Successful EU bid
Catriona McDonald, Sheila Nutkins and Kirsten Darling-McQuistan have been successful in an EU Erasmus + bid (Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education) with a total of 193,000 Euros. The partner universities are Uppsala, Sweden, Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic. The aim of the project is to increase knowledge about local, national and European strategies and good practice around the inclusion of young migrants (aged 6 months to 7 years) in some form of kindergarten / pre-school education as a means to encourage better opportunities for them and their families in terms of social orientation and inclusion in the host country.
The recent wave of immigration to Europe has been accompanied by many problems concerning the inclusion of migrants in the host countries. Although schools are considered to be a medium for integration, learning different subjects often presents barriers, not only those of language but even of understanding of customs and culture in the new country. To date little focus has been put on younger children in their pre-school years. Although attendance at nursery is not compulsory in any of the partner countries, we suggest that this is a way for migrant families to better integrate and be included in society in the host country. Other family members are generally responsible for taking children to and collecting from preschool provision and therefore do have the possibility of coming into regular contact with staff in the setting and other parents. We suggest that there is an important role for the preschool in supporting families to become familiar with the habits, traditions and way of life in the host country; in other words, a possible threshold to better inclusion, not only of the children, but also of their families.
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New Chapter on Elite Scotland
Dr. Joan Forbes, Reader in Education at the University of Aberdeen, and Professor Gaby Weiner, Visiting Professor, University of Sussex, Centre for Higher Education Research, have a chapter on elite schooling in Scotland in a new book: Elite Education. International Perspectives. The book is edited by Dr. Claire Maxwell...
New article on pupil attainment and child poverty
A comment article on the Scottish Government social and educational priorities relating to pupil attainment and addressing issues of child poverty and disadvantage is now published on the Social Theory Applied site.
Status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy achieved by Dr Rachel Shanks
Congratulations to Dr Rachel Shanks, Lecturer in Education who achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA) on 1st July 2015. This is in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.
Community Learning and Development partnership inspiring participants with summer school
The Community Learning and Development (CLD) partnership (consisting of School of Education staff and Local Authority and voluntary sector colleagues) offered a three day summer school
New SUII Policy Briefings on 'Poverty, Participation, and Children's Rights'
The final two Policy Briefings from a Scottish Universities Insight Institute funded Equality 2015 Knowledge Exchange Programme: Children and Young People's Experiences and Views of Poverty and Inequality are now published.
New policy briefs on 'poverty and children's education and health' published
Dr. Joan Forbes, Reader in Education at the University of Aberdeen, and Dr. Daniela Sime, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, are leading a Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) supported Knowledge Exchange Programme: Equality 2015 on Children and Young People's...
Visitors to the School of Education
Blair Stevenson and his colleagues Tiina Laajala and Pirjo-Liisa Lehtelä from the University of Oulu, Applied Science, Finland have this week visited the School of Education along with Christian Kogler from the University of Education, Upper Austria.
MA(Hons) in Education Year 2 Creativity Conference, April 2015
Creativity in our Community: MA(Hons) in Education Year 2 students invited P4 and P5 pupils and their teachers from various schools in Aberdeen City to participate in an exciting, challenging and fun conference, held in the MacRobert Building and its environs. The students, with support from tutors, led groups...
DLITE (PDGE) in The Times Education Supplement Scotland
The Times Education Supplement Scotland featured DLITE (PGDE) in an article published on 24th April 2015.
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