Changing notions of the self? Interdisciplinary perspectives on emotional well-being and social justice in education policy and practice

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Education

Abstract

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Publications

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Description The introduction of initiatives for emotional well-being in British schools from 2003 has been dominated by the discipline of psychology. The seminar series brought together journalists, practitioners and academics with diverse and competing disciplinary perspectives about the links between emotional well-being, social justice and how we regard the human subject from sociology, philosophy, history, international relations and politics. Our seminar series illuminated important gaps in public and academic awareness of this overlooked area of education policy and practice.
Exploitation Route The seminar series has been highly productive, leading to public debates, publications and further funding bids. It has also led to international collaborations. With government policy continuing to emphasise the emotional well-being of children, young people and adults and to regard educational settings as prime sites for intervention, our work in this area has continued to have a high profile, and to attract a lot of interest.
Sectors Education,Government, Democracy and Justice

 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Science
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2010 
End 03/2010
 
Description University of Sheffield internal funding
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2012 
End 12/2012
 
Description Collaboration in 3 international research bids 
Organisation Stockholm University
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led bid 2014 Leverhulme Trust, International Network Scheme, £95,000 The 'therapeutic turn' in education policy: a comparative study of Britain, Sweden, Finland and Australia (decision July 2015) Contributed to bid Nordforsk, Therapeutic turn and school leadership in Sweden, Norway, Iceland and England
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to Leverhulme bid. Led bid to Nordforsk (above)
Impact No published outcomes yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description Invitation to be member of Justice through Education in Nordic countries 5-year network, funded by Nordic ministries of education 
Organisation University of Helsinki
Country Finland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint writing of papers and 2 collaborative research bids, supervision of doctoral students
Collaborator Contribution As above
Impact 2014 (in press) (with Kristiina Brunila) Governing emotionally-vulnerable subjects: mechanisms and consequences in the 'therapisation' of social justice,Pedagogy, Culture and Society Bid to Leverhulme Trust International Network 'The therapeutic turn in education policy: a comparative analysis', stage 2 approval for bid to be submitted in March 2015, decision July 2015
Start Year 2010
 
Description Invitation to write a chapter for an edited book (due December 2014) 
Organisation University of Melbourne
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Invited seminar (2012) University of Melbourne Organised symposia: 'Changing the subject?: the therapeutic turn in education policy and practice' Australian Sociology Annual Conference, University of Brisbane, November 2012 Changing the subject?: the therapeutic turn in education policy and practice' Australian Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Sydney, December 2012
Collaborator Contribution Contributions to above
Impact Ecclestone, K. The psychologisation of risk, vulnerability and wellbeing in education: the educational implications of a therapeutic approach to social justice, in Wright, K. and McLeod, J. (eds) Rethinking youth well-being: international perspectives, New York: Springer
Start Year 2010
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Science funded event, University of Birmingham March 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lively discussion amongst implementers of EWB interventions and practitioners

Further requests for information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Invitation to be a witness on BBC Radio 4 'Moral Maze' on 'therapeutic dimensions to political apologies', November 2009 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact My contribution sparked lively discussion between the Moral Maze regulars

As above
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Invitation to give keynote presentation at 70th anniversary of Finnish Adult Education Association, Helsinki 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion and also led to collaboration with University of Helsinki outlined in other outcomes on this form

As above
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Invitation to give keynote presentation at Centre for Policy Studies seminar on emotional well-being interventions in schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact It is said that the government's decision to rename the Department for Children, Families and Schools to Education in 2010 was influenced by the attendance of the then-shadow secretary of state's adviser at this seminar but there is no easy way to verify this!

See above. There was also lively discussion about the role of schools in developing children's emotional well-being
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Invitation to write an opinion column for The Times 'Children should learn it's not all about them', May 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Email and on-line responses

Further invitations to speak about the research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Invitations to organise/speak at/chair a public debate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 2 debates with high levels of panel interaction and audience participation

2009 University of Birmingham funded keynote debate at the annual Battle of Ideas, Royal College of Art, 17-19 October, 'Therapy culture revisited', 300 people

2011 University of Birmingham funded panel debate at the Battle of Ideas, Barbican Centre, October 2011, 'Can we teach character'?




Further invitations for keynote presentations to public, practitioner and policy-based audiences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010
URL http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/2009/session_detail/2529
 
Description Keynote presentation to annual conference for Association for Educational Psychologists 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lively discussion

Further requests for debate and discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Request to provide advice for BBC Radio 4 'Analysis' programme on emotional well-being in schools, programme broadcast March 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Results not known.

As above.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011