Lars-Erik Malmberg is Professor of Quantitative Methods in Education, at the Department of Education, University of Oxford in the UK.
He started off as a primary school teacher in Finland. He is Docent in Education with particular focus on quantitative methods, at Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland, where he earned his Doctorate of Education. He completed his post-doc at Yale University and enjoyed the prestigious Research Councils UK (RCUK) academic fellowship 2007-12.
He has more than 70 publications (peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reports). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Learning and Instruction 2018-21. His current research interests are on intrapersonal approaches to learning processes and modelling of intrapersonal data. He has published on effects of education, child care and parenting on developmental and educational outcomes, and teacher development.
He applies advanced quantitative models to the investigation of substantive research questions in education. He recently completed the ESRC-funded seminar series called “Network on Intrapersonal Research in Education.”
Jo-Anne is Director of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment. She completed a six-year term as Head of the Department of Education, has been Standing Adviser to the House of Commons Education Select Committee, a member of Ofqual’s Standing Advisory Group on Standards, Chair of the National Reference Test Expert Group, and a member of the Welsh Government’s Curriculum and Assessment Group. Before coming to Oxford, Jo-Anne held academic posts at the Institute of Education, University of London and the University of Bristol. Her first degree and doctorate were in psychology and she has an MBA. Her current research projects include Setting and Maintaining Standards in national examinations, Examination reform: the impact of modular and linear examinations at GCSE, Assessment for Learning in Africa (AFLA), intelligent accountability and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study England national centre.
Her research interests are in educational assessment, including system-wide structures and processes, examination standards, marking and assessment design. Jo-Anne conducts a lot of work with government and industry partners, including acting as the Standing Adviser to the House of Commons Education Select Committee, a member of Ofqual’s Standing Advisory Group and membership of the Welsh Government’s Curriculum and Assessment Group. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Oxford Review of Education journal and the International Advisory Board of Assessment in Education: principles, policy & practice. She has been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Bergen and Queen’s (Belfast). From 2013 to 2015 she was President of the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe.
- B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations, Harvard University
- M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Harvard University
- Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Harvard University
Kathy Sylva’s research interests include:
- Early childhood curriculum and assessment
- The ‘effectiveness’ of education in the pre-school and primary phases
- The contribution of parents to children’s learning
- Children’s Centres and Family Hubs
- Supporting parents in behaviour management and learning
- Reading Recovery and other literacy interventions
Kathy has conducted large-scale studies on the effects of early education and care on children’s development and has led several RCTs to evaluate parenting interventions. She has been specialist adviser to Parliamentary Select Committees and currently advises Ofsted, the Early Intervention Foundation, and the Education Endowment Foundation.
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
Kathy is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences, the British Psychological Society, and recipient of the British Educational Research Association’s Nisbett Award in 2014. She received an OBE for services to children and families in 2008 and has honorary doctorates from the Open University, Oxford Brookes, and the University of Gothenburg.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
- PI on ‘Early Years Covid 19 Recovery – Mentors and Experts Programme’ in collaboration with Ecorys, funded by the Department for Education
- CI on ‘Coaching Early Conversations, Interaction and Language’ With Ariel Lindorff (PI) Sutton Trust
- B.A.H. Linguistics/Psychology – Queen’s University, Kingston On, Canada
- M.A. Educational Psychology – McGill University, Canada
- Ph.D. – Second Language Education – McGill University Canada
Victoria Murphy would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:
- Language and literacy development in EAL (ELL/ESL/ Language Minority) children
- Child L2 and bilingualism
- Foreign language learning in primary school
- Lexical development and morphosyntax in L1 and L2 learners
Victoria is active in the following research areas, and would welcome DPhil applications on any of these, particularly those relating to EAL (language minority) children and child L2 learning and foreign language learning in primary school. She is also the convenor of the Research in English as an Additional Language (REAL) group. Her research is currently being funded by the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and Nuffield Foundation.
- language and literacy development in EAL (ELL/ESL/Language minority) children
- child L2 learning and bilingualism
- foreign language learning in primary school
- cognitive processes underlying L1 and L2 learning
- lexical development and morphosyntax in L1 and L2 learners
Current Research Project(s)
- Profiling writing challenges in children with English as an additional language (EAL) (Nuffield)
- Reading comprehension and oral language development in EAL (English as an Additional Language) children
- Effects of L2 learning on L1 literacy in Primary school children
- Developing morphosyntax in children’s L1
- Morphological awareness in writing in primary school children