The Connections and Disconnections in Teacher Education Policy, Research and Practice: Future research directions

3rd June 2019 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Public Seminar

Speaker: Diane Mayer, Department of Education

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Rooms G/H

Convener: Alis Oancea

This seminar is number six 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.


This seminar examines the alignments and tensions between teacher education research, policy and practice. First, Diane will analyse the ways in which teacher education has been conceptualised at various points in time during the past 50 years highlighting the related knowledge bases for teaching and the policies driving accountability regimes during that time. Then she will go on to focus on the current policy moment which is positioning teacher education as a policy problem requiring a national solution and large-scale reform agendas. Diane will also consider future opportunities for teacher education researchers in terms of research in, on and for teacher education.


Diane Mayer is Professor of Education (Teacher Education) at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow at Harris Manchester College. She is also Honorary Professor at The University of Sydney and at The University of Queensland in Australia. Diane’s scholarship focuses on teacher education and early career teaching, examining issues associated with the policy and practice of teachers’ work and teacher education. She was PI on the Australian Research Council funded project Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education and is senior editor of Teaching Education and executive editor of Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. Her seminar on ‘The Connections and Disconnections in Teacher Education Policy, Research and Practice: Future research directions’ will be her inaugural public seminar at the department.


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