Sep 5th 2016

Summer School in Sociologies of Education (EMMA)

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This MOOC features the SUSEES Summer School lectures where renowned scholars present the way they use particular theories and approaches to study education. The scope of the lecture series is to provide new insights into the potential of theoretical resources in producing new research questions for studying the European dimension of education.

SUSEES stems from a synergy between the European Educational Reserach Association Network 28 ‘Sociologies of Education’ and a well established group of educational researchers that focus their teaching and research agenda on Europeanisation and the challenges for education in contemporary societies.

The faculty of SUSEES is composed by renowned scholars from all across Europe. In the 2016 MOOC lectures will be given by Stephen J. Ball, Sotiria Grek, Paolo Landri, Romuald Normand, Terri Seddon, Roberto Serpieri and Pat Thomson.

Learning Objectives:

Renowned scholars give lectures, presenting the way they use particular theories and approaches. The scope of the lectures is to provide participants with new insights on the potentials of those theoretical resources in producing new research questions in studying the European dimension of education.

The focus on the European dimension is particularly relevant in our view because of the significant path dependency in educational research that produces a shared adherence to different forms of ‘methodological nationalism’ i.e. research strategies which assume the national space as the privileged point of observation and unit of analysis in studying education policy, practices and even outcomes. Although we recognize the relevance of the national dimension, it is nowadays crucial to take into account the multiple interactions, mediations and translations occurring between the European Education Space, its policies and dynamics, global policy processes, national policy-making and the implications that all of this has for educational practices and outcomes at the ‘local’ level, and for how we understand education and learning in Europe.

Participants will be:

- involved in an innovative and ground breaking learning environment where leading scholars from the field will discuss how they use theories and methods in their research and writing.

- provided with insights on the potential of these resources in producing new research questions and can benefit of a dynamic and cooperative environment, with a particular focus on drawing in interdisciplinary references to support the growth of analysis in the education field.

The lectures are completed by work sessions, a laboratory for research imagination on European education where participants are asked to elaborate on the approaches presented in the lectures by producing a conceptual map that link theoretical resources with research questions.