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Richard Selby Smith Public Oration
Teachers and teaching: The politics of respect by Professor Martin Mills

In interviews with teachers (and students) over many years, on many different topics, and in many different locations the word ‘respect’ comes up regularly. In this lecture I want to explore the meaning of ‘respect’ in the context of contemporary constructs of the ‘ideal teacher’. It will be argued that paying attention to ‘respect’ is central to addressing many of the issues facing teachers, including their retention in the education system. The notion of respect is tied closely to matters of inequality, thus underpinning this talk will be a strong commitment to social justice and to enhancing the place of respect in schools – both as workplaces and as sites of learning. The paper will draw on research conducted in the UK and observations about the Australian context.

Aug 11, 2022 06:00 PM in Hobart

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