Department of Education

Tracey Denton-Calabrese

Research Officer

Tracey Denton-Calabrese is a Research Officer at the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment.

She is currently working with Professor Therese Hopfenbeck and the OUCEA team on a research study funded by the Jacobs Foundation on assessing and facilitating creativity and curiosity in the classroom. This research is being conducted in collaboration with the Australian Council for Educational Research and the International Baccalaureate.

In her previous post, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the Go_Girl Code+Create project and won a place on the Oxford Foundry LEV8 Women Programme. She was also a participant on the Aspect Network SUCCESS Programme and a finalist for the Fair Education Alliance Innovation Award 2020.

Tracey completed her Doctorate in Education at the University of Oxford where she undertook an ethnographic multi-site case study on how school culture shapes and is shaped by the implementation of the New Technology model (or “New Tech” model), a prominent school reform effort in the United States with a strong focus on developing school culture and combining project-based learning with extensive use of ICTs. She utilized ethnographic methods to understand the everyday experiences and practices of school leaders, teachers and students working within New Tech schools. The study was framed using a sociocultural perspective, examining the culture of New Tech schools and its contextualization within broader cultural ideologies, social patterns and influences.

She has taught school ethnography sessions for the MSc Education (Learning and Technology) programme. She is a former teacher and technology curriculum coordinator and earned her M.A. in Instructional Technology & Media from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is also a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and has a wide range of research interests which include educational anthropology, creativity and curiosity in schools, education reform, school culture, the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in formal and informal settings, and issues of digital equity.

Tracey has a presence on LinkedIn and Twitter: @tdcalabrese

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