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Innovations In Teacher Development

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Innovations In Teacher Development
Dates of Event
16th June 2017 – 18th June 2017
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2nd June 2017
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This is an invite only event:

If we accept that the quality of teaching is the most significant in-school factor in students’ progress, how do we prepare teachers initially and throughout their professional careers to make the greatest difference to young people’s lives? How do we define this ‘progress’ and how also ‘the greatest difference’? And what does it mean to learn to teach and to develop your teaching – and to support teachers in these endeavours - from a critical perspective on teacher development, on researching teaching, on ‘effectiveness’, and society?
Innovation is a word we often hear in discussions of increased effectiveness, value for money, or delivering services efficiently within the status quo. But what does innovation look like when we take it to mean transformational change in public services such as education, where the values on which such change is predicated are not about increased productivity and lower cost but social justice and equity? What does innovation in teacher development look like when it promotes ‘long-life’ professional development within sustainable career structures; socially and politically engaged student learning; and a community-oriented view of schools as institutions and potential levers of positive social change? How do we promote innovation that creates new ideas that have value – for the whole of society, especially those who have been poorly served, historically, and continue to be so?

This symposium will address these questions from a range of research perspectives. Small, informal and organised so as to promote a collegial and mutually supportive environment, the symposium will involve whole-group discussions of previously circulated papers in addition to a small number of keynote and other presentations.


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