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Becoming a teacher educator

Becoming a Teacher Educator

Pete Boyd University of Cumbria

Jean Murray University of East London

Kim Harris University of Worcester

Claire Smith Leeds Trinity University College

The Guidelines on the ESCalate website: http//

Teacher Education Advancement Network

Teacher education as a field
Teacher education as a field

  • Janus-faced – facing both the world of the university and of the school ….

  • But located in HE, with all its structures and imperatives

  • Policy driven and fast changing

  • 25 (+) years of change

  • The world of regulation & quality assurance in teacher education

  • Differentiations of universities and colleges across the HE system & their varying investments in teacher education

  • Conventional academic work / roles / values and teacher educators’ work / roles / values - a different kind of academic

Leah 10 years in teacher education. After working on PGCE Primary programmes, she has now completed her PhD, built up a portfolio of journal publications, academic books and research grants. Has now gained a post as a Reader

Clive5 years in teacher education. Works on PGCE Secondary maths, a range of Enhancement Courses and CPD including the Masters. Also works as a maths consultant locally and nationally. Strong profile in Knowledge Exchange activities.

Jane15 years in teacher education. After working on the PGCE and under-graduate SEN courses at her university for 10 years, she now leads an international SEN specialist course in Malaysia. Writes extensively on SEN for professional audiences.

James After a successful career as a secondary school deputy head, now works part-time in HE and part-time in schools. History specialist. Works on various Exam Board and Advisory bodies.

Exploring academic work contexts making induction work for you
Exploring Academic Work contexts: making induction work for you

  • Induction provision – HR & HE

  • Post Grad Cert in HE?

  • Valuations of activities within your Department? Priorities?

  • Your probation requirements?

  • Personal priorities

  • Opportunities and creativity in teacher education work: reconstructing / re-developing identities

Workplace learning guidelines
Workplace Learning: Guidelines you

Workplace learning framework

1 Role design

2 Organisational learning

3 ITE pedagogy

4 School-based role

5 Formal Courses

6 Scholarship and research

Boyd, P., Harris, K. & Murray, J. (2007)


Expansive workplace environments: you

  • Close collaborative working

  • Colleagues mutually supportive

  • An explicit focus on learning at work

  • Opportunities beyond departmental priorities

  • External opportunities, time to think differently

  • Support to integrate off the job learning into practice

  • Able to participate in more than one working group

  • Opportunities for boundary crossing

  • Support for local variation in ways of working

  • (adapted from Hodkinson & Hodkinson, 2005)

Restrictive workplace environments
Restrictive workplace environments: you

  • Learning is part of intensive work pattern, with little structured space for reflection

  • Fast transition from novice to expert expected

  • Induction is focused around / conflated with monitoring (meeting the letter of probationary requirements)

  • No clear ‘curriculum’ for workplace learning

  • One size fits all induction provision

  • Work is largely solitary and / or without collegial support

  • Mentoring / coaching is not focused on the developing needs of the individual

Becoming: reconstructing identity you

Exposure to the ‘paradigmatic trajectories’ of experienced members provides a model that is a key influence on the learning of newcomers…(Wenger, 1998: 156)

What identity ‘models’ exist within your department?

To what extent do you cross boundaries and emphasise different aspects of your identity?

Pedagogy of teacher education
Pedagogy of Teacher Education you

Consider one of your recent successful taught sessions with your student teachers: write on a post-it one or two key aspects of your approach to teacher education…

As a group sort out the post-its to find common issues and create a poster entitled ‘principles for effective teacher education’...

L2teach l2l teach2l
L2Teach, L2L, Teach2L you

Student teachers are ‘learning to teach’ but also ‘teaching to learn’ Loughran, 2006

Maybe they are also learning to learn?

Conceptions of learning to teach
Conceptions of learning to teach you

Cascading expertise


Enabling student’s growth as a teacher


Developing student teaching

emulation but personalised

Student as teacher and learner

conceptual change, critical thinking

Taylor, 2008

Seven principles learning to teach
Seven Principles: learning to teach… you

Involves conflicting and competing demands

Requires the student to create knowledge

Requires a shift in focus from curriculum to learner

Is enhanced by (student) teacher research

Requires collaborative learning

Requires meaningful partnership

Is enhanced through modelling by teacher educators

Korthagen, Loughran & Russell (2006)

What do teachers know and do
What do teachers know and do? you

What do you want your student teachers to know and be able to do?




Developing Teacher Knowledge you

Educational setting within the system

Society & community

Curriculum subject




Informed by:

Shulman (1986);

Wenger, 1998; Peressini et al.(2004)

Practice and

Identity as a teacher

Rapidly changing policy frame

High levels of accountability

Using modelling in teacher education
Using ‘modelling’ in teacher education you

What does modelling mean to you? To what extent do you use it within your teaching of student teachers?

Summarise your group’s understanding of ‘modelling’ as a strategy within the context of teacher education.

Congruent teaching and modelling
Congruent teaching and modelling you

Congruent teaching...

Stepping out and thinking aloud...

Building links to learning theory...

Helping student teachers to reflect...

(Loughran & Berry, 2006; Swennen, Lunenberg, & Korthagen, 2008)

Scholarship and research definitions and expectations
Scholarship and research: definitions and expectations you

The key characteristic of university teaching and knowledge exchange activity is that it is underpinned by scholarship & engagement with research

There are contractual obligations and expectations from your department and institution

The influence of national research audits and universities’ participation in them – overt & tacit valuation of research & researchers and the impact on the field of teacher education

Scholarship and research creativity and opportunities
Scholarship and research: creativity and opportunities you

  • Outcomes: your workplace & your personal trajectory / aims

  • Centre areas of interest / relevance (but also consider zeitgeist)

  • Coherence & planning; including serendipity & seizing the moment

  • Synergy with teaching / role – researching close to home – research-informed teaching

  • Formal courses & qualifications and less conventional routes

Scholarship and research networking
Scholarship and research: networking you

  • Individual endeavours (the loneliness of the long distance researcher)

  • Possible collaborators – somosmas! - close to home, other institutions

  • Research apprenticeships

  • Creating your research & scholarship network(s) – personal and collective (e.g. BERA, UCET, ASE….)

  • Spotting & making the most of opportunities

Resources and sources of support
Resources and sources of support you

British Education Index

British Educational Research Association(BERA)

Current Education and Children's Services Research

Education Evidence Portal (eep)

Eppi Centre, Institute of Education, University of London

ESCalate : The HigherEducationAcademy : Education Subject Centre advancing learning and teaching in education

Teaching and Learning Research Programme

Teacher Education Advancement Network


Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB) (no longer funded)

T youEG

The Teacher Education Bibliography page:

The on-line resource

The teg database

T youEG

The TEG database

  • Currently consists of 473 citations

  • Citations have beenclassifiedby the TEG group in various ways.

  • To search these citations various filters can be applied to the list of citations

  • The list of citations is organisedalphabetically by author name

Teg online search accessible via the tlrp website at http www tlrp org capacity rm wt teg

T youEG

TEG Online search accessible via the TLRP website at:

Developing your own research
Developing your own research you

  • Generativity: a previous study in teacher education (or a relevant study in another area of education) which you feel may offer insights into your research theme (substantive, theoretical, methodological).

  • The what, how and why of this study.

  • Creativity: previous research which you feel offers new and creative starting points for thinking about teacher education research.

  • The what, how and why of your new study.