Making change happen – the reform of initial teacher education in Wales

13th May 2019 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Public Seminar

Speaker: John Furlong, Emeritus Professor of Education

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Rooms G/H

Convener: Diane Mayer

This seminar is number four in an eight-part public seminar series on ‘Future directions in teacher education research, practice and policy’, led by the Department of Education and convened by Diane Mayer (Professor of Education (Teacher Education)) and Alis Oancea (Professor of Philosophy of Education and Research Policy and Director of Research).

Events in the series are free to attend and aimed at academics, researchers, teachers, head teachers, government members, policy-makers and students, although anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to attend.

Registration is required.


This public seminar series considers teacher education reforms around the world in order to tease out future directions and possibilities for the relationships between teacher education policy, research and practice.  The series marks 100 years since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. Join us this term as we mark the Oxford University Department of Education’s  100th anniversary through this series of public events that pay particular tribute to our contributions in the field of teacher education today.


In Wales there is a growing appetite for the country to set out a new and fundamentally different vision for what education is and should be; a vision that puts young people and their learning needs at the centre. What links many of the proposed changes is a fundamentally different conception of what it is to be a teacher in Wales.  This in turn has major implications for initial teacher education (ITE).  Over the last five years John Furlong has worked closely with the Welsh Government in order to help re-vision the country’s ITE provision. In this seminar he will outline the research underlying the reforms that are taking place and discuss the role of ITE in making change happen.


John Furlong, OBE is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education. He was Director of the department from 2003-2009. A former President of the British Educational Research Association, he is currently Chair of the Teacher Education Accreditation Board for Wales. His book, ‘Education – an anatomy of the discipline’, was awarded first prize by the British Society for Educational Studies for the best educational research of 2015 and his most recent book ‘Knowledge and the Study of Education – an international exploration’  was published 2017. John was awarded the OBE for services to research in education in 2017.


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