About the Conference
Researching Agency in Educational Contexts: Theories and Methods

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Conference name: “Researching Agency in Educational Contexts: Theories and Methods”

Theme & Aims:

Recently, there has been increasing interest in researching agency in educational contexts across the Social Sciences disciplines including Education, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Political Science and Philosophy. This conference aims to strengthen collaboration by opening a space of dialogue between these disciplines. In addition, this conference will also serve as a platform for sharing and comparing methodological approaches to researching Agency.

Early Childhood
  • Young children’s development and exercise of agency in educational, family and community contexts.
  • Young children’s perspectives within their educational, family and community contexts.
  • Young children’s participation in school and community contexts.
  • Young children’s rights and their influence in educational policy.
  • Sociological and historical perspectives on childhood and their impact on educational, family and community contexts.
Youth
  • Development and exercise of agency in adolescence and how this influences educational and family interactions, as well as the social construction of society.
  • Youth participation in social en educational contexts.
  • Youth rights and their influence in educational policy.
  • Sociological and historical perspectives on youth and their impact on educational, family and community contexts.
  • Youth and construction of society
Parenting
  • Parental Agency in educational and community contexts.
  • Parent’s involvement in children’s learning and development.
  • Parent’s participation in school practices.
  • Parent’s perspectives on childhood, youth and their participation in society.
  • The role and participation of parents in school and educational policies.
  • Parents and school choice.
Pedagogical Practices
  • Classroom interaction and dialogue as promoters or inhibitors of teacher’s and children’s development and exercise of agency.
  • Different classroom practices and theories of teaching and learning.
  • Teacher’s agency in educational and community contexts.
  • The role and participation of teachers in school and educational policies.
  • The impact of educational policies in teacher’s training.
Schools and Democracy
  • Young children’s Voices
  • Listening to Young children and youth
  • Student voice, human rights and educational policy.
  • Different school models (e.g. democratic schools v/s neoliberal schools) and their impact on the social construction of society.
  • Educational policies and their influence in social, economic and cultural development.
  • The impact of educational policies in the development and exercise of agency of children, youth, teachers and parents.
  • Exploring the relationships between democratic schools, citizenship education and the exercise of agency.
Lifelong Learning and Transitions
  • Lifelong learning and Agency development
  • Life transitions and human agency
  • Exploring the notion of self and identity and its impact upon human agency
  • Agency and sense of belonging
Self-Regulation and Metacognition
  • Self-regulation development and its relationship with self and social agency
  • Exploring the relationship of metacognition, personal awareness with the development and exercise of agency
  • The role of goal orientation in agency development
  • Self Determination Theory (SDT) and its relationships with human agency
  • Exploring autonomy development and children’s active participation in educational contexts.
  • Co-regulation and social interaction as ways of fostering agency development.
  • Debating the existence and development of constructs such us learning agency, self-agency, social agency and human agency.
Research Methods
  • The use of visual tools to research agency.
  • Contributions and limitations of Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods designs in the study of Agency.
  • Debate the different perspectives on participatory research: children, youth, teachers and parents as participants, co-researchers or researchers?
  • Ethical issues, reliability and validity of visual and participatory research.
  • Technological tools as participatory methods.
  • Debate the possible use of other innovative tools in valid and reliable research with children and youth.
  • Including the children’s and youth voices in research concerning them.
Conference Programme

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Speakers

Dr. John Potter

Senior Lecturer
Programme Leader, MA Media, Culture & Communication
London Knowledge Lab
Institute of Education, University of London

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Prof. Kristiina Kumpulainen

Professor of Education
Department of Teacher Education
University of Helsinki

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Susan Potter & Rowena Whitehead

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Dr. Riikka Hofmann

Research Associate, epiSTEMe Project
Faculty of Education
University of Cambridge

 
The DARE Collaborative is a research partnership focused on the digital arts in education, led by the UCL Institute of Education and the British Film Institute. It has a membership of university researchers, teachers and educators in cultural organisations with an interest in arts, media, culture and new literacies in the context of education and digital media.
Centro en Investigación Avanzada en Educación