IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: On lightbulb moments

28 April 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Student raises hand in foreground, teacher in background. Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education

In this webinar, Dr Oliver Belas considers the often-heard complaint that educators don’t teach students to think. He will illustrate how, out of routine and discipline, from time to time lightbulb moments occur.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Alison Brady

For more information and to register for the event, please contact Alison Brady.

In dialogue with David Aldridge’s analysis of engagement (as the event of learning), Dr Belas will offer a modest defence of discipline and routine, suggesting they are neither synonymous with, nor do they entail much in the way of, prescription. What they do produce is familiarity, which might be conducive to engagement and thinking – the 'lightbulb moment'.

PESGB seminar series

The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with Philosophy at the Institute of Education. 

These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern. All are welcome to attend.


Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education

About the Speaker

Dr Oliver Belas

Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Bedfordshire

Oliver teaches both education and English at the University of Bedfordshire. Before joining in January 2017, he worked in a secondary school, teaching English literature, English language, creative writing, and the extended project qualification.

Before that, he taught English at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is working on a monograph, to be published by Routledge, which addresses matters of knowledge and disciplinary identity in schooled English and creative writing.