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ESRC Seminar Series 2006-08

This seminar series, funded by the ESRC, was designed to explore more fully the conclusions of the original Learning Without Limits study (Hart, Dixon, Drummond and McIntyre, 2004). It brought together the work of a range of researchers in the UK and internationally who were pursuing cutting-edge ideas in related educational spheres.

Through the series of seminars, we hoped to:

  • engage with the wider community of ideas of which the Learning Without Limits project forms a part
  • develop further our own theoretical understandings of 'transforming learning capacity', in conversation with a wider group of interested professionals
  • explore the implications for practice in our work with colleagues in our different educational settings. See seminar aims.
Date Invited Speaker Title Location
Autumn 2006 Professor Carol Dweck
Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, California
Self-theories and Transforming Learning Capacity University of Cambridge
Spring 2007 Professor Tony Booth
Professor of Education, Canterbury Christchurch University
Inclusive values and Transforming Learning Capacity University of Oxford
Summer 2007 Professor Mike Cole
Research Professor in Education and Equality, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln
Equality and Transforming Learning Capacity Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln
Autumn 2007 Professor Robin Alexander
Fellow of Wolfson College University of Cambridge, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Warwick
Dialogic Teaching and Transforming Learning Capacity Bradford College
Spring 2008 Seminar series core team Widening the Debate 1 - developing practical materials to stimulate discussion and reflection University of Hertfordshire
Summer 2008 Seminar series core team Widening the Debate 2 - theoretical reflections on how ideas and principles related to LWL inform our professional work University of Cambridge
Seminar series core team
  • Mary Jane Drummond, University of Cambridge
  • Lani Florian, University of Aberdeen
  • Susan Hart, Specialist Support Teacher
  • Joy Jarvis, University of Herts
  • Holly Linklater, University of Aberdeen
  • Julie Marshall, Advanced Skills Teacher
  • Donald McIntyre, University of Cambridge
  • Alison Peacock, Head teacher, Wroxham School
  • Anne Reay, Bradford College
  • Mandy Swann, University of Cambridge
  • Claire Taylor, Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln
  • Anne Watson, University of Oxford
  • Patrick Yarker, University of East Anglia