Upcoming Webinar: The Transformative Potential of Doctoral Networks in TE


Doctoral networks in teacher education can offer a space for communication, exchanges and joint academic training to researchers and practitioners with an active role in building the future for the next generation of global citizens. They can also contribute to the internationalisation of teacher education by promoting mobility and recognition of qualifications across borders and have the potential to better link theoretical and practical knowledge in education research across the variety of related disciplines and extend the qualification paths of teachers.

Across the world, we are currently witnessing the emergence of partnerships and higher education networks. Globalisation has also dictated the need for international cooperation and internationalisation, transcending the boundaries of time and space in which universities are operating, and leading to convergences in the structure and organisation of higher education systems. In addition, massification and marketisation of higher education have intensified the need for universities to form partnerships with each other in order to be able to compete in the quest of scientific excellence and innovation.

This webinar brings together the knowledge and experiences of experts who participated in the creation of doctoral networks in teacher education in different world regions to discuss the value of and organisational challenges related to the estabilshment of such networks in an international comparative perspective.

In an effort to map the international landscape of doctoral networks in teacher education, we consider the following questions to be relevant:

• What is the value of doctoral networks in teacher education?

• How can these networks contribute to the goals of internationalisation of education and excellence in scientific research?

• Which are the main challenges facing the organisation of such doctoral networks?

• What are the topics that research on teacher education should be engaged with in the next decade?


17.00-17.15: Welcome and Introduction to the Webinar

Vasileios Symeonidis, PhD & Prof. Dr. Heike Wendt, University of Graz

17.15 – 17.45 National and Nordic Collaboration in Doctoral Education for Teacher Educators

Prof. Dr. Kari Smith, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

17.45 – 18.15 The European Doctorate in Teacher Education (EDiTE)

Prof. Dr. Michael Schratz, University of Innsbruck

18.15 – 18.45 Supporting Quality Education (SDG 4): Creating a Doctoral Network for Teacher Education in Africa

Prof. Dr. Irma Eloff, University of Pretoria

18.45 – 19.30 Panel Discussion (moderation: Prof. Dr. Heike Wendt)

Prof. Dr. Kari Smith, Prof. Dr. Michael Schratz, Prof. Dr. Irma Eloff, Dr. Vasileios Symeonidis, Prof. Dr. Marco Snoek (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

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Dr. Vasileios Symeonidis: +43 316 380 3849, vasileios.symeonidis[at]uni-graz.at

Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Heike Wendt: +43 316 380 2554, heike.wendt[at]uni-graz.at


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The event is provided free of charge.


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