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Invited Speaker

Dr Brian Gearin

University of Oregon Center on Teaching and Learning

Certificate of attendance available

This presentation will provide a brief history of the concept of social capital, paying special attention to its development in educational research. Using research on reading as a focal point, it will argue that commonly cited limitations of social capital as a concept are likely responsible for the concept’s relatively slow uptake in areas of research that draw on psychological theories and methods. Practical examples will be provided. The presentation will conclude by making tentative recommendations for improving the use of the concept in educational research.


About the presenter:

Brian Gearin is a research associate at the University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching and Learning. He co-leads dissemination efforts at the National Center on Improving Literacy and is the project manager of the Lead for Literacy Center, two federally-funded projects aimed at promoting the use of technically adequate assessment and evidence-based instruction in the United States. His research is broadly focused on promoting equitable literacy outcomes through evidence-based practices and policies.  Prior to becoming a researcher, Gearin taught high school English and social studies.

About Our Webinar Series

This event is part of our regular webinar sessions for social capital researchers including PhD/master students. These sessions include invited presentations from prominent scholars as well as presentations by PhD students and experts in professional practice.

For social capital researchers, these sessions are an opportunity to hear about the latest social capital research and insights from scholars working on the concept. They can be a great way to connect with people, to get advice, discuss ideas or issues, get suggestions for literature to read, or you can just listen.

Are you researching social capital and want to present your research? Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Generally, presentations can be 20 to 30 mins. The content of your presentation will depend on your research stage.

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