Moray House School of Education

IETL seminars and conferences

Details of research seminars and conferences held by our Institute for Education, Teaching & Leadership (IETL).


Upcoming IETL events 

Moray House School of Education Public Lecture | 5 May 2017

Rethinking Education: Equity Concerns in Today’s Global Learning Landscape

'Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good?' (UNESCO, 2015) was published at a particular historical juncture when the international education and development community moved towards the global framework of Sustainable Development Goals. The presentation will briefly recount the publication’s main postulates and will expand on its conclusions, raising some fundamental questions regarding inequalities in education and the challenges entailed in achieving the intention of leaving no one behind.

Speaker: Dr Carlos Vargas-Tamez, Senior Project Officer, Partnerships Cooperation and Research, UNESCO

Date & Time: Friday 5 May 2017, 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Paterson’s Land Lecture Hall LG34

Further information / RSVP booking is essential via Eventbrite

SISN Seminar | Understanding the Nature of Nurture: Influences of Family Relationship on Youth Mental Health | 9 May 2017

Safe Inclusive Schools Network (SISN) seminar hosted by Dr Gillean McCluskey, Professor Lani Florian and Dr Debi Fry

Speaker:  Professor Gordon Harold, University of Sussex

Date & Time:  Tuesday 9 May 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Abstract:  Mental Health problems among youth constitute an area of significant social, educational, clinical, policy and public health concern. Understanding processes and mechanisms that underlie the development of mental health problems during childhood and adolescence requires theoretical and methodological integration across multiple scientific domains, including developmental science, neuroscience, genetics, education and prevention science. The primary focus of this presentation is to examine the relative role of genetic and family environmental influences on children’s emotional and behavioural development. Specifically, a complementary array of genetically sensitive and longitudinal research designs will be employed to examine the role of early environmental adversity (e.g. inter-parental conflict, harsh parenting practices) relative to inherited factors in accounting for individual differences in children’s symptoms of psychopathology (depression, aggression, ADHD). Examples of recent applications of this research to the development of evidence-based intervention programmes aimed at reducing psychopathology in the context of high-risk family settings will also be presented.

Old Moray House, Balcony Room

RSVP by emailing Tabitha Casey

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Examples of recent past IETL events

SISN Seminar | Education and conflict research and some implications for preventing direct, structural and cultural violence  | 6 April 2107

Safe Inclusive Schools Network (SISN) seminar hosted by Dr Gillean McCluskey, Professor Lani Florian and Dr Debi Fry

Speaker: Dr Julia Paulson, University of Bristol

Date & Time: Thursday 6 April 2017, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Abstract: Since 1990 an enormous amount of work has been done to ensure that education is recognised as a key part of humanitarian work and of peacebuilding efforts after periods of violent conflict. While recognising that education can be a generator of conflict, this work largely concentrates on the ways in which education can contribute to peace and recovery from conflict at the individual and societal level. Interestingly, given the obvious relationship between conflict and violence, a consideration of violence, and its changing nature in humanitarian and 'post-conflict' contexts, is somewhat under-developed (though not entirely ignored) in this work. In this presentation, I give an overview of my research in two areas: 1) relationships between conflict, education and fragility; 2) teaching about recent conflict, in order to consider more explicitly the implications for understanding and preventing direct, structural and cultural violence in schools. The presentation also connects to larger themes and research areas around education and conflict, and hopes to open areas of mutual interest and further discussion with colleagues working in the Safe Inclusive Schools Network.

Paterson’s Land G43

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ETAL Spring Seminar Series 2017

About the series:

  • 45 minute talks + 30 minutes discussion.
  • 5 external and 3 internal guest speakers on topics related to language study, language learning and language teaching.
  • aimed at researchers and teaching staff with an interest in language, and MSc TESOL, MSc Language Teaching, MSc Applied Linguistics, PhD and EdD students.

Dates / Speakers / Seminar titles:

Further details: Contact Joan or Bróna

Workshops and Distinguished Lecture | Meeting complex challenges: Multilingual teaching, Teacher reflection | 30 March 2017

Speakers: Professor Claire Kramsch (University of California, Berkeley), Dr Steve Mann (University of Warwick), Professor Steve Walsh (Newcastle University)

Date: Thursday 30 March 2017

Registration:  9.15am in Charteris Land (Room 5.11)

Workshop 1: Reflective Tools for Teacher Development, 9.30am -1pm in Charteris Land (Room 5.11)  

Workshop 2: Multilingual practices in the foreign language classroom, 2pm-4pm in Charteris Land (Room 4.18)

Distinguished Lecture: The language teacher as multilingual instructor, 5pm - 6.30pm in the Godfrey Thomson Hall

Book in advance: Attendance is FREE but places must be booked in advance via: or call 0131 651 6046

Student-led Seminar: Philosophy as Method: On research in philosophy of education | 31 January 2017

All Postgraduate students and staff welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Abstract: This seminar will focus on understanding how philosophy of education approaches inquiry and is a form of “research” even as it does not include empirical methods. I will use an example from my chapter,  “Listening and the educational relationship: philosophical research from a phenomenological perspective” (in: Philosophy and Theory in educational Research: Writing in the Margin. Routledge, 2016) to discuss philosophical research.

Speaker: Dr Andrea English, Chancellor's Fellow in Philosophy of Education

Date/Time: Tuesday 31 January,  4pm

Venue/Organiser: Charteris Land (Room 2.02), Moray House School of Education, Organised by: Sue Chapman, Research Student

PERG Seminar / Book Launch: Reclaiming Discipline for Education: Knowledge, relationships and the birth of community | 26 January 2017

All students and staff are invited to attend this free seminar/book launch

Abstract: The seminar will revisit some neglected philosophical ideas about discipline in education. I firstly intend to trace the evolution and development of rules and norms based thinking about discipline in education from Kant through to Durkheim, Foucault. Here I suggest that rules based thinking about discipline in eduction continues to dominate much contemporary school discipline policy and practice.  I will thereafter examine Dewey and Macmurray’s rather more democratic ideas about discipline in education. I will conclude by indicating how I think discipline might serves the ends of education as opposed to socialisation. 

Speaker: Dr James MacAllister

Date/Time: Thursday 26 January 2017, 4.30pm - 6pm

Venue: Charteris Land (Room 3.04), Moray House School of Education

Further information: Email Aline Nardo

RTEN Seminar: Developing the new Masters in ITE | 10 November 2016

Abstract: The Research-led Teacher Education Network (RTEN) here at Moray House was established to support us in developing our collaborative efforts in the area of teacher education, using research to inform our teacher education provision and using our professional expertise to develop a research agenda. The recent development of our new two-year Masters in ITE, now called the MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching, is very much an example of that process. The development of the new programme has happened at break-neck speed, not allowing a lot of time for school-wide conversations about it, and so RTEN is hosting a seminar in order to share the development more widely with colleagues, and to provide an opportunity for us to talk about the implications for our research and teaching as we move forward. We look forward to welcoming as many colleagues as possible.

Seminatilte:    Speaker: Dr Aileen Kennedy, Programme Director MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching

Date & Time:  Thursday 10 November 2016, 3pm - 4.30pm


Seminars archive

More past seminars details can be found through the following link.