Centre for Learner Identity Studies Conference: Education and the Politics of Identity

18th Jun 2010, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Ramada Plaza Southport

The Centre for Learner Identity Studies (CLIS) are hosting the second annual conference on ‘Learner Identity’ at the Ramada Plaza Southport on Friday 18th June 2010. The title of the conference is ‘Education and the Politics of Identity’. All colleagues interested in learner and identity issues are invited to attend and/or give papers.

CLIS is Edge Hill University’s Faculty of Education Research Centre, and this conference aims to bring together scholars whose research examines or critiques the socio-cultural context that gives rise to the diversity of learner identities, and the pedagogical conditions that affect and determine identity formation and transformation.

The conference will include two key-note addresses by:

  • Dr Flora Macleod (Exeter University) who was one of the Project Directors of the ESRC Learning Lives Project. Her key-note is entitled ‘Rethinking learner identities: young women’s expanding horizons’.
  • Professor Ken Spours (Institute of Education) who was one of the Directors of the Nuffield Review; His key-note will address 14-19 learner experiences and teacher practices.

The cost of participation in the conference is subsidised by CLIS and has therefore been reduced to £30 per delegate including refreshments and lunch.

Call for Papers

If you would like to contribute a paper please submit an abstract (150 – 200 words) to Nicola Leslie, Faculty Research Administrator, at nicola.leslie@edgehill.ac.uk by Friday, 30th April. If you would like to attend please contact Nicola to secure a place as numbers are limited.

Papers on all aspects of learner identity are invited. Below is some guidance on possible themes for the symposium, but papers on other topics in the broad field of learner identities will be considered for inclusion.

Constructed Identities

  • Gender, masculinities, femininities;
  • Generation and inter-generational dynamics;
  • Religious and spiritual beliefs about identity;
  • Identity and personal geography or history;
  • Social class, inertia and mobility;
  • Other identity studies drawing on the paradigm of social constructivism.

Transitional Identities

  • Sixth form to undergraduate and the expectations of undergraduates, particularly with regard to assessment and feedback;
  • Key Stage transitions in schooling, having particular regard to the choices made by young people;
  • From school teaching to university lecturing, having particular regard to academic identities of education lecturers.

Virtual Identities

  • Online identities, pseudonyms, social networking identities, avatars;
  • Second life identities, virtual worlds and social constructivist pedagogy;
  • Youth-adult contact on-line, including child protection, school use of VLE;
  • Comparative esteem of virtual and real learning spaces.

Further Information

For further information on the conference, please contact Fiona Hallett, Centre Coordinator, by emailing hallettf@edgehill.ac.uk.

If you would like to attend, please contact Nicola Leslie by emailing nicola.leslie@edgehill.ac.uk to secure a place as numbers are limited.