The work of teacher education

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This research studied the public discourse of HE-based teacher educator recruitment in England and the practical activities and material conditions of a small sample of HE-based teacher educators in England and Scotland during 2010 – 2011.

In the later stages of the research, particular attention was focused on the kinds of learning opportunities afforded in teacher educator – student teacher interaction. Participatory in design and framed by CHAT, several of the participants are co-authoring project publications. Phase 2 of the study was conducted jointly with Prof. Jim McNally and Allan Blake of the University of Strathclyde. Funding for three phases of research was provided by the Higher Education Academy through an ESCalate subect centre grant and Department of Education Research Committee grants.

A Work of Teacher Education project symposium was programmed at the 2012 BERA Conference in Manchester.

Associated publications include:

  • McNicholl, J., Blake, A. & Ellis, V. eds. (in preparation, 2013) ‘The Work of Teacher Education’, Special Issue of the Journal of Education for Teaching 
  • Ellis, V., McNicholl, J. & Pendry, A. (2012) ‘Institutional conceptualisations of teacher education as academic work in England’, Teaching and Teacher Education 28, 5: 685 – 693.
  • Ellis, V. (2012) ‘Living with ghosts: “Disciplines”, envy and the future of teacher education’, Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education 19,3: 155-166.
  • Ellis, V. (2012) ‘The “Work of Teacher Education” Project’, Research Intelligence: News from the British Educational Research Association 116 (Autumn 2011): 30.
  • Ellis, V., Blake, A., McNicholl, J. & McNally, J. (2011) The Work of Teacher Education: Final Report, Bristol: ESCalate.

Project Poster


The 2011 Department of Education poster conference