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1 April 20229:00

GSE Annual Staff-Student Education Research Conference

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9 November 202116:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar - Writing in the Digital Age: Technology, Collaboration, and Multimodality

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6 November 2021

UKLA Student Conference: Getting to Grips with Grammar

Professor Debra Myhill will be speaking at this online conference focused on the knowledge and application of grammar across the primary phase. Full details
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18 October 202116:30

GSE Lecture Series - St Luke's Day Lecture - Professor Gemma Moss (Institute of Education, University College London)

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16 June 20219:00

Centre for Research in Writing Conference

All welcome to join as we explore our research on writing and bring in international perspectives. Full details
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5 February 2021

International Seminar: Mediation at the Heart of Learning Grammar

A seminar discussing a range of issues related to teaching and learning grammar. Full details
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28 January 202111:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar - The Writing Conversation interviews in Writing Research

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19 January 202111:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar - Undertaking meta-analysis of writing research

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14 January 202116:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar - Creating a Publication Strategy

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7 January 202116:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar - Paradigms in Writing Research: A Panel Discussion

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8 December 202011:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar - The Writing Conversation interviews in Writing Research

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17 November 202011:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar - Creating a Publication Strategy

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24 June 2020

National Writing Day: Do the #247 challenge

The annual nationwide celebration of the pleasure and power of creative writing, driven by a coalition of leading literacy organisations and publishers, led by First Story.. Full details
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17 - 19 April 2020

Federation of Children's Book Groups Conference 2020

Full weekend residential and day delegate options. Full details
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17 March 202010:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar

Esmaeel Abdollahzadeh will outline his new QNRF grant on Metadiscourse and raise questions for discussion. Full details
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18 February 202010:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar

Visiting scholar, Jimmy van Rijt from the Netherlands will explain and discuss his doctoral research on grammatical concepts. Full details
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4 February 202010:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar

Ruth Newman will outline her new ESRC grant on Metalinguistic Talk and raise questions for discussion. Full details
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14 January 202010:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Research Seminar

Annabel Watson will lead a discussion about Mixed Methods. Full details
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12 March 201913:00

A lecture by Professor Cathy Burnett (Sheffield Hallam University), The messiness of literacy: unsettling simple accounts of literacy through a baroque perspective on virtual play

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18 October 201816:30

Lecture by Professor Michael W. Apple (University of Wisconsin), Can Education Change Society?

Many people take it for granted that there can be no serious change in education unless "society" changes. While these arguments need to be taken seriously, there are substantive conceptual, historical, and political problems with them. Furthermore they can lead to cynicism. I critically examine a number of these claims and argue for a position in which education can indeed participate in social transformation. Full details
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19 June 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Qualitative Data Coding Workshop 2. This is the second of a pair of workshops which will give practical experience of coding qualitative data.. Full details
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5 June 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Qualitative Data Coding Workshop 1. This is the first of a pair of workshops which will give practical experience of coding qualitative data.. Full details
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22 May 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Criticality in reading and writing. Feedback that writing needs to be more critical is very widespread in academic writing: this workshop will explore what it means to be critical.. Full details
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8 May 201810:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Understanding Writing through Corpus Linguistic Methods. Phil Durrant will outline preliminary findings from the Growth in Grammar project.. Full details
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20 March 201810:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Reading-writing connections. Dongbo Zhang will talk through some of his ideas for a new research grant looking at vocabulary in reading and writing.. Full details
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6 March 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral session: variety in qualitative data collection methods. This workshop will look at alternatives to very familiar qualitative data collection processes, such as interviews, and consider how richer data might be secured if different methods are used.. Full details
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20 February 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Quasi experimental methods. In this session, Dongbo Zhang will lead an overview and discussion of quasi-experimental research designs.. Full details
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6 February 201817:00

Seminar by Dr Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University) Text World Theory and teacher-oriented grammatics: Facilitating creativity, reading and writing in the classroom

Stylistics has both over time and more recently underpinned much work that has gone on in EFL teaching, work in English departments in higher education, and creative and professional writing programmes. However, its potential influence as a valuable pedagogical tool for secondary age students (11-18) has yet to be fully explored. This paper therefore argues for a stylistics-informed pedagogy in the secondary phase drawing on Halliday’s notion of ‘grammatics’ as a way of using knowledge about language ‘to think with’. Specifically, I argue that Text World Theory offers an example of what I term ‘teacher-oriented grammatics’ and provides a cognitively-informed updating of existing readers-response theories which have traditionally been seen as highly attractive by teachers.. Full details
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6 February 201810:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

What is quality in research publications? In this session we will discuss articles and their possible REF grading, alongside a general consideration of a trajectory of quality in research publications.. Full details
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30 January 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Conducting a Systematic Review. This session will be led by the Medical School, and will outline ways of undertaking a systematic literature review. Full details
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16 January 201810:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

The discursive: how talk influences writing. Bryan Smith will circulate some advance reading on the idea of how talk shapes writing for discussion in this meeting.. Full details
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12 December 201710:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Research design. In this session we will invite year 1 students to present their draft research design and methodology, and receive feedback from peers.. Full details
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28 November 201710:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Qatar National Research Fund: Metadiscourse proposal. Discussion of QNRF grant proposal led by Esmaeel Abdollahzadeh and Debra Myhill.. Full details
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14 November 201710:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Student Research Introductions. A session for new and existing students to introduce their research to the Centre.. Full details
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17 October 201710:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Research Update: With new people in the team, and new projects on the boil, this will be an opportunity for everyone to share what they are doing. Everyone will have just 5 minutes to introduce their research focus, and their current plans. Full details
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10 February 20179:00

GRAMMAR IN THE CLASSROOM: NOT WHETHER, BUT HOW

Exeter's Centre for Research in Writing is delighted to host a special one-day symposium with the Survey of English Usage at University College London. Taking place at a time of increasing emphasis on the explicit teaching of grammar within the National Curriculum, the symposium will provide a timely discussion of the current curricular conception of grammar, as well as consider the possible senses in which grammar is most relevant to the English classroom. It will also provide an invaluable opportunity to engage with the cutting-edge work of both centres into the role of grammar teaching and the nature of grammatical development. The day itself will be divided into two parts, with the afternoon session devoted to the featured speakers, and the morning session to related postgraduate research currently being undertaken at both Exeter and Lancaster University.. Full details
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6 December 201613:00

Seminar by Professor Jane Oakhill (University of Sussex) 'Children’s difficulties with text comprehension: From research to practice'

A substantial minority of children have problems with text comprehension, even though their word recognition is within the normal range. Research has shown that skilled and less-skilled comprehenders differ in a number of ways, and in the first part of this presentation I will discuss the relative contribution of several theoretically relevant skills and abilities to the prediction of reading comprehension (as opposed to single word reading) during the early years of schooling (age 7 to 11). In the second part of the talk, I will consider some open questions and possible future directions for this research, with a particular focus on the relations between vocabulary skills and inference making. I will also consider the implications of the findings so far for helping children to develop and improve their comprehension skills.. Full details
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3 November 201517:00

Seminar by Dr Nigel Harwood (University of Sheffield) 'Experiencing master’s dissertation supervision: two supervisors’ perspectives'

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16 June 201517:00

Seminar by Dr Julia Davies (University of Sheffield) '(Im)Material girls living in (im)material worlds: identity curation through time and space'

This paper describes the role of Facebook in the lives of a group of fashion conscious trainee hairdressers living in a city in the north of England. The research looks at vernacular digital literacy practices in the lives of these Facebook friends. Following Leander and McKim (2003). Julia used a connected approach, tracing narratives as they flowed across the spaces of my friends’ lives. These women were not interested in academic reading or writing but invested time reading and writing using their smartphones. Their literacy practices were integral to their social and working lives; Facebook mediated and constituted social acts, evolving as a material reality, something to be curated (Potter, 2012) as well as a means through which they composed (Latta Kirby, 2013) their lives. The friends crafted textual identity performances which reflected and impacted how they saw themselves, their world and their place within it. The boundedness of different spaces were porous as images of bedrooms, nightclubs and bars, the salon and the college were displayed in online albums. Julia argues that this dynamic gave rise to complex interactions and relationships bringing about new ways of performing and understanding the self.. Full details
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28 October 201417:00

'Developmental writing difficulties: assessing writing products and writing processes' Speaker: Professor Julie Dockrell (University of London)

Children with Language Learning Difficulties (LLD) are predominantly educated in mainstream classrooms. They raise challenges for teaching and learning and typically progress more slowly in literacy than their peers. Children with LLD also experience problems when producing written texts and produce texts of lower quality with fewer words and reduced lexical diversity (Connelly et al, 2012; Dockrell et al, 2007, 2009; 2013). The majority of studies of children’s writing focus on the writing product and from this make inferences about the writing process. Using a cohort of pupils with LLD I will report on a study which uses both measures of the writing product and the writing process to explore difficulties with written language. Implications for the development of models of writing and writing interventions will be explored.. Full details
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28 January 201413:00

Speaker: Dr Paul Thompson (University of Birmingham) Title: Investigating the discourse of interdisciplinary research

In this talk I will report on the first stages of an ESRC funded project carried out at the Centre for Corpus Research, in collaboration with the publisher Elsevier, in which we investigate the discourse of a successful journal in an interdisciplinary field: Global Environmental Change. Our aims are to study the extent to which this field operates as a unified whole, the extent to which journal authors in the field broaden their messages to a multidisciplinary audience, and the extent to which each discipline in the field maintains a discrete identity. Full details
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