Dean's lecture series: Stories of teaching and teacher education
- 5 September 2016 at 6:30 pm – 5 September 2016 at 8:30 pm
- Menzies Lecture Theatre H4, 20 Chancellors Walk
- Open to:
- Public lectures
A familiar ‘standards narrative’ portrays teachers and teacher educators as both the fundamental problem in school education (they’re the reason standards are falling) and the solution to the problem (if only they’ll do what they’re told). Other narratives tell a different story. They argue that standards themselves are the problem, that standardisation is blunting our efforts to meet the needs of kids in multicultural classrooms, that it’s unprofessional and denying the academic freedom of teacher education. Other narratives chart the rise and rise of standards-based reforms, showing how the language of standards now so completely dominates local, national and international policy and practice that it is difficult to imagine how educators ever taught, or researchers ever researched, before the notion of standards was coined.
This lecture is in the form of a critical narrative that draws and builds on these ‘other narratives’. It includes a critical account of current projects, where teachers and teacher educators are working in creative, collaborative, praxis-based partnerships across institutions and sectors.
- Rebecca Gargano