Helping students, lecturers and practitioners in education become the best professionals they can be
The 7th TEAN conference was held at Conference Aston in Birmingham on May 5th and 6th 2016. We were delighted to welcome delegates and presenters from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, Norway, Nigeria and the USA this year. This year’s theme, Cultivating Learning, provoked many responses and the range and breadth of presentations on offer showed a rich engagement with the questions it posed.
TEAN commendation for effective practice in teacher education
This year saw the first TEAN awards presented at the conference. Many thanks to all who sent in entries. We received a fascinating range of innovative ideas. Following the anonymous review process, two entries were joint equal, so both received an award. Professor Carey Philpott graciously accepted to present the awards to:
Sian Duffty and Simon Poole - University of Chester
The entry from Sian and Simon can be accessed here.
Martin Hagan – St Mary’s University College, Belfast
The entry from Martin can be accessed here.
The commendation awards will be back for next year, so do consider ‘giving it a go’ for 2017.
Professor Viv Ellis
The opening keynote address of the conference was given by Professor Viv Ellis from King’s College, London. In an insightful and challenging address Viv’s theme was: Transforming teacher education: cultivating our own learning. Rather than reforming or defending teacher education, Viv urged us to go about transforming teacher education. There is a need for a ‘genuine’ profession of teaching he suggested, and so we must think carefully about what that profession will look like. He finished his address by suggesting three positive actions to guide the way forward for ITE.
View Viv Ellis' PowerPoint presentation
Biographical notes for Viv Ellis
Viv Ellis is Professor of Educational Leadership and Teacher Development at King's College, London and a Professor II at Bergen University College in Norway. His research focuses on teacher education as academic work; the possibilities for reconfiguring initial teacher education in relation to school leadership; professional creativity; and forms of practice-developing, intervention research. His most recent book (with Jane McNicholl) is 'Transforming Teacher Education' (Bloomsbury, 2015) and in 2014 he was invited to be a Sachs lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University in their lecture series 'The Landscape for Educating Teacher Educators'.
Professor Carey Philpott
For our second keynote address on May 6th, TEAN welcomed Professor Carey Philpott from Leeds Beckett University. Carey spoke about 'Cultivating learning through evidence-based teaching: possibilities and pitfalls', and certainly asked us to think very deeply about this. A relevant and provocative address which raised many questions. Is teaching a strong profession and if so, what does that mean? Is evidence-based teaching a Trojan horse? In other words might it mean different things to different people? Is the medical model an apt comparison with teaching?
View Carey Philpott's PowerPoint presentation
Biographical notes for Carey Philpott
Carey Philpott is Professor of Teacher Education at Leeds Beckett University. He began his career in education as a secondary school English and Drama teacher in London. He became involved in ITE as a school-based mentor. He later became course leader for the English and Drama PGCE at Oxford Brookes University. He has also been programme leader of a secondary PGCE and an undergraduate secondary ITE programme at the University of Cumbria. He was later appointed Head of the Centre for Excellence in Teacher Education at the University of Strathclyde.
Carey has research and published on student teacher’s school-based learning from a number of perspectives including sociocultural theory and activity theory. Carey is currently researching teachers’ collaborative professional development and teacher agency. He is also interested in narrative approaches to research and is involved in projects on the collective autobiography of teacher educators and narrative analysis of Education policy documents.
After the keynotes on each day, delegates were treated to a wide range of presentations. Many thanks to all presenters for the time they gave in preparing their presentations to help create a successful conference.