New PDF release: A Learning Profession?: Teachers and their Professional

By Wendy Robinson

ISBN-10: 9462095728

ISBN-13: 9789462095724

This ground-breaking ebook uncovers a hidden heritage of the pro develop¬ment of serving academics. Drawing on hitherto unpublished archive fabric, Wendy Robinson finds an op¬timistic and liberal age of excessive category meetings within the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, in Lon¬don inns and Oxford faculties, unfastened from executive keep watch over, the place lecturers from around the nation and overseas, amassed for pro, highbrow and cultural 'refreshment'. The prestige connected to those events was once signified via the stars who graced them, together with royalty, public intellectuals, academic practitioners and politicians. Professor Robinson then indicates how post-war education grew to become extra instrumental, taken over via the Ministry of schooling with its centrally-prescribed complex classes, and, from 1970, by means of neighborhood schooling experts' invention of ap¬parently democratic academics' Centres. This research is complemented via face-to-face interviews with academics and different practitioners as soon as energetic in specialist improvement. attention-grabbing, particular inter¬views brilliantly seize lecturers' lived event improvement and its impression on their educating, profession improvement identification. clean and unique, lucidly written via one of many major historians of schooling in Britain, A studying occupation? is vital and fascinating studying for these inter¬ested within the improvement of a instructing occupation.

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DES, (1967). Statistics of education, survey of in-service training for teachers. London: HMSO. 69. DES, (1972). Teacher education and training: A report by a committee of inquiry appointed by the secretary of state for education and science, under the chairmanship of Lord James of Rusholme. 80–94. 40. 40–41. 41–48. 41. 22–24. 26–27. 5. 5. 7. 5. 12. 12. 6. 11, 14–16. 16. 7. 9. Ibid. 5. 151; DES, (1972). Education: A framework for expansion. London: HMSO. Crook, ‘Universities, teacher training, and the legacy of McNair 1944–94’.

103 The Department continued to expand its programme of training for serving teachers throughout the later years of the 1960s, and also continued to offer a range of different types of courses. 104 However, the Department’s Annual Report gives no further information about these courses, though we might assume that the provision of courses in Russian reflects the importance of that language during the Cold War. For the next decade the question of teacher professional development exercised government and issues of access, reach, timing, availability, control and entitlement, all of which had been raised in earlier phases, came under intense scrutiny.

This chapter examines and compares three types of vacation course: a Board of Education sponsored summer school at Derby Teacher Training College; A Welsh Education Office vacation course at the University of Oxford; and the City of London Vacation Course (CLVC), an independent commercial venture organised by a leading educational publisher, Robert Evans. At a time when the nature of teacher professionalism was undergoing significant transformation, the vacation course model offers a new way of conceptualising the wider question of teacher status and identity and tensions between ideas of personal and professional improvement.

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