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3rd Annual ESCalate ITE Conference

Date(s) Friday 18 May 2007
Venue St Martin's College, Lancaster
Organised by ESCalate

Innovations and Developments in Initial Teacher Education

The 3rd Annual ESCalate ITE Conference took place at St Martin's College in Lancaster on Friday 18th May. The conference welcomed 150 delegates from over 40 institutions in England, Wales, Scotland and even the USA.

Professor Donald Christie, University of Strathclyde, gave a very successful keynote speech at the conference. The keynote was entitled Collaborating to learn and learning to collaborate: lessons for initial teacher education’ and discussed the differences between collaboration and co-operation. Do we work in groups or as groups? Delegates appreciated this dynamic presentation delivered with ‘pace and passion’ and hailed the address as ‘a very practical, useful introduction to the day’.

Delegates listening to keynote address at 2007 ESCalate ITE Conference at St Martin's College, Lancaster

Professor Christie has kindly provided details of two journal articles, which are in press and due out soon which would be of interest to those wishing to follow up the ideas outlined in his talk:

Howe, C., Tolmie, A., Thurston, A. Topping, K. Christie, D., Livingston, K. Jessiman, E. and Donaldson, C. (2007) Group work in elementary science: organisational principles for classroom teaching. Learning and Instruction, Vol. 17 (in press).

Cassidy, C., Christie, D., Coutts, N., Dunn, J., Sinclair, C., Skinner, D. & Wilson, A. (2007) Building Communities of Educational Enquiry. Oxford Review of Education, 34 (2) (in press, due to be published 2008, but available electronically in 2007).

Professor Kate Jacques, University of Bedfordshire, presented the second keynote address Teaching as a Profession: controversy and contradictions in the professional identity of teachers.

This was greeted by delegates as ‘an insightful challenge’ to the notion of the professional teacher who now operates in a climate of market led initiatives. Professor Jacques left delegates pondering what professionalism means to the individual and how the professional identity of teachers can be raised for discussion with students.

Presenters from a wide range of institutions contributed in highly professional and effective ways to symposia and workshops throughout the day.

Before leaving, delegates recorded a multitude of ideas for practice that they took back to their institutions with them. An excellent day, summed up by delegates thus: ‘This is a super conference, providing an opportunity to present work in a supportive environment’, ‘A very informative, well-organised, intellectually and socially stimulating event’.

Some papers from the conference are available to download below.

Please contact escalate@cumbria.ac.uk if you have any queries.