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Special Interest Group

Teacher Education and Development

The group covers research in initial teacher education, continuing professional development and teachers’ careers.The aims of the Teacher Education and Development SIG are:

  • to bring together all those with a special interest in the full continuum of teacher education – initial teacher education, induction, early professional development continuing professional development, accomplished teaching/advanced certification and leadership preparation/development across school and higher education settings;
  • to promote UK-wide, comparative and international perspectives on contemporary developments in policy and practice for teacher education and teaching across the life course;
  • to promote research on and for teacher education, including consideration of the work and identities of teachers and teacher educators;
  • to explore and theorise the links between knowledge creation and identity across the continuum of student, teacher and teacher educator learning.

SIG Convenors

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Lorna Hamilton, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh

Having worked as an English teacher and as a primary teacher, I draw on substantial experience in schools to inform my teaching. I am also passionate about educational research and the ways in which research can help inform teaching and learning...

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Gary Beauchamp, Professor

Professor of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Gary Beauchamp is Professor of Education in the School of Education and Social Policy at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He was Director of Research from 2009-2020. Gary worked for many years as a primary school teacher, before moving into...

Mairead Davidson, Miss

Lecturer in Education at Ulster University

Mairead is the Northern Ireland Rep for the BERA Teacher Education SIG.

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Alison Pearson, Dr

Research Fellow at University of Exeter

Alison has recently completed a PhD in Education: her research has investigated the experiences of long-serving secondary school teachers in order to explore what has challenged and sustained them through their teaching careers, including their...

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Lizana Oberholzer, Ms

Senior Lecturer - Postgraduate Provision at University of Wolverhampton

Lizana Oberholzer is a senior lecturer in teacher education and programme lead for the University of Wolverhampton's International MA in Education, as well as the Early Careers Framework and National Professional Qualifications for school...

Content associated with this SIG

BERA Conference 2023

12 September 2023 to 14 September 2023Aston University/ Conference Aston

Welcome to the BERA Annual Conference 2023 Abstract submission now open! It is a great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to a BERA Annual Conference 2023. Many of you will have watched the...

Upcoming conference12 Sep 2023

BERA Conference 2023 – Call for Abstract Reviewers

6 Feb 2023 - 17 Feb 2023

Would you be willing to act as a reviewer for abstracts submitted to the BERA Annual Conference 2023? To be involved, you will need to: be a BERA Member be available to referee abstracts...

Upcoming event

Education research: Northern Ireland

Education in Northern Ireland (NI) is characterised by segregation along religious/sectarian lines underpinned by a long history of religious tensions and fractured politics. Ninety-three per...

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