7 November 1990
Rediscovering teacher education [119 kb, PDF]
In this lecture Sir William Taylor discusses teacher education, and reflects on Alec Peterson's views on teacher education and its development.
Sir William looks at: the enterprise of teacher education; the importance of the text, and the texts of teacher education; the many paths available for teacher education; and the conditions of change (political, demographic and institutional). He then suggests a new structure for teaching and teacher education.
Sir William's association with Alec Peterson began when he joined the Department of Education at Oxford University as a lecturer in 1964. He has devoted his entire professional career to research and practice in education in the United Kingdom. At the time this lecture was delivered in 1990 he was vice-chancellor of the University of Hull and chair of the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
From 1983 to 1985 he had served as principal of the University of London, having been, from 1973 to 1983, director of its Institute of Education. He retired in 1991, subsequently serving as interim vice-chancellor of two other universities.
From 1994 to 2002 he was chair of the Northern Ireland Teacher Education Committee, in which capacity he led the introduction of an integrated system of initial and in-service teacher education.
Sir William is currently chairing area reviews of 16 plus education and training for the Learning and Skills Council and is a governor of Canterbury Christ Church University College. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by sixteen British universities.