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Colloquium Series

Writing Research: Where We Are and Where We Are Heading

This colloquium series will foster an extended conversation about the present state of writing research and productive paths for future work. Invited speakers will share their current work on writing instruction, assessment, disciplinary writing, cognitive models, or online writing and describe their vision for the next five years of writing research. The series will conclude with a presentation on improving educational outcomes in Wilmington, Delaware’s public schools.

 All colloquium presentations will be held in 207 Willard Hall beginning at 1:00.  A discussion with the speaker will follow each presentation at 2:00.

You may download an overview of the colloquium series here.

Date Time Location Fall 2015 Speakers and Presentation Titles
September 16 1:00-3:00 207 Willard
School of Education Faculty, University of Delaware
September 30 1:00-3:00 207 Willard
Deborah Brandt, Professor Emerita
Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1:00-3:00 207 Willard
Young-Suk Grace Kim, Associate Professor
School of Teacher Education, Florida State University
1:00-3:00 207 Willard
Paul Deane, Principal Research Scientist
Educational Testing Service
1:15-2:45 207 Willard
Tony Allen, Chairperson, Wilmington Education Improvement Commission,
University of Delaware Trustee, Bank of America Senior Executive, and UD alumnus

Additional Invited Speakers

Please join the School of Education for a colloquium presentation from Dr. Magnus Oskarsson, Ph.D., on October 19, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 with discussion to follow in Willard Hall 207. This presentation, titled “The Marketization of the Swedish School System,” will discuss the marketization of the Swedish school system and its potential connection to the decrease in student mathematics literacy results over the last twelve years. In the mid-1990s, a voucher system was introduced with new legislation that allowed private schools to be fully financed by public means. In the mid-2000s, new steering mechanisms were introduced, including an expanded grading system, a vast increase in the number of national tests, and a school inspectorate. Dr. Magnus Oskarsson will discuss how these reforms have led to significant differences between schools, decreased student motivation, and social exclusion.

Dr. Oskarsson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Didactics and Mathematics at Mid Sweden University. He received his Ph.D. in Science Education and has worked as the national project manager for the Programme for International Student Assessment in Sweden since 2010.  Since 2009, he has also worked as the science coordinator for the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). His research centers on school equity and the lack of student interest in school science.

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