The book was launched and celebrated at a wonderful reception sponsored by Cambridge University Press on Friday 19th May in Limerick. Thanks so much to colleagues at MIC for organising this event and also for organising such a great conference.
The need for greater coherence between the different aspects of teacher education has been the focus of discussion in debates about teacher quality and teacher professionalism over many years. This book has emerged from over 10 years’ collaboration within the Teacher Education Policy in Europe network (TEPE) and in particular from contributions made at the network’s eighth conference held at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.
The structure of the book follows two organising principles. The first follows the logic of the teacher education continuum from initial teacher education through induction to continuing professional learning. The second reflects a focus from the local to the global, considering key contemporary developments first at the national level in Ireland, Finland, Poland, Sweden and Scotland then at European and international levels. It culminates in the consideration of the implications of the UNESCO post-2015 ‘Education for All’ (EFA) agenda.
Placing this book into a broader international frame raises questions about the impact of neoliberalism, which has developed over three decades into a widely and deeply disseminated governing rationality. The counter-productive impact of the associated ‘austerity measures’ has led to increased levels of inequality at the national level in many European countries over recent years. There is convergence at the local and European level with the global EFA agenda concerning the need to focus strongly on achieving equitable learning outcomes for all.
Overcoming Fragmentation in Teacher Education Policy and Practice considers key issues for the field in an international context. This book:
Hudson, B. (Ed.) (2017) Overcoming Fragmentation in Teacher Education Policy and Practice, Cambridge Education Research Series, Cambridge University Press.
It is available from the Cambridge University Press website
It is also available via Amazon
The book will be launched and celebrated at a reception sponsored by Cambridge University Press at 19:30 on Friday 19th May in Limerick. This will take place just prior to the conference dinner of TEPE 2017
We are delighted to have had a very positive response to our call for papers – in total we had over 50 papers submitted, all of which are of a very high standard. The papers are from South Africa, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Malta, Italy, USA, Turkey, Slovakia, Denmark, Britain and The Netherlands.
Mary Immaculate College is also hosting an International Research Methods Summer School (IRMSS) from 19-21 May and we have secured agreement with the IRMSS organising committee for TEPE 2017 participants to attend the keynote papers at no extra cost. Similarly the IRMSS attendees will be able to attend the TEPE keynotes. We think that this will allow for a really attractive aspect of the programme. The IRMSS keynote speaker on the Friday of the conference will be Vivian Gadsden, President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Registration is now open at the TEPE 2017 website
We look forward to the following Keynote speakers at TEPE 2017:
Ms. Montserrat Gomendio, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
Judith Warren Little, Carol Liu Professor of Education Policy, emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley
Professor John Coolahan, Professor Emeritus of Education from National University of Ireland, Maynooth
In order to submit your proposal, see the guidelines at the TEPE 2017 Conference web site.
Closing date and time for submissions: 18.00 GMT on 31 January 2017
TEACHER EDUCATION POLICY IN EUROPE
The theme of the 2017 TEPE conference: ‘Education for All: Issues for Teacher Education’ examines the extent to which the education system can serve the needs of a diverse range of learners and the role of teacher education in the pursuit of this goal. This conference will provide opportunities for teacher educators, academic researchers, educators and policy makers to interrogate the notion of ‘Education for All’ and in particular, the key role of teacher education and teacher educators therein.
Conference Dates: 18-20 May 2017
The following sub-themes have been established to explore this general theme:
Theme 1. Initial teacher education for all: attracting, supporting and preparing a diverse student teacher population
Theme 2. Equality and Access: Who is the education system really serving?
Theme 3. Theory, policy and practice in teacher education: Global and European perspectives on education for all.
This year the annual conference comes to Ireland and to Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Founded in 1898, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is the oldest third level institution in Limerick City. With a student population of approx. 5000, the College offers a wide range of programmes in Education and the Liberal Arts at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and provides initial teacher education at Bachelors and master’s level for primary and secondary level teachers as well as teachers working in further / adult education. It also offers a bachelors programme in Early Childhood Care and Education and a broad range of professional development programmes for teachers at masters level in areas such a technology, early childhood studies, special education and educational leadership and management. MIC Programmes are accredited by the University of Limerick.
To Submit a Proposal
Both Paper and Poster submissions are welcome. To submit your proposal see the guidelines at the TEPE 2017 Conference web site.
We are pleased to announce Joanna Madalinska-Michalak was elected as new Chair of the TEPE Network Board at the recent AGM and that Judith Harford will continue as TEPE Network Co-Ordinator for 2016-18.
The Board gave a vote of thanks to Hannele Niemi who stepped down as Chair, for her outstanding service over the previous two years.
Also we were sorry to say goodbye to Marina Vaslyenko who stepped down from the Board. The Board commended Marina for her contribution to the Network over many years and wished her well for the future.
Finally the Board was very pleased to confirm the election of Professor Teresa O’ Doherty, Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College Limerick.