2015 ATEE Annual Conference - Teacher Education through Partnerships and Collaborative Learning Communities
There is growing recognition that the complex, diverse and changing contexts in which teachers work means that they need to revise, add to and enhance their knowledge and skills continually throughout their careers and engage in different forms of professional development according to their own and their pupils’ needs. However, for many teachers, their development paths remain disjointed with no sense of teacher education as a progressive journey of professional learning. Realising a vision of a continuum of teacher career-long professional learning that meets teachers’ individual learning needs and is balanced with school, local, national and international needs means re-conceptualising teacher education and the role of teacher educator.
The complexity of teachers’ diverse professional learning needs requires collaborative approaches to teacher education that provide access to blended professional learning, different knowledge, skills and expertise in practice and research and to a rich mix of teacher educators. This calls for stronger partnerships that help connect teachers with their peers in their own school and in other schools and enable greater interaction and interdependence between different teacher education providers and stakeholders.
The Council of the European Union in its conclusions of 20 May 2014 on effective teacher education (2014/C 183/05) recognised the potential of enhanced cooperation, partnership and networking with a broad range of stakeholders. The Council’s conclusions acknowledged that teacher education programmes ‘should draw on teachers' own experience and seek to foster cross-disciplinary and collaborative approaches, so that education institutions and teachers regard it as part of their task to work in cooperation with relevant stakeholders such as colleagues, parents and employers.’ The development of effective and sustainable collaborative approaches to teacher education requires shifts in systems, cultures and practice and ongoing professional development for teachers and teacher educators.
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Monday - 24 August 2015-Wednesday - 26 August 2015 ,08am-20pm
University of Glasgow, Scotland