Paul Campbell, Primary Teacher, North Lanarkshire
Promoting a Culture of Innovation: New approaches to professional learning in a post-Donaldson era
Reflecting on the principles, research evidence and recommendations of the Donaldson review of teacher education, this workshop aims to facilitate discussion on how to establish and maintain new approaches to professional learning for teachers that encourages innovation, creativity and experimentation; ultimately improved experiences for our learners.
Keynote: Professor Christine Forde and Dr Margery McMahon, University of Glasgow
The afternoon keynote will explore a major international concern about the contribution of teachers in building effective national educational systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The keynote will examine current international policy discussions on the development of the teaching profession and relate these to current work in Scotland on accomplished teaching.
This workshop takes as its starting point the psychological and social effects of child poverty. It will critically examine some of the explanations of how deprivation tends to lead to underachievement, and open up some new issues and questions emerging from research. These include ability grouping, community involvement and whether children from poorer neighbourhoods tend to experience more restricted forms of teaching (a ‘pedagogy of poverty’). Examples will be provided of innovative schools which are making a difference.
Participants will be invited to look at how much we know of children’s lives outside of school, including family interests and support, and at how school-based research can be used to raise awareness about the danger of ‘pedagogies of poverty’.
The workshop relates to the presenter’s new book Living on the Edge (co-author John Smyth) and to his involvement in Social Justice Re-considered (a collaboration involving staff at Moray House, University of Edinburgh).
In between sessions I had a chat with Con Morris of Education Scotland about Glow’s CPD central and its evolution into National Professional Learning Community (Glow logon needed). Unfortunately I had the mic facing the wrong way so the sound is not great. Con was as always fascinating.