In this episode of the LKMco podcast, Iesha talks to Professor Geoff Whitty. Geoff is Professor for Equity in Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia and a former director of the Institute of Education, University of London.
They discuss evidence based educational policy and what Geoff has learnt from a varied career tackling educational disadvantage in a variety of ways. This is the first of a two -part conversation. The second part is in episode #007
In this episode Iesha and Geoff discuss
- How Geoff’s exposure to social inequality in his local area at 18 affected his outlook as a young teacher and throughout his career
- Why education research and policy is harmful if it doesn’t take account of wider social forces
- Would investing money in fighting poverty rather than the national literacy strategy have improved literacy levels more effectively?
- How positions of institutional leadership can be used to tackle disadvantage
- Why Geoff feels evidence based education policy is consistently oversold in the UK
- Why Geoff believes less than 10% of education policy is evidence-informed
- Two well-known examples in education that were policies driven by politics rather than evidence
- Why researchers need to capture the public imagination as well as have the ear of policy makers in order to initiate change.
- And much, much more
Resources/people featured or mentioned
- Sociological imagination by C. Wright Mills
- Sir Fred Clarke
- Lord Adonis
- Institute of Education
- Basil Bernstein
- Research and policy in education by Prof. Geoff Whitty
- Knowledge and the study of education by Prof Geoff Whitty
- Sir Michael Barber
Show notes and links for this episode can be found at www.lkmco.org/podcast
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