London Branch Seminar
Since the industrial dispute at the Institute of Education is still ongoing, this seminar has been cancelled. Dr Orchard has informed me that she will be delivering a talk at the PESGB Annual Conference this year in Oxford which follows a similar line of inquiry.
Universities have not made the best case for theory in teacher education in the past and their role in the professional formation of teachers needs to be re-defined. However, a ‘textured’ form of professional judgement which brings technical and theoretical forms of knowledge into a complementary relationship with situational awareness is necessary to good teaching and universities have a distinctive role to play in developing it. ‘Philosophy for Teachers’, comprising a community of inquiry of practitioners, philosophers and others, offers one example of how teacher education that blends theory and practice might be developed going forwards.
Janet Orchard has been a teacher educator in London, Oxford and latterly at the School of Education, University of Bristol where she directs the EdD and MSc Education (Hong Kong) and contributes to the secondary PGCE. Her research interest is the contribution of philosophy to teachers’ professional judgement. She co-edited 'Learning Teaching from Experience' (2014, Bloomsbury) with Viv Ellis and IMPACT 22, ‘What training do teachers need? Why Theory is necessary to good teaching’ with Chris Winch (2015, Wiley Blackwell). Her most recent work is on the 'Philosophy for Teachers' project with partners in England, Hong Kong and South Africa.