Education Research Symposium at Oxford
Education Research Symposium at Oxford

Oxford Education Research Symposium

The  Education Research Symposium is a forum for the presentation of papers and discourse by scholars who have a particular interest in the theory and practice of universal education. You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of education research, or you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member. If you wish to present a paper, you will be requested to submit a brief abstract for review by the Programme Committee. Papers presented will be subsequently peer reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium books or as sponsored journal articles.

 For Symposium purposes, the nature of education research is defined broadly encompassing the various aspects of the productive expansion of knowledge.

Spring Meeting: 20, 21 & 22 March, 2019, at Green Templeton College in the University of Oxford

  • Abstract submission  – 4 March
  • Early registration  – 15 December
  • Regular registration  – 6 March

December 2018 Keynote Speaker

Professor Richard Pring

In May 2003 Professor Richard Pring retired after 14 years as Director of the Department of Educational Studies at Oxford University. Since 2003, he was Lead Director of the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training. His research interests include :

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Review of Education and Training 14-19 (Nuffield Foundation funded)
  • Faith-based schools (arising from the Leverhulme Fellowship, 2003/4, and from work with the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations).

July/August 2018 Keynote Speaker

Dr Craig Wood


Dr Craig Wood is one of the leading scholars in the field of financing public education in America. He is a Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Florida.


Topic: The New Wave of Financing and Privatizing Public Elementary and Secondary Education in the United States:  Tax Policies, Charter Schools, and Vouchers

March, 2017 Keynote Speaker

Dr Kern Alexander

Dr Kern Alexander is O’Leary Endowed Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, author of many books and articles including the leading textbook on education law in the United States, American Public School Law, 8th Edition, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. His latest book is Public School Finance; Theory and Practice, 2015, published by Routledge/Taylor Francis. He is Editor of the Journal of Education Finance, distributed by University of Illinois Press.


Topic:  Vouchers, Charter Schools, and the Road to Privatization of Education in America

August, 2016 Keynote Speaker

Dr Terezinha Nunes

Dr Terezinha Nunes is Professor of Educational Studies, University of Oxford and Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She is a psychologist specializing in childhood development and learning and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development. She is a highly regarded educational researcher and the author of an extensive array of articles in learned journals.  Most recently her books, have centered on child literacy, published by several major publishing houses including Wiley-Blackwell, London; Routledge, London and Kluwer, The Netherlands.

Topic: Childhood Literacy–The Promise of Tomorrow.

December, 2016 Keynote Speakers

Dr Ian Menter


Dr Ian Menter is Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, Oxford University and past President of the British Education Research Association (BERA)   and former President of the Scottish Education Research Association (SERA).

Topic: The Status of Education Reform in the United Kingdom


Dr Ken Mayhew


Dr Ken Mayhew is Emeritus Professor of Education and Economic Performance and Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.

He is currently a member of the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body and an Extraordinary Professor at Maastricht University. He was the founding Director of SKOPE, a multi-disciplinary centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, based in the Oxford Department of Education.


Abstract Submission and Registration is now open for the 2019 symposia. Abstracts are reviewed on a rolling basis and notifications sent within ten days of submission. 

Some participants from the summer 2018 symposium
Some participants from the summer 2017 symposium at St Johns College, Oxford University
St John's College - venue of Summer 2017 Symposium
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