Professor Richard Bates
Role and Profile
Richard Bates significant contributions to research in teacher education have been largely concerned with policy research, especially regarding autonomy and regulation in the teaching profession in Australia and elsewhere. Growing out of this research have been commentaries on contemporary social and technological developments and their likely impact on teacher education as well as issues of culture and social justice. These concerns have been informed by his work in educational leadership and administration, ethics and aesthetics, but most particularly by concerns with the response of teacher education and education systems to increasing cultural diversity.
Richards’ scholarly work has been concerned with the Sociology of Education (where he contributed to the debate over the ‘new sociology of education in Britain in the ’70′s) and Educational Administration (where he contributed to the emergence of an alternative ‘critical’ theory during the ’80s). His work as Dean (1986-2000) drew him into debates over teacher education and his Presidency of the Victorian and Australian Councils of Deans of Education led him to contest official views regarding teacher supply and demand and challenge the marginalisation of teacher education programs. He is past President of the Australian Teacher Education Association, a past President of the Australian Association for Researchers in Education, a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, of the Australian Council for Educational Administration and the Australian Teacher Education Association. He has recently written about morals and markets, public education, ethics and administration, the impact of educational research, social justice, emotions and educational leadership, the administration of trust, and the aesthetics of educational administration as well as teacher education.