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Sydney Ideas - The Social Organisation of Educational Knowledge in Different Jurisdictions

25 May 2016

 

Sydney School of Education and Social Work Dean’s Lecture Series

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work Dean’s Lecture Series provides an opportunity to hear internationally renowned experts as they contribute to the debates and discussions in education, social work and social policy. The lectures are free and open to the public, with online registrations essential.


The Social Organisation of Educational Knowledge in Different Jurisdictions: an exploration

Professor John Furlong, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College Oxford

In his recent book Education - an anatomy of the discipline (Furlong 2013), Professor Furlong describes the history of the study of education in the United Kingdom and suggests what might be needed to rescue the ‘university project’ of education.

Meanwhile, the continuation of a central element of the study of education in universities in England, the provision of initial teacher education, is in doubt, as the government pursues its policy of giving schools the lead in training. As a result, some English universities are actively considering withdrawal from initial teacher training or separating it from other aspects of educational studies.

However neither the close relationship between teacher education and the study of education in universities, nor the epistemic base of the subject is the same in all jurisdictions. For example, the German tradition of Pedagogik adopts an 'idiosyncratic hermeneutico-reflective style of theorizing' in contrast to the French 'sciences de l’education', which display a preference for social scientific analysis and interdisciplinary study (Schriewer, 2009).

Another difference between jurisdictions is in the ways in which academic and practical elements are related when they are both aspects of university provision. The existing literature on different interpretations of educational studies internationally is patchy and does not facilitate direct comparisons.

In this public lecture, Professor Furlong - whose 2013 book Education: an anatomy of the discipline was awarded first prize by the British Society for Educational Studies for the best educational research book of the year - will present a preliminary typology of different approaches drawn from a research project which is exploring the social organisation of education as a field of study in seven different countries.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
John Furlong is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College Oxford. From 2004 – 2009 he was Director of the Department of Education at Oxford having previously held posts at Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea and Cambridge Universities. A former President of the British Educational Research Association, he was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004.

His research interests centre on both teacher education and educational research policy and the links between them. He is currently the adviser to the Welsh Government on Initial Teacher Education having been author of a number of government reports on this topic over recent years - Wales (2007), Brunei (2008), the Republic of Ireland (2013) and Northern Ireland (2014), Wales (2015). In 2013-14 he was Chair of the BERA-RSA Inquiry into Research and Teacher Education; he was a member of the 2014 REF sub-panel in Education in the UK and Convenor of the Education Panel for the Hong Kong RAE 2014. 

Event details

  • When: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Where: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium
    Charles Perkins Centre
    Johns Hopkins Rd
    The University of Sydney
    MAP 
  • Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
  • RSVP: Register online. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox shortly after.
  • Contact: Sydney Ideas
    E| sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
    P| (02) 9351 2943
  • More info: See Sydney Ideas website 


Sydney Ideas - The Social Organisation of Educational Knowledge in Different Jurisdictions

Where Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium
Charles Perkins Centre
Johns Hopkins Rd
The University of Sydney
MAP 
When

25 May 2016


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