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Education for the 21st century

Press release issued: 22 October 2002

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Education for the 21st century

Next week sees the third of six free public lectures in which academics outline their understanding of education for the 21st-century.

The talks, organised by Bristol University's Graduate School of Education, take place in the Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road on Mondays from 5.15 to 6.15 pm.

On October 28, Professor Rosemary Deem, Director of Teaching and Learning, will introduce The knowledge worker and the divided university. The lecture will examine conditions of academic work and management in UK higher education today. Professor Martin Hughes, Head of the Graduate School of Education, will discuss Learning in and out of school on November 4. He will argue that school learning and out-of-school learning are essentially very different, and that these two kinds of learning need to be brought much closer together.

Educating the inheritors of the information age will be examined by Professor Angela McFarlane, Director of Learning Technology, on November 18. This lecture will explore the tension between the traditional methods of knowledge creation and the implications of these tensions for teaching, learning and assessment practices.

Finally, on November 25, Professor Alec Webster, Director of professional training programmes in educational psychology, will look at a current autism research project in Evidence-based practice: lessons from early intervention in autistic spectrum disorder.

Professor Hughes, commenting on the lecture series, said: 'These lectures are an opportunity for academics in the Graduate School of Education to communicate some of its key areas of research in an accessible and lively way to the local community.'

The speakers are all members of the University's Graduate School of Education. The lectures are open to everyone and will appeal particularly to people with an interest in education. No pre-booking is necessary.

The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) is at the forefront of educational research in the UK. Central to the work of the School is the belief that the ways in which people learn throughout life and within the organisational settings of education and work, are of major significance for the future development of the UK and countries around the world.

The GSOE was the only education department in the UK to receive a 5* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.

Partnership with schools is a vital part of their research effort and many local teachers are working as research fellows within the Graduate School of Education.

At the end of each lecture there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Further details on the lecture series programme is available at

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Copyright: 2002 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Tuesday, 22-Oct-2002 15:34:36 BST

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