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University of Cumbria Erasmus+ MaCE Conference 4th & 5th June 2020 - Call for Contributions

Practical Solutions to Educational Inequality

This year’s Erasmus+ MaCE conference will to be held at the University of Cumbria Sentamu Building, Lancaster Campus, Lancaster, England, LA1 3JD on Thursday 4th June and Friday 5th June 2020.

The events provide a professional development and research capacity building opportunity for teachers, social workers, youth workers, lecturers and leaders and managers. The first conference is focussed exclusively at practitioners, hoping to enable changes at the front lie of education, youth work and social work practice. The second conferences is an open academic conference bringing together expert audiences who are committed to developing research-informed practice to tackle educational inequality. In addition to two provocative keynotes there is a choice of sessions on a wide range of research-informed practice in education as well as workshops to support wider discussion and dialogue. The conferences are part funded by Erasmus+ and are part of the three year Marginalisation and Co-created Education (MaCE) project.

Call for International Conference Contributions

Your proposed contribution should relate to the overall conference theme Practical Solutions to Educational Inequality, and should address one or more of these aims:

  • Developing critical understandings of the structures and contexts that create inequality

  • Understanding the lived experience of educational inequality for young people and practitioners

  • Developing solutions that support young people, practitioners, organisations and policy towards equity

  • Developing equitable pedagogy in higher education

  • Empowering and innovative research methods

  • Practitioner, student and scholar activism – achieving social change through research.

    In submitting your proposed contribution you will need to provide a concise title (140 characters maximum) and a 250 word abstract. All proposals must consist of innovative practice or research to understand or address educational inequality and include up to six key references to signal delegates to the underpinning theory and research. There are four different formats to choose from. Proposed contributions are peer-reviewed by at least two committee members. In some cases you may be given an opportunity to amend your proposal and you may be asked to switch formats depending on the programme requirements.

Submission guidelines

There are four different formats available for the Educational Inequality conference, each with particular advantages. All sessions at conference are chaired and we keep everyone to time to enable maximum opportunities for dialogue. In making your submission you should choose one of the following.

Research or practice exchange presentationsare particularly suitable if you are reporting on a current well-developed research or innovative practice project in educational inequality and action research. Up to 15 minutes presentation with 15 minutes minimum of discussion.

Poster & Pitch presentationsare great for networking because you will be in a group based on a specific theme with a five minute presentation to accompany your portrait style A0 poster and if you wish you may provide a hard copy handout. You will then have around twenty minutes discussion with members of the audience interested in your poster. Poster and pitch contributions may be on innovative practice or research.

Round table presentations’ again are great for networking because placed in a themed group you will be sharing your project with interested colleagues through a five minute informal presentation which you may support with a hand copy handout. The themed discussion goes around the table picking up on relevant aspects of your project.

Micro presentations’ are tightly timed with just five minutes then five minutes for discussion but in effect it is a ‘micro keynote’ because you get the full attention of the whole conference audience. Delegates will know who you are and will want to discuss further during networking opportunities built into the programme. Micro presentation proposed contributions may be on innovative practice or research.

For all formats we welcome work within particular educational contexts, programmes and curriculum subject areas but it is important that you identify points of interest and implications for a wider range of practitioners and educators.

The proposed contributions are evaluated against the following criteria:

• Relevance to the conference audience in terms of findings and implications

• The quality of the approach to evaluation or research

• The extent to which it critically engages with and builds on existing theory, research, policy and innovative practice in educational inequality.

The conference is linked to an open access journal – “The Journal of Youth Voices in Education: Methods, Theory, Practice” to which you are cordially invited to submit a paper. All papers will be peer reviewed by the editorial team.

The purposes of ‘The journal of Youth Voices in Education: Methods, Theory, Practice’ are:

To publish articles from students, researchers and practitioners related to the research project Marginalisation and Co-created Education (MaCE), and

To inspire other students, teachers and researchers to conduct similar educational programs and research projects, and thereby

To enhance the quality of schooling and education in Europe and thereby ultimately encourage inclusion among students who experience marginalization and disadvantage, students who are early school leavers (ESL) or students who experience periods Not in Education, Employment or training (NEET).

If you would like to publish in this journal please contact David Thore Gravesen at: dtg@via.

We welcome a wide range of voices at the conference and invite you to make a conference contribution.

For an informal discussion in regard to your contribution please contact

Closing date for contributions: 2nd March 2020





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