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Workshop: Migrant education lessons with Finland: Opportunities, challenges and ways forward?

Date : 3 September 2021
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location : Zoom

On Friday 3rd September 2021, 13.00-14.30 UK / 14.00-15.30 Sweden / 15.00-16.30 Finland we will host Dr Ashley Simpson of the University of Edinburgh.

This workshop will be relevant to teachers, school staff and others who work with migrant pupils, researchers, and practitioners who are willing to engage in reflexive practices in order to problematise current research and teaching practices on migrant education.

The workshop will be in English.

Migrant education lessons with Finland: Opportunities, challenges and ways forward?

Abstract

This session will comprise of two different components. The first part will focus on conceptualizing and reflecting on intercultural education within Finland and beyond. Specifically, I will problematise my own research and disseminate the findings of the Erasmus + project ‘Education of International Newly Arrived migrant pupils’ which included two secondary school project partners from Helsinki, Finland. I will discuss the Erasmus + project outputs which included the production of the Finland country report on migrant education. The second part of the session will focus on workshop activities for teachers and researchers. The session will explore practical tools and strategies for teachers and researchers to reflect on their own experiences and practices relating to migrant education. The workshop session will explore the ‘Helsinki reflexive tool’ which is a tool developed for teachers of newly arrived migrant pupils by the University of Helsinki.

Dr Ashley Simpson’s bio

Dr Ashley Simpson is a Lecturer in Language Education at University of Edinburgh and is currently the Programme Director of MSc Language and Intercultural Communication. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh Dr Simpson worked at University of Helsinki in Finland as a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and previously completed his PhD at the University of Helsinki. Whilst conducting his PhD Dr Simpson worked as a researcher on the Erasmus + project ‘Education of International Newly Arrived migrant pupils’ which brought together the contexts of Ghent (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), and Rotterdam and Utrecht (The Netherlands). Dr Simpson specializes in Intercultural Education and has published extensively in the field he is also the co-editor of International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education.