Plymouth Institute of Education Research Supper Seminars
  • Room 018, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

  • Room 018, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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Welcome to Plymouth Institute of Education's evening research seminar series. 

Seminars are open to all especially to those with an interest in the latest research in education and teaching - contact artsresearch@plymouth.ac.uk to register your attendance.

19 October: The Man with Two Hats - Reflections on developing a sustainable research culture

(Speaker: Professor Mike Bottery)

This presentation suggests that threats to the sustainability of university research cultures bear strong similarities to threats to sustainability in the natural world, and both are largely caused by social and economic processes. While it is argued that four main areas of solution are needed if this situation is to be remedied – those of greater inter- and intra-generational equity, of a greater focus on wellbeing, and on the better safeguarding of the sufficiency of resources, the focus of this presentation is on how simple and ‘tame’ understandings of the reality of educational research challenges, and of a similar production of simple and tame remedies, are major threats to cultural sustainability. The presentation argues that notions of complexity and of ‘wicked’ understandings’ of this reality are critical to reducing individual and organisational stress, and in combating the rise in guilt and blame cultures.

7 December: Interthinking - Putting talk to work

(Speaker: Professor Karen Littleton)

Through using spoken language, people are able to think creatively and productively together. Many kinds of work activity depend on the success of groups or teams finding joint solutions to problems. Creative achievement is rarely the product of solitary endeavour, but of people working within a collective enterprise. In this talk we will explore the growing body of work on how people think creatively and productively together, drawing upon analyses of real-life examples of collective thinking in everyday settings including schools, workplaces, rehearsal spaces and online environments.


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