June 20

Linking teacher development and school improvement: New paper with Liu published in Global Education

A new article based on my research with Yunqiu Liu from East China Normal University has been published (in Chinese) in the Chinese journal Global Education. It’s available to download from the Articles page of this site. The publicity that Shanghai receives for its PISA success and sometimes its teacher education (usually to suggest – […]

June 15

Teaching and Professionalism: An Essay in Ambiguity. A paper by Harry Judge from 1978

I am currently working through a weighty archive of documents and interview transcripts about the development of the Oxford Internship Scheme from 1973 to 1987. My friend and colleague Ann Childs and I have been doing this, on and off, for over three years now since we first talked about it at the BERA conference […]

May 06

Innovation by design: transforming ITE workshops with TEAN

You could say that ITE providers in England (to use that horrible ‘p’ word) have generally been good at offering high quality provision and ensuring year-on-year improvements in measures of effectiveness. Ofsted says so and so do external examiners. But as a sector perhaps we have not been so good at coming up with new […]

April 27

The challenge of transformation in teacher education: New article in Acta Didactica Norge

‘Reforming’ teacher education is the go-to policy area in many countries around the world. You can have a bash at teachers (they’re not good enough) and university lecturers (they’re why teachers are not good enough) and also that ‘out-dated’ model of the welfare state where general taxation provides basic services for the general population in a […]

February 16

Bringing Teacher Education Forward: Conference in Oslo, June 2016 (updated)

Pro-Ted, the centre of excellence in teacher development at Oslo University, is hosting ‘Bringing Teacher Education Forward’, a conference focused on innovation in pre-service and continuing teacher education, in June this year. The call for papers (deadline 1st March, so coming soon) is available here. Two keynote speakers are Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Fred Korthagen, leading researchers in […]

February 15

A Different Vygotsky: New Book on Drama, Learning and the Work of Classrooms

There are many different Vygotskies. There is the Vygotsky whose theoretical speculations on the relationship between thinking and speech have sometimes become barely recognizable justifications for ‘group work’ in schools. There is the Vygotsky whose experiments with stroke patients, among others, paved the way for a new methodology in psychology. There is the Vygotsky associated […]

February 08

London Conference on the Legacy of James Britton – IOE, 12th March 2016

If you were a newly-qualified teacher of English today, would you know who James Britton was? If you had done a PGCE, it is an interesting question. As an English graduate, it would have been unlikely for you to have encountered Britton in your EngLit course. But would your PGCE tutor, at any stage, have […]