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2nd TEAN conference 2011 The Important Role of Higher Education in Teacher Education

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The second TEAN conference took place at the Manchester Conference Centre on May 20th 2011. The 2011 conference celebrated the important role that Higher Education plays in teacher education. In uncertain times, here was an opportunity to proclaim the value of Higher Education input and plan constructively for the future, and both presenters and delegates did exactly that.

Professor Jean Murray

The keynote address was given by Professor Jean Murray from the University of London and was extremely well received by delegates who found it to be inspirational, informative and thought provoking. Jean explained to delegates that this is a very appropriate time to be considering the importance of Higher Education in teacher education across the UK.

The Donaldson Review underlines the centrality of Higher Education Institutions in Scottish teacher education and urges the wider involvement of the universities. In contrast, the messages of the White Paper in England have indicated a shift, away from the Higher Education Institution / school partnership models established over the last twenty five years and towards more employment-based and fast-track routes.

In Wales, Higher Education provision, which had been re-organised following the Furlong Review, now faces further turbulence in the university sector. In Northern Ireland some important issues about the future shape of teacher education, including the question of balancing teacher supply and demand, remain low on the policy agenda, whilst some Higher Education providers face considerable institutional changes. There are therefore real challenges ahead for Higher Education Institution based teacher education.

Download a copy of Professor Jean Murray's presentation

Conference Presentations

We are used to very high quality presentations, round table presentations and workshops in TEAN and 2011 certainly did not disappoint, with delegates appreciative of the range of topics offered and the opportunities presented for reflection and debate. Thanks to all presenters for the high standards they maintained and the interest they generated. Some of the PowerPoints and other materials from the day can be accessed below.

Thanks are due to our main sponsor ESCalate, the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Education, for its support for the conference and other events throughout the year, as well as to all the exhibitors, administrators and colleagues who helped make the day so well received. The conference was overall a great success and delegates were already planning their attendance at TEAN 2012 as they left TEAN 2011! Thank you to all for your support for TEAN and watch the website for information about next year.

You can access some of the PowerPoint presentations and other materials by clicking on the items in the following list, which shows the lead presenter(s) with institution, and the title of the presentation:

Nigel Beacham, University of Aberdeen – E-pedagogies for inclusion

Dawne Bell, Edge Hill University – The legacy of MTL

Irene Bell, Stranmillis University College – How can an online video analysis tool enhance the learning experience of student teachers within an initial teacher education institution - host school partnership?

Pete Boyd, University of Cumbria – Approaches to ‘Modelling’ as a strategy for teacher educators: challenging current conceptions and practice

Hilary Cooper, University of Cumbria – How to help ITT students develop and apply a personal philosophy of education in multiple contexts

Sue Forsythe, University of Leicester – Critical partnerships: using peer support to develop skills in writing at Masters level

Sue Griffiths, University of Northampton – ‘I’ve put it on blue paper, what more do you want?’ Investigating dyslexia-friendly practices in teacher education.

Vivienne Griffiths, Canterbury Christ Church University – Teacher education for primary languages: higher education’s role in employment-based routes

Simon Hoult, Canterbury Christ Church University – Developing a Research Informed Pedagogy for ITE

Donna Hurford, University of Cumbria – Why might ITE courses pursue student teachers' dual engagement, as adult learners and student teachers, with Assessment for Learning?

Alison Iredale, University of Huddersfield – Confidence, risk, and the journey into praxis: work-based learning and the teacher education curriculum

Judith Kneen, Newman University College – JudithKneen.pptx

Rene Koglbauer and Debbie Redshaw, Newcastle University - Standardising expectations of PGCE students across a partnership and the role of the university in this

Christine Lewis, Edge Hill University – What are the challenges for students who 'try' teaching?

Karen Lockney, University of Cumbria – Lesson observation feedback: what constitutes good practice in the view of teacher educators and trainee teachers?

Graham Lowe, Birmingham City University – Computer simulation - What can we simulate? What should we simulate?

Loic Menzies, consultant – ‘I’m in a grammar school – not a great deal of diversity here!’ - An HEI led partnership project to develop employment based initial teacher education to address a key priority. You can also find a recording of Loic’s presentation on his website

Joan Smith, University of Leicester – Secondary PGCE student teachers' career aspirations: implications for teacher educators

Joan Smith, University of Leicester – The other half of the course: fostering student engagement in Secondary PGCE professional studies

Adrian Warhurst, Newman University College – Developing the role of the subject mentor in enhancing trainees' pedagogic subject knowledge

Gill Adams and Michael Inglis, Liverpool John Moores University – How do I get started with research? Confronting the challenge of becoming research active

Mike Martin, Liverpool John Moores University – The significance of education theory in student teachers' practice

Sue Cronin, Liverpool John Moores University – Initial findings from an investigation into the understandings and implementation of state guidance and policy on creativity by intending and recently qualified teachers

Andrew Csizmadia, Newman University College – 15 minutes of fame: developing critically reflective practitioners through the use of video

Martin Griffiths, University of Manchester - Aesthetic considerations in teacher education

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