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How do students and educators in higher education talk about learning, learning difference, and 'intelligence'?

Room G59, School of Education (Building R19)
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Wednesday 25th October 2017 (13:00-14:00)
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Lila Kossyvaki

In the first of the 2017 Research In Progress Seminar Series (RIPS), speaker Dr Harriet Cameron, Senior Lecturer from Manchester Metropolitan University will give a talk on: How do students and educators in higher education talk about learning, learning difference, and 'intelligence'?   


'I hear voices in everything' (Bakhtin, 1981) 

During this seminar I will bring together the conclusions from a number of different research projects which explored the ideological strands or voices reproduced in conversations about learning, learning differences (like dyslexia), and 'intelligence'. Specifically, I will talk about how students with learning differences drew upon different discourses to construct dyslexia (or specific learning difficulties) and how they positioned themselves within the higher education landscape; and I will also talk about how university lecturers talked about constructs like 'ability', 'intelligence' and what makes a 'good' student, whilst also positioning themselves as 'good' within the hierarchical higher education system. A key focus in this seminar will be upon the contradictions and confusions we produced when talking about these subjects; and how these implicitly or explicitly reproduced particular ideological positions. With the group, I will then explore some of the implications for practice. 

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