Teachers as learning specialists. Implications for teachers' pedagogical knowledge and professionalism

June 18, 2014
This symposium is organized by the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation and the Flemish Department of Education and Training.

The symposium fits in the framework of the Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning (ITEL) project of OECD; it focused on teachers’ knowledge base. The main objective was to get a good understanding of how teacher knowledge can be conceptualised and measured and what elements might influence this knowledge. The themes also included the potential of integrating new findings from the Science of Learning (e.g., in particular, the neurosciences) in this knowledge and what impact the increasing demand on teaching 21st century skills might have on teacher knowledge. The discussion also explored the prospective consequences of the above themes on teacher education.