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Language as Knowledge & Continuing Professional Development for Teachers: Findings From a School in the UK

by Dr Gail Forey, Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Date                  19 November 2015
Time                 2:00pm-3:30pm
Venue               AG434
The talk will be conducted in English.

Educational change, the development and improvement of pedagogy and professional learning require constant investment. This investment is complex involving many parties, multiple decisions, complex planning, sensitive implementation and sustainable support. in this presentation, I review how one school, Hampstead Hall, has developed an institutional framework where innovation is thriving and becoming embedded through the school’s strategic focus on continuing professional development (CPD). The CPD adopts a whole school approach and focuses on supporting pedagogy and the teachers and learns’ knowledge, understanding and use of subject specific disciplinary literacy.

Data comprising of interviews, observations and collected documents have been collected. Interviews took place with various stakeholders, the principal, teachers, the champions of innovation in language and literacy and students. we observed and video recorded ten sample lessons. Students’ texts and policy documents were collected. This rich source of data provides insights and evidence related to the benefits, importance and necessary considerations that have lead to the positive impact of the CPD on the teachers’ professional learning, pedagogic practice and students’ learning outcomes at Hampstead Hall. In addition the findings demonstrate that in order for professional learning to be successful it needs to be collaborative, classroom-based, have institutional support, be underpinned by both research and long-term strategic planning.

About the speaker

Dr Gail Forey is an Associate Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she is the Programme Leader for the Doctorate in Applied Language Sciences. Gail has carried out research and published in the areas of written and spoken workplace discourse, Systemic Functional Linguistics, discourse analysis, language education and teaching development. Recently, Gail has been awarded the PolyU President’s Award for Excellent Performance in Teaching 2014 and the prestigious Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC) Award for Teaching 2015.

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