Donnerstag, 18. April 2013, 16:00 - 18:00 iCal

Ian Menter (University of Oxford): Research, evidence, experience and opinion in teacher education

Kolloquium LehrerInnenbildung

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Porzellangasse 4, Stiege 1, 3. Stock, Seminarraum, 1090 Wien


In this talk Ian Menter will set out to consider three interrelated questions about teacher education in the 21st century - what do we know, how do we know it and how do we use what we know?

Some critical commentary concerning the relationships between research, policy and practice in teachers’ professional learning will be developed - this will draw on recent experience in the UK but will also suggest what may be learned from international comparative work.

The basic premise is that research provides one important source of evidence upon which policy and practice may be developed, but that in western democracies other forms of evidence are also important and legitimate, including experiential evidence and even opinion. However it is crucial that the basis of the evidence is made explicit and available to all who have an interest. When opinions about particular approaches to educational research become dominant then the tensions and contradictions can become very significant. If this is combined with a restricted view of teacher professionalism then the problems are exacerbated. This combination of tendencies appears to be occurring in English teacher education policy at present and so the relationship between teacher education and educational research is becoming critical.




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Andrea Ennagi
Fachdidaktikzentrum Geschichte, Sozialkunde und Politische Bildung