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A Talk about Education

News: Oct 16, 2015

This year’s two honorary doctors at the Faculty of Education, Professors Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin and Kathy Sylva, recently gave a lecture to faculty staff.
In a subsequent discussion between the dean of the faculty, Åke Ingerman, and the honorary doctors, the latter shared their views of the Swedish educational system.

Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin, Stanford University, USA, is a leading researcher in the field of education and education policy. She has been involved in research cooperation, teaching and student supervision at the faculty since 2008. Her publications have been used in various master’s and PhD courses, for example in curriculum theory and professionalism and professionalisation. Professor McLaughlin has been a returning visitor to Gothenburg since 2008. She was appointed visiting researcher at the University of Gothenburg 2011 and has as such visited the faculty for extended periods 2011–2012.
As part of her lecture, she told the audience about the positive results of an education project in the infamous and badly run-down Cabrini-Green area in Chicago.
Professor Kathy Sylva, right, is introduced by Professor Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson.

Kathy Sylva, University of Oxford, UK, is one of Europe’s leading researchers in the field of educational psychology. Several members of the faculty’s early education research group have worked closely with Sylva for almost 20 years during her time at Warwick University, London University and, in the last ten years, the University of Oxford.
Professor Sylva told the audience about a large longitudinal study in the UK, in which researchers have found good and long-term effects of attending pre-school in area after area. She also emphasised the importance of quality in education.

Professors McLaughlin and Sylva were formally appointed honorary doctors on 16 October 2015 at a ceremony held at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre in Gothenburg.

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Originally published on: uf.gu.se

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