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Spring conference

The Spring Conference is an annual forum of knowledge sharing for practitioners and researchers in teacher education.  It is organised by institutional members of the Association.

  • May 29, 2024
  • May 25, 2022
  • May 20, 2020
  • June 7, 2019
  • June 9, 2018
  • May 12, 2017
  • May 26, 2016
  • May 8, 2015
  • July 5, 2014
  • May 10, 2013
  • May 3, 2012
  • May 5, 2011
  • 2024 Spring Conference

    Teacher education research in Europe: trends, challenges, practices and perspectives

    Bergamo – May 29th – June 1st, 2024

    There is no doubt that teacher research has witnessed substantial developments and brought about innovations and advancements in education, teaching and learning processes and practices, as the Covid-19 pandemic has heavily prompted. Today more than ever teacher research represents the premium approach to critically and appropriately analyze the complex and challenging reality of schools and institutions aimed at educating and training children and young people.

    What are the current scenarios that characterize teacher research and practice? What are the main challenges that complexity and risk with innovative and empowering responses posed and what are the new solutions they require? What directions is such research taking in Europe and around the world and what are the related values and perspectives? What are the primary issues and proposals for policy recommendations at the national and international levels?

    Starting from theoretical constructs, epistemological insights, specific historical trajectories and evidence-based research, the ATEE Spring Conference 2024 in Bergamo aims at discussing the current and potential relaunch of teacher education research and practices by examining past developments, while also considering future challenges. In particular, the Conference will focus on the role of teacher research and practice in providing opportunities for sustainable, peaceful and equitable teaching/learning processes that acknowledge the concept of pluralism, diversity and differentiation in order to design innovative education policies in this arena.

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    Teacher education and pedagogical perspective in uncertain times: history, theory, policies and practices

    Digital innovation and artificial intelligence (AI): schools, teachers and students between real and virtual world;

    Inclusion in teaching and learning processes and school improvement

    Teaching and learning challenges and professional development

    School & work and the role of teachers in Vocational Education and Training

    // Abstracts submission

    Abstract submission deadline: 25th January, 2024;

    Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 20th February, 2024;

  • 2022 Spring Conference

    Teacher Education and Practice: Foresight and Hindsight

    Dublin, Ireland, 25-27 May 2022

    The focus of the conference will be on the relationship between teacher education and practice. This applies to both the practice of teacher education and the practice of teaching tapping into lessons that can be learned from each to inform the other. The term practice is also a rich one that can be interpreted in multiple ways (Lampert, 2010).

    Sub themes will allow the conference to explore other pertinent topics in teacher education such as the relationships between disciplines (philosophy, sociology, history, psychology and anthropology) and the practice of teacher education. The implications of teachers moving across national borders has implications for their preparation and subsequent employment; this is a second proposed sub-theme. The “End” of teacher education plays on both meanings of the word “end” in that it refers to the goal/purpose/meaning of teacher education and it also questions the extent to which university-based teacher education continues to be relevant in a context where alternative routes based around apprenticeships are emerging. Finally, the voice of teacher education in the conventional and emerging media is proposed as a sub-theme for the conference. In light of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 4, which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, papers on the topic of Sustainability and Teacher Education are welcomed.

    More information here:

    ATEE 25-27 May 2022 Spring Conference – Marino Institute of Education (

    Deadline call for papers: 25 February 2022

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    Education Disciplines and Practice

    Migrant Teachers and Teaching without borders

    The End of Teacher Education?

    Teacher Education and Media

    Sustainability and Teacher Education

  • 2021 Spring Conference

    Social Justice, Media and Technology in Teacher Education

    Florence, Italy, the conference will be held online on 28-29 October 2021 

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    The Conference will focus on the new challenges and growing demands on education system committed to addressing all forms of disparities in access, participation and learning outcomes, social exclusion and discrimination. A critical approach to the understanding of the implications of technological developments for education is particularly significant in a world dominated by algorithms that are increasingly regulating the extent to which people do or do not participate in the social life. The central focus of this conference is the relevance of these critical perspectives and approaches in the field of teacher education’s research and practice.

    The main theme of the Conference will take a critical perspective on the role of digital technology and media in teacher education by framing the relationship between technology/media and education in the light of the ever-increasing social inequalities.

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    Teaching critical media/digital literacy in multicultural societies.

    Decommodifying teacher (digital) education

    Digital technology and equity for inclusive teaching

    // Abstracts

    More information coming soon

    To submit an abstract

    • Abstract submission deadline: 29 May 2021
    • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 30 June 2021
    • Final Paper Submission Deadline: 31 January 2022


  • 2019 Spring Conference

    Innovations, Technologies and Research in Education

    Riga, Latvia, 7-8 June 2019

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    The 2019 ATEE Winter Conference focuses on innovation, technologies and research in education. It will be organised by the University of Latvia in Riga.

    We invite teachers representing different fields and stages of education – preschool, school, higher education institutions, research institutions, parents and other stakeholders who want to discuss, who want to learn and offer their ideas to participate in the conference.

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    Smart pedagogy of technology-enhanced learning

    Digital Learning Materials, educational technologies, technological solutions for knowledge

    Social media in the learning process

    Development of media competency and aspects of Cybersecurity of Technology Enhanced Learning

    Innovative solutions of transformative education

    Challenges of teachers’ education

    Inclusive education

    Subject oriented or competency oriented approach?

    // Abstracts

    Abstracts should be sent by email. The abstract should be no more than 400 words and clearly structured, indicating the theoretical framework, the research/study design, the methods or instruments, the description of the experience, etc. to the email address [email protected] no later than 30 April 2019.

    Please include 3 – 5 key words.
The submitted contributions should not have been previously published nor submitted for publication in previous editions.

    Information about acceptance or rejection of abstract will be sent to author by 15 May 2019.

  • 2018 ATEE Spring Conference

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

    Bialystok, Poland, 7-9 June 2018

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    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.

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    Enhancing the quality of teacher training and professional development

    Teachers’ professional learning and teachers’ everyday work

    Linking research, policy and practice in teacher education and professional development

    Innovations in initial and in-service teacher education

    Teacher education for diversity

    Responsibilities and roles of teacher educators

  • Spring conference 2017

    Innovations, technologies and research in education

    Riga, Latvia, 12-13 May 2017

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    The conference provided attendees with the possibility to participate in discussions on modern qualitative education, innovative ideas in pedagogy, the place and role of technologies in the educational process, and research challenges towards evaluating the impact of innovations on the development of different competences.

    Innovative pedagogical methods and technologies have an immeasurable potential. They can broaden the range of methods applied in education, to promote learning and introduce changes in the pedagogical process.

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    Potential use of robotics in the educational process

    Technology enhanced learning

    (Use of) Social media in the learning process

    Innovative solutions in education

    Pedagogical process in pre-school, primary and secondary school, and university

    Modern challenges of teachers’ education

    Education research

    Inclusive education

    Learning in the 21st century

  • 2016 ATEE Spring Conference

    Education for Healthy Society

    Klaipeda, Lithuania, 26-27 May 2016

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    The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap and promote research esteem. The Conference is to focus on Health Education. Teacher education and Teachers awareness of Health as a key factor for learning and achievement in education will be dealt within four subthemes:

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    Health education: from school to society

    Training teachers for health education

    Youth health

    Public health and healthy living

  • 2015 ATEE Spring Conference

    Teacher of the 21st Century: Quality Education for Quality Teaching

    Riga, Latvia, 8-10 May 2015

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    Education in the 21st Century is being addressed in the context of life-long learning and improvements in teachers’ non-stop professional development. New paradigms, approaches, technologies and many other novelties are introduced to make teacher education more and more targeted and effective for the benefit of their learners.

    More than a decade has passed of the new Century and even the Millennium. The ATEE Spring Conferences now address a 20 years’ period of this happening, dissemination of innovations and better experiences in teacher education. These are sufficient periods to stop for a while, reflect on the achievements and evaluate added values of the experiences in reaching a better quality of teacher education.

  • 2014 ATEE Spring Conference

    Innovation and Challenges in Education

    Klaipeda, Lithuania, 7-9 May 2014

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    The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of education. The conference is dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. It promotes collaborative excellence between both academics and professionals involved in education.

  • 2013 ATEE Spring Conference

    Teacher of the 21st Century: Quality Education for Quality Teaching

    Riga, Latvia, 10-12 May 2013

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    The overarching theme of the Spring conferences in Riga remains as it has been for several years “Teacher of the 21st Century: Quality education for quality teaching”. Each year the organisers ask the participants to consider more narrow problems related to teacher education and leave space for any innovative idea and its implementation.

    Over the past two decades and even longer, the countries have been trying to build standards–based accountability as means of foundation for a higher–achieving education system. The Organising and Academic committees of the Spring Conference 2013 will highly appreciate the participants’ attempts to consider the quality of tertiary teacher education and teaching/learning in schools affected by constant changes.

  • 2012 ATEE Spring Conference

    Twenty Years for Sustainable Development: Learning from Each Other

    Vilnius, Lithuania, 3-5 May 2012

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    Looking forward to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio + 20 to be organised in 2012, we invite you to take part in the 2012 ATEE Spring University Conference “Twenty years for sustainable development: learning from each other“.

    The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) seeks to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all levels of education and learning.

  • 2011 ATEE Spring Conference

    Educational innovation for a creative society

    Vilnius, Lithuania, 5-7 May 2011

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    The 2011 ATEE Spring conference was hosted by the Vilnius Pedagogical University, Vilnius, Lithuania, from 5 to 7 May, 2011

    This years Spring conference is connected to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation (2009). The aim of the conference is to analyse and discuss existing educational policies as well as current practice from the point of view of stimulating openness to change, creativity and problem-solving as competences conducive to innovation.

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