Emerging issues and the latest ideas from across the world of education research. Hear from a range of academics about their current research work in schools, universities and beyond. Hosted by Neil Selwyn from Monash University, Australia.
Educational neuroscience (Michael Thomas)
Many people expect neuroscience to change our understanding of education.
Michael Thomas (Birkbeck University) is director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience in London.
In this episode, Michael talks about what educators need to know about how the brain works, avoiding ‘disciplinary wars’ between psychology & neuroscience, and the need to balance a ‘medical model’ of learning with societal concerns about education.
Universities, futures thinking and climate change (Keri Facer)
Keri Facer (University of Bristol) is a leading thinker in the area of education futures, and has just completed a term as visiting Zennström Professor of Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University.
We talk about the diverse ways that higher education can respond to the uncertainties arising from climate change – from basic reduction of campus carbon footprints to more complex restructuring processes that might support a large-scale transition to sustainable livelihoods and new ways of living.
Understanding ‘the game’ of education research (Pat Thomson)
Pat Thomson (University of Nottingham) is renowned for her public work in demystifying academic writing, career-building, and other practical aspects of researcher education.
We talk about the benefits of ‘angry’ scholarship, the intimacies of co-authoring, and how to navigate the pressure of H-scores, KPIs and other performance metrics.
Design and the ethics of higher education (Rikke Toft Nørgård)
Rikke Toft Nørgård (Aarhus University) brings together educational philosophy with design practices and futures thinking.
We talk about Rikke’s ‘University of We’ and ‘Playful University’ projects, and discuss the ways that design thinking can play a role in establishing more ethical universities.
Working in the 'post-pandemic’ university (Simone Eringfeld)
“In times of crisis we need to be creative”
Simone Eringfeld (Cambridge University) is part of a new generation of education researchers beginning to re-imagine what it might mean to work in higher education.
We talk about Simone’s recent ‘Quaran-chats’ project documenting higher education lockdown experiences, Cambridge’s new ‘Post Pandemic University’ initiative, and the pros and cons of beginning an academic career in the 2020s.
The sociology of education policy (Stephen Ball)
“Sociology of education has devoted itself to saving, reforming, improving, perfecting the school … I now believe that it is a doomed enterprise. The school is an irredeemable institution”.
Prof. Stephen Ball (IOE London) is one of the world’s most eminent education researchers – a leading voice in the sociology of education, and a founding name in the area of policy sociology.
We talk about everything from Foucault to the state of pandemic education. We also discus Stephen’s recent provocative writing on the need for education researchers to ‘break their addiction’ to trying to improve schools and schooling.