Institute of Education


Forthcoming Events

Philosophy at the IOE: Ambivalence

Start: Nov 22, 2017 12:30:00 PM
End: Nov 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Ambivalence characterises a person as having two opposing attitudes: she maintains both and each is maintained by her as standing in conflict with the other.

CHES doctoral student seminars: November 2017

Start: Nov 22, 2017 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 22, 2017 7:00:00 PM

The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) doctoral seminar series offers an opportunity for PhD students in the field of higher education studies to present their research and discuss it with others involved in higher education.

Knowledge and the future of education: a celebration of the work of Michael Young

Start: Nov 22, 2017 6:15:00 PM
End: Nov 22, 2017 8:30:00 PM

This event celebrates Professor Michael Young’s fifty years at the Institute of Education (IOE). It looks back at the impact of his contribution to the sociology of education, and forward to the ways in which it can continue to inform debates about education. It will also launch a festschrift, 'Sociology, Curriculum Studies and Professional Knowledge', which has been edited by his colleagues, Professors David Guile, David Lambert and Michael Reiss.

Universities and their regions: intended and unintended impacts

Start: Nov 23, 2017 12:30:00 PM
End: Nov 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Universities may be becoming increasingly ‘global’, but they are always located ‘somewhere’. An ESRC project on ‘Higher Education and Regional Transformation’ (the HEART project) has examined the regional role of universities with an emphasis on social and cultural perspectives.

Inequalities in parental leave

Start: Nov 23, 2017 4:00:00 PM
End: Nov 23, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Professors Margaret O’Brien (UCL Institute of Education) and Sara Connolly (UEA) will be presenting findings at this seminar on inequalities in access to parental leave and flexible working, which aims to address UCL's Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality (GCJE).

The mismatch of scientism and science education

Start: Nov 29, 2017 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 29, 2017 7:15:00 PM

While it could be assumed that idealisation of science, termed as ‘scientism’, would cause science education to thrive, this seminar argues that the concept creates an inaccurate representation of science.

High stakes testing in mathematics

Start: Dec 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: Dec 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The nature, prevalence and effectiveness of strategies used to prepare pupils for key stage 2 mathematics tests.

The potential of disciplinary (curriculum) knowledge for identity formation

Start: Dec 5, 2017 12:30:00 PM
End: Dec 5, 2017 2:00:00 PM

There is an oft-repeated conviction that higher education has the potential to act as engine for social mobility, opening up opportunities for a diverse student body for valuable, meaningful employment and thereby addressing societal inequalities.

What if… we wanted to transform teaching as a career choice?

Start: Dec 5, 2017 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 5, 2017 6:45:00 PM

Teaching offers a buzz unlike any other job, yet we are struggling to attract and then retain teachers in the profession. Where have we gone wrong, and how can we change things for the future?

Bias in regressions with censoring on both sides

Start: Dec 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM
End: Dec 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Explore the biases when estimating the relationship between two censored endogenous variables. In this seminar, it is shown how such censoring affects linear instrumental variable (IV) estimates but also identify conditions under which they are consistent.

Philosophy as education in thinking

Start: Dec 6, 2017 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 6, 2017 7:15:00 PM

Wittgenstein, in the preface of his book, Philosophical Investigations, says that ‘I should not like my writing to spare other people the trouble of thinking. But if possible, to stimulate someone to thoughts of their own.’

Approaches to early reading interventions

Start: Dec 12, 2017 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 12, 2017 6:30:00 PM

This year the Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research & Practice (LLNR&P) annual Christmas lecture will be given by Professor Rob Savage, Head of the Department of Psychology and Human Development.

Crime-age profiles and school dropout

Start: Dec 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM
End: Dec 13, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Education policies such as school dropout age policies have scope to alter the shape of the crime-age profile and ultimately reduce crime.

Early childhood education and care: alternative perspectives, new debates

Start: Dec 13, 2017 1:15:00 PM
End: Dec 13, 2017 6:30:00 PM

Early childhood policy and practice in England is under pressure. It is dominated by an instrumental, economistic and positivistic narrative, expressed in a vocabulary of learning goals, school readiness, baseline assessment, investment and returns, and markets. Uncover the alternative narratives with eminent researchers who debate different perspectives on how early childhood might be.

What if… we really wanted evidence-informed practice in the classroom?

Start: Jan 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM
End: Jan 23, 2018 7:00:00 PM

There’s been a big push to get classroom practice shaped by evidence of ‘what works’. This has been largely inspired by advances in healthcare, where the use of research trials and national guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes is more established.

A magical noun: thinking critically about ‘creativity’

Start: Jan 31, 2018 12:30:00 PM
End: Jan 31, 2018 1:30:00 PM

To think critically about creativity means asking what we talk about when we talk about creativity. This word is a potent signifier but what it signifies is slippery, introducing a problem of meaning rather than a problem of practice.

What if… we really wanted to support schools facing the greatest challenge?

Start: Feb 6, 2018 5:45:00 PM
End: Feb 6, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Some schools have made a name for themselves in performing ‘against the odds’, their pupils chalking up impressive achievements in national tests and exams. But still there remains a link between schools’ circumstances and their performance, and some glaring geographical disparities.

What if… we wanted all kids to love maths?

Start: Mar 6, 2018 5:45:00 PM
End: Mar 6, 2018 7:00:00 PM

We use maths in every aspect of our lives. We need numeracy at work, as citizens to make sense of economic news, as patients to understand risks, as consumers to work out the best deal; the list goes on.