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‘Back to the Future’? Curriculum Development through Pedagogical Inquiry - Speaker: Professor Vivienne Baumfield (University of Glasgow)

The seminar explores current debate on the role of teachers in curriculum development in schools and the implications for their initial and continuing professional education.

Professor Baumfield will focus on the assumptions made concerning the relationship between theory and practice and the contribution made by researchers, policy makers and teachers to the production of knowledge for and about teaching and learning in classrooms. The appraisal of the contemporary situation will take a historical perspective and reflect on its antecedents in the dispute between Dewey and Thorndyke in the US in the early years of the 20th century as to the scientific basis for education research and the contribution of Stones and Stenhouse in the UK in the 70’s and 80’s. The issues and their relevance for teachers and teacher educators today will be contextualized in the case of Religious Education, which by virtue of its contested position in the school curriculum stimulates a level of critical engagement productive of insight into fundamental issues of epistemic authority and democracy.

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Speaker biography

Professor Vivienne Marie Baumfield is the International Dean for Eurasia and South Asia at the University of Glasgow and also Professor of Pedagogy, Policy and Innovation in the School of Education. She held the Nehru Chair in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at MSU Baroda in 2013 and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter and Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her teaching and research focuses on the role of practitioner inquiry in teachers’ professional learning through the development of a metacognitively rich pedagogy. She has devoted much of her career as an educational researcher to the promotion of collaborative working in school-university partnerships. She is the editor of the Review of Education and the British Journal of Religious Education and a trustee of the Curriculum Foundation. Before taking up her first academic post as a teacher educator, Vivienne was a classroom teacher of Religious Education in secondary schools in inner city Newcastle.

A recording of this seminar is available on the student section of the college intranet in 'Research, Training and Skills'


Vivienne_Baumfield.pptxPresentation slides from this seminar (163K)


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