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Invitation: Seminar ‘Teacher Education Policy and Practice’

posted 21 Apr 2015, 04:19 by ICO Education   [ updated 21 Apr 2015, 04:20 ]
Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith 

Organised by ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 15:00 – 17:00 hrs (drinks afterwards)
C102, Oude Sterrewacht, Leiden 
(City centre; 2 minutes walking distance from Academy Building)

In June 2015, Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith (Boston College, USA) will visit The Netherlands for giving the Opening lecture at the annual Dutch-Flemish educational research conference Onderwijs Research Dagen, which will be held in Leiden this year. Preceding this event, and especially interesting for those who will not attend the conference, ICLON organizes the seminar ‘Teacher Education Policy and Practice’. In this seminar, Marilyn Cochran-Smith will give another lecture in which she will share current trends and policies and practices in teacher education (abstract below). The seminar is open to a broad audience.

Reinventing Teacher Education Policy and Practice: The U.S. Case and Its Implications
In the U.S., “ed reform” refers to a set of policies and practices intended to “fix” the “broken” education system consistent with a neoliberal, market-based approach. A major assumption of this approach is that standardized accountability practices--most with a heavy focus on outcomes--are the best way to improve the uneven quality of teacher education programs and thus both improve teacher quality in U.S. schools and ultimately boost the health of the nation's economy. This lecture will identify and critique several of the most highly publicized and politicized components of teacher education’s “ed reform” package. The lecture will suggest that many of these initiatives are not distinct, but are linked together through a loose coalition of organizations, which has emerged over the last 15 years, and which shares funding sources, neoliberal reform ideologies and operational tactics. The lecture will argue that collectively these initiatives are redefining teacher education policy and practice in dramatic—and disturbing—ways that emphasize efficiency and test score accountability while undermining its democratic and social justice goals.

In the reflection and discussion following the lecture, similarities and differences between the US and the Dutch situations will be identified, and possible implications for the policy and practice of teacher education in both contexts will be explored.

General program
14:30 – 15:00                 Arrival


15:00 – 17:00                Welcome & introduction
Professor Wilfried Admiraal
ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching

Lecture Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith
Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools
Director, PhD Program in Curriculum & Instructor
Lynch School of Education
Boston College, USA

Professor Jan van Driel
Director ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching
Chair of the Interdisciplinary Center for Teacher education (ICL)

Plenary discussion

17:00 – 18:00                Drinks and talks

Working language: English

Registration for this seminar
Participation is free, but you are kindly requested to register for the seminar by filling out the online registration form: https://www.jotform3.leidenuniv.nl/form/51030856364.

Venue and directions

Oude Sterrewacht, room C102
Kaiserstraat 63 / Sterrewachtlaan 11

Driving and walking directions and public transport options can be found online: routebeschrijving (NL) / directions (EN).

Mr. Ben H.J. Smit MSc Secretary ICLON Research Program
ICLON, Universiteit Leiden
tel. +31 71 527 3498 smit@iclon.leidenuniv.nl