I am a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies in the School of Education. I joined the School as Research Fellow, in 2007, before becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2009. My key research and teaching interests relate to the history of education and childhood and the history of secularism. I am also involved in an interdisciplinary research project investigating commemoration of the armistice in schools.
I teach mainly on the BA Education Studies and MA Education programmes, teaching historically and sociologically informed content within a number of modules, and research methods. I also supervise dissertations at MA level.
- U71701: Constructions of Childhood
- U70724: The Social World of Childhood
- U71728: Historical Perspectives on Education
- P70001: Researching Education, Childhood and Language (module leader)
- P70002: Dissertation (supervisor)
- P70800: Conceptions of Childhood (module leader)
I am currently second supervisor for a doctoral student in the School of History, Philosophy and Culture researching secularist history. I would very much welcome enquiries from potential students interested in the history of education and childhood and the history of secularism in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of moral education and citizenship.
My core academic and research interests are in the history of education and childhood. My thesis and subsequent historical research have investigated moral education and citizenship in English schools in the late 19th and early 20th century, and I am interested in examining sources for local studies of schools and their local communities. I have also been involved in funded research projects investigating educational policy and student learning in 14-19 education and training and higher education, and am working, with colleagues at the School of Education, on a research project examining remembrance in schools.
Research and consultancy projects
- 2004-06: Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training (funded by the Nuffield Foundation).
- 2006-07: The Student Learning Experience in Higher Education (funded by the Higher Education Academy).
- 2007-08: 14-19 education and training: establishing a baseline of evidence (funded by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority).
Recent conference papers
- '"A world where their descendents enjoy all that they set out to secure". The League of Nations Union and Armistice Commemoration, 1919-1939'. History of Education Society/ANZHES Annual Conference, Great Malvern, November 2016.
- 'The Ethical Movement and Moral Instruction. Moments of International Activity 1892-1914'. European Conference of Educational Research, Dublin, August 2016.
- (with David Aldridge, Patrick Alexander and Annie Haight) 'Remembrance in Schools'. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Lunchtime Lecture, 28 April 2016.
- 'League of Nations Union Junior Branches 1919-1939'. European Conference of Educational Research, Budapest, September 2015.
- 'Creating world citizens in British Schools, 1919-1939'. History of Education Society Annual Conference, Dublin, November 2014.
- (with Peter Forsaith) 'Dora Cohen: an educational life'. History of Education Society Annual Conference, Exeter, November 2013.
- 'Saving the Birmingham Slum-Child, 1890-1910'. International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Riga, August 2013.
- 'The ethical rebel? Frederick James Gould and world citizenship 1919-39'. History of Education Society Annual Conference, Winchester, November 2012.
- 'Religion and philanthropy in Birmingham 1890-1910'. Invited seminar: Religion, Health and Welfare since 1750, Glasgow Caledonian University, October 2012.
- 'Internationalising the English schoolchild. League of Nations teaching through extra-curricular activities 1919-39'. International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Geneva, June 2012.
- 'Creating world citizens? League of Nations teaching in English schools, 1919-39'. Invited speaker: Institute of Historical Research History of Education Seminar, London, 3 November 2011.
- 'Creating religious or secular citizens? Moral instruction in English elementary schools at the turn of the twentieth century'. History of Education Society Annual Conference, London, November 2010.
- 'Moral education and the English elementary school'. Citizenship, Modernisation and Nationhood: The Cultural Role of Mass Education 1870-1930, Magdalen College, Oxford, 25-26 September 2009.
- 'Religion, secularism and morality in English elementary schools'. International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Utrecht, August 2009.
- 'The social engineering of "our future citizens"? Morality and well-being in education for children at risk, past and present' (with Kathryn Ecclestone). British Education Research Association (BERA) Conference, Edinburgh, September 2008.
- 'Inside the Black Box? School Log Books'. Invited symposium: The black box of schooling: a cultural history of the classroom, Rotterdam, June 2008.
- 1993-1996 University of Leeds, BA Joint Honours History and Sociology
- 1997-1999 Oxford Brookes University, MA Historical Studies
- 2000-2006 Oxford Brookes University, PhD (History Department)
- 2003-2007 Oxford University Department of Education, Research Officer
- 2007-2009 Oxford Brookes University, Research Fellow in Education
- 2009-Present Oxford Brookes University, Senior Lecturer in Education
I served on the executive committee of the History of Education Society from 2003 to 2010, and from 2007 to end of 2013 co-edited the History of Education Researcher. I joined the editorial board of History of Education in 2012, and from January 2014 have been one of a team of three editors of History of Education. I am also a member of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education and the British Educational Research Association.
- Journal articles
- Book chapters
S. Wright (2017) Morality and Citizenship in English Schools. Secular Approaches 1897-1944, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137399434
- P. Forsaith and S. Wright (2013) Educational lives in two training colleges, History of Education Researcher, 91, 23-32.
- S. Wright (2012) Teachers, family and community in the urban elementary school: evidence from English school log books c.1880-1918, History of Education, 41:2, 155-73.
- S. Wright (2009) The work of teachers and others in and around a Birmingham slum school 1891-1920, History of Education, 38:6, 729-46.
- S. Wright (2009) "Our future citizens": values in late nineteenth and early twentieth century moral instruction books, History of Education and Children's Literature, 4:1, 2009, 157-77.
- H. Ertl and S. Wright (2008) Reviewing the literature on the student learning experience in higher education, London Review of Education, 6:3, 195-210.
- S. Wright (2008) "There is something universal in our movement which appeals not only to one country, but to all": international communication and moral education 1892-1914, History of Education, 37:6, 807-24.
- S. Wilde and S. Wright (2007) On the same wavelength but tuned to different frequencies? Perceptions of academic and admissions staff in England and Wales on the articulation between 14-19 education and training and higher education, London Review of Education, 5:3, 299-312.
- S. Wright (2007) Into unfamiliar territory? The moral instruction curriculum in English elementary schools 1880-1914, History of Education Researcher, 79, 31-41.
- S. Wright (2013) Moral instruction, urban poverty and English elementary schools in the late nineteenth century. In: N. Goose and K. Honeyman (eds.) Childhood and Child Labour in Industrial England. Diversity and Agency, 1750-1914, Ashgate.
- S. Wright (2012) Citizenship, Moral Education and the Elementary School. In: L. Brockliss and N. Sheldon (eds.) Mass Education and the Limits of Statebuilding 1870-1930, Peter Lang, 21-45.
- S. Wright (2011) Log books from late nineteenth and early twentieth century English elementary schools. In: S. Braaster, I. Grosvenor and M. del Mar del Pozo (eds.) The Black Box of Schooling: A cultural history of the classroom. 1700-2000, Brussels: Peter Lang, 121-40.
- C. Stasz and S. Wright (2007) A framework for understanding and comparing 14-19 education policies in the United Kingdom. In: D. Raffe and K. Spours (eds). Policy making and policy learning in 14-19 education. London: Institute of Education Bedford Way Series, 157-85.
- S. Gorard, J. Lumby, A. Briggs, M. Morrison, I. Hall, F. Maringe, B.H. See, R. Shaheen, S. Wright (2009) 14-19 reforms: QCA centre research study, commentary on the baseline of evidence 2007-2008, London: QCA.
- H. Ertl, G. Hayward, S. Wright, A. Edwards, I. Lunt, D. Mills, K. Yu (2008) The student learning experience in higher education: Literature review report for the Higher Education Academy. York: HEA.
- G. Hayward, A. Hodgson, J. Johnson, A. Oancea, R. Pring, K. Spours, S. Wilde, S. Wright (2006) Nuffield Review of 14-19 education and training. Annual report 2005-06. Oxford: Oxford University Department of Education.
- S. Wilde, S. Wright, G. Hayward, J. Johnson, and R. Skerrett (2006) Nuffield Review higher education focus groups. Preliminary report. At: http://www.nuffield14-19review.org.uk.
- G. Hayward, A. Hodgson, J. Johnson, A. Oancea, R. Pring, K. Spours, S. Wilde, S. Wright (2005) Nuffield Review of 14-19 education and training. Annual report 2004-05. Oxford: Oxford University Department of Education.
- G. Hayward, A. Hodgson, J. Johnson, E. Keep, A. Oancea, R. Pring, K. Spours, S. Wright (2004) Nuffield Review of 14-19 education and training. Annual report 2003-04. Oxford: Oxford University Department of Education.
- G. Hayward, G., S-A Oh, C. Stasz, S. Wright (2004) Outcomes and processes in vocational learning: A review of the literature. London: LSRC.
- C. Stasz, S. Wright (2004) Emerging policy for vocational learning in England. Will it lead to a better system? London: LSRC.