09 July 2012
Teacher education in England and around the world is at a crossroads, with major changes underway in universities, schools and colleges.
In the context of current challenges, and to celebrate 50 years of excellence in educating and informing teachers, the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University is bringing together experts from around the world to debate the future of teacher education.
The international conference, At the crossroads: new directions in teacher education, will be held over three days from Monday 16 July to Wednesday 18 July and will feature a range of speakers from different countries and areas of teacher education.
Dr John Moss, Dean of the Faculty of Education, said: “The conference includes three keynotes by renowned international scholars, over 100 papers and nine symposia presented by academics from 12 countries. We are delighted that the programme includes presentations by leading academics in the field, as well as newer researchers and doctoral students.”
Keynote speakers for the conference include Professor Robin Alexander, University of Cambridge and Director of the Cambridge Primary Review (CPR). The CPR was launched in 2006 as a fully independent enquiry into the condition and future of primary education in England since the 1960s. Its subsequent findings and reports have attracted considerable attention in the UK and throughout the world, offering a more considered, sustainable and visionary educational alternative to the challenges that primary education faces in the UK and globally.
Professor Kari Smith, Bergen University, Norway, will be speaking on the issue of mentoring and Anja Swennen, Free University, Amsterdam, will offer her expertise on professional development of teachers and teacher educators.
Throughout the three day conference there will be the opportunities to meet with other education practitioners and take part in seminars and workshops.
At the Crossroads: new directions in teacher education, takes place between Monday 16 and Wednesday 18 July 2012, at the University’s North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury.
For further information visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/education/new-directions
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
- Christ Church has one of the best teacher training records in the country, with both its Initial Teacher Training and Teach First programmes recently awarded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and being in the Complete University Guide’s UK top 10 for three consecutive years.
- Over 90% of our newly qualified teachers are in teaching jobs six months after finishing their course.
- Founded in 1962 as a teacher training college, 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee this year, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.