News and Events

Intercultural Experience in China or Zimbabwe

This September, we are very pleased to announce two travel options for students who are interested in an intercultural exchange. One trip is to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and one trip is to Shanghai, China. Students choose one of the two trips for their intercultural exchange. This will be provided as a 10 unit elective by the School of Education. Please this this flyer for more details.

HERMES Launches World-Class Journal

HERMES has launched the inaugural issue of Historical Encounters. The group's new biannual peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal is dedicated to the empirical and theoretical study of historical consciousness, historical cultures and history education.

Dr Robert Parkes, Convenor of HERMES Research Group and Editor of Historical Encounters, said, "I am proud to say, we have most outstanding editorial board of any history education journal in the world. It has the top professors from around the world and has already attracted scholarship from Finland, Sweden, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands."

The journal invites articles, features, provocations, rejoinders, book reviews and dissertation abstracts. Submissions are welcome from across the fields of public history, history didactics, curriculum and pedagogy studies, cultural studies, collective memory, narrative theory, and historical theory. The Editors of the publication are dedicated to providing open access, so you can subscribe or publish free of charge.

Quality Education in Zimbabwe

In January this year, Dr Stephanie Bengtsson and Dr Jo Ailwood travelled to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to begin fieldwork for the first phase of a research and teacher training project on quality education in Zimbabwe.

The trip was supported by Global School Partners, Children in the Wilderness, and the University of Newcastle. Bengtsson and Ailwood designed a series of qualitative research instruments to capture data on major challenges/obstacles to providing quality education through the school. As part of the initial response to emergent data, Dr's Bengtsson and Ailwood also ran a series of workshops with a view to supporting teachers to have agency and make changes to their work environment. Topics included creating a positive classroom environment, group work and participatory action research.