The University of Newcastle, Australia

Better teaching requires a clear vision

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Laureate Professor Jenny Gore, Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, recently delivered the Oxford Education Society (OES) Annual Lecture, hosted by the University of Oxford’s Department of Education.

Professor Jenny Gore with colleagues

This public lecture featured as part of the Department’s flagship event series on ‘Future Directions in Teacher Education Research, Practice and Policy’.

Titled ‘The Quest for Better Teaching’, Professor Gore’s lecture explored why efforts to improve teaching too often fail. First outlining how some of the field’s most time-honoured approaches to improving teaching might actually be impeding growth, Professor Gore then proceeded to outline some of her own research on pedagogy and teacher development, which has demonstrated substantial improvements not only to the quality of teaching but also to teacher morale, teacher relationships and school culture.

She argued that better teaching requires a clear vision of what constitutes good teaching and policies and processes founded in respect for teachers.

A panel of distinguished respondents followed her address; Professor Dame Alison Peacock (Chief Executive of The Chartered College of Teaching), Martin Mills (Professor and Director of the Centre for Research on Teachers and Teaching at UCL) and Trevor Mutton (Director of Professional Programmes and the Oxford Education Deanery, Department of Education). Previous invited speakers for this event included Professor Catherine Snow (Harvard), Professor Danny Dorling (Oxford), Baroness Helena Kennedy, Sir Peter Lampl, and Sir Tim Brighouse.

As Visiting Professor, Professor Gore will continue to present lectures and seminars at the University of Oxford in her areas of expertise, along with undertaking an advisory role to colleagues and doctoral students within the University, and driving collaborative research opportunities for both institutions.

Professor Gore was the first female to be awarded the Laureate Professorship at the University of Newcastle and the only social scientist to hold that position. Professor Gore was previously Head of the University’s School of Education and is now Director of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre.

She just completed a four year term as Chief Editor of the international journal, Teaching and Teacher Education. She has won more than AUD$23.6 million in research funding, including 10 grants awarded by the Australian Research Council. Her most recent grant from the philanthropic Paul Ramsay Foundation totals AUD$16.4 million over the next five years. In 2018 she was proudly awarded the Paul Brock Memorial Medal for outstanding contributions to social justice and evidence-informed policy, practice and research.


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