Educating teachers to be advocates for widening participation – A conference at Edge Hill University


This week sees not one but two conferences lined up. On Friday I will be back at base for the University of Glasgow’s 6th Annual Conference on Learning and Teaching, where I will be presenting a poster on social media within teaching. I’ll blog about that next week.

First, I am heading down to Edge Hill University in England (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) to participate in a small but very worthwhile conference on Initial Teacher Education and widening participation. Given the current economic climate (which is not likely to improve any time soon) graduate attributes and employability skills must remain high on our agenda.

The conference will discuss opportunities to educate new and in-service teachers to be advocates for widening participation and how such focusing on these issues can enhance the student learning experience, retention and employability of current and future students in the education discipline and in higher education more generally. Watch this space for an update on how the conference went… and what it means for my future practice.

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