Thinking deeply about teacher education
TEAN Guidelines for submissions for the 8th Teacher Education Advancement Network Annual Conference
Venue: Conference Aston, Birmingham, Thursday 11 May and Friday 12 May 2017
What is TEAN?
TEAN, the Teacher Education Advancement Network, is an independent network for teacher educators, supported by the Institute of Education at the University of Cumbria. TEAN’s aims for teacher education are: to enhance practice; support and promote innovation and development; and contribute to and help build research capacity.
The TEAN conference offers an opportunity for colleagues to spend time together to share great practice and ideas. In a supportive and welcoming atmosphere you will be able to share ideas with an appreciative audience who will both encourage and challenge you. The TEAN conference is held over two days and it is important to make the most of the time available to us.
Last year’s conference was hailed as ‘an excellent conference which enables and encourages reflective and evaluative conversations, which feed into ongoing improvement of pedagogy and practice’. We have listened carefully to your feedback to help us plan the 8th TEAN conference. We want always to retain what you like about the conference and to do our best to improve anything which needs a rethink. Your ideas and suggestions are valuable to us. TEAN remains, as ever, committed to supporting all involved in teacher education.
If you are new to TEAN, you will find a conference which offers a range of highly interesting topics in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere. For those of you who have been to the TEAN conference before, we look forward to your company again this year. If you want to discuss an idea you would like to present, do not hesitate to contact us at TEAN; we are open to your ideas.
The 2017 conference returns to Conference Aston in Birmingham city centre. This two day conference is a fantastic opportunity for teacher educators from HEIs, schools, further education and all organisations involved with teacher education to come together to debate and share inspiration. Please put the two dates 11th and 12th May 2017 in your diary. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.
Our conference title for 2017 is inspired by last year’s conference feedback: ‘Thinking Deeply about Teacher Education’. This should give you a wide range of possibilities but keeps your eye on a firm acknowledgement of the complexity of teacher education and the depth of skill needed to be a truly effective teacher educator. Is it a skill? Does it involve craft? What is craft? Does it involve theory? What do we mean by theory? Does it involve research? Why should it? Does it involve pedagogy? – that is to say, does it claim a pedagogy/should it claim a pedagogy? Why should we bother to think deeply about it? How would you define deeply’?
We look forward to your ideas and inspirations behind this title and are suggesting a possible new way to contribute for 2017.