August 22, 2016 Advocacy and the Activist Professional: Public Education in Tough Times

The World Education Research Association Research Network ‘Researching families, educators and communities as educational advocates: cross-national perspectives’ will be holding a one day pre-conference workshop at ECER 2016. The workshop will be on 22nd August (ECER conference commences on 23rd August).  This event is being supported by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation and will be hosted at INTO’s headquarters in the heart of Dublin city.  The event will be attended by local educators as well as researchers/scholars.

 This workshop will focus on those working in a range of professional contexts (as teachers, school leaders, and researchers for example) and explore the different ways they seek to act and mobilise in order to make the case for public education.  Public education faces many challenges, from austerity driven cuts to more explicitly ideological attacks such as privatisation. In this workshop we will explore what ‘activism’ looks like in diverse contexts. Presentations will focus on the Republic of Ireland, and internationally.

The workshop is intended as a pre-conference event to the ECER 2016 conference in Dublin. However, registration is open to all. It is not necessary to be an ECER delegate – indeed we positively welcome the involvement of those outside of the academic community.

The event is FREE – with lunch. REGISTER HERE.


Proposals should be in the form of a title, list of presenters (with email addresses) and an abstract(maximum 300 words) outlining the key elements of the work to be presented (sent as a Word file). Submit proposals to Howard Stevenson, University of Nottingham, UK, via email ( with ‘WERA workshop’ in the title line.  The deadline for submissions is 30th June 2016, but early submissions are strongly encouraged.

Attendance is open to non-presenters, but numbers will be limited and priority will be given to presenters.The final programme will be published shortly after the closing date for presentations. For informal enquiries about any aspect of the above – please contact Howard directly.


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