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Theme tune by David Vesey

On this week's programme I bring you more from my interview with Professor Gert Biesta, who is Professor of Public Education at Maynooth University. What comes through in everything he says is the respect and love he has for teaching. Among the wide range of topics we discuss are the following:

  • Who he writes for when he writes about education
  • Speaking and thinking about education in an educational way
  • How philosophy can inform the practice of teachers
  • Designing and teaching a module on philosophy for future teachers
  • The importance of asking good questions
  • The relevance of Kierkegaard and “Double truth giving” in teaching
  • Teaching for the possibility of being taught
  • John Dewey’s critique of the modern scientific world view
  • PE teachers who had a significant impact on him
  • Why schools should surprise
  • What inspires him

The book he is currently reading is in German and it is Allgemeine Pädagogik. He also referred to the work of Homer Lane, whose most famous book is Talks to Parents and Teachers. He also referred to the book, Beyond the Present and the Particular.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune by David Vesey

On this week's programme I speak to Gert Biesta who is Professor of Public Education at Maynooth University. Among the topics we discuss on the programme are:

  • Why he took up a position in Ireland
  • The work of the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy at Maynooth University
  • How he’ll get to know the Irish education system
  • How teacher education in Ireland differs from teacher education in England
  • The emergence of a competitive mindset in education across countries
  • What good education is in an age of measurement
  • Balancing three purposes of education
  • The place of equity, diversity and social justice in education
  • Implications of the disappearance of teaching and the rise of learning over the last 25 years
  • The gift of teaching

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Theme tune David Vesey

On this week's programme I speak to two teacher educators, Anja Swennen from the University of Amsterdam and Professor Kay Livingston from the University of Glasgow. Kay Livingston talks about innovative teaching with specific reference to a cross-European research study she is conducting with colleagues in her Research Development Community of the Association of Teacher Education in Europe. Anja Swennen continues the discussion which was begun on last week's programme and among the topics discussed are the following:

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Theme music by David Vesey

On this week's programme I discuss teacher education with Anja Swennen from the VU University, Amsterdam. I met up with her at the annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education of Europe in Gavle, Sweden in August 2018. Among the topics we discuss in this part of the interview are the following:

  • Jean Murray’s idea of first-order and second-order practitioner
  • The move from expert teacher to novice teacher educator
  • Recruiting a teacher educator
  • The curriculum for a course in Teacher Education
  • Preparing for registration as a Teacher Educator in the Netherlands
  • Identity of Teacher Educators (Subject specialist; pedagogue; a teacher in higher education; researcher; and teacher)
  • Teacher Educators and researching practice and research in schools
  • How history of education can help teachers understand their work

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On this week's programme I speak to my friend and former colleague, Professor Anne O'Gara. Professor O'Gara was President of Marino Institute of Education from 2006 to 2018. Prior to that she taught in primary schools for several years before becoming Assistant National Coordinator of the Home-School-Community Liaison Scheme, and subsequently an inspector at the Department of Education and Skills. In this first part of our interview we focused on leadership in education. Among the topics discussed were:

  • Entering an institution as a new leader
  • Identifying priorities as a leader
  • Bringing about Change and Resistance to Change
  • Doing courses, lifelong learning and coaching
  • Developing new courses
  • Changing your leadership style
  • 360-degree feedback
  • Preparing for difficult conversations
  • Partnerships with stakeholders
  • What she misses and does not miss about the work

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Today I speak to Dr. David Powell from the University of Huddersfield about teacher education. I met up with David at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • The soul of teacher education
  • The apprenticeship model of learning to teach
  • Observing teaching using the "Viewing Frame"

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On this week's programme I am joined again by Dr. Karen Hammerness who is the Director of Edcuational research and Evaluation at the American Museum of Natural History. This week we talk about the Museum as a site for education, including teacher education and we hear about the innovative programmes the museum has in place for educating people in and about science. Among the topics discussed this week are:

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On this week's programme I speak to one of the most prominent scholars of teacher education in the United States, Dr. Karen Hammerness. Dr. Hammerness is the Director of Educational Research and Evaluation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where I met up with her recently. She has conducted research into teachers' visions and into teacher education and these were the topics we discussed in this part of our interview. The specific points covered include:

  • What teacher education programmes can learn from each other
  • How clinical work is becoming part of teacher education
  • How to evaluate or “get to know” a teacher education programme
  • Preparing teachers for specific kinds of school settings
  • How she would design a brand new teacher education programme
  • How would you design a school that mentored novice teachers
  • How do you decide if a teacher is ready for independent practice in a classroom?
  • The importance of a teacher having a vision for their work
  • What constitutes a teacher’s vision?
  • What is the source of a teacher’s vision for teaching?

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On this week's programme my guest is teacher educator and philosopher Dr. Pádraig Hogan of the Department of Education at Maynooth University. I spoke to Pádraig at the annual conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland. Among the topics we discussed in a wide-ranging interview were:

  • The purpose of schools
  • Truth and education
  • Teaching as a way of life
  • Learning as a way of life for teachers
  • Supervision on school placement
  • Challenging our prejudices as teachers and teacher educators
  • Deference and difference in education
  • Ethics and education

Ethics and teaching

Becoming a discerning reader of your own teaching

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On this week's programme my guest is Dr. Alf Coles from the University of Bristol School of Education. Among the topics discussed are:

 

  • What teachers learn from using video
  • Responding to video through description versus judgment
  • Using video clubs for teacher professional development
  • The centre for researching education across boundaries
  • Who was Caleb Gattegno
  • What is the Silent Way of learning a language
  • What is an energy budget for learning?
  • Four stages of awareness
  • Inventing the geoboard
  • Book, What we owe children by Caleb Gattegno
  • How he became a teacher educator
  • How he balances his teaching and research work
  • How he practices teacher education
  • Greg Simon’s blog: https://gregsimonmusic.com/blog/
  • Gregory Bateson: https://mri.org/gregory-bateson/

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