School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences


Education Research Seminars

our regularly updated list of research seminars

2019 - 20

Prof. Keri Facer, Bristol University
Tuesday 22 Oct, 4-5pm KGVI ilab
A conversation about climate change and Education: what steps can we take?

Prof. Stephen Gorard, Durham University
Thursday 21 Nov, 1-2pm KGVI LT4
Education Policy: evidence of equity and effectiveness

Prof. David Leat, Newcastle University
Thursday 17 Dec, 1-2pm KGVI LT4
Community Curriculum Making – one size does not fit all 

Dr. Maria Katsipataki, Durham University
January 2020
Key findings: Meta-research and the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit

Dr James Stanfield, Newcastle University
February 2020
Investigating the impact of SOLE in schools and day care centres in Eastern Europe

Prof. Trevor Gale, Glasgow University
March 2020
Provisional title: Exploring aspects of Social Justice

Dr. Andrew Manches, Edinburgh University
Tuesday 21st Apr, 1-2.30pm Lunch at 12pm KGVI 1.71 & 1.71A
Embodied cognition, early learning, and the potential of new technologies 

Dr. Pam Woolner, Newcastle University
Tuesday 19th May, 1-2pm
Space for change: using the physical environment to support pedagogical innovation

June 2020 TBC

Dr. Steve Humble, Newcastle University
July 2020


Dr. Sarah Ganassin, Newcastle University
Tuesday 30 Oct, 1-2.30pm 1.43B KGVI
Chinese Community Schools in the UK as Intercultural Spaces: negotiating Chinese culture, language and identity
Dr. Michelle Prytula, University of Saskatchewan
Tuesday 20th Nov, 1-2.30pm KGVI LT4
Inspired by the online dating scene: An innovative approach to solving complex practice and policy challenges with mentor- mentee matching for the pre-service teacher practium
Prof. Steve Strand, Oxford University
Thursday 13 Dec, 4-5.30pm KGVI LT1
English as an Additional Language and Educational Achievement in England
Prof. Dennis Atkinson, Goldsmiths
Tuesday 22 Jan, 1-2.30pm KGVI LT5 Art
Disobedience and Learning
Professor Caroline Walker Gleaves, Newcastle University
Tuesday 26th Feb, 1-2.30pm KGVI LT1
The last word on feedback: understanding the affordances and impediments of digital feedback in relation to students’ work in higher education
Professor Robert Klassen, University of York
Thursday 7 March, 1-2.30pm KGVI LT5
Can we predict teacher effectiveness? Psychological and cross-cultural perspectives
Dr. Deborah Osberg, University of Exeter
Tuesday 16th April, 1-2.30pm Room TBC
Beyond the Educational Machine: Prolegomena for an aesthetic theory of education
Professor Teresa Cremin, Open University
Thursday 9 May, 1-2.30pm KGVI 1.71a
Exploring Reading for Pleasure Practices
Dr. Steve Humble, Newcastle University
Tuesday 11th June, 1-2.30pm KGVI 1.36b
Multidimensionality of Creative Thinking
Dr. Simon Gibbs, Newcastle University
Thursday 4th July, 1-2.30pm KGVI 1.36b
Immoral Education: What’s happening doc; where are we going?


Date and time - Speaker name and institution - Seminar title

Tuesday 31 Oct, 1pm - Professor Sugata Mitra, Newcastle University - The future of learning

In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them.Seventeen years of experiments with children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children, in groups, can form ‘self organising systems’ that results in emergent learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: Groups of children with access to the Internet can learn anything by themselves. The mechanism of this kind of learning seems similar to the appearance of spontaneous order, or ‘emergent phenomena’ in chaotic systems.From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.

Using the 2013 $1m TED Prize, he has built seven ‘Schools in the Cloud’, where Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs) and a ‘Granny Cloud’ of mediators over the Internet, interact with unsupervised children. The results of this three-year study are not yet fully analysed but Sugata will present some of the preliminary findings. We begin to see some glimpses of what schools should be for and what curricular, pedagogic and assessment changes will be required in the future.

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Thursday 16 Nov, 1pm - Thomas Martell, Education Endowment Foundation - Putting evidence to work in schools

Since 2011, the Education Endowment Foundation has sought to use evidence to break the link between family income and educational attainment.  We have done this in three broad ways:

  • Synthesising the existing evidence: most notably through our Teaching and Learning Toolkit
  • Generating new evidence: we have worked with 1/3 of English schools and commissioned ~150 trials
  • Scaling up evidence: we are currently experimenting with different approaches to putting evidence to work in schools

Tom will highlight key aspects of the EEF’s work and share some of the lessons learnt from the EEF’s first 6 years as well as some of the challenges for the years ahead.

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Thursday 7 Dec, 1pm - Dr Heather Smith, Newcastle University - ROMtels (Roma translanguaging enquiry learning space): language and power - cancelled

Tuesday 23 Jan, 1pm - Dr Steve Humble, Newcastle University - School choice in sub Saharan Africa - Dispelling myths

Thursday 22 Feb, 1pm - Professor Robert Klassen, University of York - Can we predict teacher effectiveness? Psychological and cross-cultural perspectives

Thursday 15 March, 1pm - Professor Tim Jay, Sheffield Hallam University - Why is parental engagement hard? Politics and purpose in out-of-school mathematics learning

Thursday 19 April, 4pm - Professor Caroline Walker-Gleaves, Newcastle University - The last word on feedback: understanding the affordances and impediments of digital feedback in relation to students' work in higher education

Tuesday 22 May, 1pm - Professor Neil Mercer, University of Cambridge - Why oracy matters

Thursday 7 June, 1pm - Professor Samantha Twistleton, Sheffield Hallam University - tbc

Thursday 28 June, 1pm - Professor Steven Watson, University of Cambridge - Self-efficacy and social cognitive theory as basis of teacher professional learning theory

Thursday 12 July, 12pm - Dr Simon Gibbs, Newcastle University - Immoral education: the assault on teachers' identity, autonomy and efficacy


We will confirm the venues shortly.


Date/Time Speaker Paper Title Venue

Nov 1 1 – 2.30pm Professor Caroline Walker-Gleaves (Newcastle University) Caring about research in relationships and caring: is there an appetite for such research in 21st century education institutional cultures? -KGVI 1.36B

Dec 13 1 – 2.30pm Dr Helen E Lees (Newman University) The fears of education research: conservativism, silences, silencing and making a difference KGVI LT5

Jan 17 4 - 5.30pm - Professor Sugata Mitra (Newcastle University) - The future of learning KGVI LT4

Feb 16 1 – 2.30pm Professor Stephen Gorard (Durham University) - What progress has been made towards evidence-based education? KGVI 1.36C - Seminar Slides - SG

March 9 1 – 2.30pm Professor Daniel Mujis (University of Southampton) - Improving schools in coastal towns: evidence from secondary data analysis - KGVI LT5

March 23 1 – 2.30pm Professor Terry Wrigley (Northumbria University) Living on the edge: rethinking poverty, class and schooling KGVI 1.36C - Seminar Slides - TW2016

May 2 1 – 2.30pm Professor Pat Sikes (University of Sheffield) I didn’t have any choice: research that demands to be done KGVI 1.36B

June 6 4 – 5.30pm Dr. Steven Watson (University of Cambridge) - Teacher self-efficacy and social cognitive theory in teacher education KGVI LT5

June 22 1 – 2.30pm Professor Mark Priestley (University of Stirling) - Teacher agency: what is it and why does it matter? KGVI LT5 - Seminar series - MP2016