Strengthening Teacher Education
The 4th TEAN conference was held at Conference Aston in Birmingham on May 17 2013. We were very pleased to welcome a large audience of colleagues from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to share this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of teacher educators and teacher education. Thanks are due to our main sponsor the Higher Education Academy and to Kathy Wright, the Education lead at the HEA for her support for TEAN during the year and for this conference.
We were also pleased to welcome d’Reen Struthers representing the Association for Partnership in Teacher Education and representation from the Open University Press. The title of our conference this year was ‘Strengthening teacher education’. Inspired by the Donaldson review of teacher education in Scotland, where the concept of ‘strengthening’ features throughout, this title invited presenters and delegates to explore what is meant by ‘strengthening’ in educational terms and how we go about achieving it. Donaldson suggests many areas which should be strengthened and therefore presenters could explore and share with us how their presentation contributed to this theme.