Supporting the Development of the Profession
  • Room 018, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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Part of the Plymouth Institute of Education Research Seminar Series.

Speaker: Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies.

The current focus on Teacher Education reflects governmental and societal recognition that teachers have the most significant in-school impact on student learning (Barber and Mourshed 2007; Hattie 2012; TMAG 2015). As a consequence of this, much greater attention has been paid to the amount of time pre-service teachers spend in schools, leading to a ‘practicum turn’ in teacher education (Mattson et al 2011) and an international focus on teaching as a clinical practice profession (Alter and Cogshall 2009; Burn and Mutton 2013; Conroy et al 2013; Dinham 2013; McLean Davies et al 2015). 

While the intention of a clinical approach to teaching has been primarily to enhance the capacities of pre-service teachers, recent research shows the potential of this approach to extend beyond Initial Teacher Education, and impact on practices at both of the sites of learning, the University and the school/s involved. Using the University of Melbourne’s Master of Teaching as a case study, this talk will examine the ways in which a clinical approach to teacher education can impact on learning and teaching in the broadest sense, and will explore the policy and practice implications of this for school leaders and other key stakeholders.

Speaker biography

Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies is Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. In this role she has oversight of the pre-service Master of Teaching and is currently managing the re-accreditation of this programme across three streams: Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary. In addition to this role, Larissa is Senior Researcher in the MGSE International Teacher Education Effectiveness Research Hub. Larissa’s research and publications are in pre-service teacher preparation, clinical teaching, the teaching of literature and the secondary English curriculum; she is lead Chief Investigator on a recently awarded Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (AUS $805k ) to explore disciplinary knowledge in the making of English teachers (DP160101084).

This event is open to all and starts at 4pm. 

Spaces are limited so please contact artsresearch@plymouth.ac.uk if you have any queries or would like to be included on the informal RSVP list.

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