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BERA/RCBN Master-Classes for Autumn 2004



International Studies


Thursday, 25th November 2004,
9:30am – 4:30pm

Oxford Brookes University
Westminster Institute of Education
Harcourt Hill Campus
Oxford OX2 9AT



The main aim of the day is to develop critical insights on methodology and methods in comparative and international education research. Presentations by Prof. Jan van den Akker (University of Twente, NL), Prof. Stephen Gorard (University of York), Prof. Marilyn Osborn (University of Bristol) and Dr Birgit Pepin (Oxford Brookes University) will address issues of diversity, generalisation and the development of theory with different methodological approaches.

The event is free of charge.

Please contact Sue Allmond by e-mail at to request a booking form. This needs to be returned by November 11th 2004. Please book early, as there is only a limited number of places available.


Programme of the day

9:30 Registration and Coffee/tea
9:50 Introduction
10:00 – 11:00 Prof. Stephen Gorard, University of York
Large-scale monitoring and assessment studies:
“When ranking is not enough: a new political arithmetic of international indicators”
11:00 –11:15 Break
11:15- 13:00

Prof. Marilyn Osborn, University of Bristol
‘Mixed’ studies:
“Combining qualitative and quantitative approaches in
comparative studies: linking the structural and the personal”

Dr Birgit Pepin, Oxford Brookes University
In-depth analytical studies:
“Understanding from comparing: how qualitative approaches can help to gain insights”

13:00 – 14: 00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Prof. Jan van den Akker, University of Twente
Design and development studies:
“How can research address design and development problems in education?”
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:00 Discussion (discussant to be announced)
16:00 – 16:30 Plenary


Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by BERA/RCBN/ESRC and organised by Oxford Brookes University.


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