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What is a Teacher in the 21st Century and What does a 21st Century Teacher Need to Know?


11 May 2016

The talk will reflects on debates about the nature of teaching and teacher education.
The talk will reflects on debates about the nature of teaching and teacher education.

The podcast of the talk by Emeritus Professor Ian Menter from Oxford University, What is a Teacher in the 21st Century and What does a 21st Century Teacher Need to Know? is now available.

Delivered as part of the Sydney Ideas Faculty of Education and Social Work Dean’s Lecture Series, the talk explored the notion that there is now almost universal recognition around the world that 'teaching matters' and that the quality of teaching is crucial in social and economic development.

However, there has been remarkably little change in the ways in which teachers' work is constructed and the ways in which teachers are educated for a lifetime of preparing young people for their future worlds.

In his talk Emeritus Professor Menter reflected on debates about the nature of teaching and teacher education in order to challenge much of the dominant thinking, suggesting that such thinking is often driven by ideology and prejudice rather than by careful deliberation or by the use of research evidence.

His conclusion is that there are important underlying values that can be traced through the history of teaching which may now be more important than ever, but that the ways in which these values are embodied in the work of contemporary teachers are in need of major reconsideration.

Emeritus Professor Menter's research interests are in teacher education and teachers' work, with a particular interest in policy.
Emeritus Professor Menter's research interests are in teacher education and teachers' work, with a particular interest in policy.

Emeritus Professor Ian Menter is currently Vice-President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA).

At Oxford University Department of Education he was Director of Professional Programmes and led the development of the Oxford Education Deanery.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

His research interests are in teacher education and teachers’ work, with a particular interest in policy.

He is a founding editor of Review of Education, a journal of the British Educational Research Association, launched in 2013.

The Faculty 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.