CRLL/SCUTREA International Conference 2013
Mobilities and Transitions: Learning, Institutions, Global and Social Movements.
The 2013 joint CRLL-SCUTREA international conference was held at Glasgow Caledonian University on 25-27th June 2013. The conference was a great success and attended by more than 70 delegates from over 10 countries. It was an excellent opportunity for disseminating research, collaboration, and showcasing some of the really interesting work being done in this field. The conference theme attracted a number of diverse presentations and stimulated lively discussions. Further information on the sessions and presentations can be found in the sections below.
Professor Mary Stuart from the University of Lincoln provided a key note entitled: 'Different mobilities and learner biographies - social mobility and higher education'. This keynote explored the concept of mobility, social geographical, virtual and imaginary, and their relationship to developing aspirations in first generation students in higher education.'
Professor Patricia Gouthro from the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia provided a key note entitled: “Slow learning: reflective scholarship in a time of mobilities and transitions”. This paper explored the notion that lifelong learning should be conceived of as an interesting journey for both learners and educators. It begins with an overview of how changes in mobilities and transitions provide new opportunities for education and then discusses how neoliberal values have impacted on current learning contexts. The paper then considers how lessons from the slow movement may be useful to take up in a lifelong learning context and explore some strategies for educators to consider regarding the benefits of ‘slow learning’.