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Pedagogy, politics and teacher education: an international conference

Bush House, Strand Campus , London

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This conference has been organised by the Centre for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development (CITED).

Over the course of two days the following themes will be discussed:

  • Histories, policies and imagined futures in teacher education
  • Superdiversity, social justice, and identities in teacher education
  • Subject-specific and disciplinary knowledge: the curriculum challenge in teacher education
  • Innovation and reform: re-conceptualising change in teacher education


This international conference at King’s College London will bring together researchers in teacher education and related fields to engage in an extended dialogue about pedagogy, politics and teacher education. The conference will address questions such as:

1. What can we learn from the past and from other contexts about the relationships between teacher education, the teaching profession and society? As schools become better at both teacher development and research literacy, what is the contribution of the universities?

2. What are the differences between teacher education programmes founded on a commitment to social mobility and programmes founded on commitments to social justice and equity? How can we prepare teachers in ways that disrupt the reproduction of educational inequities?

3. What does the concept of curriculum mean in teacher education and what is the place of disciplinary knowledges in learning to teach? And what is the role of the state in determining the curriculum of teacher education?

4. How do we foster change in teacher education and what are the antecedents and necessary conditions for change? What does innovation in teacher education look like that doesn’t only require fidelity to pre-determined standards, however they have been developed?

Conference committee

Viv Ellis (Chair), Chris Harrison, Sarah Steadman (King’s College London); Aileen Kennedy (University of Edinburgh); David Spendlove (University of Manchester); Qiming Mao (Central China Normal University).

The conference committee seeks research-based proposals for paper and poster presentations that address these and related questions in national and international contexts.


Registration for the conference is via the King’s College London eStore. All major credit cards are accepted. There are concessions for students and the unwaged (ID/proof of status required).

  • Early-bird standard registration: £210
  • Early-bird student/unwaged registration: £130
  • Standard registration: £240
  • Student/unwaged registration: £150

Registration fee includes a welcome reception (evening 13 May) plus refreshments and lunches on 14 and 15 May. Register for the conference here.

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