ESCalate Bulletin No. 41 (16 April 2009)


  1. Welcome to our April Bulletin
  2. ESCalate events for spring and summer 2009
  3. External events in the coming months
  4. An invitation to the University of Reading's International Career Studies Symposium
  5. A spring time review from ESCalate at the University of Cumbria
  6. Resources from our latest e-learning event
  7. A new academic paper online entitled "Expanding the capacity to learn of student teachers in Initial Teacher Education"
  8. Latest resources from our website

Welcome to our April Bulletin

With the Easter holidays just fading over the horizon we welcome you back to a new term with an update from ESCalate.

We hope you enjoy reading the items we have collated for you and if you have anything you would like us to feature in future bulletins please send them to

Best wishes


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ESCalate events for spring and summer 2009

Mon 20 April 2009 Students as Researchers: Novice to Expert; The First Annual ESCalate Student Conference

This is an event for Education undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students and will consider the value and purpose of small-scale personal research in education for both individuals and groups.

Lakeside Centre (Birmingham)
Wed 22 April 2009 Listening to Learners: Partnership in Action

This innovative conference on learner voice will be of interest to practitioners, policy makers and researchers working in a wide variety of contexts and settings. The programme includes keynote speakers, latest award winning research on learner voice in education, panel discussion, a choice of workshops, plus presentations from learners.

University of East London, Docklands Campus
Fri 15 May 2009 5th Annual ESCalate ITE Conference

This conference is aimed at all practitioners working in Initial Teacher Education from the four countries of the UK and all other agencies with a professional interest in teacher education.

Glyndŵr University, Wrexham (formerly NEWI)
Fri 5 June 2009 A colloquium on Teaching as Masters Profession

This colloquium is for all colleagues involved in Initial Teacher Education for schools with an interest in the move to an all Masters profession. It is an opportunity for an open space to discuss what we think we mean by Masters and to contribute to ongoing research in this area.

University of Cumbria
Wed 8 July 2009 Assessment in Higher Education Conference

Currently calling for papers. Themes include: assessment design, marking and moderation, involving students in assessment, feedback and student engagement, assessment for Learning, computer-aided assessment.

University of Cumbria, Learning Gateway Carlisle
Tue 22 September 2009 Developing Intercultural Competencies in International Higher Education Communities: Initiating European Conversations

As HEIs, departments and academics in the UK continue to address the various complexities of internationalisation, there is much to be gained from talking to mainland European colleagues who face similar challenges. Our speakers, Dr Hanneke Teekens, Dr Matthias Otten and Professor Martin Haigh, have written and researched extensively in the fields of Internationalisation at home (IaH), developing intercultural competencies in higher education and internationalising the curriculum.

Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
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External events in the coming months

A full listing of events that we feel may be of relevance and/or interest to you can be found at

If you have an event of your own or one you feel would interest others, please email with the details.

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An invitation to the University of Reading's International Career Studies Symposium

The University of Reading is hosting an International Career Studies
on 22nd and 23rd September 2009. Keynote speakers include Ronald
Barnett and Michael Arthur. Ronald Barnett is Professor Emeritus of Higher
Education at the Institute of Education, London. His main interests lie in
understanding higher education and 'the university' as educational projects
in the contemporary age. Michael Arthur is Professor of Management at
Suffolk University, Boston, MA, USA. In 2006, he was awarded the Academy of
Management's Everett C. Hughes Award for lifetime contribution in the field
of Career Studies. The symposium will be of interest to research and
teaching staff within the fields of education, business, psychology or
sociology. It is also designed for staff involved in employability, career
education, work-based learning or professional development initiatives
within higher education.

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A spring time review from ESCalate at the University of Cumbria

ESCalate at the University of Cumbria has had a busy Spring term. The workshop on problem-based learning (PBL), held at the offices of the General Teaching Council for Scotland in Edinburgh on February 27th was most successful. Dr Alastair McPhee from the University of Glasgow gave the keynote and delegates greatly appreciated his address which outlined the key issues in an informative and interesting way. Thank you to Alastair and also to Kate Soriani (University of Glasgow), Graham Hallett (University of Cumbria) and Fiona Hallett (Edge Hill University) for expert facilitation of the discussion groups. We have created a folder on PBL on the Help Directory which contains papers and reference about PBL, and also a range of suggestions for scenarios to use.

The second event for New Teacher Educators was held at the University of Leicester on March 23rd 2009. Thanks are due here to Jenny Harrison and Frankie McKeon from the University of Leicester who ran this event, based on the work of Jean Murray (UEL), Pete Boyd and Kim Harris (University of Cumbria) this time. This event too was most successful and it was very pleasing to meet new teacher educators and share experiences of their transition to Higher Education.

Our annual ITE conference is our next major event on May 15th 2009. The ESCalate ITE conference will be held at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, North Wales. The keynote will be given by Professor Joan Whitehead from UWE and UCET and we have over 100 colleagues from Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland presenting in symposia, round tables and workshops. This is an excellent opportunity for teacher educators and all those concerned with teacher education from all corners of the UK to come together to consider ‘Initial Teacher Education – Towards a New Era’. To secure your place, register on-line at We look forward to seeing you there.

Proceedings papers from the 2008 conference are now available on-line at - a plethora of stimulating papers from colleagues who presented at last year’s conference.

Advance notice: We are holding a Masters colloquium at the University of Cumbria on June 5th 2009 – watch the website for further information about this, coming shortly. It will be an opportunity for us to look together at what Masters means for us and for our students and teachers.

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Resources from our latest e-learning event

E-learning 2009: A hands-on workshop, Thursday 26th March at the University of Leeds.

The lastest in our series of partcipatory e-learning workshops was held at the end of last month. The resources that have been produced from the event are now available on our website for all to access.

The day was hands-on and was lead by the following practitioners:

  • Julie Hughes, University of Wolverhampton: E-portfolio-based learning: a practitioner perspective
  • Paul Ayres, Intute: Social Media for Education (including tools such as Twitter, Delicious, Slideshare, blogs, podcasts and YouTube)
  • JISC TechDis: Using Xerte create to your own e-learning materials
  • as well as information on e-learning resources available from ESCalate and JISC

We are hoping to run more workshops in the future. Please keep your eye on our website for more information or sign up to receive event information via your registration page.

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A new academic paper online entitled "Expanding the capacity to learn of student teachers in Initial Teacher Education"

Written for ESCalate by Linda Rush (University of Edgehill/ Liverpool Hope University) and Annie Fisher (University College Plymouth, St Mark and St John). This paper focuses on L2L as a key aspect of student teachers’ transition from school to ITE and in preparation for lifelong learning. See


The paper starts by providing an overview of the L2L agenda, including drivers and definitions. Attention is then paid to the theoretical perspectives and pedagogy associated with the family of learning practices associated with L2L. Drawing on a range of practitioner voices, the challenge of embedding these practices within the sector is then discussed, and important key points in respect of culture and pedagogy are posited. The paper ends with a range of rich, illustrative examples of L2L-informed practice, drawn from seven different ITE settings. To further assist practitioners in developing a conceptual and analytical framework by which to investigate, evaluate and enhance their practice (either at individual, programme or school level) several rhetorical questions are then raised.
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Latest resources from our website

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