Wednesday 10 July, 11 – 12 am
Michael Shanahan: A sound mind in a sound body in a sound school
Michael Shanahan is a professor of sociology at the University of Zürich and Director of the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development. He studied sociology and child psychology at the University of Minnesota. Previous positions include University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences (Stanford; Hewlett Fellow), and the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Shanahan’s interests include the study of attainment and well-being from childhood to adulthood, and the integration of genetic and social science data.
Wednesday 10 July, 5 – 6 pm
Fran Blumberg: Children and early adolescents' problem-solving during educational game play
Fran C. Blumberg is a Professor in the Division of Psychological & Educational Services in Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Purdue University (1988). Her research primarily concerns the development of children's attention and problem solving in informal and formal learning settings.
Thursday 11 July, 11 – 12 am
Fabrizio Butera: The assessment of learning: promises and paradoxes
Fabrizio Butera is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Lausanne, and Director of the Social Psychology Laboratory (UNILaPS) of the same University. He is past President of the European Association of Social Psychology, and former Member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. His research is concerned with the study of social change, from the structural processes founding social influence (power, norms, interdependence) to the cognitive and motivational mechanisms that determine individual change. Within this framework he has studied for example how the type of assessment determines motivation and learning at school, how societal norms intervene in shaping the definition of motivation, how cooperation and competition affect anti-social behavior, and how discrimination in terms of gender and social class emerges from the way the educational system is structured.
Friday 12 July, 4 – 5 pm
Terry Bowles: School Connectedness and the Universal Aims of Education
Terence Bowles is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Melbourne. He was a teacher before beginning a career as a practitioner in Educational, Developmental and Clinical Psychology. He has practiced in secondary schools, followed by a career as a private practitioner. At the completion of his PhD he began a career as an academic. He currently lectures in the postgraduate programs of Education and Educational and Developmental Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His university teaching and research programs focus on clinical and normal functioning, motivation, achievement, communication and relationships.