Free Access to Research Journals for Teachers
- Set up in August 2014
- 772 signatories from no fewer than 7 countries across 4 continents
- Signed by teachers and education professionals in wide-ranging roles and capacities from trainee teachers, Teaching Assistants, Governors, parents to head teachers, academics and education consultants.
- Signed by teachers across both public and private sectors and all phases in many different subjects: English, the humanities and the STEM subjects.
- An similar petition has been launched in the Netherlands as a result
I believe that construction and distribution of professional knowledge is essential in teachers’ work. It
- informs their practice,
- shapes their knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical pedagogy, and
- empowers them through exercising a greater level of professional autonomy.
- Ultimately, as a result, an empowered teaching profession will bring about the improvement in education quality and the profile of the teaching profession.
New Professionalism – Teachers as change agents
I believe that teachers are agents of change. My belief echoes what Michael Fullan (1993) has long argued that “teaching and teacher development are fundamental to the future of society.” The petition is one action to put that belief to practice. It is hoped, as Fullan (1993) states: “Systems don’t change by themselves. Together, we can bring about change.”
- Access to research should facilitate a greater collaboration between universities and schools to best utilise research.
- Access to research for teachers is particularly relevant in the light of recent development in the expectations of SCITT to deliver high quality training.
- Access to research for teachers will help revolutionise professional development from top-down status quo to grassroots-based reform.
Link to the online petition: https://www.change.org/p/the-rt-hon-justine-greening-mp-free-access-to-research-ejournals-for-teachers