Dean's Seminar Series

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Seminar 1 - Global Challenges and ‘Difficult Knowledge’ in Teaching and Teacher Education: Engaging with Theory to Inform Practice

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Monday 11 April 2022 03:30 pm until Monday 11 April 2022 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Georgina Power
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School of Education
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This inaugural Dean’s Seminar explores how teachers respond to demands of engaging with forms of ‘difficult knowledge’, namely knowledge relating to some of the most pressing global challenges such as post-truth politics, discrimination and racism, armed conflict, global warming and environmental crises.

Of particular interest are:

  1. The less visible, often under-acknowledged and yet emotionally charged types of work that teachers need to undertake in dealing with these difficult forms of knowledge.
  2. How teachers’ personal biographies, professional identity, and ethical commitments interact with the institutional context of their schools, the needs and expectations of their communities and students to mediate their pedagogical decisions and actions.
  3. The implications of these for teaching and teacher education practices in the current education policy context.

These considerations will lead the panellists to explore questions relating to teacher identity, agency and their role in creating new spaces of possibility for action amidst constraining forces.

Seminar Format:

The Dean's Seminar will feature an opening address from the Dean of the School of Education, Professor Joanna Barbousas, followed by an expert panel, discussant notes and Q & A time.

The Panel:

Prof Joanna Barbousas (La Trobe University), Prof Michalinos Zembylas (Open University, Cyprus), A/Prof Audrey Bryan (Dublin City University).

Discussant: Dr Babak Dadvand (Senior Lecturer, La Trobe School of Education)

Joanna Barbousas is Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Teacher Education. She leads a dynamic school that is changing the face of education in Australia and abroad. Her research and teaching expertise is in education policy, teacher practice and the teaching profession. With over 25 years’ experience as a teacher and academic, Professor Barbousas’s research focuses on new visions in teacher education, and the role of partnerships and sector collaborations to drive the status of the teaching profession. She is an invited member on government steering committees, advisory groups and expert panels, and the former President of the Victorian Council of Deans of Education.

Michalinos Zembylas is Professor of Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies at the Open University of Cyprus, Honorary Professor at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia. He has written extensively on emotion and affect in relation to social justice pedagogies, intercultural and peace education, human rights education and citizenship education. His recent books include: Affect and the rise of right-wing populism: Pedagogies for the renewal of democratic education, and Higher education hauntologies: Living with ghosts for a justice-to-come (co-edited with V. Bozalek, S. Motala and D. Hölscher).

Audrey Bryan is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Human Development at Dublin City University’s Institute of Education (DCU IoE). She has published nationally and internationally in the areas of climate change education, gender and sexuality studies, racism and anti-racism and global citizenship education. Her current work explores the role of emotion and difficult knowledge in teaching for social justice. She is currently finalising a manuscript entitled Affective Pedagogies, Emotion and Social Justice which explores the question: what educationally and socially transformative possibilities exist when emotion, affect and feeling are taken seriously as a focus of educational research and practice?



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