Head of Research launches new book

19 February 2018

Dr. Sam Broadhead, Head of Research, will be launching her new book ‘Practical Wisdom and Democratic Education’ at Leeds Arts University

Co-authored with Dr. Margaret Gregson, Professor of Vocational Education at the University of Sunderland, the book explores the development of practical wisdom, or phronesis, within the stories of four mature students studying for degrees in art & design.

The text builds on the work of Basil Bernstein to propose that phronesis, the ability to deliberate well, should be an intrinsic part of democratic education. The authors argue that democratic education should allow all learners to feel enhanced, included and able to participate in their education to create a constructive and reciprocal dialogue. They explores the issues around access and inclusion for students from non-traditional backgrounds, and examine how the differing requirements for vocational and academic disciplines can affect the designing of curriculum.

Dr Vicky Duckworth, Reader in Education, Edge Hill University said:

“This book deserves to be widely read by students, teachers and researchers. It offers a refreshing, easily accessible account that places a clear lens onto the learning journey of four mature students studying for degrees in art and design. The passion and commitment the authors have for empowering their learners is evident throughout.”

Sam Ingleson, Associate Dean for Engagement, Enterprise & Partnerships, University of Salford said:

“This is a thoughtful and richly researched book that examines and fully explores the issues and around access and inclusion. The conclusions provide excellent practical advice and recommendations for art and design staff and future Access to HE students”

The launch will take in the Blenheim Walk Gallery at Leeds Arts University, on Tuesday 24 April. There will be a talk from the authors and refreshments will be provided. Find out more here.