Christine Paget

Tell us something about what you were doing before you came to Oxford

I was a History and Social Studies teacher in West Vancouver, Canada for 7 years before coming to Oxford to study.  Before that I was teaching English and living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for two years.

What do you like most about studying in the Department of Education?

I enjoy the challenge.  There are so many ways to develop your understanding of issues in education here; lectures, seminars, special interest group meetings, readings, and many more.  You are surrounded by incredible professors, students, and staff all of whom are supportive, friendly, and approachable.  Oxford has struck a great balance between challenging you and making sure you have everything you need to be successful.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

I value the small course groups and was attracted to the Research Design and Methodology course as fantastic way to prepare for the Doctorate program.

What qualities do you think an Education student at Oxford needs to have in order to be successful?

I think there is a lot of self-motivation and regulation required; the program workload is incredibly intense, but there are also so many other fun and interesting parts of the Oxford experience that you don’t want to miss out on.  It’s really tough to fit everything you want to do into a day.

We hope that you would recommend the Department of Education as a place to come and study. What reasons would you give for this?

The department is world renowned and for good reason.  It is incredible how quickly your work and your ideas evolve here, the professors are both supportive and inspiring, and it is all done in a friendly and approachable atmosphere.  It’s a phenomenal combination and I am very grateful for my time here.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I have been accepted into the DPhil program for next year.

If I knew before I started the course what I know now, I would….

Read even more around my areas of interest.

What are three things that you might suggest to students coming after you to help them get the most out of their time here?

  • Do the readings and make sure to take a lot of notes, it really helps around assignment time.
  • Make time for your thesis work every week starting in Michaelmas term.
  • Develop a strong support network with your course mates; it helps to have people to bounce ideas off of, talk about readings with, and enjoy some social time with.