A Director of Research from Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Education has been appointed to an expert panel to research the relationship between research and teacher education.
Professor Gary Beauchamp, Director of Research at Cardiff School of Education will contribute to the research commissioned by the British Educational Research Association (BERA) in partnership with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce (RSA).
Professor Beauchamp is one of a number of academics from around the world involved in the inquiry which is chaired by Oxford University’s Professor John Furlong.
The inquiry aims to shape debate, inform policy and influence practice by investigating the contribution of research in teacher education and examining the potential benefits of research based skills and knowledge for improving school performance and outcomes.
In December, Professor Beauchamp, Professor Linda Clarke (University of Ulster), Dr Moira Hulme (University of Glasgow) and Professor Jean Murray (University of East London) provided an interim report on this research called ‘Review of UK policy and practice’.
This research reviewed current policy and provision for teacher education across four home nations of the UK’s home nations and focused on the increasing divergence in entry routes, policy discourse and the framework of standards and competences which have recently been revised in each nation.
Professor Beauchamp said, “This Inquiry takes an International perspective and highlights the importance of research not only as part of high -quality initial teacher training, but also in the continuing professional development of teachers throughout their careers.”