Elizabeth de Freitas

Maggie MacLure

Professor of Education (ESRI)

Manchester Metropolitan University

Maggie MacLure (MA, DPhil) is Professor of Education in the Education and Social Research Institute. She joined MMU from the Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) at the University of East Anglia, where she was Professor of Education and Chair of Research. She started her career as a researcher on the influential Bristol Language Development Project, and later moved to the National Foundation for Educational Research, where she helped to develop the national framework for the assessment of 'oracy', for the Assessment of Performance Unit. She has continued to carry out research on language and discourse, on a range of topics including classroom talk, secondary school parents' evenings and press representations of educational issues. In her most recent funded research projects she has returned to the study of early childhood education, with two ESRC-funded projects on behaviour in early years classrooms. Maggie leads the Theory and Methodology Research Group in ESRI, and is the founder and director of the international Summer Institute in Qualitative Research. Her book, Discourse in Educational and Social Research, won the 2004 Critics' Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. She is a former member of the Executive Council of the British Educational Research Association.