European Sociological Association (ESA) Sociology of Education Mid-term Conference

DkIT well-represented at European Sociological Association (ESA) Sociology of Education Mid-term Conference on Education and Empowerment, September 12th and 13th 2016, Milan, Italy

On 12th and 13th September 2016, the ESA Sociology of Education Mid-Term Conference was held in The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy.  Entitled Education and Empowerment: Theories and Practices, the theme of the conference centred on the changing values of education in an era of increased diversity and access.

DkIT was very well-represented with three papers being presented which showcased some of the varied and creative practical means by which educational excellence is being achieved at DkIT. Dr. Bernadette Brereton of the School of Business and Humanities and the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching(CELT) and member of the newly-formed National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education CPD Expert Group presented ‘Mentoring as a means of empowerment in higher education’ and also presented a paper co-authored with a graduate of the School of Business and Humanities and 2015 Recipient of the President’s Prize for Community Engagement Mark McCormack, entitled ‘The ‘meitheal’ and the ‘scáthach’: the positive effects of team-work and mentoring in education’.  Dr. Daithi Kearney of the School of Informatics and Creative Arts, recipient of the 2015 DkIT President’s Award for Early Career Researcher, presented a paper co-authored with Sandy Sneddon of Rehab entitled ‘The Classroom as a Space to Make Voices Heard’.

All of the DkIT presenters’ papers highlighted the impact of positive initiatives at DkIT that empowered not  only staff and students at the Institute but also the wider community.  Colleagues from other universities around the world responded positively to the models presented and offered encouraging constructive responses.

Dr. Brereton serves as both a member of the co-ordinating board and the scientific evaluation team for the ESA Sociology of Education research network which organised the conference.

Preparations are already underway for the next ESA conference which will be held in Athens, Greece from 22nd to 25th of August, 2017 so keep an eye out for the circulated call for papers and perhaps you can also get involved next year.

Photo shows Scientific Board of European Sociological Association (ESA) Sociology of Education Research Network, including Dr. Bernadette Brereton, DkIT