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, 4:00-6:00 PM 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 and answering the questions (please note, if you do no answer the questions we are unable to admit you to the group) or by emailing Helen Lyndon

2019/2020 Schedule:

Calendar of events set out by members at the September 2019 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/

Wednesday 23rd October 2019: PhD: The Journey — Faye Stanley & Helen Lyndon

Wednesday 13th November 2019:
  Digital Pedagogies — Shannon Ludgate

Tuesday 10th December 2019:
 EYFS & Executive Functioning in Christmas Jumpers — Chris Pascal & Tony Bertram

Wednesday 22nd January 2020: Mock PhD Viva — Various
Tuesday 25th February 2020:
Toxic Masculinity — Sarah Bright

Wednesday 18th March 2020:
Early Writing — Angelica Celinska

Tuesday 28th April 2020:
Positionality — Debbie Nye

Tuesday 19th May 2020: 
Relational Pedagogy — Jude Brown

Thursday 18th June 2020: Hybrid Pedagogy -- Chris Pascal & Tony Bertram  

Friday 10th July 2020 (provisional date - TBC): Hartlebury Walk & Talk — Tony Bertram hosting

NOTE: The Learning Circle schedule for 2019/20 was discussed and decided at the September 2019 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 h.lyndon@crec.co.uk as the presentations stated above are subject to change.


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