Seminar Series

We are currently planning a seminar series. Our first three seminars are given below, as are relevant Education Research Group seminars.

University-primary school interventions: Closing the higher education participation gap

Presenter: Aaron Toogood, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law

Event information: A number of mile2 projects involve local primary schools, two in particular, Play Dough and Mathletics, involve pupils visiting DMU and interacting in their school environment with DMU undergraduate students. This presentation will summarise some of the findings from questionnaires and interviews related to the impact of these projects on the aspiration levels of local school children.

Location: De Montfort University Leicester,Hugh Aston, Room 2.30

Date and time: Wednesday 18 March, 4pm-5pm

Registration information: No need to register.

Key contact details: Please email martin.gough@dmu.ac.uk for more details


What young people say about education in a Young Offenders Institute

Presenter: Ross Little, Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Keywords: Education, children in prison, young offender institutions, participation/voice, ‘Secure College’

Location: De Montfort University Leicester, Room TBC

Date and time: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 4pm-5pm

Registration information: No need to register.

Key contact details: Please email martin.gough@dmu.ac.uk for more details


How is knowledge defined by pharmacy educators?

Presenter: Dr Jon Waterfield, DMU Teacher Fellow, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Event information: With an increasing emphasis on a practice-based, integrated pharmacy curriculum it is important to determine how pharmacy knowledge is viewed by different educators within the pharmacy education field. An insight into the views of pharmacy educators offers a unique window on vocational scientific knowledge as it draws on different disciplines that span professional practice and pharmaceutical sciences. Using a reflexive process aligned to theoretical insights from Schön, Bourdieu and Bernstein this research aims to explore the relationship between knowledge and professional practice.The seminar will use pharmacy education research as a vehicle to open up an interdisciplinary discussion of how this work may be applied to other areas of knowledge and practice.

Keywords: professional knowledge, integration, interdisciplinary, Bernstein

Location: De Montfort University Leicester, Room HU2.40

Date and time: Tuesday 12 May 2015, 4pm-5pm

Registration information: No need to register.

Key contact details: Please email Richard Hall for more details


Inter-medial Pedagogy: Working Across Media and Disciplines

Presenter: Dr Mark Crossley, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities

Location: De Montfort University Leicester, Room HU2.34

Date and time: Wednesday 24 June 2015, 4pm-5pm

Event information 

“I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.” (Orson Welles 1956)

The 20th and 21st centuries have seen the inexorable rise of new artistic media, from film to television, the internet and social media. They beguile us and they now stand side by side with existing artistic forms, vying for our attention and cultural recognition. Not only do they stand alone, but they readily co-exist and infuse each other to create hybrid forms: screen dance, installation art, virtual theatre, digital opera and so on and so on.

This seminar focuses on the response of arts pedagogy to the contemporary developments in intermediality and the hybridity of media in performing arts contexts. Theatre is becoming increasingly difficult to define as a medium as practitioners experiment with a myriad of new media, combining live and digital processes in performance. The possibilities and tensions of this evolution, from a performance studies perspective, have been well documented over the last forty years or more and the research field of intermedial theory has grown rapidly. However, what are the challenges and opportunities that intermediality creates for arts pedagogy and what theories, methodologies, possibilities and concerns have been proposed to date? Has the response been concerted and wide-ranging or is this territory under explored?

The seminar will draw upon Mark’s recent article published in Drama Research journal 6:1 entitled In search of an intermedial drama pedagogy and on his forthcoming co-editorship of a special edition of RiDE (Research in Drama Education) entitled – Responding to Intermediality.

Registration information: No need to register.

Key contact details: Please email Richard Hall for more details