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Learning to Live Well Together - Introduction

A free introduction to our summer conference series investigating the shaping of education from ethics of relationship & listening.

This recorded session free introductory to the ideas which we will be exploring in the series. Discussants are Prof. Peter Moss, ioE; Robin Duckett, Sightlines Initiative; Greta Ellis & Cathering Reding, Kirkoswald Primary School; Louise Lowings, Madeley Nursery School; Rachel Oakshott-Evans, Growing Places Early Years Centres.

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Education in England, including early childhood education, is increasingly narrow, instrumental and technical, subject to a culture of managerial accountability obsessed with targets, testing and readying, and that sees nurseries and schools as ‘outcome factories’. In the words of Sir Ken Robinson, “we are living with a construct of education based on an outdated model of training for an industrial, growth economy…capacity for divergent thinking deteriorates with schooling…children alienated, not engaged, lacking aesthetic experience." Changing Educational Paradigms

Emphasis is on the individual and on an educational norm of transmitting pre-determined information and skills from educator to child.

But other types of relationship are available. Great educators, such as Reggio Emilia’s Loris Malaguzzi, have built their education on the importance of groups, of dialogue and listening, of creativity and research, and of children and adults working together to co-construct meaning and empathy. Instead of a pedagogy of transmission and conformity, they have chosen a pedagogy of collaboration, conviviality, democracy and enquiry: this is the heart which will be exploring in our June - September conference series. 

Series details: 

Tues 6th July, 4pm (uk times) 'Reggio’s theory of interactivity and relations.' Dr. Lorenzo Manera, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Tues 13th July, 4pm 'The humanness of conviviality in learning.' Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, Edinburgh

Tues 7th Sept, 4pm 'Dividing the brain: the dimming of sensibility in the West.' Dr. Iain McGilchrist, UK

Thurs 9th Sept, 4pm 'Democracy in education: steps in reality.' Harold Göthson & Malin McConnachie, Stockholm, Sweden

Tues 14th Sept, 4pm 'Education for Happiness' Dr. Satish Kumar, UK

Thurs 16th Sept, 7pm (uk time) 'Te Whariki: A woven mat which empowers the child.' Dr. Lesley Rameka, Waikato, New Zealand

Tues 21st Sept, 4pm Panel: Steps in Transformation

Series info & registration link:

Learning to Live Well Together

Duration: 1 year
Price: Free