‘From international in-person studies to remote video data collection: Conducting classroom-based research in a pandemic’

24th May 2021 : 17:00 - 18:00

Category: Public Seminar

Speaker: Therese Hopfenbeck (Dr. Tracey Denton–Calabrese, Dr Juliet Scott-Barrett and Dr Samantha-Kaye Johnston)

Location: Zoom

Audience: Public


Critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity are essential skills for life-long learning and these skills are the focus of many recent developments and debates in educational and assessment practices and policies. However, how do teachers foster the development of these skills? And how do researchers explore and observe some of these in classroom contexts?

In this seminar, we will present a research study funded by IB on critical thinking, with data collected before and under the pandemic in Australia, England and Norway. Secondly, we will provide background information on these skills as well as key practical, technical, and ethical considerations of conducting an international remote classroom-based video study to observe how teachers facilitate creativity and curiosity in primary school students.

This research is being conducted by the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA) across six schools in collaboration with the International Baccalaureate and the Australian Council for Educational Research and funded by a grant from the Jacobs Foundation.

Therese N. Hopfenbeck is professor of Educational Assessment, Director of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment and fellow at Kellogg College. She is the Course Director of the Master in Educational Assessment at the Department of Education, elected Vice-President of The Association for Educational Assessment-Europe and Lead Editor of the journal Assessment in Education, Principle, Policy and Practice.

Therese will be joined by Dr. Tracey Denton–CalabreseDr Juliet Scott-Barrett and Dr Samantha-Kaye Johnston.