International perspectives on education policy (IPEP) - November 27th-December 1st, 2017

This Winter School will consider theories and methods relevant across the field of educational policy research. It is designed for PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers of policy in all areas of education, but is suitable also for advanced master students. The School will include an explicit focus on policy related to higher and adult education, but the specific content of activities will be developed in the light of the participants’ profiles.

IPEP stems from a synergy between the University of Verona (Department of Human Sciences), Aalborg University (Department of Learning and Philosophy), the University of Nottingham (School of Education), and the Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IRPPS), co-founders of the International Research Centre for Global and Comparative Policy Studies on the Education and Learning of Adults (IRC-GloCoPoS).

IPEP Faculty

John Holford
(University of Nottingham, UK)
Marcella Milana
(University of Verona, IT)
Annette Rasmussen
(Aalborg University, DK)
Palle Rasmussen
(Aalborg University, DK)

The first edition of IPEP aims to provided participants with:

  • Knowledge of relevant theories about international policy-making in education
  • Knowledge of policies by, and the role of, key international organizations
  • Knowledge about relevant methods to study international policy and policy-making processes in education

It will be held at the University of Verona (Italy) from 27th November to 1st December 2017. Lectures and discussions on theories and methods will be supplemented with hands-on experience on education policy analysis. During the Winter School, all students will be involved in a small case study on higher education, facilitated by fieldwork (on campus), and joint data analysis.

In order to complete the Winter School and receive 6 ECTS, registered participants must both attend the full programme and submit a short essay by December 20th, 2017. In addition, these participants will receive a written evaluation by the IPEP Faculty.

Who can apply

Advanced master students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers of policy in all areas of education.

How to apply

Send a brief CV (1 pages), accompanied by a letter describing your current area of studies, research or professional activity, and your motivation in participating to IPEP (2 pages) to the following email address:winterschool-ipep@ateneo.univr.it by September 22, 2017.
IPEP Faculty will select candidates and confirm acceptance by October 1st, 2017.
Approved candidates should register (free of charge) by October 15th, 2017.

Expected costs

Enrollment is free of charge.
Participants should cover their own travel and accommodation costs, as well as all lunches and dinners.

Detailed Programme and Schedule

Monday, 27th November 2017

9.00-11.00

Students arrive on campus

11.00-13.00

Opening session
Marcella Milana (University of Verona)
John Holford (University of Nottingham)
Annette Rasmussen (Aalborg University)

Welcome and faculty presentation

Outline of IPEP programme & activities

Participants’ presentation

14.00-18.00

Theories

“Theory” in educational policy research: Panacea or Pandora’s box?
John Holford (University of Nottingham)
Students’ activity: individual or group work & tutoring

Extracurricular activity: Social dinner

Tuesday, 28th November 2017 

9.00-13.00

International Organizations Policies

International organizations and education policy: Virtuous or vicious (policy) cycles?
Marcella Milana (University of Verona)
Students’ activity: individual or group work & tutoring

14.00-18.00

Methods 1

Ethnography in education policy studies
Annette Rasmussen (Aalborg University)
Students’ activity:  Developing and reflecting on your research design individually or through group work & tutoring

Extracurricular activity: A brief history of the University of Verona (TBC)

Wednesday, 29th November 2017

9.00-13.00

Fieldwork 1

Students carry on fieldwork and data gathering through observations and (informal) interviews at Polo Santa Marta (Via Cantarane, 24, Verona)

14.00-18.00

Fieldwork 2

Students continue their fieldwork and data gathering at Polo Zanotto (Viale Università, 4, Verona), and Central University Library (Via S. Francesco, 20, Verona)

Extra-curricular activity: Faculty Staff will be available to discussion individual Career Strategy Plans with interested participants

Thursday, 30th November 2017

9.00-13.00

Data Analysis 1
Annette Rasmussen (Aalborg University)
Marcella Milana (University of Verona)
John Holford (University of Nottingham)
Students’ activity: individual and group work & tutoring

14.00-16.00

Methods 2

Document and discourse analysis in education policy studies
Marcella Milana (University of Verona)
Students’ activity: individual and group work & tutoring

16.00-18.00

Data Analysis 2
Marcella Milana (University of Verona)
John Holford (University of Nottingham)
Annette Rasmussen (Aalborg University)
Students’ activity: individual and group work & tutoring

19.00-20.00 (optional)

Extracurricular activity: Goodbye drink

Friday, 1st December 2017

9.00-11.00

Current Issues

New technologies and skills as challenges for education policy
Palle Rasmussen (Aalborg University)
Lecture will be followed by discussion in plenary or small groups

11.00-13.00

Current issues and dilemmas

Urgent issues and dilemmas for education policy
Palle Rasmussen (Aalborg University)
Presentation and discussion based on input from participants

14.00-16.00

Concluding session

 Marcella Milana (University of Verona)
John Holford (University of Nottingham)
Annette Rasmussen (Aalborg University)
Palle Rasmussen (Aalborg University)

Time Mon 27/11 Tue 28/11 Wed 29/11 Thu 30/11 Fri 1/12
9.00-11.00 Arrival International organizations’

policies

Field work 1 Data analysis Current issues
11.00-13.00 Opening session Current dilemmas
13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-16.00 Theories Methods 1 Field work 2 Methods 2 Concluding session
16.00-18.00 Data analysis Departure
Extra curricular

activities (Optional)

Social dinner Free Career Strategy Plans Goodbye drink  

ESREA Travel Bursary

We are delighted to have received funds from the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) to provide up to four travel bursaries of € 300 for PhD students (or equivalent) who will be attending the IPEP Winter School 2017.

The ESREA Travel Bursary are awarded based on the quality of the application, country representation, and attention to diversity, and are intended to support costs for travel, accommodation and other living expenses (e.g. lunches and dinners).

The bursary recipients are required to provide ESREA with evidence of what the bursary was spent on, after the event.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered eligible to apply for an ESREA Travel Bursary, applicants must:

  • be an individual or institutional ESREA member (To join ESREA or renew your membership, please click here);
  • have been offered a place at the IPEP Winter School 2017; and
  • submit a fully completed ESREA Travel Bursary Application Form by October 6th, 2017.

Notification of award recipients will take place no later than October 12th, 2017.

How to apply

Click here to download the ESREA Travel Bursary Application Form.

A complete application includes:

  • The ESREA Travel Bursary Application Form
  • A copy of your IPEP Winther School 2017 candidacy decision (acceptance notice)

Please attachment both components to one email to winterschool-ipep@ateneo.univr.it, and write “ESREA Travel Bursary Application” in the subject line.

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