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Centre for Educational Research (CER) Annual Conference

Issues in Professionalism

Tuesday 5th July 2011   13.00 – 17.30,

Universityof Derby

What does it mean to be a ‘professional’ today? Is it to be compliant and regulated or is it still possible to be an autonomous professional, whatever your discipline is? The idea of a ‘new’ professionalism is increasingly discussed but the meaning of professionalism is now uncertain.

The conference will open with a Keynote Speech by Gary McCulloch, the Brian Simon Professor of History of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, who will place professionalism in its historical context. Various issues in professionalism will then be examined in a series of workshops and the day will end with a panel debate around the question “What does ‘professionalism’ mean today?”

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The conference is open to all academic or administrative staff, postgraduate students at the University of Derby, teachers who are research associates and external delegates.

External Bookings cost £25.


12.00 Registration and Buffet Lunch (in the Atrium,UniversityofDerby,Kedleston RoadCampus)

13.00 Keynote Speaker:  Professor Gary McCulloch

14.30 Workshops on a variety of topics related to professionalism such as the student as consumer, academic freedom, the return of professional knowledge, the new regulatory professionalism and a special workshop for the Teacher Research Associates Network (TRAN) facilitated by Dr Des Hewitt.

16.00 Coffee and Tea

16.30 SCETT Panel Debate “What does professionalism mean today?”  Speakers include: Siôn Humphreys (SCETT Chair, & NAHT); Rania Hafez (SCETT Vice-Chair, & Muslim Women in Education); Toby Marshall (SCETT & Havering College of FHE); Brian Cookson (SCETT Treasurer & NASUWT National Treasurer); Professor Dennis Hayes (SCETT Hon Sec & University of Derby).

The debate is sponsored by the Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT):

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Bridging Theory and Practice: Partnerships and Collaboration in Childhood Services
Guest Editor: ESTHER CHAN, Hong Kong Institute of Education

Partnerships and collaborations between the professions, families and communities are an increasingly important dimension of policy landscapes internationally. Across a range of disciplinary fields whose practitioners work with and on behalf of children, there is an expectation that professional knowledge and service are at their most effective when there is meaningful collaboration with stakeholders.

This has important implications for pre-service education and professional development, as well as for the day-to-day working lives of practitioners working to support children in family and community settings, education, allied health services and the social service sectors. It also raises significant questions about the ways in which partnerships are established and maintained, as well presenting a range of challenges and opportunities pertaining to the future of professional engagement with stakeholders.

This special issue of the new journal Global Studies of Childhood ( will make a critical contribution to understanding the ways in which practitioners engage with children, families and communities in a variety of contexts. This will involve describing and interrogating current projects, as well as problematizing the issues around partnerships and collaborations. For example, papers may consider the tensions around policy rhetorics that invite partnerships and then are selective in their application of the initiatives to suit personal or political imperatives.

Contributors might consider the following issues and questions: Is collaboration with stakeholders’ project currently an essential element in the process of educational reform? When partnerships and collaborations are instigated, what is the impact on professionals, teachers, children as well as parents? In what way is practice and policy in a given area shaped by the voices of a variety of stakeholders? In what ways can professional educators and/or practitioners work with communities to meet children’s needs?

Contributors are advised to read the ‘How to Contribute’ guidelines on the GSCH website before submission:

Submissions are due by 30 September, 2011 and should be submitted via email to the Guest Editor: Esther Chan (

May 31, 2011 – expression of interest with 300 word abstract
September 30, 2011 – Manuscript submission
October – November 2011: Selection Review process
December 2011: Feedback to authors
January 31, 2012: Final papers due
Publication March 2012


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Taiwan Journal of Sociology of Education

Vol. 9 No. 2, December 2009


Research Papers

The Model for the Transformation of Teacher Role: A Process with the Teacher Agency as a Pivot, Ding-Ying Guo (pp.1-36)

A Study on the Primary School Teachers Perception on Their Social Status and Professional Identity: A Case Study of Central Taiwan, Yen-Chao Huang, Fwu-Yuan Weng (pp.37-78)

Disentangle the Effects of Family Structure on Kids Dropping out of School: A Meta-Analytical Study, Simon Chang, Hung-Yu Lin (pp.79-113)

College Students’ Attitudes Toward LGBT Issues: An Investigation at a University of Education, Te-Sheng Chang, Tsai-Wei Wang (pp.115-150)

Taiwan Association for the Sociology of Education


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