Teacher Education Research Network (TERN)

Completed: September 2010
Leader(s): Professor Marion Jones
Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University
Contact Email: m.jones@ljmu.ac.uk
URL: http://www.tlrp.org/tern/

The Project team:

  • Professor Marion Jones, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Professor Pat Mahony, Roehampton University
  • Professor Olwen McNamara, University of Manchester
  • Professor Ian Menter, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Jean Murray, University of East London
  • Dr Grant Stanley, Liverpool John Moores University

The Teacher Education Research Network (TERN 2008-09) was a year-long project funded by the ESRC which ran from November 2008 to July 2009. TERN established a regional network for research capacity-building in the North West of England. The project piloted a model for strong and sustainable research capacity-building in teacher education across a collaborative network of seven regional universities. It also tested the potential of this model for building a coherent research infrastructure on a larger scale across England.

Starting in January 2009 TERN provided a research development programme within a blended learning environment to research colleagues from seven universities who are providers of teacher education programmes. The programme consisted of five workshops and the use of Virtual Research Environments (VRE) to develop team collaboration.

Funding from ESCalate enabled the provision of two additional events focused on teacher education research. TERN participants worked collaboratively across the seven participating institutions to develop communal research bids around questions with high relevance to the field of teacher education. Each team had the support of a senior researcher in the field who acted as the mentor in producing research bids for submission to relevant funding agencies.

The Teacher Education Research Network (TERN) is now entering its second year. TERN 2010-2011 will again provide a research development programme within a blended learning environment to research fellows from seven participating universities that are providers of teacher education programmes. TERN participants will work collaboratively across the seven institutions to develop communal research bids around questions with high relevance to the field of teacher education, write papers, organise symposia and conduct research.