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In Trinity Term 2019 the Oxford Department of Education will hold a flagship event series on ‘Future Directions in Teacher Education Research, Practice and Policy’ convened by Diane Mayer (Professor of Education (Teacher Education) and Alis Oancea (Professor of Philosophy of Education and Research Policy and Director of Research) and in commemoration of its 100th anniversary.

The series will include six public seminars, taking place on Monday 29 April, 13 May, 20 May, 3 June, 10 June and 17 June and running from 5pm to 6.30pm in the department, as well as an annual public lecture on Friday 10 May from 5pm at Worcester College. The seminars will cover topics from regional reforms in Teacher Education, to comparative global research perspectives and future directions to help connect policy, research and practice.  Speakers will include experts from across the department, including an inaugural seminar by Diane Mayer, as well as international speakers from Arizona State University and the University of Helsinki.

The focus of the annual lecture will be ‘The Quest for Better Teaching’, with guest speaker Jenny Gore (Visiting Professor, Department of Education and Laureate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle) and a panel of respondents including Dame Alison Peacock (Chief Executive of The Chartered College of Teaching), Martin Mills (Professor and Director of the Centre for Research on Teachers and Teaching at UCL) and Trevor Mutton (Director of Professional Programmes and the Oxford Education Deanery, Department of Education).

A preliminary seminar on ‘Rethinking Teacher Education: The Trouble with Accountability’ was delivered by Marilyn Cochran-Smith (Boston College, USA) on 18 February and can be listened to here.

All further events in the series will be recorded and made available on the University podcast site.

This 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 and aims to reflect on our past and pay particular tribute to our contributions in the field of teacher education today. Attendance is free but registration essential. The full programme is as follows:

Classroom-based Interventions Across Subject Areas: Research to Understand What Works in Education
5pm, Monday 29 April – Department of Education

The Quest for Better Teaching *2019 Annual Lecture*
5pm, Friday 10 May – Worcester College

Making Change Happen – The Reform of Initial Teacher Education in Wales
5pm, Monday 13 May – Department of Education

Comparative Teacher Education Research: Global Perspectives in Teacher Education Past, Present and Future
5pm, Monday 20 May – Department of Education

The Connections and Disconnections in Teacher Education Policy, Research and Practice: Future Research Directions
5pm, Monday 3 June – Department of Education

What Are Teachers’ Professional Competencies?
5pm, Monday 10 June – Department of Education

Building Research Capacity in Teacher Education
5pm, Monday 17 June – Department of Education

Listen to all the seminars in full here

About our Public Seminar Series

The Department of Education’s Public Seminar Series are held on a termly basis throughout the academic year and are designed to engage wider audiences in topical research areas across the department. Seminars are free to attend and open to all. Each series is convened by a member of the department and seminars are held on most Mondays during term from 5pm. Speakers include a wealth of academics from across the department and the wider University, as well as internationally recognised professionals from across the globe. All upcoming seminars are publicised, in advance, on the department’s event pages and where possible recorded and made available on the University’s podcast site.

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The department is delighted to announce that the University has conferred the title of Visiting Professor on Professor Jennifer Gore.

Professor Gore is Laureate Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia, the first female to be awarded the Laureate Professorship at the university and the only social scientist to hold that position.  Jenny was previously Head of the School of Education and is now Director of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre. She is also Chief Editor of the international journal, Teaching and Teacher Education. 

Her appointment as Visiting Professor will have significant benefit for the department and the University.  She will work with department colleagues and collaborate with ongoing teacher education research projects here.

We look forward to welcoming Jenny to the department and to a mutually beneficial association.  You can see more information about her work here.