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 interactive workshop on 16 September 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. This will be preceded by an interactive workshop for OES members held at 4-5 pm in the Haldane Room focusing on curriculum and pedagogies influenced by Bruner’s work, including film-clips from Reggio Emilia pre-schools and audio/text materials from the ‘Man:  A Course of Study’ social science programme for ten year olds.

Further information about registering and buying tickets will be available shortly.

This event is made possible with the generous support of Elsevier.