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Joint Practice Development: academics and practitioners working together Dr. Maggie Gregson University of Sunderland Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT).
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Joint Practice Development: academics and practitioners working together Dr. Maggie GregsonUniversity of SunderlandCentre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT)
‘One of the defining characteristics of educational research is that it aims to contribute to the improvement of educational practice’
(Biesta et al 2010)
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Culture and climate of ‘performance’ distracts activity away from teaching and learning
Performance climate reduces people and situations to less than they could be and brings with it costly overheads
Too strong an emphasis on micro-managed performance steeps us in bureaucracy and misdirected accountability
Diminishes our energies and reduces our sense of possibilities
CPD can become reduced to a ‘smorgasbord’ of ideas which may or may not be supported by robust evidence and good educational research
‘Good practice’ and notions of ‘transfer’ may be reduced simply to notions of ‘transmission’ or uncritically ‘implementing content’
Aimed to improve educational practice and systems in a range of institutions across the FE system
Recruited, engaged and mentored twenty practitioners from across the sector in a range of research including projects investigating aspects of, ‘Assessment for Learning’, ‘Mentoring’, ‘Informal and Community Learning’ , ‘Access to Education’, ‘Work based Learning’, ‘Computer Mediated Communication’ etc
Used principles and practices of ‘Joint Practice Development’ (Fielding 2005, 2008) to ‘Work with LSIS-IfL Research Development Fellows
Organised three, three-day Residential Workshops based on ‘Joint Practice Development’ and deeper engagement with relevant literature
Supported practitioners in the FE system, enabling them to see their research projects through to successful completion and effective dissemination
In order to be credible and useful ‘good practice’ has to be experienced and demonstrated in context not just explained
Implementation has to be practised in context and judgment has to be exercised in the context of practice
Importance of building professional relationships, confidence and trust
Sensitive to the pressures on all of us
How we arrive at judgements is as important as the judgement itself
How we evaluate the wisdom and consequences of our judgements are even more important
Making and reviewing judgements together in local contexts using local knowledge is crucial
Developing ‘good practice’ - isn’t always - or ever - one way traffic – all parties need to be able to originate and adapt in context
In an age of increasing austerity it may be wise not to spend money on a ‘smorgasbord’ of CPD activity some of which may be better supported by robust educational research than others
May be better to go for one or two well-researched ideas which have credibility in the practitioner, research and policy communities
Then help and support practitioners get to grips with implementing them alongside each other across the whole institution using joint practice development
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