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Professor Gert Biesta

If ever there was a time in which teachers could just ‘get on’ with their work, this is definitely not such a time. There are high expectations from many corners about what schools should do, and there is ongoing pressure from policy makers and politicians to ensure that schools ‘deliver’ on those expectations. In the background there is a global education measurement industry that is keen to indicate which countries and systems perform best, and some believe that with more research we can generate the evidence that will tell teachers what works and what won’t work. To keep standing in such a whirlwind of expectations and promises is no mean feat; to do so with a clear sense of priority and direction is even more challenging. In my presentation I would like to share some reflections on this predicament, in order to explore what should really matter in education.

Gert Biesta (www.gertbiesta.com) was born in the Netherlands and, after being a physics teacher for about a decade, moved into teacher education and educational research. He has been living and working in the UK since 1999, with part-time and visiting positions at a number of European universities. He is currently Professor of Public Education at Maynooth University, Ireland and Professor of Educational Theory and Pedagogy at the University of Edinburgh. From 2015 to 2018 he was a member of the ‘Onderwijsraad,’ the education advisory body for the Dutch government and parliament. In 2020 he was appointed to the national curriculum committee which has the task to advise on the future of the curriculum for primary and secondary schools in the Netherlands. Gert Biesta writes about the theory and policy of education, and the theory of educational research, and has published on such topics as teaching, teacher education, citizenship education, arts education, and religious education. His work has, so far, been published in 20 languages. Recent books include: The Beautiful Risk of Education (2014); The Rediscovery of Teaching (2017); Obstinate Education: Reconnecting School and Society (2019); and World-Centred Education: A view for the Present (2021).

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Event date
October 14, 2021
Event time
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
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Chartered College Network