Humanising as innovation in a cold climate of [so-called-evidence-based] teacher education

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This article argues for the humanisation of research evidence through narrative as an urgent project in teacher education and development. Narrative has the potential to make a significant contribution to a critical re-definition of both evidence and innovation in teacher education. But this argument is not a call for a user-friendly (re)packaging of research evidence, so that ‘what works’ can be diffused throughout the profession. Globally, such efficiency and productivity approaches have merely sedimented established inequities and injustices. By humanising, the paper promotes a recognition that research evidence of value, is steeped in rich provenance, being both borne out of, and brought to bear in, complex and diverse contexts that are mediated by, and impact upon, the unpredictable yet meaningful activities of humans. It is argued that using evidence effectively is predicated on intelligent judgment and interpretation in and on action, processes that require moral deliberation as well as pedagogical and technical innovation. The central role of narrative in this endeavour is explored critically.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 15-30
JournalJournal of Education for Teaching
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2018

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Education for Teaching on 23/11/2018, available online:


  • evidence
  • narrative
  • Teacher education
  • humanisation
  • innovation
  • datafication


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