CAHE seminars scheduled

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Emily F. Henderson to visit COE Nov. 10 – 11

The College of Education’s Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE) is proud to present Emily F. Henderson, assistant professor of International Education and Development in the Centre for Education Studies at the University of Warwick, U.K., who will conduct seminars on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Everyone is welcome to attend. (Descriptions of seminar topics are given below.)

What: “Teaching and Learning in a Shifting Terrain: Towards a Critical Higher Education Pedagogy”*

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Time:  Noon – 1 p.m.

Where: Gabel 146

 

What: “Gender and Education Research: an International, Intersectional Approach”**

Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Time:  Noon – 1 p.m.

Where: Gabel 146

For more information, contact Z Nicolazzo at 815-753-9373 or znicolazzo@niu.edu

* The higher education sector internationally is shifting in a number of different ways. Student mobility is growing and the map of destinations is changing. The purpose of higher education changes as employers demand more professionally oriented graduates and students conduct cost-benefit analyses of the time and money spent studying. Within this shifting terrain, questions of pedagogy arise. While ‘loss narratives’ of higher education abound which bemoan the conditions of teaching and learning in higher education, and the changes in students’ profiles and motivations, this seminar argues that there is potential for a critical higher education pedagogy in today’s university classrooms. The seminar is based on some of the findings presented in Henderson’s book “Gender Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning and Tracing Gender in Higher Education” (Palgrave, 2015).

** When we say we are conducting research on gender in the field of education studies, what do we mean? Is it a given that we will divide our research participants into two supposedly dichotomous groups (i.e., men/women), or that we will select one group from the many diverse genders that exist? How do understandings of gender differ across international contexts? This seminar presents a critical analysis of the concept of gender as it is employed in educational research, with a particular focus on higher education. Based on doctoral fieldwork in the United Kingdom, the United States and India, as well as institutional visits to France and South Africa, this seminar aims to push at the boundaries of the basic concept of gender that is used in education research.

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