Signature Pedagogies in the Profession

Signature Pedagogies in the Profession

Date & Time

13 September 2011, 00:00


Auditorium, NTU Alumni Club, 11 Slim Barracks Rise, level 3


Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Professor Lee Shulman is well known for his concept and theory of pedagogical content knowledge. Furthering his thoughts, Professor Shulman launched the concept of "signature pedagogies in the professions" in 2005. He argued that signature pedagogies are the types of teaching that organise the fundamental ways in which future practitioners are educated for their new profession. The concept is important in that it implicitly defines what counts as knowledge as a field and how things become known. It identifies a discipline’s habits of the mind (content), habits of the hands (skills) and habits of the heart (values). Signature pedagogies exist within disciplines and professions because they have proved effective over time. On the other hand, some pedagogies may also persist because of inertia, nostalgia and resistance to change. They are therefore both valuable and potentially dangerous, and must become topics of investigation by education and disciplinary scholars.

In this seminar, Professor Shulman will address emerging ideas in teacher preparation and professional development, and how relevant policies can be shaped by adapting practices in preparing professionals in other fields such as medicine and law. He will also proffer compelling arguments for the development of effective "signature pedagogies" for preparing teachers.

Lee Shulman received the BA, MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. He served as a professor of educational psychology and medical education at Michigan State University from 1963 to 1982, where he founded and co-directed the Institute for Research on Teaching (IRT) and co-directed a 10-year programme of research on medical thinking and decision making that led to publication of the classic Medical Problem Solving (Elstein, Shulman and Sprafka, 1978) by the Harvard University Press. In 1982, Professor Shulman moved to Stanford University's School of Education, where he was the Charles E Ducommun Professor of Education and Professor (by courtesy) of Psychology. In 1997, he was appointed President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and served as its eighth president until 2008.

Currently, he holds the position of the Charles E Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University and President Emeritus of the Carnegie Foundation. He is a past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and received its career award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research. He is also a past president of the National Academy of Education. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's 1995 E L Thorndike Award for Distinguished Psychological Contributions to Education, a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has been awarded 17 honorary doctoral degrees.

Professor Shulman's research investigates teaching and teacher education at all levels from the elementary school to the PhD, medical education, assessment, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and signature pedagogies in the professions. Among other works, his publications include the following books: Medical Problem Solving (1978), The Wisdom of Practice: Essays on Teaching, Learning and Learning to Teach (2004), Teaching as Community Property: Essays on Higher Education (2004) and Paradigms and Programs for Research on Teaching (1990).

His Stanford University research team developed the portfolio-based performance assessment prototypes for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards between 1985 and 1990. Professor Shulman received the 2006 Grawemeyer Award in Education for his book The Wisdom of Practice

Please register your attendance with the Office of Education Research at email: by 6 September 2011.

Light refreshments will be served after the seminar.