions. Julie Allan, co-author of Students, Teachers, Families, and a Socially Just Education: Rewriting the Grammar of Schooling to Unsettle Identities (written with Francesca Peruzzo), had a conversation with Janise Hurtig, Lived Places Publishing Collection Editor.

This seminar was held on Thursday, 29th February 2024.

About the Session

Julie and Janise will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced and exacerbated many of the inequalities in education, and led to a continuation of what sociologists have described as a ‘grammar of schooling’. This is an idea that describes features of education systems that persist throughout time, contexts, and cultures and includes the division of knowledge into separate subjects, rigid school timetables, the reproduction of particular forms of knowledge alongside the silencing of others, and exclusions and marginalisation from regular schooling.

Yet, in their research with teachers, school leaders, and students in the US, UK, Australia, Chile, Malaysia, and Italy, Julie and Francesca uncovered many instances of teachers finding creative solutions to educational inequities and new ways to engage students in learning. Julie and Janise will discuss these innovations and explore the possibilities for these to become part of the new ‘normal’.

About the Speakers

Julie Allan is Professor of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Birmingham, UK and has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Borås and Umeå in Sweden and the University of Stavanger in Norway. Julie’s work focuses on inclusive education, disability studies and children’s rights and she has advised the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and the Dutch and Queensland Governments on inclusion and has been an expert advisor with the Council of Europe. She is the author of several books, including On The Self: Discourses of Mental Health and Education (with Valerie Harwood); The Routledge World Yearbook in Education 2017: Assessment Inequalities (with Alfredo Artiles) and Psychopathology at School: Theorizing Mental Disorder in Schools (with Valerie Harwood).

Dr Janise Hurtig is an educational anthropologist and community educator and researcher. Her teaching and writing take place at the intersections of adult and popular education, gender and feminism, community development and social change in the Chicago area and in Venezuela. Janise received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is currently part-time faculty in DePaul University’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies, coordinator of the Community Writing Project, and an adult educator at the Howard Area Community Center.

About Allan and Peruzzo’s book

Students, Teachers, Families, and a Socially Just Education: Rewriting the Grammar of Schooling to Unsettle Identities by Julie Allan and Francesca Peruzzo explores how education is and is not fit for purpose through the lived experiences of teachers, students, and families who have diverse needs and identities.

Available now in all formats.

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