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Adam Lefstein

Adam Lefstein

Dr Adam Lefstein
Friday 5 October, 11:00 – 12:30 pm

Adam Lefstein is an Academic Fellow in Pedagogy and Classroom Interaction at the Oxford University Department of Education. Dr. Lefstein has worked for many years in both formal and informal education, primarily in Israel. At the Branco Weiss Institute in Jerusalem he worked as a teacher, facilitator of in-service teacher education and director of the ‘Communities of Thinking’, a comprehensive school reform programme. He continues working with supporting teachers, schools and policy-makers in the use of this model and related issues, primarily in Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Lefstein completed his PhD in Educational Studies at King’s College London in 2005. His thesis, “Teacher enactments of the English National Literacy Strategy – an extended case study”, involved close ethnographic study of the translation of policy documents and curricular materials into classroom practice. His current research interests include classroom interaction and the problem of change, teacher enactment of curricular materials, dialogue in educational settings, hermeneutics and reading comprehension, grammar teaching, and media coverage of literacy education.

Recent publications include: “Literacy makeover: educational research and the public interest on prime time” (in press at Teachers College Record, Vol. 110, No. 7, http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=13450), “Dialogue in schools – toward a pragmatic approach” (Working papers in Urban Language & Literacies, 2006, King’s College London, http://www.kcl.ac.uk/content/1/c6/01/42/29/paper33.pdf), and “Thinking about the technical and the personal in teaching” (Cambridge Journal of Education, 2005, vol. 35, no. 3, 333-356).




1. Helen Otway - October 18, 2007

Listening to Adam really made me reflect on the way I interact with my students (and staff) and how they are encouraged to interact with each other.

There is nothing better than hearing young children discuss and share their views on topics, challenging their peers and teachers, yet being respectful and confident.

A great keynote that will help shape dialogue in my class and school.

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