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RaPAL Regional Colloquia 2015: Reflections in Lifelong Lifewide Learner Journeys


in Lifelong Lifewide Learner Journeys

"Ol' man river, dat ol' man river,

He must know sumpin', but don't say nothin'

He just keeps rollin',

He keeps on rollin' along."

(Oscar Hamerstein II, librettist, 1895 - 1960)

RaPAL Annual Conference Friday, 19th June 2015

held as regional colloquium at hubs across the UK

RaPAL represents practitioners, learners and researchers in the field of adult literacies in the UK, Ireland and around the world. Our next conference will be held as regional colloquia from 10:00 to 12:30 in Glasgow, Merseyside, Cardiff and London. Refreshments and networking will be from 09:30 to 10:00 and 12:30 to 13:00 and our AGM held 13:00 to 14:00. We are working towards limited virtual participation for those unable to attend a hub.

Booking Open

Ticketing at £12, and members' rsvp, open below for each of the hubs. Participation is heavily subsidised, including refreshments, to support practitioners and other stakeholders to participate. Members free. We look forward to seeing you there.

Conference Themes

The regional colloquium hub nature of the 2015 conference provides a wonderful opportunity to focus on our broad theme of reflection, which includes the wide variety of journeys in the context of lifelong lifewide learning.

We invite discussion and contribution to our interactive workshops, posters and discussions on the following topics designed to promote successful interaction in teaching, learning and assessment with learners; and practitioners own research-rich CPD. This morning aims to bring together models of professional practice reflective activity, diverse teaching and learning strategies, and practical support for small-scale practitioner research.

Keynote Speaker

We are delighted that Jim Crowther, Senior Lecturer in Community Education, University of Edinburgh will be our keynote speaker.


09:30 - 10:00 Registration, refreshments and networking

Members and non-members welcome to join us for the morning and meet other practitioners in the area

10:00 - 10:30 Welcome and Keynote Speech

Jim Crowther, University of Edinburgh, presenting and fielding questions

10:30 - 11:00 Reflections in Life Long Life Wide Learning

Celebrating 30 years of RaPAL and the shifting landscapes of adult literacies practices in the flow of learners' lives: diversity in teaching and learning strategies from then and now

11:00 - 11:45 Practitioner-led Research

Integrating small-scale research practices into everyday teaching and learning

11:45 - 12:30 Guided Reflection Activity

Applying the 'Reflect Approach*' to reflective professional practice in adult literacies settings

12:30 - 13:00 Lunch and networking

13:00 – 14:00 Members OnlyAGM

If you would like to attend the AGM virtually, we have limited places. Please contact us atsecretary@rapal.org.uk if this is the case.

*a transferable ESOL approach

To book or for further information, please visit http://www.rapal.org.uk/events/conferences/regional-colloquia-2015/

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Comment by Tara Furlong on June 12, 2015 at 16:46

There are still places available at each of the hubs Friday 19th June: Glasgow, Merseyside, Cardiff and London. Members free; or a heavily subsidised £12 participation (inc refreshments!) in a morning of focus on teaching and learning strategies, enabling small-scale practitioner research and professional reflective practice... with a little sideline running on integrating mobile learning technologies into practice. Do join us!

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