Research Seminar Programme, 2018/19

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Teachers, Gender and the Feminisation Debate
Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau, Anglia Ruskin University
Tuesday 18th September 2018 • 12.30-2.00pm • E15

Marie-Pierre Moreau is Professor in Education, Department of Education and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University. Her research is at the nexus of education, work and equality issues, with specific reference to gender. She has particular interest in how gender, social class and ethnicity shape people’s lives and in individuals’ discursive construction of equality matters.

A Novel Multi-Sensory Approach to Letter Recognition and Literacy
Patricia Carson, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
Thursday 1st November 2018 • 12.45-2.00pm • TBC

Patricia Carson is working on her Doctor of Education (in Research) at James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. An experienced educator, she has taught in the early years of school in both Australia and Canada. Currently she is a private consultant working with special needs students in Alberta, Canada. Her research interests focus on working with Three Dimensional Visual Thinkers who are having trouble with spelling and reading, as well as exploring whether a novel multi-sensory approach to teaching these skills can be beneficial for these thinkers.

Women, Politics and Policy-making in Education:
Mapping generations of activism
Prof Jane Martin, University of Birmingham
Thursday 15th November 2018 • 12.45-2.00pm • H203

Women, Politics and Policy-making in Education: Mapping generations of activism
Prof Jane Martin, University of Birmingham
Thursday 15th November 2018 • 12.45-2.00pm • H203

Jane Martin is Professor of Social History of Education at the University of Birmingham, where she teaches and researches on gender and history, education policy and social justice, and research methods in education. Her publications cover politics and policy-making in education in historical and contemporary perspectives and her first book, ‘Women and the Politics of Schooling in Victorian and Edwardian England’, won the History of Education Society (UK) Book Prize in 2002. She is co-editor of Progressive Education: Policy, Politics and Practice – a Routledge book series and her most recent book is ‘Making Socialists: Mary Bridges Adams and the Fight for Knowledge and Power, 1855-1939’ (Manchester University Press). Future publications include a biography of the educationalist Caroline Benn (1926-2000).

Decolonizing Pedagogies: Black feminist reflections on
race, faith and culture in higher education

Prof Heidi Mirza, Goldsmiths University of London
Friday 23rd November 2018 • 12.45-2.00pm • E21

Heidi Safia Mirza is Visiting Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmith College, University of London and Emeritus Professor of Equalities Studies in Education at UCL Institute of Education. She is known for her pioneering intersectional research on race, gender and identity in education. She is author of several best-selling books including, ‘Young Female and Black’, which was voted in BERA’s top 40 most influential educational studies in Britain. Her other publications include ‘Black British Feminism, Race Gender and Educational Desire: Why black women succeed and fail’, and ‘Respecting Difference: Race, faith, and culture for teacher educators’. Her most recent co-edited book is ‘Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, whiteness and decolonising the academy’.

Systematic Synthetic Phonics: A possible cause of pupils’ literacy difficulties
Dr Jonathan Solity, University College London
Tuesday 11th December 2018 • 3.45-5.00pm • E5

Jonathan Solity worked as a teacher in a first school in Bradford, as an educational psychologist in Walsall and for 23 years was an associate professor at the University of Warwick lecturing in educational psychology. He is one of the country’s leading experts on instructional psychology and has written seven books and over 40 articles in refereed journals as well as contributing to edited books. His co-authored book (Teachers in Control: Cracking the Code) on what is now known as ‘fake news’ was reissued by Routledge in June 2018 and the Learning Revolution explained how the principles and teaching methods associated with instructional psychology can be applied to teaching foreign languages. Jonathan has received over £1m in funding to conduct research into raising attainments and preventing difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and maths. Jonathan is currently an Optima Psychology and Honorary Research Fellow at University College London.

Is the English school curriculum white? British Values curriculum policy and colonial discourses: The case of Geography
Dr Christine Winter, University of Sheffield
Monday 14th January 2019 • 12.45-2.00pm • E22

Christine Winter is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Sheffield, where she co-directs the Centre for Critical Psychology and Education. Her research focuses on the school curriculum with specific interests in curriculum knowledge, politics, policy and practice. She is Deputy Director of the Education, Childhood and Youth Pathway of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, a post graduate training consortium across seven Northern Universities. She recently published, with China Mills: ‘The Psy-Security-Curriculum ensemble: British Values curriculum policy in English schools’ in Journal of Education Policy.

Using policy-informed evidence in early childhood education:
Bold beginnings, bias and circular discourses

Prof Elizabeth Wood, University of Sheffield
Thursday 7th February 2019 • 3.45-5.00pm • E7

Dr Elizabeth Wood is Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include play in early childhood, specifically children’s social relationships, how they exercise choice and agency, the meaning of freedom, and the relationship between play and learning. Her recent research looks at how children blend traditional and digital forms of play, and the potential that this offers for developing curriculum and pedagogy. She is also working with Dr Liz Chesworth on a project looking at children’s interests in a multi-diverse setting, and with Dr Louise Kay and colleagues in Australian Catholic University on educational leadership in early childhood. Elizabeth is also interested in policy analysis and critique, the il(logic) of policy discourses, and their power effects.

Teachers’ Beings and Doings: Identity and agency in teachers in English secondary schools
Dr Janet Lord, Manchester Metropolitan University
Tuesday 12th March 2019• 12.45-2.00pm • E20

Dr Jonathan Tummons, Durham University
Thursday 25th April 2019 • 3.45-5.00pm • E7

COOCS, Campfires and Gonzo Pedagogy: An exploration of the learning landscape when we go barefoot beyond the walls of the institution
Dr Peter Shukie, Blackburn College
Monday 20th May 2019 • 12.45-2.00pm • E7

Tuesday 11th June 2019 • 3.45-5.00pm • E7

Research Seminar Programme, 2017/18

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Professor Pete Dudley, University of Leicester

Why Lesson Study is Professional Learning for Our Time

Thursday 12th October 2017 • 12.45-2.00pm

Dr Reza Gholami, University of Birmingham

Citizenship, Policy and Extremisms of the Mainstream: Educational Responses for the Future

Monday 13th November 2017 • 3.45-5.00pm

Dr Arthur Chapman, Institute of Education, University College London

Changing LUK: Nation and narration in ‘Life in the United Kingdom’

Tuesday 5th December 2017 • 12.45-2.00pm E22

Dr Sadia Habib, Goldsmiths, University of London

The Teaching and Learning of Britishness and Fundamental British Values

Thursday 11th January 2018 • 3.45-5.00pm E5

TO BE RESCHEDULED: Dr Pam Alldred, Brunel University London

Contrasting Education, Health and Youth Approaches to Sex Education: What might interprofessional learning be?

TO BE RESCHEDULED: Dr Lawrence Foweather, Liverpool John Moores University

Movement skills: Fundamental to physical activity behaviour?

Professor Rachel Holmes, Manchester Metropolitan University 

Curious work: Using art and film to understand children differently

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 • 12.45-2.00pm •*ROOM CHANGE* H3

Dr Wendy Symes, University of Birmingham

Tackling test anxiety: a randomised controlled trial of attention bias modification training in GCSE students with test anxiety

Tuesday 12th June 2018 • 12.45-2.00pm E2

Research Seminar Programme, 2016/17

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How do Students and Educators in Higher Education talk about Learning, Learning Difference, and ‘Intelligence’?

Dr Harriet Cameron, University of Sheffield. Thursday 13th October 2016,  4.00-5.00pm , H243

From Little Acorns Mighty Oaks sometimes Grow: How Might we Nurture Them?

Dr Robbie Nicol, University of Edinburgh, Friday 11th November 2016 ,  1.00-2.00pm, LINC S1

Designing and Writing Intellectual Histories in Educational Research

Prof Helen Gunter, University of Manchester, Monday 12th December 2016 , 4.00-5.00pm, H240

Why Lesson Study is Professional Learning for Our Time

Prof Peter Dudley, University of Leicester, Thursday 12th January 2017 , 11-12 ,E17

The Social and Legal Aspects of Cyberbullying among University Students

Prof Helen Cowie, University of Surrey, Friday 10th February 2017 • 1.00-2.00pm,  H020

Authentic Performance Assessment

Prof Richard Kimbell, Goldsmiths University of London, Thursday 16th March 2017, 4.00-5.00pm , H202

Is there a Link between Hearing Difficulties and Dyslexia?

Prof Julia Carroll, Coventry University, Thursday 6th April 2017, 1.00-2.00pm, H201

Leading the Use of Research and Evidence in Schools

Dr Chris Brown, UCL Institute of Education, Friday 12th May 2017, 1.00-2.00pm,  H020

 Reading for Pleasure: Positioning, Pedagogy and Participation

Prof Teresa Cremin, Open University, Monday 12th June 2017 , 4.00-5.00pm,  H201

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