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UCET Annual Conference in November saw the launch of Part 1 of our publication on the state of the nations in teacher education which includes inputs from Professors John Furlong, Sharon Gewirtz, Olwen McNamara, Jean Murray and Geoff Whitty. Part 2 was launched at BERA Annual Conference. We have already been receiving positive comments about the whole publication with readers saying that they are ‘accessible’ and ‘easy to read’. It has been suggested that the publication could be tabled at Partnership Committees. Both parts can be downloaded by clicking here.
Looking forward to our conference and hoping some of you will be putting forward your ideas on how your practice might develop or change in the next 12 years – what could Education Studies and/or teacher education look like in 2025?
Call closes 17 December 2013
Last week Dr Jane Payler (University of Winchester), Professor Liz Wood (University of Sheffield) and I tested the technology in readiness for our teatime talk and discussion with colleagues working in Early Years education. The webinar will be our first pilot online event and we have places for just 30 colleagues to join us, so hurry up and make your booking. We are asking colleagues to book just one place per HEI so we can give as many people access as possible to this important area of work.That doesn't stop a couple of people logging on together and sharing the same computer on the day though! Book by clicking here.
Forthcoming curriculum design event
During our summer One year on workshops, we spent the afternoon looking at what the HE component of a programme of initial teacher education might consist of and also what new aspects ITE programmes may have to include to take account of the new National Curriculum in England.
Given the interest in the area of curriculum design we will be organising a one day event in London during the Spring Term that will address 3 areas for Education colleagues (details of date and venue to follow shortly):
- curriculum design in Education in HE;
- coherent curriculum design of ITE programmes;
- the preparation of student teachers for curriculum design partciluarly with the introduction of the new National Curriculum for England and Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
During my recent visit to Northern Ireland I ahd the pleasure of meeting one of this year's new NTFellows, Dr Tess Maginess from Queen's University Belfast. In this blog (insert link when received) post she reflects on the impact of her links with the HEA.
This year's call closes 14 January 2014
Other HEA calls:
HEA international scholarship programme - Call closes 20 January 2014
Teaching development grants (collaborative scheme) - Call closes 24 January 2014
HEA Social Sciences Education discipline-focused workshop and seminar series
Here is the updated list of HEA supported Education workshops for 2013-14
‘Research methods for teacher education,’ Edgehill University, 11 December 2013. Details and booking: - http://bit.ly/1gGOQpp
‘Enhancing Employability in Professional Doctorate in Education programmes,’ University of Leicester. 30 January 2014. Details and booking: http://bit.ly/1dFIvec
‘Identifying and elaborating the competencies required for effective classroom practice,’ University of Hertfordshire. 4 March 2014 Details and booking: http://bit.ly/1gttI5X
‘A dialogue between phenomenology and realism in pedagogical and educational research,’ University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, 6 March 2014. Details and booking: http://bit.ly/1dLpyqo
‘Developing a research-led culture within post-92 education departments,’ University of Worcester 25 March 2014. Details and booking: http://bit.ly/1bweTml
‘Supporting undergraduate and Level 7 student teachers to develop meaningful qualitative research projects,’ University of Bedfordshire, 8 April 2014. Details and booking: http://bit.ly/14lVtuR
‘Kindness, care and love: exploring the hinterland of active learning relationships in Education,’ University of Edinburgh, 14 April 2014 Details and booking: http://bit.ly/19Ulod3
In addition we have lots of 'New to teaching events' in the New Year which can be found via our Events page plus I will tweet the links. Click on these titles for information on these 2 New to events
Non HEA resources and calls
Another set of resources which are useful for education, this time from TEAN. Many of the valuable resources developed for the Multiverse site (part of the now defunct TTRB resources) have been curated by TEAN and added to their Storehouse. Click here to access this area of their website.
TEAN have also been able to locate and house the DLITT (Developing literacy in initial teacher training) materials. During our 8 workshops around the new Standards for teachers, many colleagues had identified this as a key resource but until now we had been unable to find any organisation 'hosting' of the resource. Now finally we have success as a result of a conversation at the last TEAN Steering group meeting. You can access the resource by clicking here and this link will be added to our resource lists. Colleagues at the University of Cumbria say that most, but not all, of the DLITT resources work on this link.
At the Annual seminar of the SES (Society for Educational Studies), Professor Jon Davison drew our attention to the small grants which are available for projects from the SES. Also the theme for this year's SES seminar series is Race and Education: the forgotten inequality? The call is open for colleagues to put forward proposals to run seminars on this theme. The annual seminar included a very interesting talk by Professor David Gillborn in which he showed data illustrating how the achievement gap had almost closed in England if the previous measure of 5 GCSEs Grades A-C including English and Maths was still used and the impact of the introduction of the ebacc on the achievement data for BME students. He has kindly extracted a few slides from his talk to share with you via this update.
Signing off for now and hoping that you all have a happy Christmas and a positive start to the New Year!