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Teacher Education Policy in Europe Network (TEPE) 2014 conference
15 - 17 May 2014
‘Overcoming Fragmentation in Teacher Education Policy and Practice’
The Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) is an academic network that builds on the previous European collaborative projects in the field of teacher education policy TNTEE and EUDORA. The annual conference brings together educational researchers, policy makers, teachers and practitioners from Europe and beyond. The conference programme will include keynote speeches, plenary sessions and parallel thematic sessions.
The theme of the 2014 TEPE conference is “Overcoming Fragmentation in Teacher Education Policy and Practice”. In the debate regarding teacher quality and teacher professionalism, the need for greater coherence of the different aspects of teacher professional development has been long emphasised. Since the integration of T.E. within the university, one of the most challenging issues which has presented concerns the apparent tension between a ‘subject’ and ‘pedagogy’. The universitation of initial teacher education is sometimes also perceived as a process which has widened the gap between the theoretical basis of the educational sciences and school-based teacher practice. Furthermore, it has been observed that in the majority of countries there is no firm alignment between initial teacher education, induction and continuous professional development. The issue of what constitutes a ‘European teacher’ has been also raised at a broader European policy level. The following sub-themes have been established to explore this general theme.
Theme 1. Overcoming fragmentation by linking the educational sciences with subject methodologies
Theme 2. Overcoming fragmentation between university faculty and school-based teacher educators
Theme 3. Overcoming fragmentation by bridging the gap between initial teacher education, induction and continuous professional development
Theme 4. Overcoming fragmentation by embedding the European dimension within national contexts
The conference aims to explore the issue of fragmentation within teacher education policy and practice in its broadest sense. In addition to these four sub-themes, scholars are invited to interrogate other relevant aspects of fragmentation in teacher education.