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Oxford has been making a major contribution to the field of education for over 100 years and today this Department has a world class reputation for research, for teacher education and for its Masters and doctoral programmes. Much has changed at this Department over the years, particularly recently, with a range of excellent new and refurbished buildings and with expanded staff numbers. What has not changed is our commitment to excellence and to relevance in all that we do. Our aim is to provide an intellectually rich but supportive environment in which to study, to research and to teach and, through our work, to contribute to the improvement of all phases of public education, both in the UK and internationally.

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Department of Education Public Seminars
Impact in an evolving research environment
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Bright Spots Project: The subjective well­ being of looked after children and survey development Professor Julie Selwyn, University of Bristol, gives a talk for the Education Department public seminar series. Julie Selwyn 16 May 2017
2 Standards in national examinations: What do they mean? Jo­ Anne Baird, Director of Department of  Education, University of Oxford and Dennis Opposs, Ofqual, give a seminar for the Department of Education public seminar series. Jo­ Anne Baird, Dennis Opposs 09 May 2017
3 From Financial Literacy to Financial Capability and Financial Well­being: More than a semantic change Professor Elaine Kempson, University of Bristol, gives a talk for the Department of Education seminar series on 24th April 2017. Elaine Kempson 26 Apr 2017
4 Learning French in the primary school classroom: The origins of morphosyntax Professor Florence Myles, University of Essex, gives a talk for the Education department seminar series. Florence Myles 07 Mar 2017
5 Education and the new Conservatism: Social wellbeing, national character and British values Professor Gary McCulloch, UCL Institute of Education, gives a talk for the Education Public seminar series on 27th February 2017. Gary McCulloch 28 Feb 2017
6 The long term implications of devolution and localism for FE in England This lecture explores findings from a SKOPE research project (funded by the FE Trust for Leadership) on the implications of the devolution from central government to localities of certain aspects of post-19 further and adult education. Ewart Keep 10 Feb 2017
7 Creative Commons Imagining a future after schooling Young people navigating uncertainty in contemporary Britain. Graham Butt, Patrick Alexander 31 Jan 2017
8 Creative Commons Stuck! Britain’s social mobility problem The Sutton Trust’s Chief Executive, Dr Lee Elliot Major, will argue that Britain has failed to address its problem of low social mobility, drawing on a range of international evidence. Lee Elliot Major 24 Jan 2017
9 Creative Commons Socio­economic inequalities in education achievement and student outcomes Anna Vignoles, Professor of Education and Director of Research at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series. Anna Vignoles 17 Jan 2017
10 What are universities for? Keri Facer, Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol, gives the 6th Annual Lecture of the Oxford Education Society, the alumni and friends association of the Department of Education. Keri Facer 16 Jan 2017
11 Schools as workplaces: What makes a school a good place to work? Professor Jane Bryson, Victoria University of Wellington, gives a talk for the department of education public seminar series. Jane Bryson 02 Dec 2016
12 5 years of the EEF Findings, challenges and future priorities Matthew van Poortvliet, Grants Manager, Education Endowment Foundation, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar on 21st November 2016. Matthew van Poortvliet 22 Nov 2016
13 What do undergraduate students really think about money? With Dr Neil Harrison University of the West of England. This seminar will synthesise the findings of four recent research projects focused on contemporary students’ opinions and behaviours around money. Neil Harrison 15 Nov 2016
14 Religion and belief in Britain: The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life Dr Edward Kessler, University of Cambridge, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series on 7th November 2016. Edward Kessler 08 Nov 2016
15 Does market competition and/or the growth of participation foster diversity in higher education systems? Professor Simon Marginson, ULC Institute of Education, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series. Simon Marginson 01 Nov 2016
16 Education in divided societies: The role of school collaboration Professor Tony Gallagher, University of Belfast, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series on 24th October 2016. Tony Gallagher 31 Oct 2016
17 Making use of international large- scale assessment data in national contexts: PIRLS for Teachers Dr Therese N Hopfenbeck, Department of Education, Oxford, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series on 17th October 2016. Co-written with Dr Jenny Lenkeit Jenny Lenkeit, Therese N Hopfenbeck 31 Oct 2016
18 Creative Commons What Can We Learn from students' reports of their secondary school experiences and their role in shaping academic outcomes at GCSE? This lecture discusses the development of various measures of students experiences and views of their secondary schools based on self report questionnaires taken at ages 14 & 16. Pamela Sammons 02 Jun 2016
19 Measuring and developing second language fluency Professor Judit Kormos, Lancaster University, gives a talk for the Department of Education seminar series. Judit Kormos 02 Jun 2016
20 Promoting quality in education: A dynamic approach to school improvement Professor Leonidas Kyriakides, Department of Education, University of Cyprus, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. Leonidas Kyriakides 09 Mar 2016
21 Closing the Gap: Issues, challenges and impact of the implementation of a national experiment in educational research Dr Ann Childs, Dr Nigel Fancourt, Dr Roger Firth, Professor Ian Menter and Dr Ian Thompson, Department of Education, Oxford, give a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar series. Ann Childs, Nigel Fancourt, Roger Firth, Ian Menter 04 Mar 2016
22 The sociolinguistic and pedagogic implications of the spread of English as global language Dr Heath Rose, Department of Education, Oxford, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. Heath Rose 26 Feb 2016
23 Silence in Japan’s second language classrooms The dynamic interplay between context and learners Dr Jim King, University of Leicester, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public seminar series on 15th February 2016. Jim King 18 Feb 2016
24 Social and emotional early development: A programme to develop children’s social skills and help prevent bullying Daniel Muijs, Professor of Education at the University of Southampton, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. Daniel Muijs 09 Feb 2016
25 Reimagining liberal education: Affiliation and inquiry in democratic schooling Professor Hanan Alexander, Haifa University, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series. Hanan Alexander 03 Feb 2016
26 Clever Classrooms: Evidence for the impacts of classroom design on learning Professor Peter Barrett, University of Salford, gies a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series on 25th January 2016. Peter Barrett 27 Jan 2016
27 Research into the links between language teacher development and working with children as co- researchers Dr Annamaria Pinter, Warwick University, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. Annamaria Pinter 21 Jan 2016
28 The educational progress of looked after children in England: linking care and educational data Professor David Berridge University of Bristol, Professor Judy Sebba, Dr Nikki Luke and Professor Steve Strand, Department of Education give a talk for the Education Seminar Series. The respondent is Ms Emma Ing, Senior HMI Ofsted. David Berridge, Judy Sebba, Nikki Luke, Steve Srand 03 Dec 2015
29 The Education Endowment Foundation Challenges for the future Sir Kevan Collins, Education Endowment Foundation, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series on 23rd Novemner 2015. Sir Kevan Collins 03 Dec 2015
30 The scare tactic: Does it work? Motivating students for test and examinations Professor David Putwain (Edge Hill University) gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. David Putwain 20 Nov 2015
31 How well are children in Sudan taught to read compared to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa? Results of a National Learning Assessment. Seminar looking at education in Sudan and other North African countries. David Johnson 12 Nov 2015
32 ‘Online all the time’ Teachers’ work in the digital age Professor Neil Selwyn, Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminars series. Neil Selwyn 05 Nov 2015
33 Parenting support Evidence, policy and practice Professor Geoff Lindsay, University of Warwick, gives a talk for the department of education public seminar series. Geoff Lindsay 28 Oct 2015
34 Assessment and learning: Fields Apart? Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Department of Education, gives a talk for the Department of Education Seminar series on 19th October 2015. Co-written by Professor David Andrich. Introduced by Dr Therese Hopfenbeck. Jo-Anne Baird 22 Oct 2015
35 Impact and Knowledge Exchange in an Evolving Research Environment A panel session reflecting on research impact and knowledge exchange from different angles, from user perspectives and wide public debates, through institutional contexts and the interfaces with different funding bodies, and to international experiences Andrew Dilnot, Claire Donovan, Colette Fagan, Roger Goodman 21 Sep 2015
36 Approaches to facilitating research impact The talk will reflect on ways in which research can lead to impact and how this can be evidenced. The main focus will be on approaches and strategies for increasing impact with respect to the next REF. Simon Kerridge 21 Sep 2015
37 Competing for excellence: Perverse and constructive effects of evaluation machines in academia Professor Paul Wouters discusses the current tensions in the way researchers are being evaluated and assessed and introduces the concept of "evaluation machines" to understand the dynamics behind disconnected assessment practices. Paul Wouters 21 Sep 2015
38 What was I thinking?! - being an academic in the age of impact Reflecting on experience as academic lead for the Warwick Commission for the Future of Cultural Value, Dr Eleonora Belfiore explores the possibilities and challenges that developing a collaborative approach to generating fresh policy thinking entails. Eleonora Belfiore 21 Sep 2015
39 Understanding research impact: analysis of the REF impact case studies Delivering impact from research has become a central feature of the research policy landscape in the UK and beyond, in this seminar Dr Stephen Hill considers what is meant by ‘research impact’ and examines recent impact case studies. Steven Hill 21 Sep 2015
40 In metrics we trust? Impact, indicators & the prospects for social science over the next five years James Wilsdon talks about the role of metrics in researcg assessment and the opportunities & dilemmas for the social sciences & humanities. James Wilsdon, David Walker 21 Sep 2015
41 Design and practice: a study of the design, build and occupation of new schools Prof. Harry Daniels & Hau Ming Tse present an account of ways in which the discourses and practices of school design produce educational spaces which mediate and shape the discourses and practices of teaching and learning when the building is occupied. Harry Daniels, Hau Ming Tse 22 Jun 2015
42 Creative Commons Questioning the UK government’s vision of higher education and social mobility A public seminar from the Department of Education, given by Dr Susan James Relly, Assistant Director of SKOPE. Susan James Relly 09 Jun 2015
43 What Kind of Learning do we want? 21st Century Learning, the Standards Agenda and Expert Learners How can we help students move from being novices to proficient apprentices to experts in the domain? Gordon Stobart 08 Jun 2015
44 Predictability in High-Stakes Assessment: Students’ Approach to Learning This study investigated the predictability of the Leaving Certificate examination in Ireland, where public accusations of predictable exams are of serious concern. Jo-Anne Baird, Therese Hopfenbeck, Daniel Caro 22 May 2015
45 Does being in care provide protection or increase risk? Understanding the outcomes of children in care A public seminar from the Department of Education, given by Professor Janet Boddy, University of Sussex and Professor Donald Forrester, University of Bedfordshire. Janet Boddy, Donald Forrester 13 Apr 2015
46 Education, language and the social brain A public seminar from the Department of Education, given by Dr Neil Mercer, University of Cambridge. Neil Mercer 02 Mar 2015
47 Mobile learning in global health training. What about social justice? Niall discusses emerging findings from the ESRC/DFID­funded project "mCHW: a mobile  learning intervention for community health workers”.  Niall Winters 19 Feb 2015
48 Modalities and mechanisms of effective school inspections A public seminar from the Department of Education, given by Dr Melanie Ehren, senior lecturer at the London Centre for Leadership and Learning. Melanie Ehren, Pamela Sammons 06 Feb 2015
49 The death of human capital: why there are no exceptions A public seminar from the Department of Education, given by Professor Hugh Lauder, University of Bath. Hugh Lauder 05 Feb 2015
50 Production tasks underestimate the grammatical abilities of sequential bilingual children Department of Education Public Seminar delivered by Professor Theodoros Marinis on sequential bilingual children. Theodoras Marinis 21 Jan 2015
51 Contrasting the dynamics of English  and Finnish education policy­making A public seminar from the Department of Education, delivered by Dr Jaakko Kauko, University of Helsinki. Jaakko Kauko 05 Dec 2014
52 English language policy and educational planning: Issues and concerns in Asian contexts A public seminar from the Department of Education, delivered by Dr Roger Barnard. Roger Barnard 01 Dec 2014
53 Effects of pre-school education on outcomes at age 16 and predicted lifetime earnings: Findings from the mixed method EPPSE study A public seminar from the Department of Education, delivered by Professors Pam Sammons and Kathy Sylva. Pat Sammons, Kathy Sylva 01 Dec 2014
54 Are there some questions that can’t be answered? The limits of research in teacher education A public seminar from the Department of Education, delivered by Dr Katharine Burn and Trevor Mutton. Katharine Burn, Trevor Mutton, Harry Daniels 01 Dec 2014
55 The rise and rise of testing and use of assessment data in Australia A public seminar from the Department of Education, delivered by Professor Val Klenowski, Queensland University of Technology. Val Klenowski, Jo-Anne Baird 01 Dec 2014
56 The Class: Connections and Disconnections in the Digital Age This talk by Prof. Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics, reflects on a recent ethnographic study of a year 9 class – researched at school and at home over an academic year. Sonia Livingstone, Chris Davies 27 Jun 2014
57 From Multiversity to Postmodern University This seminar presentation traces the emergence of postmodernist models of higher education institutions (HEIs) from Clark Kerr’s 1963 idea of the American multiversity to Zygmunt Bauman’s more recent notion of the postmodern university. Claire Donovan 17 Jun 2014
58 Developing a Dialogic Approach to Early Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teaching: insights and findings from the epiSTEMe project. Prof. Kenneth Ruthven gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series Kenneth Ruthven 17 Jun 2014
59 Pronoun Interpretation in the Second Language A talk from the Department of Education Public Seminar series given by Prof. Roumyana Slabakova (Universities of Southampton and Iowa) and Prof. Lydia White (McGill University). Roumyana Slabakova, Lydia White 15 May 2014
60 Creative Commons Multi-Word Vocabulary and literacy development in children with English as an Additional Language Dr Vicky Murphy talks on research examining figurative vocabulary knowledge in primary school children with EAL, examining collocations (multiword phrases) and idioms and the relative contribution this type of word knowledge makes to literacy development. Vicki Murphy 24 Mar 2014
61 Creative Commons Can Psychological Research Improve Selection of Teachers? In this talk, Prof. Klassen, University of York, considers how psychological research can inform how teachers are selected for training and practice, leading to new selection approaches that can strengthen the quality of schools in the UK and elsewhere. Robert Klassen 14 Mar 2014
62 Heritage Speaker Bilingualism: Input Issues in Grammatical Outcomes Professor Jason Rothman presents a survey of experimental research examining the grammatical knowledge and performances of heritage speaker bilinguals, most of which demonstrate that as a group they differ significantly from monolingual counterparts. Jason Rothman 28 Feb 2014
63 The Impact of the Social Sciences Patrick Dunleavy, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, explains how the impacts of university social science have been under-researched, and their effectiveness often decried. Patrick Dunleavy 28 Feb 2014
64 Creative Commons Educational Testing as an Accountability Measure A public seminar given by Dr Christian Ydesen who is a researcher at Aalborg University, Denmark Christian Ydesen 07 Feb 2014
65 Creative Commons Can a single model of task complexity differentiate between the difficulty of writing and speaking tasks? Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli is Lecturer in TESOL & Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading. In this presentation the existing models of task difficulty will be introduced and their applicability to L2 writing and speaking modes will be examined. Parvaneh Tavakoli 07 Feb 2014
66 Creative Commons A Sociocultural Imagination: Studying the Formative Effects of 'Everydayness' Harry Daniels is Professor of Education at the University of Oxford. He previously held Chairs at the Universities of Bath and Birmingham. He is co-convener and Research Director of the Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research (OSAT). Harry Daniels 13 Dec 2013
67 English as an Additional Language: Talking to Learn? Prof. Leung (King's College London) has worked for many years in the field of second/additional language education. His academic and research interests include classroom pedagogy, content and language-integrated curriculum development, language assessment Constant Leung 03 Dec 2013
68 Creative Commons The Attraction of Psychology and the Rhetoric of Neuroscience: on 'Knowing How to Go On' in the Educational Field Paul Smeyers is Research Professor for Philosophy of Education at Ghent University, Extraordinary Professor at K.U.Leuven, and Honorary Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University. Paul Smeyers 20 Nov 2013
69 Creative Commons Student Evaluations of University Teaching: Recommendations for Policy and Practice Professor Herb Marsh is a world-leading researcher in Educational Psychology. He is the author of internationally recognised psychological tests that measure self-concept, motivation and university students' evaluations of teaching effectiveness. Herb Marsh 12 Nov 2013
70 Creative Commons Doing practical work: rationality and heuristics in teaching A public seminar given by Professor Walter Doyle, University of Arizona, at the Oxford University Department of Education. Walter Doyle 29 Oct 2013
71 Creative Commons Does it matter what 'validity' means? In this seminar Paul E Newton, Professor of Education Assessment University of London, Institute of Education talks about how scholars have been trying to agree on a meaning of validity. Paul E Newton 25 Feb 2013
72 Creative Commons Exploring the meanings of standards in language testing Public Seminar delivered by Professor Barry O'Sullivan from the British Council on 11/02/2013. Barry O'Sullivan 12 Feb 2013
73 Creative Commons Task as Workspace for Language Learning and Teaching Public Seminar delivered by Prof. Martin Bygate, University of Lancaster on 28/01/2013. A focus for Task Based Language Teaching research which might help the development of TBLT. Martin Bygate 07 Feb 2013