Mind the Gap
Teachers, Researchers and Teacher-Researchers
Professor Tim Cain
There is a long-acknowledged gap between academic research and schools: researchers complain that schools are interested in ‘quick fix’ solutions which might be lacking in validity, than in serious research; whilst teachers complain that academic research is overly theoretical, couched in abstruse language and out of touch with classroom realities. In this lecture, Professor Tim Cain reflects on his work as a teacher, researcher and teacher-researcher to describe the nature of the research-school gap, review attempts to close the gap, consider why these attempts are not always successful, and to suggest approaches which might generate more successful solutions.
Originally a musician and working as a music teacher, Tim worked with trainee teachers at Kingston University and Bath Spa University before moving to the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD into Initial Teacher Training mentoring. He has presented at conferences across the world, and in 2009 received the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Award for research in teacher education.
Arrival and drinks – 5pm
Lecture – 6pm
Refreshments and networking – 7:15pm
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