CJ Koh Professorship: Seminar to NIE Staff entitled "21st Century Teacher Policies"

CJ Koh Professorship: Seminar to NIE Staff entitled "21st Century Teacher Policies"

Date & Time

02 November 2011, 00:00




Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

Time: 9.30am - 11.30am

Synopsis / Presentation Slides
When one could still assume that what is learned in school will last for a lifetime, teaching content and routine cognitive skills was rightly at the centre of education. Today, where individuals can access content on Google, where routine cognitive skills are being digitised or outsourced, and where jobs are changing rapidly, education systems need to enable people to become lifelong learners, to manage complex ways of thinking and complex ways of working that computers can't take over easily. That requires a very different calibre of teachers. When teaching was about explaining prefabricated content, school systems could tolerate low teacher quality. And when teacher quality was low, governments tended to tell their teachers exactly what to do and exactly how they want it done, using prescriptive methods of administrative control and accountability. Today, the challenge is to make teaching a profession of high-level knowledge workers. And people who see themselves as candidates for the professions are not attracted by schools organised like an assembly line, with teachers working as interchangeable widgets.

This lecture will show how many countries are striving to raise the quality of the teaching profession, with the status, professional autonomy, and the high-quality education that go with professional work, with effective systems of teacher evaluation and with differentiated career paths for teachers.

Andreas Schleicher is Special Advisor on Education Policy to Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Secretary-General. As Head of OECD’s programmes on indicators and analysis in the Directorate for Education, he is also responsible for the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems and on the impact of knowledge and skills on economic and social outcomes, including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), the Programme for Measurement on Teachers, Teaching and Learning and the Education Indicators Programme (INES). Before joining the OECD in 1994, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA).

Professor Schleicher studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 'Theodor Heuss' prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for "exemplary democratic engagement". He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Please register your attendance with the Office of Education Research at email: cjkoh.professorship@nie.edu.sg by 25 October 2011.

Light refreshments will be served after the seminar.