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Social scientists at Oxford are seeking answers to some of the world’s most important challenges. How can we tackle climate change? What needs to happen to resolve poverty? How should we respond to the economic crises? How should we fight for our human rights? Here we bring you the latest of our major discoveries in the social sciences at Oxford.

Teaching excellence in the Social Sciences Division

Teaching excellence in the Social Sciences Division

Business Economics Education Law Politics International Development

The Teaching Awards are an opportunity for the Oxford University Students Union (OUSU) to celebrate tutors, lecturers, supervisors and support staff who go above and beyond their normal duties to deliver exceptionally excellent support to our students and are an important part of OUSU’s work on the academic experience at Oxford.

A focus on quadratic equations

A focus on quadratic equations

Education Research

Oxford researchers are taking part in an international study to film the teaching of quadratic equations for secondary school pupils. The hope is that lessons will be learned on how to bring out the best in pupils learning about mathematics.

Why global education rankings don’t reveal the whole picture

Why global education rankings don’t reveal the whole picture

Education Research The Conversation

The article 'Why global education rankings don't reveal the whole picture' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Daniel Caro and Jenny Lenkeit, Research Fellows at the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA).

New Year's Honours 2017

New Year's Honours 2017

Award Prize Business Education

Members of the Social Sciences Division have been recognised in the New Year's Honours list for 2017.

Oxford welcomes prominent philanthropist to discuss the Yidan Prize for Education Research and Education Development

Oxford welcomes prominent philanthropist to discuss the Yidan Prize for Education Research and Education Development

Social Sciences Division Education Prize

This month Oxford welcomed Mr Charles Chen Yidan, founder of the Yidan Prize Foundation. The visit was part of the Foundation’s world tour to promote the new Yidan Prize in Education Research and Education Development.

Excellent teaching in the Social Sciences Division

Excellent teaching in the Social Sciences Division

Award Teaching Area Studies Education International Development

Members of staff from the Social Sciences Division have received awards in recognition of their excellent teaching in 2016.

Children in care 'in need of early education but too few receive it'

Children in care 'in need of early education but too few receive it'

Education Research

Opportunities to narrow the achievement gap between looked after children (children in care) and their peers are being missed because too many of them do not receive good quality early education places, says research funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Designing better schools

Designing better schools

Education Research

Hau Ming Tse, Research Fellow in the Department of Education, as well as students and teachers from Northfleet Technology College, talk about how the design of their new school building has affected learning.

What it’s really like to mark a GCSE or A-level exam

What it’s really like to mark a GCSE or A-level exam

Education The Conversation

The article What it's really like to mark a GCSE or A-level exam has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Velda Elliott, Associate Professor of English and Literacy Education at the University of Oxford.

Professor Baird appointed Standing Adviser to Education Select Committee

Professor Baird appointed Standing Adviser to Education Select Committee

Education Appointment

Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Director of Oxford’s Department of Education, has been appointed Standing Specialist Adviser on Education to the Select Committee on Education.

Foster carers facing allegations of abuse 'need better support'

Foster carers facing allegations of abuse 'need better support'

Education Research

New research finds that foster carers who have faced unproven allegations of abuse from the children they are looking after often have little support afterwards.

'More girls than boys think it is important to go to university'

'More girls than boys think it is important to go to university'

Education Research

Research by the University of Oxford’s Education Department finds that more girls than boys think it is important to go to university by the age of 13, and this aspiration gap persists when the pupils reach 15 or 16.

Could teachers do less marking for better results?

Could teachers do less marking for better results?

Education Research

Many teachers complain about their marking workload, but new research finds there is little evidence to show whether many of the approaches currently adopted are a good use of teachers' time.

Parents have the biggest influence over their child’s language and emotional development

Parents have the biggest influence over their child’s language and emotional development

Education Research The Conversation

Edward Melhuish, Professor of Human Development in the Department of Education, comments on the influence that parents have over their child’s language and emotional development.

Children’s centres 'improve parenting skills of disadvantaged families'

Children’s centres 'improve parenting skills of disadvantaged families'

Education Research

An Oxford University study says children’s centres across England have successfully reached out to support vulnerable families in disadvantaged communities, especially in supporting parenting skills and confidence.

Children with preschool education 'twice as likely to go onto sixth form

Children with preschool education 'twice as likely to go onto sixth form

Education Research

Children of all backgrounds who receive a preschool education were almost twice as likely to go on to sixth form and sit AS levels, according to new Oxford University research.

Being in foster care found to benefit vulnerable young people's education

Being in foster care found to benefit vulnerable young people's education

Education Research

A new research study launched today identifies the key factors that influence how well children in care do in schools in England and finds children who are fostered make better educational progress than children in need (those living with their families while receiving social work support).

Which countries punch above their weight in education rankings?

Which countries punch above their weight in education rankings?

Education Research The Conversation

Daniel Caro and Jenny Lenkeit, Research Fellows at the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment, comment in The Conversation on rankings of countries based on how well their students perform in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Why so few poor, white working class boys go on to take A levels

Why so few poor, white working class boys go on to take A levels

Research Education

White working class boys from poor neighbourhoods face a 'double disadvantage' of low family income and place poverty linked to their wider community. This significantly reduces their likelihood of academic study after GCSE, according to new research by Oxford University published by the Sutton Trust.

'Art activities help children disaffected with school'

'Art activities help children disaffected with school'

Education Research

New research conducted by Oxford University says arts-based interventions, designed for young people who are disaffected with school, can be very effective.

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