Learning Futures (POSTPONED)
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Unfortunately, the event organisers have taken the decision to postpone this event. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. More information will be available soon.

Internationally, educators are being challenged to transform education and learning to respond to the demands of contemporary society and prepare learners for the future. To answer these demands, the question arises as to what forms of knowledge and learning might support society in facing future challenges? 

Lifelong learning has long been the mantra of many national governments and international organisations. It is premised on the notion that laying strong foundations for children’s learning in the early years supports their continued and sustained learning into adulthood. While lifelong learning recognises that learning extends beyond statutory education, extending for example into areas such as professional development, it has been criticised. Primarily this has been for being instrumentalist and technocratic in its view of learning and thus creating limited views of learners and learning. 

Present and future challenges around the environment, social inclusion/exclusion, digital societies, economic sustainability, technological change, health and well-being as well as equality of opportunity require a reconceptualisation of learning and learners. This could be through reconceptualising relationships between education, society and the environment, while reimagining curriculums and pedagogical practice - as well as diversifying understandings of where learning takes place, particularly in support of continued professional development. The sharing of successful strategies and interventions for learning across different stages of the life course and between learning environments further provides opportunities for enriching the future of learning.

Adopting a lifelong and life wide perspective, this two day conference will consider what forms of knowledge and learning might support society in facing the challenges of the future?

Themes within the conference include:

  • Partnerships for learning: collaboration and co-construction
  • Standards, competence, capability and preparedness for professional practice
  • Creative curricula and innovative pedagogy for sustainable learning
  • Learning in a post-human world
  • Voices, inclusion, engagement and wellbeing
Day one of the conference invites researchers and educators to present individual papers, symposia, round table discussions, alternative format sessions or posters. Day two of the conference is for post-graduate researchers to present individual papers, round table discussions or posters.

If you have any questions please email artsresearch@plymouth.ac.uk.
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Today's events

Thursday 25 June 2020

09:00 | Registration – Floor six, Rolle Building

09:30 | Key note speech – Professor Cathy Nutbrown

10:30 | Tea and coffee

11:00 | Break out session one

12:00 | Break out session two

13:00 | Lunch

14:00 | Key note speech – Tim Hollands

15:00 | Break out session three

16:00 | Conference close

Please note that sessions will take place in both Rolle and the Sustainability Hub. Sessions in the hub will be adopting alternative formats that may entail going outside. More information on locations will be available soon.

Friday 26 June 2020

09:00 | Registration

09:30 | Key note speech – Professor David Burghes

10:30 | Tea and coffee

11:00 | Break out session one

12:00 | Break out session two

13:00 | Lunch and conference close


Research with Plymouth Institute of Education

Research in Plymouth Institute of Education (PIOE) is both excellent and highly distinctive, with its lifelong and life-wide approach; foregrounding the vital role learning plays in society and culture. Our researchers explore how and why people learn at every stage of life, from babies to the very old. We have strong research links and networks across the world and a wide range of externally funded national and international research projects. 

Find out more about education research at Plymouth

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