Global trends in initial teacher education and the place of teacher inquiry Event as iCalendar

21 March 2019

4:30 - 5:30pm

Venue: H205 Epsom Campus

Location: Gate 3, 74 Epsom Avenue, Auckland 1023

Host: School of Learning Development and Professional Practice

Cost: Free

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The focus on teacher quality in developed countries around the world has brought unprecedented attention (and critique) to initial teacher education, including the development of multiple reform agendas.

In the first part of this presentation, Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith will discuss competing agendas regarding initial teacher education.

In the second part, she will focus on teacher inquiry, which is based on the assumption that teachers are professionals and life-long learners who generate as well as consume knowledge.

The presentation will consider whether and how teacher inquiry fits with competing reform agendas and what the implications are for ongoing policy and practice in initial teacher education.


A teacher education scholar and practitioner for more than 40 years, Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith is widely known nationally and internationally for her scholarship regarding teacher education research, practice and policy and for her sustained commitment to inquiry-based teaching and teacher education for diversity and social justice.

A former AERA president, an inaugural AERA fellow, and an elected member of the National Academy of Education, Professor Cochran-Smith was the 2018 recipient of the AERA/Division K Legacy Award for lifetime contributions to research on teaching/teacher education. She has written ten books and more than 200 articles, handbook chapters, chapters in edited books, and editorials. Her latest book, "Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education", won the Critics Choice Book award from the American Education Studies Association (AESA).

With the support of a Spencer Foundation grant, she is currently studying teacher preparation at new graduate schools of education, which are unaffiliated with universities but grant masters degrees and teacher licensure.