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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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Impact in an evolving research environment
# Episode Title Description People Date
101 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
102 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
103 ‘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
104 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
105 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
106 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
107 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
108 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
109 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
110 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
111 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
112 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
113 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
114 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
115 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
116 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
117 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
118 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
119 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
120 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
121 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
122 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
123 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
124 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
125 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
126 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
127 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
128 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
129 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
130 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
131 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
132 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
133 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
134 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
135 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
136 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
137 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
138 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
139 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
140 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
141 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
142 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
143 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
144 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