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Professor Kiki Messiou invited to Stanford University

Published: 30 October 2019
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Professor Kiki Messiou of the Southampton Education School has been invited to talk about her research at Stanford, one of the top three universities in the world*. She will be joined on the visit to Palo Alto, California by a team of teachers from Wordsworth primary school who are closely involved in her work.

The visit is a recognition of the innovative nature of the Southampton programme of research, which involves children taking on the role of researchers in order to help their teachers make their lessons more inclusive. This is part of an ongoing three-year study being carried out in 30 primary schools in Austria, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and the UK funded by the European Union.

It is anticipated that the visit will lead to a new collaborative project in which Southampton schools will partner schools in Palo Alto. Professor Messiou will coordinate this study with Professor Elizabeth B. Kozleski of the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Commenting on the visit, Messiou explained, “It is brilliant that our American colleagues are so taken by the work we have done over the last three years with schools in the five European countries. They clearly see it as breaking new ground”.

Speaking about what this has meant to his school, Rick Page, headteacher of Wordsworth, noted: “This research has made us realise that our pupils have important contributions to make to the development of the school”.

Further information about the research can be found by visiting Reaching the 'Hard to Reach' website

* QS World University Rankings, 2020



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