School of Education and Childhood Studies


The School of Education and Childhood Studies runs research seminars on key issues in the field, drawing expertise from within the School, University and beyond.  These research seminars are open to staff and postgraduate students (from any school or department).

Details and booking information are below; please click on the relevant link to register. Events are held in St George's Building 1.12 except where stated. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

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Programme 2017-2018

The Value of Multi-sited Ethnography for Researching and Informing Effective Adoption Education in the United States

4th October 2017, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, SG 0.20
Dr Rachael Stryker, Associate Professor, Dept of Human Development & Women's Studies, California State University, East Bay

Abstract:  This talk summarizes the results of a ten-year, multi-sited ethnographic project that used qualitative research along Russian-U.S. adoption pipelines to effectively inform adoption education programs for parents in California. Topics discussed include the importance of translating the geopolitics of adoption regions to prospective adoptive parents; centering a cross-cultural understanding of attachment socialization and expression within the adoption process; and focusing on how individual and holistic well-being of post-adoptive family members can be achieved.

Youth aspiration and wellbeing in Zambia: The rising importance of vocational skills training

Wednesday, 1 st November 2017, 1:00pm – 2:30pm SG 1.12
Dr Caroline Day, Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth

Abstract: A key marker of adulthood in Africa is the ability to provide an income to support oneself and one's family (Chigunta et al., 2005). However, the issue of youth unemployment and underemployment remains one of the major challenges for governments and development partners alike. In Zambia there has been an increasing focus on skills development and vocational training programmes in order to provide young people with more opportunities to improve their lives and contribute to the economy. There has also been a political ‘push’ towards entrepreneurship and the encouragement of young people to develop their own business enterprises (Gough et al., 2013). While completing education is still considered a key transition to adulthood (Day, 2016), many young people recognise that this may not be achievable, instead aspiring to develop business opportunities for themselves. However, the resources to do this are limited and as a result young people lack the skills and economic support to achieve their potential. This paper focuses on research conducted in Zambia during August 2016. Forty young people (aged 18-30 years), engaged in two different skills training programmes, took part in focus groups to discuss how they construct, sustain or adapt their aspirations in the face of structural constraints and what this means for their current and future wellbeing. This research gives voice to these young people and offers unique insights into the lives of Zambian youth from their own perspectives while also addressing the successes and challenges associated with the vocational skills based training agenda.

Recent seminars

29th March 2017 - Youth sexuality in Senegal: the right to silence?

Speaker: Dr Barbara Crossouard

30th November 2016 - Hidden Bellies: The Power of Silence and Invisibility in Managing Pregnancies in Mozambique

Speaker: Dr Francesca Salvi

5th October 2016 - Reforming Further Education Teacher Preparation: A policy analysis using a Punctuated Equilibrium framework

Speaker: Dr David Holloway

14 October 2015 - Evaluating School-Based Mental Health Literacy Programmes

Speaker: Dr Paul Gorcynski

18 November 2015 - Implementing the Pyramid Socio-Emotional Intervention in Schools: Bridging Research to Practice

Speaker: Michelle Jayman and Bronach Hughes, University of West London, Department of Psychology

13 January 2016 - Understanding Why Children Differ in Number Skills and How Games Can Help

Prof Richard Cowan, Institute of Education

24 February 2016 - Faculty Research Strategy and REF 2020

Speaker: Prof David Andress, Associate Dean (Research) Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

6 July 2016 – Informed consent with children and young people in social research: is there scope for innovation?

Speaker: Dr Gina Sherwood, Lecturer, School of Education and Childhood Studies

29 April 2015 - Creative processes with focus groups

Speaker: Chris Neanon, Principal Lecturer (QA/Curriculum), School of Education and Childhood Studies, University of Portsmouth

25 February 2015 - Holistic Silhouette Analysis: Making meaning from narrative research

Speaker: Joy Chalke, Principal Lecturer, School of Education and Childhood Studies, University of Portsmouth

14 January 2015 - "It's not just about voting." What turns young people on to civic participation - and off: and why it matters.

Speaker: Professor Helen Haste, Visiting Professor, Harvard (Postgraduate School of Education) and Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Bath.

19 November 2014 - 'Whassup m8??' Co-opting young people as co-researchers in the light of Giddens' reflexive-self

Speaker: Dr Simon Edwards, Lecturer, School of Education and Childhood Studies, University of Portsmouth

15 October 2014 - Developing Critical Reflection as Research Methodology?

Speaker: Professor Jan Fook, Professor in Education (Critical Reflection), Kingston University

30 April 2014 - EdD versus PhD

Dr Jane Creaton & others lead a discussion regarding the differences (and similarities) between a Professional Doctorate in Education and a PhD.

13 March 2014 - Issues relating to promoting emotional health and wellbeing amongst children and young people. Peer support, and common emotional and behavioural difficulties.

A Collaborative event with the Japanese Peer Support Association.

8 January 2014 - Some good and bad reasons to be politically correct in higher education

This will be led by Dr John Lea, from the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit, Canterbury Christ Church University.

20 November 2013 - The Moral and other Educational Significance of the Arts in Philosophy and Recent Scottish Educational Policy

Led by Dr Melita Sidiropoulou, who will be talking about how she has combined research in different fields e.g. philosophy of education, education policy, arts education, ethics and moral education.

9 October 2013 - Inclusion in HE

This will be led by Michelle Cowen, Principal Teaching Fellow / Faculty Lead for Inclusivity, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Southampton.

24 April 2013 – Consequences of Violence in Childhood - Bullying, Victimisation and Child Maltreatment. Social and Biological Measures.

Dr Louise Arseneault
Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, University of London. 

13 February 2013 - Some good and bad reasons to be politically correct in higher education.

Dr John Lea
Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit, Canterbury Christ Church University

9 January 2013 - Change - the elusive butterfly?

Chris Neanon
University of Portsmouth.