Disputed narratives and contested conversations: Bruner’s influence on the study of language development

The Department of Education, the Oxford Education Society and Wolfson College will host a memorial lecture and a celebratory supper on Saturday 16th September 2017 at Wolfson College.

Jerome Bruner made a profound contribution to our understanding of the process of education and to the development of curriculum theory. With his death last year at age 100, it is important to celebrate Bruner’s contribution to education and to research in Oxford’s Department of Education where he led an ESRC early years research programme in 1974-1978.

The memorial lecture will be given by Catherine Snow, the Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a former Dean of the School. Professor Snow is an expert on language and literacy development, focusing on how oral language skills are acquired and how they relate to literacy. The title of her lecture will be: Disputed narratives and contested conversations: Bruner’s influence on the study of language development.Professor Snow is currently working in partnership with the Boston Public Schools to improve literacy outcomes. Her work is a compelling example of how to bridge the theory-practice gap in ways that inform both sides of the divide. For this reason, her lecture will be a lively way to celebrate the educational work of Jerome Bruner.

The lecture will be held 5-6 pm in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, followed by a drinks reception and a celebratory supper.


5-6pm The Oxford Education Society 7th Annual Lecture delivered by Professor Catherine Snow, Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Leonard Wolfson Lecture Theatre.
6-6.45pm Drinks reception in the Cafe area.
7-8.30pm Celebratory sit-down supper in The Hall or the Haldane room (depending on numbers).


Annual Lecture and Drinks Reception: no cost, but registration required. (Please note that there will be a limited number of free tickets for the Annual Lecture/Drinks Reception as we need to make sure that those attending the celebratory supper will also be able to attend the lecture).
Celebratory supper (including sit-down supper, wine and soft drinks): £28.00

Bookings are now closed for this event. Please contact the OES Administrator for further information.

Read a blog about Bruner’s work written by Natalia Kucirkova, OES member and former committee member – The experts who put storytelling, language and better paid teachers at the heart of early education.

This event is generously supported by Elsevier, Brasenose College and Wolfson College.