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Examination Standards: How measures and meanings differ around the world Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Published on 10 September Examination Standards is a new book produced by an international team involving the department’s Director, Professor Jo-Anne Baird, which sets out the key findings from recently completed research on the diversity of approaches used in worldwide curriculum-related exam systems. The team’s accounts are representative of a selection of jurisdictions (Chile, England, […]

Department Contributes to Policy Change on Teacher Education in Norway Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Following advice from an international advisory group involving the department’s Director of Research, Professor Alis Oancea, The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) has announced that it will no longer audit its new five-year masters programmes for thematic supervision of primary and lower secondary school teacher education in 2019/20. This decision, resulting directly […]

Department Welcomes Professor Simon Marginson Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

The department if delighted to welcome Professor Simon Marginson who joined this week as Professor of Higher Education, in association with Linacre College. Simon specialises primarily in higher education, and comparative and international education in the context of globalisation, and is one of the world’s most highly cited social science researchers in these fields. He […]

Professor Diane Mayer joins the Department of Education Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

The department is delighted to welcome Professor Diane Mayer as Statutory Professor of Education. Diane brings an extraordinary breadth of international experience in research on teachers’ work and professional learning and the implications for policy and knowledge exchange.  Her research and scholarship focuses on teacher education and early career teaching, examining issues associated with the policy […]

44th International Association For Educational Assessment Confernence Focuses on Big Data Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

This year’s annual International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) conference, hosted by the department’s Centre for Educational Assessment, welcomed over 400 participants from examination boards across the globe to St Catherine’s College, Oxford from 9 – 14 September. The theme for the conference was Assessment and Big Data, with keynotes delivered by Rebecca Eynon (Department of […]

Professor Malmberg to Deliver Inaugural Seminar: Intraindividual Research in Education Friday, August 31st, 2018

29 October 2018 – Professor Lars-Erik Malmberg (Quantitative Methods in Education) will deliver his first Professorial talk as part of the department’s flagship public seminar series. The Department of Education’s public seminar series are convened by members of the department and run throughout the academic year. The Michaelmas term 2018 programme will include a wealth […]

Prestigious Fellowship for Professor Siraj Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Congratulations to Professor Iram Siraj (Chair in Child Development and Education) who has been appointed as Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, University of Oxford with effect of 1st October 2018. Professor Siraj joined the department in June 2018 from University College London where she was Professor of Early Childhood Education. Her research is largely focussed […]

Congratulations to Professor Malmberg Monday, August 13th, 2018

Following the 2018 Recognition of Distinction exercise, Lars-Erik Malmberg has been awarded the title of Professor of Quantitative Methods in Education with immediate effect.   Lars’ contribution to quantitative research in social science utilising highly advanced techniques and applying them to education research areas is internationally renowned.  Congratulations to Lars on this outstanding achievement. To […]

Society for the Scientific Study of Reading’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Congratulations to Professor Charles Hulme who has recently received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR) conference held in Brighton on 18 – 21 July. This award honors empirical, theoretical, or scholarly work or collections of works that have served significantly to further the scientific understanding of […]

Challenging the validity and utility of the proposed Reception Baseline Assessment in England Monday, July 23rd, 2018

A new report published by the British Educational Research Association and involving the department’s Senior Research Fellow, Professor Pam Sammons,  provides a critical review of  the government’s proposals for a baseline assessment of all children at reception entry, which will cost upward of £10 million.  The report ‘A baseline without basis: New report challenges the proposed reception baseline […]

Oxford’s second Symposium for Comparative and International Education explores education, uncertainty and the changing nature of society Friday, July 6th, 2018

The department’s Centre for Comparative and International Education held its 2nd Oxford Symposium for Comparative and International Education (OXSCIE) in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation and the Global Centre for Pluralism at Keble College, Oxford on 19 – 20 June 2018. Over 150 academics, donors, policy makers and practitioners attended from across the globe to […]

Visiting Professor Announcement: Professor Jennifer Gore Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The department is delighted to announce that the University has conferred the title of Visiting Professor on Professor Jennifer Gore. Professor Gore is Laureate Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia, the first female to be awarded the Laureate Professorship at the university and the only social scientist […]

Bishop calls for a public service covenant to wipe out student debt for future caring professionals Monday, June 25th, 2018

The Church of England’s lead bishop for further and higher education, the Rt Revd Tim  Dakin, has called for a public service covenant  between the state and students studying for and entering the caring professions, who face crippling long-term debt and are unlikely to ever earn high salaries. The call made on 8 June was […]

Race Disparity Audit Report cites departmental evidence Friday, June 15th, 2018

A new report published this week by the Women and Equalities Select Committee has cited evidence given by Professor Steve Strand (Professor of Education) on the educational indicators of the Race Disparity Audit – a programme examining the racial disparities in public services and across Government. In his evidence to the review, Professor Strand demonstrated how education is key […]

Department gives evidence to Education Select Committee for newly launched Life Chances Inquiry Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Professor Ted Melhuish (Professor of Human Development) gave oral evidence to the Education Committee on Tuesday 12 June to support a new inquiry examining the impact that early years education and social policy have on determining children’s life chances. The session, which was the first in the inquiry, focused on early years education provision, support for parents […]

Reducing teacher workload Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

The Department for Education have reaffirmed their commitment to reducing unnecessary teacher workload and released a new video ‘Working together on workload’ which draws on the department’s research on effective marking practices. The research report, A marked improvement?, which was published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in 2016 looks at what research evidence says […]

Joshua McGrane and Robert Woore awarded the title of Associate Professor Monday, April 30th, 2018

Congratulations to Joshua McGrane and Robert Woore have been awarded the title of Associate Professor in recognition of their distinction in their fields and their contributions to research, teaching and administration of the department.  Joshua McGrane is the Deputy Director of the department’s Centre for Educational Assessment and has a Research Fellowship funded by AQA. […]

Professor Simon Marginson appointed as Associate Professor of Higher Education with title of Professor of Higher Education Monday, April 30th, 2018

The department is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Marginson as Associate Professor of Education, with title of Professor of Higher Education, in association with Linacre College.  Professor Marginson will be joining the department in September 2018. Professor Marginson is Professor of International Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education, prior to which he was Professor […]

Why Closing the Word Gap Matters – new research finds evidence of a significant word gap in UK schools Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Researchers from the department have contributed to a new report conducted by Oxford University Press, which has found evidence of a significant word gap in UK schools. The word gap refers to children whose lack of vocabulary significantly affects their learning and, as a result, their future life chances. The research surveyed more than 1,300 […]

Highly Commended at the O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards 2018 Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Congratulations to researchers from the department’s Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education who have been Highly Commended for Excellence in Impact in the inaugural O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards for their work on The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England – the first major study in England to explore the relationship between educational […]

Department Academics Appointed to PISA 2021 Expert Groups Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Academics from the department have been selected to serve on expert groups for the 2021 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial international survey run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. Dr Therese N. Hopfenbeck will […]

Unsure Starts – study finds extent of children’s centre closures is double official government figures Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Findings from research led by Professors Kathy Sylva (Principal Investigator) and Pam Sammons (Co-Invesigator) has shown that government records of Sure Start children’s centre closures are a massive underestimate. The project, conducted between the department and the Department of Social Policy, and commissioned by the Sutton Trust, the foundation dedicated to improving social mobility through education, issued […]

House of Commons symposium on teacher education policy Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Academics from the department were invited to present their research at a special education symposium hosted by Mike Kane MP (Shadow Schools Minister) at the House of Commons on Wednesday 28 February.The themes of the symposium, which attracted over 70 academics, legislators and stakeholders from across the UK and abroad, were evidence, equity and innovation. […]

Department gives evidence to Parliament on Evidence-based early years intervention inquiry Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Professor Edward Melhuish (Professor of Human Development, Department of Education), gave evidence to The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee on Tuesday 20 March 2018 to support an inquiry examining how adverse childhood experiences impact later life and how research is being used to create effective support interventions and health policies to address […]

Professor Steve Strand appointed to REF 2021 education panel Monday, March 26th, 2018

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The REF is carried out by expert panels for each of the 34 subject-based units of assessment (UOA). The panel members include leading researchers in their fields with expertise in the wider use and benefits of […]

Iram Siraj appointed as Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Child Development & Education Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

The department is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Iram Siraj OBE as its new Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Child Development Education. Professor Siraj will take up the role on 1 June 2018 and is a lead international expert in pre-school and primary education research and policy. Currently Professor of Education at […]

Department gives evidence on lifelong learning to Economic Affairs Select Committee Friday, March 16th, 2018

Professor Ewart Keep (Director, Centre on Skills Knowledge and Organisational Performance) gave evidence on lifelong learning to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on Tuesday 27 February. The witnesses, also including Professor Sir Alan Tuckett (University of Wolverhampton) and Mr Stephen Evans (Learning and Work Institute), were asked about the boundaries between further and […]

Professor Diane Mayer appointed as Statutory Professor of Education Friday, March 2nd, 2018

The department is delighted to announce that following an international search and selection process, the Electoral Board has appointed Professor Diane Mayer to the post of Statutory Professor of Education in association with Harris Manchester College. Professor Mayer will be joining the department in September 2018 and brings an extraordinary breadth of international experience in […]

Putting the Department’s higher education policy research at the heart of the national tuition fee debate Friday, February 23rd, 2018

With the recently announced review of post-18 education, questions of fees and funding for undergraduates and the provision of technical qualifications are back on the political agenda in England and the UK more widely. Dr Helen Carasso, pathway convenor for the MSc Education (HE), was invited to contribute to that debate, as an expert witness […]

Responsible research policy  Monday, February 12th, 2018

Professor Alis Oancea has been appointed to a new Horizons2020 Expert Group on New Indicators for Researchers’ Engagement with Open Science and its Impacts. The group will advise the European Commission on which type of indicators or metrics may be advanced and supported by public policy for the purpose of assessing the extent of researchers’ responsible […]

Making PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) results more useful for teachers Friday, February 9th, 2018

The IEA’s Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is a valuable resource for educational researchers and policymakers, but not well understood by teachers. A new IEA Policy Brief published by Oxford University’s Centre for Educational Assessment researchers, Therese N. Hopfenbeck and Jenny Lenkeit, provides teachers in England with the guidance to help interpret data […]

David Kaplan to receive the 2018 Samuel J Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award Monday, February 5th, 2018

Congratulations to Professor David Kaplan who will be receiving the 2018 Samuel J Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association. This annual award honours an individual who has a long and distinguished history of scientific contributions within the field of quantitative research methods and is endowed by the Educational Testing Service, in memory of psychologist […]

Oral Language Intervention programme proven to improve vocabulary, grammar and listening skills to benefit schools Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

A newly announced partnership between the Nuffield Foundation and Oxford University Press will enable schools to benefit from an intervention led by Charles Hulme (Department of Education) and Maggie Snowling (St John’s College), which has proven to improve children’s oral language skills and support reading comprehension. The Nuffield Early Language Intervention is a 20-week programme […]

New project funded to enhance the Assessment of Practical Science Skills in Schools and Colleges Monday, January 15th, 2018

A new project entitled “Enhancing Summative Assessment of Practical Science: A Systemic Approach” started in January led by Professor Sibel Erduran and funded by Wellcome Trust in association with Gatsby Foundation. The project lasting for 3 years will be used to inform recommendations for future GCSE and A-level reform and will involve a partnership with […]

Dr Lisa Holmes becomes the New Director of The Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

We welcome Lisa Holmes as the new Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education from January 2018. Lisa has an international reputation for her research on fostering and child welfare and was previously the Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research at the University of Loughborough. Lisa Holmes said: […]

Emeritus Professor Terezinha Nunes Awarded The Hans Freudenthal Award for 2017 Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Terezinha Nunes, Department of Education, was awarded the 2017 Hans Freudenthal Award for her outstanding contribution to our understanding of mathematical thinking, its origins and development. For more than 35 years Terezinha has been researching children’s mathematical learning, as it takes place in formal and informal settings. The results of her numerous, exemplarily designed studies […]

Oxford University Educational Assessment Centre Appoints Dr Joshua McGrane as Deputy Director Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Dr Josh McGrane has been appointed Deputy Director of the Oxford University Educational Assessment Centre (OUCEA) from Hilary Term 2018. Since joining the Centre in Michaelmas 2016 as a research fellow, Josh has made a significant contribution to the continued success and progress of the Centre. Josh completed his university medal-winning PhD in Quantitative Psychology […]

Emeritus Professor Ernesto Macaro Monday, January 8th, 2018

On 15th December the department hosted a special reception to mark the occasion of Professor Ernesto Macaro’s retirement. Ernesto has been in the department since 1999 and has left an important legacy.  In addition to stellar research which led to a well-deserved international reputation in the areas of codeswitching, language learning strategies and more recently […]

Writers and their Education Monday, January 8th, 2018

Liam Gearon and Emma Williams (University of Warwick) have successfully bid for the Society for Educational Studies Annual Colloquium, this year on Writers and their Education, Oriel College, University of Oxford, 20-21 September 2018. The Colloquium brings together scholarly examination of conceptions, perceptions and representations of education in the life and works of writers across […]

Congratulations to Professor Judy Sebba OBE Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

The department is delighted to announce that Professor Judy Sebba (Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education) has been appointed OBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list for services to Higher Education and to Disadvantaged Young People. Judy was presented with the medal at a ceremony at Buckingham Place in March. She said: ‘I […]

25th Anniversary conference celebrating Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA) is proud to announce that the centre will be hosting an all-day event at St Annes College Oxford celebrating 25 years of the influential journal Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice. The conference will be held on 28th February 2018 and guest speakers will include Professor Paul […]

Inaugural Yidan Prize Ceremony, Hong Kong Monday, December 11th, 2017

The Department of Education was invited by Charles Chen, Founder of the Yidan Prize, to take part in the nomination process for the inaugural Yidan awards. Director of the Department, Jo-Anne Baird, attended the ceremony and conference for the first of 50 years’ prizes held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 10 December […]

Engaging Parents Effectively Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Fiona Jelley and Kathy Sylva have published a small-scale evaluation showing that training early years staff to engage with parents through interactive workshops led to positive change in parental home activities that support children’s learning. The work was part of the Parental Engagement Fund, set up by the Sutton Trust in partnership with the Esmée […]

Reading Literacy Around the World – England’s Pupils Among the Best in Europe Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

PIRLS 2016 is the fourth cycle of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, coordinated by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA) and Pearson have been appointed in partnership by the Department for Education to administer PIRLS 2016 in England. PIRLS 2016 results […]

Jo-Anne Baird on the Integrity of the Exam System at the Education Select Committee Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

The House of Commons Education Select Committee are conducting an investigation into the integrity of the English public examination system. The Director of the Department of Education, Professor Jo-Anne Baird gave evidence to the Committee on Tuesday 28 November 2017.  “Whilst recent cases of malpractice by teachers in the Pre-U examination were shocking, they were also […]

New funded PhD (DPhil) on digital innovation in Kenyan hospitals Friday, November 10th, 2017

We have a funded PhD (DPhil) co-supervised by Dr Niall Winters (Dept Education), Prof Mike English (Nuffield Dept Medicine) and Dr Chris Paton (Nuffield Dept Medicine), which will examine the current adoption of digital health innovations in Kenyan hospitals and exploring their potential for improving services and patient care. For more details, please see here. Informal enquires […]

Dr Carol Brown wins BPS Early Career Award Friday, November 10th, 2017

Dr Carol Brown received the British Psychological Society Psychology of Education Section Early Career Researcher Award at their annual conference in October 2017.   Carol presented work from her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘What motivates A-level students to achieve?  The role of expectations and values.’  Her graduation was on 11 November 2017.  Carol was delighted to […]

Raising Learning Outcomes in Developing Countries Friday, November 10th, 2017

David Johnson, Reader in Comparative Education and Director of the Centre for Comparative and International Education in the Department of Education has been appointed as Programme Research Lead for the ERSC-DFID funded £20 million Raising Learning Outcomes in Educational Systems Research Programme. The position was advertised by the ESRC last year. The Research Programme is […]

Funding awarded for science education workshops Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Professor Sibel Erduran and colleagues have been successful in securing funding from the Lorentz Centre to organise the event entitled “The Role of Science Education in a Changing World”. The event is due to take place from 8-12 January 2018 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Further information is available here.

Associate Professorship of Higher Education Thursday, October 12th, 2017

In association with Linacre College, Oxford. Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor of Higher Education. The appointment will be made in association with a Fellowship at Linacre College. In exceptional cases, the title of full Professor may be awarded on appointment. The main duties of the post will be: to contribute to […]

Department of Education third in the world and first in the UK for degrees in Education Monday, October 9th, 2017

The Department of Education, University of Oxford is proud of its achievements and pleased that the Times Higher Education (THE) has placed the department number 1 in the UK and number 3 in the world for degrees in Education, in the 2018 Time Higher Education World University Rankings by subject. Ranked just behind Stanford and […]

Report on literacy and foundation learning Monday, September 25th, 2017

A review authored by Sonali Nag examines the quality and range of tools used to measure literacy and foundational learning in developing countries. The review covers the assessment of language and literacy skills in children from age 3 to 14 (or preschool to Grade 8). It also includes assessment tools from studies published between 1990 […]

National Association for the Teaching of English Award Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Dr Velda Elliott has been presented with the National Association for the Teaching of English Research Award 2017. She was nominated for the award for the ‘tremendous amount of support’ she has ‘given the subject discipline, the journal [English in Education] and NATE, through her papers, reviews and general presence.’ The award is presented at […]

New Rees Centre Deputy Director Monday, July 10th, 2017

Dr Lisa Holmes has been appointed Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Rees Centre from October 2017. Lisa has an international reputation for her research on fostering and child welfare and is joining us from her role as the Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research at the University of Loughborough.  […]

PGCE student to represent UK at Invictus Games Monday, June 12th, 2017

PGCE Chemistry (Pembroke) student Faith Fordham is a Royal Navy veteran who lives in Oxfordshire. She was medically discharged in 2011 having sustained minor physical injuries in Afghanistan and has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Faith has been successfully combining her PGCE studies with intensive training and she has now been selected […]

Pam Sammons named Outstanding Graduate Supervisor Monday, May 15th, 2017

We’re delighted to announce that Professor Pam Sammons has won the Outstanding Graduate Supervisor Award. She accepted her prize on 11th May at the OUSU Teaching Awards at the Town Hall in Oxford. On the night, Professor Sarah Whatmore, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) gave a short address commending the hard work of all the nominees. There were a […]

William T. Davis award Friday, May 5th, 2017

Professors Christopher Day, Qing Gu & Pam Sammons have been presented with this Award for a paper in the Educational Administration Quarterly, the most prestigious American journal in that area, at the Division A meeting of AERA this year. They are the first English academics to receive it since its establishment in 1979. The William […]

University Pro-Proctor Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

On Wednesday 15 March Professor Alis Oancea concluded her term as a Pro-Proctor of the University at a ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre. The office of Proctor dates from at least 1209. Oxford’s two Proctors and the four Pro-Proctors who deputise for them are senior academic officers of the university who ensure that the University […]

New portrait of Professor Kathy Sylva Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Professor Kathy Sylva, OBE, is one of the inspirational people who “have made enormous contributions to Oxford life and to society more widely” (Dr Rebecca Surrender, PVC for Equality and Diversity), celebrated in a series of portraits recently commissioned by the University of Oxford. Sitters were selected from over a hundred nominations. Her portrait was […]

The importance of early education Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The British Association for Early Childhood Education has published a paper led by academics at Oxford. They warned against basing policy on a recent paper which claims to find only a weak link between the presence of graduates in preschool provision and children’s outcomes. Further information Sammons, P., Sylva, K., Hall, J., Siraj, I. Melhuish, […]