1st Edition

Teacher Education in Challenging Times Lessons for professionalism, partnership and practice

Edited By Philip Bamber, Jane Moore Copyright 2017
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    Teacher education is experiencing a period of dramatic and arguably irrevocable change within a wider context of turbulence in the English education system. With contributions from a range of teacher educators and academics in the field, Teacher Education in Challenging Times presents sustainable, robust, and informed responses to the challenges posed by the current unrest in the education sector.

    This book considers the nature of teacher professionalism, the nurturing of truly collaborative partnerships between universities, schools and other agencies, and developments in practice with tangible impact for children and young people. Drawing on important research and illustrations of policy and practice from England and other countries, chapters present a series of counter-cultural ideas, principles and practices that respond to pressing challenges facing educators in a range of contexts. Positive and forward-looking, this book offers a robust defence of the present need for high-quality teacher education in challenging times.

    This book is a timely contribution to an international debate about the future of teacher educators and should be of key interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of teacher education, philosophy and sociology of education, policy and politics of education, and pedagogy. It will also appeal to a range of practitioners, including trainers, local authority officers, professional groups, educational service providers, and educational and school improvement consultants.

    Foreword Susan Groundwater-Smith Introduction Philip M. Bamber and Jane C. Moore Part 1 Professionalism 1. Today’s University challenge: maintaining and strengthening professional jurisdiction for the preparation of teachers Sue Cronin 2. Building professionals and elevating the profession? The work of University-based Initial Teacher Educators in Aotearoa New Zealand David Berg, Alexandra Gunn, Mary Hill and Mavis Haigh International vignette 1. Teacher Education in Wales Susan Wyn Jones and John Lewis 3. Teaching as contemplative John Sullivan 4. Education for shalom: dimensions of a relational pedagogy John Shortt 5. Is being critical enough? Ruth Pilkington Part 2 Partnership 6. Working at the intersection: partnerships as participatory mechanisms for disruption. Tina Cook 7. Student partnership and a University legitimation crisis Morgan White 8. Teacher development through professional partnership: harnessing the power of professional learning communities Geoff Baker 9. The changing role of the teacher in multi-agency work Elizabeth Parr 10. Partnership and teacher formation for global social justice Philip Bamber and Andrea Bullivant International vignette 2. Partnership for global social justice in policy: Working in Partnership for Learning for Sustainability in Scotland Betsy King and Gary Johnstone Part 3 Practice 11. Subject knowledge enhancement courses a decade on: redefining professional knowledge in mathematics teacher education Mary Stevenson 12. Challenging dyslexia Owen Barden 13. An issue of social justice: bullying in schools Babs Anderson 14. Contemporary learners need enlightened environments: technology, student agency and emergent learning Susan Rodrigues 15. The Hope Challenge: A new model of partnership for school improvement Jane Moore, Michelle Pearson and Sue Cronin Conclusion Keith Crawford


    Philip M. Bamber is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Liverpool Hope University where he is Head of the Department of Education Studies. His research interests include transformative learning, (global) citizenship and values in education. He is currently Associate Director of TEESNet, the UK Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network. Phil has led and participated in research funded by the Department for International Development, European Union, Higher Education Academy, Church of England, OXFAM and the Porticus Foundation.

    Jane C. Moore is the Head of Teacher Education and Director of the Professional Doctorate at Liverpool Hope University. Her research interests include teacher education, teacher identity and school leadership and professionalism. She has presented at a range of international conferences and published in the European Journal of Teacher Education. Her recent and current research with colleagues has involved collaboration with a large number of schools and teachers in projects that are designed to have a positive and tangible impact on practice and educational outcomes.