ATEE 2018 Spring Conference – Designing Teacher Education and Professional Development for the 21st Century

The 2018 ATEE Spring Conference will be organized by the University of Bialystok – Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology from 7 to 9 June.

The conference theme will be

‘Designing Teacher Education and Professional Development for the 21st Century: Current Trends, Challenges and Directions for the Future’

The reality of teachers’ work in the 21st century is changing rapidly. Bringing technology into schools, the increasing complexity of learning and teaching in diverse classrooms, the growing societal expectations of raising students’ achievements and the need for tailoring and implementing innovative teaching practices are just some of the factors driving this change. Another important factor is a strong movement towards ‘evidence-based teaching’. In this situation, teacher education and professional development arise as a substantial means to prepare teachers to confront these and other challenges to the teaching profession. Thus, it is particularly important to (re)design teacher education and professional development in accordance with current as well as future circumstances. What kind of teacher education and professional development do contemporary teachers need? What is the impact of teacher education and professional development on teaching practices, teacher quality and student learning outcomes? What are the trends in law and education that make effective collaboration increasingly necessary? What is the place of research in teacher education and professional development? What competences do teacher educators need to better prepare teachers for new challenges?

We expect the ATEE Spring Conference 2018 to bring together scholars, teachers, headteachers, student teachers, education authorities, policymakers and representatives of professional teaching associations or government bodies in order to address theoretically, empirically or practically these and other issues related to contemporary teacher education and professional development.

We believe that through various types of conference meetings (plenary and parallel sessions, poster sessions, workshops, ATEE representatives’ meetings) this conference will provide a unique forum for a wide variety of stakeholders that are involved in different stages of teacher preparation and development to discuss, share and promote experiences, new ideas and suggestions for their further application, and to establish partnerships for future research cooperation.

We welcome submissions related to the following subthemes:

  1. Enhancing the quality of teacher training and professional development.
  2. Teachers’ professional learning and teachers’ everyday work.
  3. Linking research, policy and practice in teacher education and professional development.
  4. Innovations in initial and in-service teacher education.
  5. Teacher education for diversity.
  6. Responsibilities and roles of teacher educators.

The deadline for the abstracts submission is 15 March 2018.

For more information, please follow this link: http://atee2018bialystok.uwb.edu.pl/index.php/programme/ 

Email: conference.atee2018@gmail.com