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Unlocking Education

Haines Lyon, Charlotte ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8341-744X, Bright, Graham, Walz, Linda and Walton, Joan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9875-0296 (2021) Unlocking Education. In: Pandemic, Protests, Recovery, Opportunity: What's next for research in education?, 12/07/2021, Brighton University MS Teams. (Submitted)

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Unlocking Education is an ongoing research project based at York St John University, exploring education under and beyond the pandemic. Focus groups were held with a range of education practitioners and students after each English Lockdown (June 2020 and April 2021). The aim was to explore experiences of education under lockdown and to provide a space to rethink the future of education. For the purposes of this paper, we will be focusing on the focus groups comprised of Higher Education practitioners.

Analysis of the data suggests of a lack of agency experienced by participants and the “illegitimation” participants experienced through being “dismissed, censored, or simply ignored by [institutional] structures” (Bucholz and Hall, 2005: 603), despite a desire to shape education after the pandemic. Drawing on Couldry (2010) and Giroux (2021), we argue that it is vital for educators and researchers to create spaces for critical exploration of issues in education and their implications for practice. This will help not only reimagine education but to “reimagine the connection between freedom, agency, and justice. Freedom has to be understood as the freedom to participate in and shape society rather than being removed from it” (Giroux, 2021: 207).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Status: Submitted
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5393

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