Institute of Education


Teachers and teaching: the politics of respect

25 March 2020, 5:30 pm–6:45 pm

Professor Martin Mills delivers his professorial lecture

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Kate Thomas


Jeffery Hall
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way

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Professor Martin Mills explores the meaning of ‘respect’ in the context of contemporary constructs of the ‘ideal teacher’.

In interviews with teachers and students over many years and on many different topics, the word ‘respect’ comes up regularly. In this lecture, Professor Mills will explore the meaning of ‘respect’ in the context of contemporary constructs of the ‘ideal teacher’. 

It will be argued that a lack of ‘respect’ is damaging to the teaching profession, and that such a lack is evident in the ways teachers are currently being constructed by policy.

The notion of respect is tied closely to matters of inequality (Sennett, 2003), 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. In particular there will be a focus on Paul Gomberg’s (2007) work on ‘contributive justice’ and Kathleen Lynch’s (2009) concerns with affective justice. 

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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About the Speaker

Professor Martin Mills

at Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, UCL Institute of Education

Martin Mills is Professor of Education and the inaugural Director of the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research at the UCL Institute of Education. He researches in the area of social justice, pedagogies, teachers’ work, teacher education, alternative education and gender.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, and has held Visiting Professorships at Kings College London, Roehampton and Queen’s Belfast. He is a former President of the Australian Association for Research in Education. Martin was also Head of the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia, where he holds an Honorary Professorship. He recently stepped down as an editor of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education and was appointed as an editor of Teachers and Teaching: Theory and practice.

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