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Previous CEDiR Events and Seminars

Recent Events

Easter Term 2018

23 May (DMB 2S4, 15:00-16:30): Strategic Partnership for Innovation in Data Analytics in Schools (SPIDAS) Sibel Kazak (Pamukkale Universitesi, Turkey) and Manoli Pifarré (Universitat de Lleida, Spain) visited CEDiR colleagues to talk about their large ERASMUS+ SPIDAS project. During this open meeting, Sibel and Manoli presented an overview of their project, the main conclusions of state of the art, and their intentions in relation to the design, implementation and evaluation of the school-based pilots they are planning to undertake.

3 May (DMB GS3, 11:00-12:30): Sylvia Rojas-Drummond and Maria Jose Barrera visited for a week as part of a collaborative BA/Leverhulme project. The session was not a formal presentation, but offered an opportunity to hear about the research processes to date and to share ideas about it.

23-27 April: Visit from Sabine Zorn Prompted by Sabine's visit, a number of events were held throughout the week including a reading group and presentations (including by Sabine - 'Social interactions in the classroom: the case of students with an autism spectrum disorder and their teachers in French lower secondary school' and Sara Hennessy - 'Analysing educational dialogue: Methodological issues'). A workshop on coding classroom dialogue, including comparison of the affordances of different coding schemes, was also well attended.

Lent Term 2018

26-27 March: Tech-CEDiR events The Tech-CEDiR strand welcomed around 20 colleagues from around the UK (and overseas) during a workshop to consider the role of technology in supporting dialogue.

1 March (DMB GS1, 13:00-13:45): Doctoral students Elisa Calcagni and Leo Lago presented on recent work they have undertaken (“The Three Domains for Dialogue: a framework for describing and analysing dialogic approaches to teaching and learning”).

Bakhtin Reading Groups - organised by CEDiR's Theory & Methodology strand in collaboration with the Faculty's Children's Literature Research Cluster (CLRC). 25 January and 8 February *please note, the regular CEDiR group meeting followed these sessions (at 13:00-13:45)

Michaelmas Term 2017

23 November: CEDiR Reading Group & General Meeting (Donald McIntyre Building Room 1S7, 11:45-13:45) In advance of launching our more comprehensive programme of reading groups next term, we held a one-off session where we considered an article suggested by Prof Rupert Wegerif: “What is Dialogism?” by Per Linell. Following the reading group (at around 12:45), there was an additional opportunity for staff and students to discuss CEDiR's plans for 2018.

9 November: CEDiR Meeting (Donald McIntyre Building Room 1S3, 12:45-14:00)  A meeting to welcome new staff and students and to discuss CEDiR’s plans for 2018. There was also be an opportunity to learn more about CEDiR’s newly established research “strands”.

27 September 2017: The Impact of Dialogic Teaching on Student Learning 

Findings from two parallel large-scale projects were presented:

1. Dialogic Teaching Randomised Controlled Trial: Classroom talk, social disadvantage and educational attainment. Jan Hardman (University of York) discussed the findings of an EEF-funded dialogic teaching intervention conducted in Year 5 classrooms in collaboration with Frank Hardman & Robin Alexander.

2. Classroom Dialogue: It Does Make a Difference to Student Outcomes. Christine Howe (University of Cambridge) reported on the outcomes of her ESRC project (conducted with Neil Mercer, Sara Hennessy, Maria Vrikki & Lisa Wheatley) investigating the relationship of classroom dialogue with student learning in core subjects and attitudes to school in Year 6 classrooms.

Easter Term 2017

May 29-June 2: Visit by Marie Dahl Rasmussen, Lecturer in Danish didactics (teacher education), University College Capital and PhD-student, Aarhus Universitet, and Margrethe Sønneland, University of Stavanger in Norway. They gave a joint presentation entitled 'Possibilities of Joint Exploration - Pupils’ Conversations on Literature in a Scandinavian Perspective'. See the Teacher SEDA Talk Poster for further information.

31 May: CEDiR Seminar - A dialogic understanding of inclusive pedagogy: tracing professional conversations
Ruth Kershner, Faculty of Education
See the Dialogic understanding of inclusive pedagogy poster for further information.

June 7: CEDIR Seminar by Chrysi Rapanta (visitor from Lisbon, organised by her collaborator Fiona Maine) on PD for argumentation. See the Chrysi Rapanta Seminar poster for further information.

June 19: CEDIR Annual Picnic We held our annual CEDiR picnic to not only discuss plans for next year, but to say goodbye to Rupert Higham (who departed at the end of June) and to welcome Rupert Wegerif (who started his new post as Professor of Psychology in the Faculty on that day).

Lent Term 2017

May 10: Reading Group: Towards an Ethics of Answerability: Reconsidering Dialogism in Sociocultural Literacy Research by Mary Juzwik. Discussion introduced by Farah Ahmed. Article accessible here:

March 1: Reading group led by Tristan Igglesden, discussing "Knowledge-building patterns in educational dialogue” by Muhonen et al., International Journal of Educational Research 81 (2017) 25–37.

Wed 7 and Thu 8 Feb: Visit from Prof. David Clarke and Dr Esther Chan, University of Melbourne to discuss multimodal exploration of the nature and role of listening in dialogue. 

Feb 8: Assessing group dialogue: what is good participation in group discussions and how can teachers assess this? by Ayesha Ahmed (Faculty of Education) and Ruth Johnson (AQA).

Michaelmas Term 2016

Wed 7 Dec: A dialogic educational approach to Alzheimer's care - a CEDiR/ELPEC seminar with Nick Andrews. Nick gave details of the exciting DEEP project, and discussing its future development.

Fri 11 Nov: Mining of Social Behaviour in the Classroom with Ragnar Behncke, Universidad de Chile & Founder of SocialMap. This presentation focused on results from the use of glasses cameras to track 10-year-old students' gaze. See Mining of Social Behaviour poster for further information.

Tue 15 Nov: Using ELAN software for the systematic analysis of video data a FERSA/CEDiR/PEDAL workshop led by Marisol Basilio and Aline Frederico. See the ELAN Workshop poster for further information.

Oct 10: Welcome drinks to mark the start of term followed by a meal out.

Oct 10-13: Visit by Prof. Alex Groschner.

Sept 5-8: Visit by David Clarke and Esther Chan, University of Melbourne, who were on a European tour to forge partnerships for their newly funded “International network on the social essentials for learning”. CEDiR events included:

  • Sept 6: David and Esther presented on the topic of ‘Investigating the social nature of classroom learning', followed by breakout and plenary discussion debating the issues from different theoretical/disciplinary perspectives, and then lunch at Homerton.
  • Sept 6: Comparative coding of dialogue in a mathematics classroom - a hands-on workshop exploring issues arising in using different kinds of schemes, e.g. the adapted version of SEDA currently being used in the ESRC Dialogue project and tools from the Australian team's projects. (This followed up on the coding workshop run by the ESRC project team in a CEDiR event earlier this year.)
  • Sept 6: Discussion: "Are there distinctive features to mathematical dialogue, or are its dialogic features generic?” We might consider possible research project(s) to explore and test this.
  • Sept 7: Session focusing on CPD and teacher intervention in maths classrooms: How do we improve the quality of classroom dialogue? This session began with a short presentation from Steve Watson's team, and another from Sharon Walker and colleagues from CMEP (Cambridge Mathematics Education Project), again including lots of discussion time.
  • Sept 7: Maths Education Colloquium presentation by David and Esther entitled: "Classroom Learning: Speaking in and about Mathematics Classrooms” followed by meal out with speakers.

Easter term 2016

July 14: a joint event with CPERG (Cambridge Peace Education Research Group) focused on conflict resolution through mediation and dialogue, organised by Hilary Cremin. The event included a visit and demonstration by young peer mediators from Birmingham who are trained in conflict resolution, plus 3 short talks: • Hilary Cremin - A concept of circle time and peer mediation • Toshi Tsuruhara - Turning points in conflict mediation dialogues between students and neighbours in UK and Japan • Sara Greco (Switzerland) - The mediator as an architect of the parties' discussion

July 12: presentations & discussions on self-regulation and dialogue by the British Academy (UK-Chile) team: David Preiss & Valeska Grau Cardenas, Antonia Larrain, David Whitebread & Marisol Basilio, Pablo Torres. A joint CEDiR-P&E event focusing on argumentation, chaired by Christine Howe with two presentations from overseas visitors: • Sara Greco (Switzerland) - "Implicit argumentation in adult-child discussions” • Antonia Larrain (Chile) - "Argumentation among peers and concept learning: when individual cognition makes a difference”.

July 7: twilight event - "Teacher professional development for and through dialogue" involving visitors Adam Lefstein from Israel and Klara Sedova & Zuzana Šalamounová from Czech Republic. Presentations included: • Professional development for dialogic teaching (Adam Lefstein; Klara Sedova & Zuzana Šalamounová) • Lesson study (Steve Watson) • Dialogue - the central Leadership for Learning principle (Sue Swaffield) • Teacher-SEDA scheme for teachers investigating their own practice (Lisa Lee)

May 31: Reading Group - Article by Pehmer, Gröschner & Seidel (2015). Fostering and scaffolding student engagement in productive classroom discourse: Teachers' practice changes and reflections in light of teacher professional development. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction 7, 12–27.

April 22: Launch of Oracy Centre at Hughes Hall. Led by Neil Mercer.

Lent Term 2016

March 8: "Coding workshop: ESRC Classroom Dialogue project"

Convened by Sara Hennessy, Christine Howe, Neil Mercer. The research team working on the ESRC Classroom Dialogue project outlined progress to date, showed videos and transcripts of classroom interaction, and invited members of CEDIR to try out and discuss the coding scheme. This was a hands-on workshop, with discussion centred around practical activities.

February 5: 10-12.30 - "Principles of inter-faith and secular educational dialogue"

Speakers: Hanan Alexander, Tony Booth, Rupert Wegerif. Presentations were 20 mins each, followed by an extended discussion exploring both the ideas raised and potential avenues of research and collaboration that emerge.

Reading group

March 10: The paper, chosen by Sara Hennessy, was: Lefstein, A et al. (2015) From moves to sequences: expanding the unit of analysis in the study of classroom discourse.

Michelmas Term 2015

Dialogue and transformative learning in STEM Education: the case of Mexico and the UK. Prof. Juan Manuel Fernández-Cardenas, Tecnólogico de Monterrey, Mexico; Prof. Catherine Montgomery, University of Hull

Reading group

Kazepides, Tasos (2010) Education as Dialogue. In Educational Philosophy and Theory 44(9).