‘The Battle for Teacher Education’: Last chance to register!

Only a few days left to register for the international  ‘Battle for Teacher Education’ conference in Bergen, Norway on 13 and 14 November. Subtitled ‘Reform in National and International Context’, the conference keynotes include Meg Maguire (King’s, London), Bill Green and Jo-Anne Reid (Charles Sturt, Australia), Tom Are Trippestad and Tobias Werler (Bergen University College), along with conference presentations by researchers from the UK, Norway, the US, Denmark, Finland and Germany. I’ll be MC-ing (i.e. chairing and introducing – not rapping) and serving snacks at the excellent conference venue – HiB’s brand new and quite beautiful Kronstadt campus.

The conference website is here and the registration and payment page here.

Bergen is in the west of Norway, in the fjord-land and with a World Heritage cultural centre, easily accessible via direct flights from London, Edinburgh and Amsterdam and, of course, Oslo (with good connections worldwide). The town also hosts excellent film and jazz festivals and is the proud and tasty base of a Seafood Research Centre.

Norway is in the midst of major reforms to its teacher education system and overall higher education system. Unlike other parts of the world, though, universities are unproblematically central to the reforms, with a commitment to a five-year Master’s in Pedagogy. The questions there are: which universities are going to be delivering these new courses and, second, what does a five-year, research-based pre-service teacher education programme look like?