The CREC learning circle is a ‘community of practice’ (Wenger 2002).

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better by interacting regularly.

Over recent years CREC's Directors have supported many students to successful completion of MA , MPhil and PhD degrees.

The Centre is working to establish, regionally and nationally, a research community of scholars who are committed to children and family services.

The CREC Learning Circle has met regularly since 2003 for presentations or discussions on early childhood issues, and includes students, policy makers, local authority leaders and visiting academics.

From this learning community will come the future leaders, tutors and thinkers for this key area of social, educational, health and economic policy.

The meetings usually take place in CREC once a month, 4.30-6.00pm and are free, supportive and open to all with an interest in early childhood studies.

The meeting usually begins with an agreed input from a participant and is followed by a discussion. 

Once a year, in the summer, the Learning Circle has a rural ‘walk the talk’ session, sharing a research paper and a light meal as a group.

Join our group by requesting to join on the group page or by emailing Helen Lyndon


2017/2018 Schedule:

Calendar of events set out by members at the 14th September 2017 Learning Circle meeting.

Please remember that there is always the opportunity for general discussion too. These events are not formal, please do try and make it to some/all - whatever suits! 

All of the Learning Circle meetings listed below have been created as Events on Facebook - simply click on the blue text to open the event and hit *Attending* to let us know if you're coming!!

A complete list of the Facebook Learning Circle Events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CRECBirm/events/

Tuesday 10th October: Informed Consent

Thursday 16th November:
Data Management / Analysis

Thursday 14th December:
 Chris Pascal - Writing (in Christmas Jumpers!)

Wednesday 17th January: Helen Lyndon, Jackie Musgrave & Jenny Worsley - PhD Viva Support
Monday 12th February: 
Azora Hurd - Post-Doctoral Research

Wednesday 14th March: 
Gopinder Kaur Sagoo - Bridging Home, School and Community 

Tuesday 24th April:
Faye Stanley & Donna Gaywood - Polyvocal Methods

Thursday 24th May: 
Writing for Publication

Wednesday 20th June: 
Chris Pascal & Tony Bertram - International Policy

Friday 6th July: Walk the Talk in Hartlebury

NOTE: The Learning Circle schedule for 2017/18 was discussed and decided at the September 14th meeting. If you were unable to attend the September meeting but would still like to put yourself forward for a presentation in the coming year, please notify Helen Lyndon via the Facebook Learning Circle group or email s.overton@crec.co.uk as the presentations stated above are subject to change.


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