6/03/2019 : Talk Lifelong Learning Liquid World Professor Linden West

Talk: Lifelong learning in a 'liquid' world, with Professor Linden West

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Talk Lifelong Learning Liquid World Professor Linden West

The Society for Education and Training is a community of practitioners and professionals across the post-14 education sector. Local Network Groups (LNGs) are an opportunity for our members to meet face to face so that together, they can share and develop their practice. For Kent LNG's first event of the year, SET members will be welcoming Professor Linden West, the educational lecturer, researcher, author and programme director. Theme This talk will draw on two recent books by Professor Linden West, Distress in the city: racism, fundamentalism and a democratic education, and Transforming perspectives in lifelong learning and adult education. This talk will consider troubling questions about education and learning and how it can fit into a neo-liberal, liquid world. Courses and qualifications are marketed as a way to transform your life, but do they really offer what they promise? All the while we are exposed to wider uncertainties of the future, of sustainability, consumerism and a rapidly changing job market.

How do we encourage learners to transform themselves through lifelong learning in such a world?  Professor Linden West will consider different perspectives around individual and social transformation at a time of political, social and ecological turbulence. His books emphasise the position of education as an end in itself rather than a 'product' to be obtained, address how education should be provided once the context of school is removed, and explore resources of hope that inspire civic education in schools and communities today. Professor Linden implores that 'dialogue itself, and keeping this going across profound difference may in fact be the key in struggles to learn in a fractious world'. The talk will be followed by time for discussion, so attendees can ask questions and explore these themes together.  Speaker Professor Linden West has been Director of the ERASMUS intensive international programme for doctoral students.
He has worked at a senior level for the Workers Educational Association and the Open University, and as a coordinator of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA). Linden has both authored and co-authored a number of books, his research and writing motivated by concern for people in marginalised communities; the latest is in collaboration with Laura Formenti and titled Transforming Perspectives in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education [London: Palgrave Macmillan]. Event Leaders Bob Parsons: semi-retired college lecturer and former head of Skills Development in IT at Guernsey College of Further Education, now an Education Specialist with Fresh Start in Education, an enthusiastic provider of education for students who face challenges and barriers to learning.
Tim Rising: civil Servant now specialising in employment relations and management skills having previously trained specialist staff in another government department in tactical interventions. Experience is in professional adult training rather than in a traditional education setting. Nicole Capon: Nicole started working with mental health service users 18 years ago teaching vocational subjects. She now runs a training company that involves training front line workers in mental health awareness and manages a programme for Kent, Surrey and Sussex National Probation Service to train their staff in working with individuals with personality disorders.

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