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Research Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG)

Conference on Lifelong Learning and Agency (free registration)

From:Tu 02-11-2021
Until:We 03-11-2021
Where:University of Groningen

Conference on Lifelong Learning: 'Focus on Agency: Track & Trace, Unlock & Unblock. Examples of alternative approaches to development research.'

This symposium is occasioned by three remarkable PhD dissertations in the field of learning and development. All three concern strategies of fostering agency of those less heard: of school children and teachers in a local school in Groningen, of youth and their educators in vocational education in Uganda, and of lifelong learning practitioners in NGOs in Uganda. All three apply Action Research methods aimed at freeing, ‘unlocking’, the agency of participants and their communities. This symposium discusses promises of these studies for improved linking of the worlds of Education and Work and explores challenges and promises of Action Research in various fields. The Concept Note of the conference (attached) explores these challenges in terms of the fundamental tasks of ‘Tracking & Tracing’ as well as ‘Unlocking & Unblocking’ of agency. The programme includes the festive inaugural ceremony of Dr Josje van der Linden, the new UNESCO Chair holder in Lifelong Learning, Youth and Work at Gulu University in Uganda.

PhD defences are open for walk-ins, the rest of the programme is also free to attend, but registration is required via this link.

General overview of the conference.