The five seminars will be structured as outlined below:
1. Focus: 'Social theory and policy'.
Date: 26th January; Venue: The University of Manchester
What can perspectives from theory, research and practice in the UK and internationally, and in particular in Finland, tell us about accredited professional learning in England? Invited speakers: Professor Pertti Kansanen, University of Helskini; Professor Anne Campbell, Leeds Metropolitan University; Professor Meg Maguire, King's College, London University; Dr Michael Day, TDA.
2. Focus: 'Socio-cultural aspects of learning'.
Date: 30 March; Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
What are the factors inherent in teachers' workplace settings that generate expansive learning environments? How are learner identities constructed and differentiated in the workplace? How does the culture of the workplace accommodate learner identities and what hierarchies, power relations and psycho-social factors operate? Invited speakers: Etienne Wenger, visiting professor, University of Manchester; Professor Yvette Solomon, Manchester Metropolitan University; Professor Kari Smith, University of Bergen; Professor Julian Williams, University of Manchester.
3. Focus: Learning across the professions.
Date: 25 May; Venue: University of Chester
What intellectual and theoretical purchase can multi-professional perspectives offer to understand accredited professional learning in the workplace? How do the professions frame and articulate their knowledge bases and signify which knowledge is valued? How do they conceptualise the growth of expertise and what models of professional learning do they hold? Invited speakers: Professor Michael Eraut, University of Sussex; Professor Neil Humphrey, University of Manchester; Professor Tim Dornan, University of Manchester.
4. Focus: Supporting workplace learning.
Date: 6 July; Venue: Liverpool John Moores University
How can coach/mentor/ fieldwork supervisor support extended learning? Under what conditions does that learning percolate into wider communities of practice? How does Activity Theory help us understand the dynamics of workplace learning? How best can the university tutor operate in the space afforded to support the development of an enquiry discourse /culture? Invited speakers: Professor Anne Edwards, University of Oxford; Professor Michael Eraut, University of Sussex; Philippa Cordingley, CUREE; Dr Kevin Woods, University of Manchester.
5. Focus: Towards new models of practice.
Date: 5 October; Venue: The University of Manchester
What place is there for new technologies in developing the workplace professional learning? How are learner identities positioned by technology enhanced learning? How have our understandings of professional learning in teacher education been informed by cross professional theoretical insights? What possibilities for more effective and better theorised models of pedagogy have emerged in the seminars for the various communities serving teacher workplace learning? Invited speakers: Professor Andrew Pollard, Institute of Education, University of London; Professor Pertti Kansanen, University of Helskini; Professor Patrick Carmichael, Liverpool John Moores University.