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ERIC Number: EJ1125893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
Medical Models for Teachers' Learning: Asking for a Second Opinion
Philpott, Carey
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v43 n1 p20-31 2017
Recently there has been renewed interest in basing teachers' professional learning on medically derived models. This interest has included clinical practice models and evidence-based teaching as well as the use of various forms of "Rounds" which claim to derive from medical rounds. However, many arguing for these approaches may well not have a detailed knowledge of the actuality of professional learning in medicine but may be basing their ideas on idealised models drawn from popular conceptions. In addition, the model used by some calling for medically derived teacher learning is biomedicine, an area in which parallels with Education are difficult. This paper argues that mental health and public health provide a better analogue for Education than biomedicine. It considers some of the lessons that can be drawn from research on evidence-based practice in these areas. The paper concludes that a way forward is neither uncritically to assume the superiority of medical models of professional learning nor to rely only on empirical evidence from Education, but rather to enter into dialogue with colleagues in mental and public health about shared concerns and experiences in professional learning.
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Language: English
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