- What can the TEAN conference offer me – is it the same as other conferences?
Of course there are similarities to other academic conferences but again TEAN has a uniqueness which comes from its fundamental philosophy of caring and nurturing. The TEAN conference attracts established figures from the world of teacher education, both in its choice of keynote and in those who apply to present papers, but it also gives a place for those unused to presenting to be able to do so in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere. There are different types of submission you can send in – a short presentation, a workshop, a Round Table or, if you are very new to presenting at a conference, then there is possibility called the Poster/Ideas forum. The poster/ideas form is intended to be quick fire and challenging; a blast of ideas and inspiration. Each participant has 5 minutes to deliver their presentation, but don’t worry as there are a few of you and the resulting discussion has proved inspirational to all so far. Whatever or however you present you will get excellent feedback on any ongoing research or ideas, you will share different perspectives and ideas and come away with new innovations to enhance your work.
- Is it easy to get accepted for the TEAN conference?
Well, TEAN is a serious proposition, it’s not an easy option, but what you can be sure of is that you will be taken seriously and every submission is considered with great care, not only to help the individual making the submission, but also to benefit all who attend the conference.
Let’s see what people have said about the TEAN conference to explain what it offers;
- I wanted to submit my paper for an academic conference and so I chose TEAN as a national network which places importance on small-scale research. It’s very powerful for me as a new researcher.
- The whole process you go through is very rewarding, supportive and encouraging.
- The proposal form is very easy – you can go back and look at what others have done – old abstract books give examples of the structure of proposals
- It’s research-based but TEAN has more practical teacher education research examples – it links the research to the practice. TEAN’s focus is very relevant. I actually struggle to find sessions I don’t want to go to, it’s such a broad sweep of work and lots of different things to engage with. The broadest sense of teacher education. It is so inclusive.
- I particularly wanted to network with teacher educators – I wanted to feel part of a community. It’s about connecting together – this continues outside the conference and grows – it helps you find contacts, people doing similar things
- The TEAN conference is more personal, less like a cattle market,
- TEAN is very friendly and warm but that doesn’t mean it’s not ‘critical’ in all senses of the word – that is another of its strengths.
- You can be confident at the TEAN conference and that’s important – and you can ask.
- Very different is its power – it takes away status – it’s a level playing field.
- The TEAN conference is a place to find ways to regenerate – a way to move out of my course and my institution. People who go to the conference are keen – there’s a real buzz – no awkwardness. It is definitely to be recommended.
What about just attending the conference? Do I have to present?
No, you can just attend - it is vital for the conference that we have a full and engaged audience to make the most of what’s on offer. Let’s ask someone who has been to the TEAN conference what they think of it:
- This is a truly excellent conference - it is a supportive network in which emerging and experienced academic can get together in a safe environment to share their experiences. I started attending as new teacher educator and have returned each year. TEAN has contributed significantly to my professional and academic development.
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