A special highlight of the digiGEBF21 is our keynote series. The digiGEBF21 team is proud to present an array of high profile international experts who are happy to share their research with the digiGEBF21 community. Our keynote speakers investigate educational topics from different disciplinary perspectives, using various methodological approaches.
All keynote sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes, including a short introduction, a 45 minute presentation and a question and answer session. Some of our speakers have also agreed to participate in the Book-an-Expert-Sessions.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Sandra McNally (March 17th, 10.30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Sandra McNally is a Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey. She is Director of the Centre for Vocational Education Research at the London School of Economics and is also Director of the Education and Skills Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics. Sandra McNally's area of research is economics of education; evaluation of school-level policies and post-16 education. Her current projects include an evaluation of programmes to improve reading at primary school and evaluating the impact of providing careers-related information to teenagers. Her research on the economics of education has been published in many high ranking international journals.
Evaluating Education Policies: key challenges of practice and communication
Why is it important to evaluate education policies and what are the key challenges? I will discuss these questions using examples from my experience in England – including the evaluation of pedagogical interventions, new educational institutions, school resources and estimating returns to apprenticeships. I will draw on this work to consider questions and key challenges going forward. I will also address how we communicate and disseminate our research findings. For example, to what extent can we use past research (or from other countries) to advise policy makers on what they should do?
This keynote will be introduced by Katharina Spieß (DIW Berlin).
Tamara van Gog (April 28th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Tamara van Gog is a Professor of Educational Sciences at Utrecht University. Her research on learning and instruction focuses on example-based learning; multimedia learning; and (training) self-regulated learning, reflection, and critical thinking skills. Her research is conducted at all levels of education as well as with medical doctors (in training). She has received several honors for her work, among them a listing as one of the top five most successful female educational researchers worldwide (2020).
Learning (to Learn) from Examples
As an educational psychologist, I am fascinated by the question of how people learn and how we can design instruction to help them learn more effectively, efficiently, and enjoyably. My main line of research focuses on fostering the acquisition of problem-solving skills by means of example-based learning. In this keynote, after a brief introduction of example-based learning, I will present recent research from my team on 1) the effects of different fixed sequences of examples and practice problems on students’ self-efficacy and learning outcomes, and 2) improving students’ self-regulated learning from self-selected sequences of examples and practice problems. Our approach to the latter? Not surprisingly: Example-based learning.
This keynote will be introduced by Charlotte Dignath (DIPF).
Deborah Loewenberg Ball (May 11th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Update: Keynote has been rescheduled!
Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, a research professor in the Institute for Social Research, and the director of TeachingWorks. Her research focuses on the practice of teaching, using elementary mathematics as a critical context for investigating the challenges of building relationships with children and helping children develop agency and understanding, and on leveraging the power of teaching to disrupt racism, marginalization, and inequity. Her research has been recognized with several awards and honors, and she has served on national and international commissions and panels focused on the improvement of education.
(How) Can Mathematics Teaching Disrupt White Supremacy and Oppression?
Mathematics teaching at all levels has enormous potential to disrupt racism and oppression, but it has instead often reproduced inequality and reified injustice through the discretionary spaces that are inherent to teaching. These discretionary spaces require sensitivity to cultural contexts and communities, deep understanding of learning, and flexible knowledge of mathematical content that affords critical power to learners. This talk will investigate the connections between discretionary spaces and flexible mathematical content knowledge, examine how they interact to impact students’ sense of identity, belonging, and success, and consider what it would take to make just instruction a reality inside of classrooms.
This keynote will be introduced by Susanne Prediger (TU Dortmund).
Brian Nosek (June 8th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Brian Nosek is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. As a social psychologist, he studies thoughts and feelings that occur outside of conscious awareness or control and how they influence perception, judgment and action. In addition to his social psychology research, Brian Nosek is a well-known proponent of the Open Science Movement. He is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science, which seeks to enable open and reproducible research practices through its Open Science Framework. He was the leading author of the Reproducibility Project which demonstrated the problem of failed reproducibility in social sciences in 2015 and thus triggered the debate of a reproducibility crisis in psychology and other disciplines.
Culture change toward more open, rigorous, and reproducible research
Improving openness, rigor, and reproducibility in research is less a technical challenge and more a social challenge. Current practice is sustained by dysfunctional incentives that prioritizes publication over accuracy and privacy over transparency. The consequence is unnecessary inefficiency in research progress. Successful culture change requires coordinated policy, incentive, and normative changes across stakeholders to improve research credibility and accelerate progress. Some stakeholder groups and disciplines are making more progress than others. We can change the system, but if we do not act collectively we will fail. Let’s not fail.
This keynote will be introduced by Johannes Bauer (Universität Erfurt).
William Sandoval (October 13th, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM)
William Sandoval is professor at the School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. With a Bachelor of Science and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences as academic background, he is interested in how children’s ideas about knowledge and knowing influence and are influenced by their learning in school, particularly in science. He has is also interested in how computational technologies can support science learning and in design-based research methods in education. His work is published in many high ranking international journals and he has received several awards for his work.
Martin Fischer (November 16th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Martin Fischer is the Director of the Institute for Medical Education at the Medical Faculty and the University Hospital of Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich (LMU). He studied medicine in Hamburg, Freiburg, Luzern and Hanover (USA) and received his habilitation at the LMU. In his research he focuses on diagnostic competences, clinical reasoning, curriculum and faculty development, and scientific career paths. He is deputy speaker of the interdisciplinary DFG-Forschergruppe “Facilitating diagnostic competences in simulation-based learning environments in the university context (COSIMA)”. His institute offers services to the faculty in the fields of teacher trainings, technology-enhanced learning, quality of assessment, and evaluation of teaching and learning.
This keynote will be introduced by Tina Seidel (TU München).
Courtney Bell (December 7th, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM)
Courtney Bell completed her doctorate at Michigan State University in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy after earning her B.A. in Chemistry at Dartmouth College. A former high school science teacher and teacher educator, Courtney’s research looks across actors in the educational system to better understand the intersections of research, policy and practice. Her studies use mixed-methods to analyze the measurement of teaching and the validity of measures of teaching quality, especially observational measures. She has published in a variety of scholarly journals and also co-edited the 5th Edition of the American Educational Research Association’s Handbook of Research on Teaching.
This keynote will be introduced by Eckhard Klieme (DIPF).