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Institute of Education Student Research Conference: Sharing our stories

Thursday 17th June 2021
Online via Zoom

The Institute of Education Student Research Conference ‘Sharing our Stories’ is to be held via Zoom on Thursday 17th June from 1pm to 6pm.

The event opens with a keynote address from Dr Alesia Moldavan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Fordham University, USA. Dr Moldavan will present Developing Critical Consciousness with Conversations about Equity in Mathematics Teacher Education.

Papers and posters will be presented after this from our Post Graduate Research students and cover topics as diverse as How training can support the use of Management Information Systems in English Secondary Schools to Professional learning for teachers in Wales.

A discussion session will focus on one student, Patrick Lanigan’s, story as he refocussed his research in response to COVID-19 and its impact on school life. We will open the discussion to all so that we can share how we have managed research during this extraordinary time.

Please join us as we ‘share our stories’ of research.

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1pm Opening

  • Dr Chris Edwards-Leis

1.05pm Welcome

  • Prof Anna Lise Gordon

1.15pm Keynote

  • Dr Alesia Moldavan: Developing Critical Consciousness with Conversations About Equity in Mathematics Teacher Education

2pm: Break

2.10pm Papers A

  • Robert Campbell: The influence of Education policy and the science curriculum on the delivery of a Secondary PGCE science programme
  • Kate Spurling: How can training support the use of Management Information Systems in secondary schools in England?

3pm: Break

3.10pm Posters A

  • Amy Strachan: Global Learning
  • René Hartmann: My identity as an academic, teacher and researcher
  • Kelly Smith: Policy in Context: Professional Learning for Teachers in Wales

4pm: Break

4.10pm: Discussion Impacts on progression: COVID-19 and other nasty bugs

  • Chair: Chris Edwards-Leis
  • Presenter: Patrick Lanigan

This session will include a presentation by Patrick on how he managed to make progress while dealing with the impact of Covid19. We will open the floor for discussion to share experiences.

5pm: Break

5.10pm: Posters B

  • Jorden Dawkins: Two Wolves – The development of identity
  • Danielle Barclay: Pastoral Care for the Covid Generation
  • Joel Arda: To what extent, and in what ways, can senior leadership effectively manage their workload in a secondary school?

6pm: Close

  • Dr Mark Price


Dr Alesia Mickle Moldavan is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. Her research focuses on equity-based teaching practices that promote cultural awareness and social justice advocacy in the mathematics classroom. She also examines such work in conjunction with digital technology in teacher preparation.

Her work has been published in various scholarly journals (eg, Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, Digital Culture and Education, New York Academy of Public Education Research Journal, New York State Mathematics Teachers' Journal, Connections, Georgia Educational Researcher), book chapters, and conference proceedings (eg, North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators).

She also serves as the Critical Reads section editor of the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Mathematics and Culture

Since the Education act of 1944, the UK education policy(Phillips and Harper-Jones 2002) and Initial teacher education is increasingly informed by a neoliberalist approach (Furlong 2013). This presentation critiques how education policy, my position as a teacher educator and my growing research experience frames my teaching on a secondary science module on a post graduate certificate in education course. Through a critical review of these areas, I seek to highlight the challenges of using research to inform educational policy and offer potential solutions. I conclude by exploring the additional questions my desire to use my research to inform policy raises.

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Thursday 17th June 2021
Online via Zoom

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For more information about this event please contact Dr Christine Edwards-Leis (Associate Professor - Education):
Tel: 020 8240 4254

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