EDiTE at TEPE2018

The Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) organisation held its annual conference on 17-19th May 2018 in Braga, Portugal at the University of Minho under the theme „Recruiting the Best Teachers: Policy, Pedagogy and Professionalism”. The network specifically aims at advancing research in teacher education, increasing mobility and extending the European dimension in teacher education and improve the quality of teacher education through the renewal of evaluation cultures. TEPE2018 was a platform for various members of the EDiTE network to actively engage with a larger academic audience: EDiTE researchers, supervisors and scientific advisory board members presented the many projects they are currently involved in independently, or with researchers from other networks. As the conference took place in Braga, Portugal, it was a particularly relevant event for the EDiTE Lisbon team to share findings from Portugal and discuss the implications with researchers from other countries, reflecting together on transnationally emerging patterns in current educational systems. Shaima Muhammad discussed parts her PhD thesis on „Teaching the ’good’ citizen in a diverse classroom: teachers’ conceptualization and approaches to citizenship education in Austria and Portugal”. Furthermore, Nikolett Szelei and Inês Alves presented their joint work on “The missing link: teacher learning for diversity in an area based intervention in Portugal (TEIP)”. EDiTE members enjoyed the fruitful discussions and insightful presentations of TEPE2018!


Shaima Muhammad presenting at TEPE2018


Inês Alves (middle) and Nikolett Szelei (right) presenting at TEPE2018


Lecture About Education in Turkey by Professor Vesife Hatisaru

EDiTE team at the University of Lisbon has been delivering a course this semester called Educational issues in Europe. Last week the course team had the opportunity of inviting a colleague from Turkey, professor Vesife Hatirasu, who is a member of Erasmus+ programme and a professor at the Faculty of Education of University in Ted.

The lecture was an interesting event for everyone involved; for EDiTE researchers who deal with questions and comparisons of education systems across the Europe in their daily work, as well as for the course students – who were able to get acquainted with the perspectives of education in a large European country, often in trouble and conflict.

Vesife Hatirasu presented a predominantly critically perspective of the possibilities of education in her country, by using a reflective method and pointing out to similarities of the classroom setting where participants are not only Portuguese but Erasmus students from four other countries. Meanwhile, she also mentioned pathways of private education in Turkey, which seemed to be very popular in the country and the students were keen to understand the scope of this. This was brought into the lesson together with other pros and cons of the educational provisions in Turkey.

Furthermore, Vasife showed the results of different international researches, in particular on mathematical literacy and key knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in modern societies. There was a discussion about the country’s outline in adult competencies (PISA 2015) that raised a question on what the consequences of such an outline are on current work of schools.

Perhaps one other specific topic that was of great interests for everyone was the topic of initial teacher education in Turkey. Through a quick classroom comparison, the situation seemed to be similar to the majority of European countries: teacher education takes four years and it is implemented as an undergraduate education. Prospective school teachers are required to earn a bachelor degree from a department of education as well as to achieve a the required minimum score on the public servant selection examination. Upon successful completion of this first phase, the graduates are appointed by the Ministry as trainee teachers. After one year, trainee teachers must pass another examination in order to become regular teachers.



Power Hour on Effective Presentation Skills

Doing great research is often not enough in academia; being able to present valuable research results in both written and oral way has become an essential trait of the academic job. However, with more and more research done daily, leaving an impact on the audience is not as easy as it might seem. To address one of these aspects and provide space for practice and for exchange of knowledge, ELTE Technical Secretariat has organised a Power Hour specifically focused effective presentation skills.

Power Hour is a title of a series of workshops through which the domestic and international doctoral researchers at ELTE can engage and discuss on topics of interests, provide feedback and encouragement, and share valuable insights. Kinga Kaplar-Kodacsy is part of the ELTE EDiTE technical secretariat and is also in charge of organising workshops of Power Hour.

For the April workshop, ELTE’s early stage researcher Helena Kovacs was invited to provide a learning opportunity related to presentation skills. Organised in two consecutive Wednesdays (11 and 18 April), the workshop was developed with a plan to mirror the Falling Walls Lab Marie Skłodowska Curie event and offer the chance for the participants to work in real-time on pre-prepared presentations. The presentations had to provide the essential elements of research in just few minutes by drawing attention to the urgency and importance of the topic or by inspiring imagination with the audience. Helena who participated at the Falling Walls Lab event modified a few rules to fit the needs of the Power Hour workshop, thus the presenters had 5 minutes and the workshop did not have a competitive element but intensive learning element. Both presenters and the audience received a handy presentation preparation guide, which especially presenters used to generate few innovative ideas, such as for example using a metaphor of a bus to describe quality systems for educators. The feedback and knowledge generated in the sessions was empowering, and in the final stage the presenters received very detailed comments on their voice, diction, posture, movements and overall presentation content.



EDiTE at EURODOC Conference

EDiTE researcher, Beata Zwierzynska has participated at the annual EURODOC conference (http://www.eurodoc.net/conference-agm-2018) as a national representative of Polish Doctoral Association KRD. KRD is a non-profit organization established in 2005 representing obev 43000 Doctoral Candidates in Poland. Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers – a federation of 32 European national associations. It develops policies for early-career development, doctiral training, employment equality, interdisciplinarity, mental health, mobility, Open Science, and reseach integrity.
The Eurodoc Conference 2018: Research career – a living dream? is held in Finland at the University of Tampere. The sessions cover topics from Policy making and current situation of ECRs, developing doctoral training in Europe, career development and improving ECRs’ working conditions, mobility, and many more. Among the guest speakers there are representatives of European Commission, science Europe, Rectors, Eurodoc researchers, Doctoral schools directors, grant and funding institutions, and international networks. During the open discussions several important isues were raised so far: a need to return to a more diverse model of academic assessment instead of concentrating only on publicatins and impact factor, suporting researchers in their further carees and transerable skills, a need for supervisors’ training to work with early-career researchers, unclear meaning of Open Science notion, and a growing problem of researchers’ mental health and poor working conditions.
The conference will be followed by Eurodoc Annual General Meeting (AGM) with lectures, workshops, discussions, and elections for new board members and coordinators of Eurodoc Working Groups.

ELTE EDiTE Workshop

Eövös Loránd University EDiTE researchers participated as chairs and trainers in the workshop Step forward: Moving from theory to practice in EDiTE doctoral research that took place on April 5, 2018, in Budapest, Hungary.

“It was a very valuable workshop in which I got a lot of useful information that is not commonly passed on the daily basis,” said one of the participants.

This workshop organized by Taisia Muzafarova and Abdalhamid Alahmad brought together EDiTE researchers and Ph.D. students from several research areas of the Faculty of Education and Psychology.

The workshop addressed a number of specific issues necessary for successful completion of the programme, namely, complex examination, writing and submitting research proposal, and publishing research articles. The event was targeted to benefit a new cohort of ELTE Ph.D., doctoral programme students and served as a platform for active dialogue between the students and programme professors and administrators. The students had a chance to get an insight into administrative procedures, as well as gain knowledge from senior colleagues.

“It was rewarding to share two years of doctoral experience with our colleagues and share our inquiries for the next phase of the programme with administrators and professors,” said Abdalhamid Alahmad, one of the organizers.


Lecture on European Trends in Teacher Education

On 28 March 2018, our ESR Vasilis Symeonidis was invited to give a lecture for MA in Educational Sciences students at the Department of Education, University of Western Macedonia (UOWM) in Greece. The lecture dealt with the topic ‘European trends in teacher education: The cases of Austria and Hungary’ and was attended by 25 teacher education students. The students were introduced to main theories regarding European integration, themes of European teacher education, and relevant teacher education reforms in Austria and Hungary, followed by discussion with strong comparative education elements.

During this visit, our ESR Vasilis Symeonidis and Dr Vasiliki Papadopoulou, Professor of School Pedagogy, agreed on establishing an Erasmus+ staff mobility agreement between the University of Innsbruck and the University of Western Macedonia, further strengthening the collaboration between the two institutions for the period 2018-2021.

EDiTE Researchers teaching at Masaryk University

This and previous semester Masaryk University (MU) offered the course “Education and schooling in the 21st century” also offered as “Contemporary Research” in which our researchers: Dev Raj Paneru, Kinley Seden and Deisi Yunga had the opportunity to share the initial outcomes of their research with students of this course and work with them in the Faculty of Arts at MU.

Coordinated by professor Petr Novotný and Ph.D. student  Klára Šlapalová, the EDiTE Early Stage Researchers implemented the course with topics related to teaching, learning and professional development.

This course is one of the classes offered for local and foreign students in the Faculty of Arts and one of its peculiarities is the highly international background of its participants with teachers and students coming from different countries.  This diversity of opinions creates very rich discussions that allow all the participants to learn about diverse education systems and  “teaching and learning” issues from different angles  by addressing key needs of 21st century school.

The integration of digital content, EFL support, and face-to-face traditional classes with a strong reflective component and teacher subjective theory of assessment as key issue to explain and understand schooling needs were the angular stones of this class.

At the end of the semester, the students presented interesting and well developed essays about the topics analyzed in the course getting positive feedback from our ESRs.

Challenges in transnational cooperation and international collaboration committed to transformational change: Cross-sectoral (personal) learnings

Innsbruck-based EDiTE-ESR Malte Gregorzewski was last week away on an EDiTE outreach mission to Mainz (Germany) which is located next to Wiesbaden and Frankfurt (Main). Malte was invited by a member of the German Federal Association for Innovative Educational Initiatives and enjoyed this privilege by introducing EDiTE in an elevator-pitch-alike situation to 90 executes/leadership personnel from the private sector in Germany and abroad convincing many of them to attend his workshop about “Challenges in transnational cooperation and international collaboration committed to transformational change: Cross-sectoral (personal) learnings”. The workshop aimed at introducing EDiTE more thouroughly than in the pitch and was carefully designed to enable a structured exchange about the participant’s very own personal drivers for transfomational change within their organization. In the second and final step Malte´s goal was to understand more how leaders from the private sector would tackle the obstacles and challenges of a project bringing transformational change on a transnational -European- level to national public sector institutions.
On the one hand the workshop clearly promoted EDiTE to the non-academic field, on the other hand Malte gained some insights about how the participating leaders would deal with challenging transformational processes. From their perspectives and within their framework of responsibility, it proves to be crucial to align and – within the duration of the project – live up to aims and goals of each particular institution towards a common vision and agreed mission; to hold every stakeholder accountable for its action and – sometimes more important – non-action; to commonly develop growth-mindsets and – last but not least – enact a sense of trust and solidarity amongst each party involved in such an endavour.
The participants were both thankful and happy to have such a deep and meaningful exchange about leadership and transfomational change as well as intensive and thoughtful discussions about personal key success drivers towards the fruitful enactment of the emerging future.



EDiTE Virtual Seminar 2018

The EDiTE Virtual Seminar took place between 13-14 March and was organized by the Department of Educational Sciences at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. The event aimed to improve our ESRs’ research skills while empowering them towards a successful completion of their doctorate programme.

This virtual seminar was attended by nearly fifty people from different universities in seven European countries.

The event consisted of presentations relevant to the research process, with the presentation of topics such as: “how to write a doctoral thesis”, ethics, dissemination of scientific results and life after the Ph.D.

The presenters, Vernon Trafford,  Roman Švaříček, Michal Petr, Monika Sieberová,  Lucie Škarková, Kari Smith, Pat Thomson and Kristýna Vlčková provided the attendees insightful theoretical and practical ideas aimed to support the development of their thesis during the last year of the EDiTE Programme.


Blended Learning Course at ELTE


This semester Bachelor and Master students at ELTE could enrol to a blended learning course called The Learning Teacher, and a handful of students did. The course is designed in a way that combines traditional face to face lectures with virtual sessions and online content. The course was first introduced last semester and has been upgraded refined to a more integrated version.

The course is implemented by EDiTE Early-stage researchers Csilla Pesti and Helena Kovacs. The scope of blended learning covers professional development, the teacher learning spectrum, innovation and change as well as experimental use of eduLARP – Live Action Role Play. The lecturers use Slack in combination with GoogleDrive as platforms for online engagement, while for the face to face sessions they mix various methods as group work, exit cards, visual learning charts, role play and situational simulations.