For Lefties too Stubborn to Quit
The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918 ? John Borgonovo ? Launch on Thursday 01:54 Wed May 22, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
More on that penalty points issue? 19:12 Tue May 21, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Gender roles and perception? 17:38 Tue May 21, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
No2CrokePark2 ? More 13:15 Tue May 21, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Progressive Film Club 11:15 Tue May 21, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
In God?s Country 00:39 Mon May 13, 2013
Fishy Talks Galway, 13 May 2013 13:36 Sun May 12, 2013
The Indo: Think I Know The Choice I?d Make.. 17:22 Thu May 09, 2013
Alan Ahearne, Johnny Boy 13:24 Mon May 06, 2013
Who Benefits from Austerity? Mechanics Institute Limerick Summer School, 4 May 2013 23:59 Fri May 03, 2013
Dublin Opinion >>
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
Progressive Film Club Fundraiser with Ken Loach Tue May 21, 2013 13:56 | Irish Left Review
No2CrokePark2: Public Rally, Liberty Hall, Sat 25th of May @2pm Tue May 21, 2013 13:46 | Irish Left Review
Ireland Allows Google To Send it?s Profits Straight to Bermuda Company Which is ... Mon May 20, 2013 23:41 | Donagh Brennan
New LookLeft out now! Mon May 20, 2013 10:50 | Irish Left Review
Framing ?The Gatekeepers? Fri May 17, 2013 17:46 | Raymond Deane
Irish Left Review >>
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
NAMA Wine Lake >>
A shot at bias in the media
Separating the News from the Noise Thu Apr 04, 2013 21:14
Blessed with nothing but good intentions Fri Feb 22, 2013 18:04
The Household Charge - How They Failed to Shape Our Perspectives Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:48
The web's political rainbow Wed Dec 07, 2011 09:47
The Forgotten Constituency: The Majority and The Irish Economic Crisis Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:49
National - Event Notice
Saturday May 18 2013
Symposium on Democracy and School
Monday March 18, 2013 20:40 by robert - sligo school project
Democracy and School - 4th annual Symposium - Sligo School Project
18th of May
Discuss with: Brian Ruane (CHRCE), Niklas Gidion (EUDEC), Eva Haas (Kapriole Free Democractic School), Aideen O'Hara (SSP), Robert Hamm (SSP).
On the 18th of May the fourth annual symposium of Sligo School Project will be held. The symposia of Sligo School Project are unique in the educational sector in Ireland. We bring together various status groups, parents, teachers, researchers and school management for a day of reflection and discussion.
Our topic this year is Democracy and School.
As in recent years we have invited guest speakers who will allow us a view over the fence of everyday school practice.
The program consists of three sessions. For each session a period of 90 minutes is scheduled. At the beginning of the sessions there will be a presentation of approx. 20 minutes followed by an open discussion. Between the sessions there are breaks of half an hour. Refreshments are available. Childminding will be available on request. For organisational details see also below.
We are happy to announce for this year the following sessions:
11.00 h - Session 1
Brian Ruane, Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education Ireland (http://www.spd.dcu.ie/hosted/chrce/).
Democracy and School – Adult’s perceptions and children’s experiences
Brian will present research results of a study conducted in Irish schools since 2010. The research deals with questions of human rights education in Irish schools, focussing on areas like children as rights holders and teachers as duty bearers with regards to children’s rights. In his presentation Brian will look at adult’s (teacher’s) concepts and beliefs in relation to democracy in school. These concepts and beliefs are a determining factor for the children’s experiences.
Brian is lecturer in history education and citizenship education in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. He is programme leader in the CHRCE. Prior to his appointment, Brian was a primary teacher and subsequently, Human Rights Education Manager with Amnesty International Irish Section. He has managed a range of national and international projects in Human Rights Education and has written and edited resource materials, articles and manuals on a range of related subject.
13.00 – Session 2
Eva Haas, co-founder and teacher of Kapriole Free Democratic School, Freiburg. (http://www.kapriole-freiburg.de/english/home/)
Niklas Gidion – European Democratic Education Community, and teacher at Kapriole. (http://www.eudec.org/)
Self-directed learning in a democratically run school, the example of Kapriole.
The concept of self-directed learning is a guiding principle for Kapriole Free Democratic School. Eva and Niklas will describe experiences within a school that is run by a direct democracy of students and teachers. Children at the Free Democratic School Kapriole learn when, where, what, how and with whom they wish. All issues concerning the everyday running of the school are discussed and decided upon at the weekly “School Assembly” attended by pupils and teachers alike on the basis of one person one vote.
Eva is one of the founding members of Kapriole and teaches in the school for over 15 years. She is part of the team that developed Kapriole from a small initiative to a thriving school with 150 students.
Niklas teaches in Kapriole for the last eight years. He is also a member of the Council of the European Democratic Education Community (EUDEC). In EUDEC schools are represented from all over Europe who are committed to the principle of self-directed learning and to the idea of a learning community based on equality and mutual respect.
15.00 – Session 3
Aideen O’Hara – Sligo School Project
Robert Hamm – Sligo School Project
Democracy and School – Teacher’s experiences in a tricky field of relationships
In a school setting various levels of relationships evolve amongst adults: parents, management, colleagues. Aideen and Robert will look at experiences that can be made on these levels and relate them to the term democracy. In a critical appraisal they will refer to concepts of democracy and adult relationships, and how they influence the everyday life in a school. Sligo School Project will be used as a constant point of reference in the presentation.
Aideen is a graduate from NUI Galway. She trained as a primary teacher at the University of Manchester. Aideen currently teaches 1st and 2nd class at Sligo School Project.
Robert is a member of the Executive Committee (Patron body) of SSP. In his most recent work he conducted a research project on reflection processes of teachers on rituals in schools.
The symposium is open to all people who are interested in the topics presented. There is no participation fee (although donations are always welcome, schools are much underfunded at present …).
It is possible to attend one, two or all three sessions depending on your own interest.
There will be light refreshments (tea, coffee, sandwiches) available during breaks. We ask for a small financial contribution for consumption.
Childminding is available on request only. We cannot guarantee childminding for children who are not registered. Therefore, if you intend to bring your child with you on the day, you need to contact us latest by Wednesday, 15th of May, to register your child. For this purpose please ring 071 – 9150428. We ask for a contribution of € 5 for each child towards childminding.
If you like to get in touch with one of the presenters please refer to the contacts stated on their webpages. Alternatively you can send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and we pass it on.
Participants from outside Sligo: Your participation is more than welcome. Please send us a short note a few days in advance to let us know that you intend to participate in the symposium. We have a fair enough idea about participation from within our own circles, however if numbers are rising due to outside participants we would like to know so that we can prepare appropriate rooms for the sessions and also make sure that tea and coffee won’t run out on the day.