SOE host 20th anniversary of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
14 May 2018
On 3 May, School of Education (SoE) hosted a symposium on the theme Sustainability, Peace and Education: Exploring Promise and Practice.
The symposium marked the 20th anniversary of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE). It was appropriately hosted by SoE’s the Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE), in the year in which Bristol Emeritus Professor, Michael Crossley holds the BAICE presidency. Sustainability and education are key issues for international and comparative education for the next 12 years, as the world works towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Whilst inclusive and quality education and lifelong learning has its own goal, wider global challenges of environmental sustainability and peace ask searching questions of the purpose, quality and processes of education for young and old. These are themes that are central to CIRE’s intellectual and research agenda.
Keynote speaker, Prof. Arjen Wals, Wageningen University, highlighted the need for education that develops five critical ‘sustain-abilities’ to develop - to ask critical questions that disrupt normalize routines; to develop leadership, entrepreneurship, empowerment; to look/reflect around issues from different perspectives; to develop compassion and empathy; to learn to understand change and complexity. Dr Hilary Cremin, University of Cambridge, argued for a ‘transrational postmodern pedagogy’ in schools that develops curious, confident, wise, compassionate and knowledgeable learners. Prof. Leon Tikly (University of Bristol) drew on complexity theory to consider how education systems in a postcolonial world can expand the capabilities and agency of students and education professionals. Other presentations looked at wellbeing in education, lifelong learning approaches to education policy making, indicators for equality, approaches to and competences for teaching education for sustainable development and several papers explored theories and methodologies of peace education.
Fittingly, one of BAICE’s founding members, Prof. Lalage Bown, University of Glasgow, closed the day by reflecting on how insights from the field of community education and lifelong learning can expand our approach education for sustainability and peace.
View photos from the day on the SOE Flickr page.