Other projects (completed)

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Educational Policies that Address Social Inequity (EPASI)

This major research program involved seven European research partners (in Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, Greece, the Czech Republic and the UK), working in 14 countries between 2006 and 2009. We evaluated a range of specific programmes in each country - about 20 to 24 in each, a total of over 300 projects - and assessed their effectiveness in targeting groups who were suffering from social inequalities in education - whether because of social class, gender. disability, ethnic discrimination, linguistic discrimination, religious inequities or because they were members of an indigenous minority. The countries studied were: Belgium; the Czech Republic: Cyprus; Denmark; France; Greece; Ireland; Luxembourg; Malta; the Netherlands; Slovakia; Spain; Sweden and the United Kingdom.

We produced a searchable on-line data base, reports on approaches to social disadvantage in 14 countries, reports on different forms of disadvantage and how these were being approached in Europe, and an overall report. All this is available on-line at the EPASI website.

Three of the country leaders - Nanny Hartsmar (Malmo University, Sweden), Melinda Dooly (Autonomous University of Barcelona. Spain) produced a book based on the findings - Equalities and Education in Europe: Explanations and Excuses for Inequality- published by Cambridge Scholars in 2012. Details of the book are in the section to the left.

This research was coordinated by IPSE for the European Commission, as part of our research portfolio on social justice and equity in Education. I was overall director of the project, working with colleagues in IPSE (Prof Carole Leathwood, Sarah Minty, Marie-Pierre Moreau, Nicola Rollock and Katya Williams.

Institute for Policy Studies in Education

London Metropolitan University

 

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TO-GATHER

I was a member of the Advisory Group for this European Commission project, that ran from 2009 to 2011. The ’To-Gather’ project was about how young people in Europe design their multiple identities. It was a cross-European education project, which aimed to make it possible for young people to ‘organize informational overload and thus understand reality better, while gathering, playing and exchanging knowledge at the same time’. It was led by Wim Kratsborn, a pioneering innovator in fusing learning with the creative and cultural arts.

To-Gather has a wide range of European festivals for young people, and has produced a film on the history of European identities.

 

More details are on the To Gather website.

 

The film – It’s hard to be who you are – is available on you-Tube: click on the image below.

I undertook this work as part of IPSE's ongoing research portfolio on education for social justice and equity and citizenship.

Institute for Policy Studies in Education

London Metropolitan University

 

 

Citizens of the Future

 

This project examined young people's hopes and fears for the future in four countries - Spain, Poland, Turkey and the UK. Funded by Eurocores and the British Academy, the research ran from 2007to 2009. I was the UK coordinator, working with the University of Exeter (Cathie Holden) and IPSE.

This project examined young people's hopes and fears for the future in four countries - Spain, Poland, Turkey and the UK. Funded by Eurocores and the British Academy, the research ran from 2007to 2009. I was the UK coordinator, working with the University of Exeter (Cathie Holden) and IPSE.

We gathered data from young people between 10 and 16 in all four countries, about what they were concerned about and what they hoped for; about how they knew about various socio-political issues, and where they talked about them. We also got them to play the ‘ultimatum game’ – a decision making game where they could share – or not – a small sum of money with a colleague. We found from this a great deal about how apparently altruistic behaviour was sometimes a matter of calculation about other people’s perceptions.

 

Three books report on various aspects of the project (more details on each available by clicking on the images to the far left of the screen):

Their Hopes, Fears and Reality: Working with children and youth for the future (ed Melinda Dooly; UAP Peter Lang, 2010)

 

What's Fair? young Europeans' constructions of Equity, Altruism and Self-interest (edited Melinda Dooly and Alistair Ross; UAB Press, 2010)

Future Citizens: 21st century challenges for young people (edited by Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz, Anna Zalewska and Alistair Ross; Impuls Press, Krakow, 2010)

This project was one of the research activities of IPSE, part of its research into social justice in education. The IPSE staff involved were Sarah Minty, Sumi Hollingworth and Kim Allen

Institute for Policy Studies in Education

London Metropolitan University

 

MIPEX: The Migration Policy Index

 

I was a consultant to this European project that provided an index of how well European governments implement policies toward migrants. I advised on the production of a series of indicators on Education policies - a battery of 22 indicators, covering equality of access, equality of achievement, education for integration and cultural maintenance and education for the whole community.

 

 

 

These indicators have been used to assess policies in 28 countries this summer, and the outcomes were published by MIPEX in 2011. Download the report from here.

MIPEX has being disseminated across Europe. See my keynote speech at the Berlin Conference launching the report on You Tube at

 

 

 

 

 

See the discussions that followed at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the Education policy symposium there at

 

 

 

 

I undertook this work as part of IPSE's ongoing research portfolio on education for social justice and equity, with my colleagues, Katie Glass and Sumi Hollingworth.

Institute for Policy Studies in Education

London Metropolitan University

 

 

Understanding the Construction of Identities by Young New Europeans: Kaleidoscopic Identities

 

Routledge 2015

 

 

Equalities and Education in Europe: Explanations and Excuses for Inequality

 

(with Melinda Dooly,and Nanny Hartsmar)

Cambridge Scholars 2012

 

 

 

Future Citizens: 21st century challenges for young people

 

(edited with B Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz and A Zalewska) Krakow: Impuls 2010

 

 

 

What’s fair? Young Europeans’ constructions of equity, altruism and self-interest

 

(edited with M Dooly)

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Press 2010

 

 

 

A European Education

 

Trentham Press 2008

 

 

 

 

Teachers’ and Pupils’ Constructions of Competition and Cooperation: A three country study of Slovenia, Hungary and England

 

(with Marta Fűlőp and Marajanca Pergar Kuščer)

University of Ljubljana Press 2006

 

Higher Education and Social Class: Issues of exclusion and inclusion

 

(ed with Louise Archer and Merryn Hutchings)

RoutledgeFalmer 2003

 

 

 

 

The Crisis in Teacher Supply: Research and strategies for retention

 

(ed with Ian Menter and Merryn Hutchings)

Trentham Press 2002

 

Curriculum: Construction and Critique

 

Falmer 2000

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