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.
Calendar of events set out by members at the 15th September 2016 learning circle.
Thursday 15th September 2016: Chris Pascal & Tony Bertram - IEA Research Summary: Socially excluded children
Thursday 13th October: Publishing Platforms
Wednesday 16th November: Liz Rouse - Informed Consent
Tuesday 13th December: Paola Pedrelli - Informant Groups
NOTE: The Learning Circle schedule for 2016/17 was discussed and decided at the September 15th 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 email@example.com as the presentations stated above are subject to change.