Research Seminars 2011/12

Each term the Graduate School of Education arranges a series of Research Seminars for staff, students, visitors from other educational institutions and partnership schools, where internationally renowned academics present their current or recently completed research and scholarly work. The seminars are aimed primarily at those involved or interested in educational research. Attendance is free and teachers and other professionals are welcome to attend. The Seminars are held at the Graduate School of Education, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LU.

These Seminars also provide a forum for colleagues from various institutions to meet and discuss current issues. We hope that as many of you as possible will attend the seminars and join in the informal discussions afterwards. There is no need to inform us in advance - just turn up at the seminar.

The table below shows upcoming events. We also have a listing of past research seminars for 2011/12, where in some cases you can download recordings from the event.

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16 January 2018

Seminar by Professor Andrew Martin (University of New South Wales) Growth Approaches to Academic Motivation, Engagement, and Achievement

Too many assessment systems represent a zero-sum game in which some students’ success comes at the expense of other students’ success. Under a growth framework, however, all students have access to a sense of achievement and efficacy; although they may not outperform peers, they can outperform their own previous efforts.. Full details
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6 February 2018

Seminar by Dr Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University) Text World Theory and teacher-oriented grammatics: Facilitating creativity, reading and writing in the classroom

Stylistics has both over time and more recently underpinned much work that has gone on in EFL teaching, work in English departments in higher education, and creative and professional writing programmes. However, its potential influence as a valuable pedagogical tool for secondary age students (11-18) has yet to be fully explored. This paper therefore argues for a stylistics-informed pedagogy in the secondary phase drawing on Halliday’s notion of ‘grammatics’ as a way of using knowledge about language ‘to think with’. Specifically, I argue that Text World Theory offers an example of what I term ‘teacher-oriented grammatics’ and provides a cognitively-informed updating of existing reader-responses theories which have traditionally been seen as highly attractive by teachers.. Full details
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27 February 2018

Seminar by Emeritus Professor Ian Menter (University of Oxford) Teacher education and government: a tale of two countries

The relationships between politics and teacher education have become increasingly close over recent decades in many contexts around the world, often causing significant challenges as well as some opportunities. Full details
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13 March 2018

Seminar by Professor Dongbo Zhang (University of Exeter) Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Reading Development

In this talk, I will discuss development of reading abilities from cross-linguistic perspectives. Print represents spoken language, which is a universal principle that holds across languages; yet how specifically different linguistic units are encoded in print vary from language to language. The similarities and variations in language-to-print mapping relationships suggest universal as well as language/script-specific processes in early reading development. Full details
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8 May 2018

Seminar by Dr Joanne Pearce (University College London) From Anthroposophy to non-confessional preparation for spirituality?

It has been suggested common schools might be able to learn from spiritual education in Steiner schools. This assumes practice in Steiner schools is compatible with the aims of spiritual education in common schools. I question this by considering whether the former is confessional, as the latter should not be. I explain how my concern about the potentially confessional nature of Steiner spiritual education arose. I then argue for a nuanced understanding of confessional education, distinguishing between ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ confessional education, as well as between confessional education as intentional and as defined by outcome. I argue that spiritual education in common schools should prepare pupils for spirituality, without being confessional. I consider whether Steiner schools are confessional by drawing upon findings from research conducted at six Steiner schools. Full details
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5 June 2018

Seminar by Dr Laura Black (University of Manchester) Deepening Engagement in Mathematical Learning: A question of ‘identity’?

This seminar will focus on the concept of identity and its value for exploring both engagement in learning and alienation from formal schooling. I will draw on work from across our research projects which have looked at students’ relationships with mathematics in a variety of contexts, including post 16 A-level mathematics, mathematically demanding programmes at university and more recently in early primary school (aged 5-6 years old). I will argue that identity provides a useful way to understand how our experiences ‘in practice’ become crystallised (through reflection) into statements about who we are as a person – for example, ‘I did this well’ may become ‘maths makes sense to me’ and eventually ‘I am gifted at maths’. Our work in this area has considered how students’ mathematical identities are mediated by practices which are classed, gendered etc. Therefore, in this seminar, I will argue that researching ‘identity’ is not merely a matter of addressing the STEM agenda by increasing engagement (and participation) in mathematically related subjects, but rather it can provide a lens through which to study the function mathematics plays in re-producing broader social inequalities in education.. Full details
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