EDiTE at ECER2018

The annual conference of EERA took place between 3-7th September in the charming city of Bolzano, under the theme of ’Inclusion and Exclusion: Resources for Educational Research?’. We made sure that EDiTE was well represented at the conference: a number of EDiTE supervisors and ESRs (Anna Babicka-Wirkus, Lucie Bucharová, Malte Gregorzewski, Gábor Halász, Petr Novotny, Michael Schratz, Nikolett Szelei, Vasileios Symeonidis, Tamás Tóth) presented their EDiTE-related or independent work. Moreover, EERA designated a key session to EDiTE where the programme coordinators and researchers presented the EDiTE framework, reflected on their learning journey and started brainstorming about future possibilities.

The full list of EDiTE related presentations at EERA ECER2018:

EERA ECER Central Event:

Schratz, M., Halász, G., Tinoca, L., Swennen, A., Symeonidis, V., & Howard, E. : European Doctorate in Teacher Education: Bridging the gap between research and professionalism in Europe.

(Presented by: Malte Gregorzewski, Gábor Halász, Michael Schratz, Anja Swennen, Vasileios Symeonidis, Nikolett Szelei, Tamás Tóth)

 EDiTE-related paper sessions:

Bucharová, L. : Changes or tradition in daily practice in elementary teaching in Czech Republic, Poland and Portugal.

Gregorzewski, M., Paasch, D., Wiesner, C., & Schratz, M. : What values drive school leaders? — An instrumental approach for evidence-informed school leadership.

Angerer, S., Pham, G., Schreiner, C., Pisanu, F., Paasch, D., & Gregorzewski, M. : Innovative Contributions to School and Classroom Development.

Szelei, N. : Schools at crossroads: how to respond to cultural diversity? A case study from urban Lisbon

Szelei, N., & Alves, I. : Conceptualisations of student diversity in an area-based intervention in Portugal (TEIP).

Symeonidis, V. : Europeanisation and education governance: The case of teacher education reforms in Austria, Greece and Hungary.

Symeonidis, V., & Kovacs, H. : The European Doctorate in Teacher Education (EDiTE): Insights and potentials of a European joint doctorate.

Tóth, T. : The pedagogy of hopelessness.


Michael Schratz, Vasileios Symeonidis, Tamás Tóth, Anja Swennen, Malte Gregorzewski and Gábor Halász after the EDiTE Central Event


Michael Schratz introducing EDiTE


Nikolett Szelei and Michael Schratz in discussion with the audience


Vasileos Symeonidis presenting his paper


EDiTE at the 15th annual conference held by the HEIRNET

EDiTE early-stage researcher, Shaima Muhammad had the opportunity to attend the 15th annual conference held by the History Educators International Research Network [HEIRNET],  at the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, from August 31st to September 2nd, 2018. The conference theme was History Education and Meeting the Challenges of Immigration, Regionalism and Sectarianism, with sub-themes including: Historical culture, History education in the age of nationalism, regionalism, sectarianism, populism, globalisation and issues of identity, Assessment, its nature, purpose and role, Statutory curriculum documents, Professional knowledge – The history teacher’s craft (pedagogy, didactics & praxis), practitioner knowledge – Integrating theory and practice, and others.

HEIRNET brings together researchers from around the world interested in history’s cultural, educational, moral, social, political and citizenship roles. Shaima had two presentations at the conference. The first was on her current PhD research on the teaching of citizenship education in Austria and Portugal, where she presented some initial findings on the Austrian case, and the second presentation was about a previous research study she conducted previously involving analysis of Syrian history textbook to deconstruct the notion of identity and provide alternative narratives needed for peace and transitional justice in post-contexts.

The following link provides information about the conference program and the abstracts that were presented, which shows the diversity of topics and contexts.


The conference was a rewarding opportunity for Shaima to be up-to-date with the latest research in the field, to receive constructive feedback on her research and to establish networking opportunities and meet contacts with like-minded researchers and teachers who showed interest in future collaboration.



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Boosting Teacher Quality Study

During July, European Commission published a study titled Boosting teacher quality: Pathways to effective policies. The document was generated by a large team of researchers, working across contexts and disciplines, among which Gabor Halasz, the head of ELTE in the EDiTE consortium, was in the core research team.

Overall, the study discusses a number of transversal issues that concern teacher professional competences and how quality is perceived, as well as number of specific policy areas and, respectively, evidence of good practice. The study is currently available only in English and can be read online here: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/95e81178-896b-11e8-ac6a-01aa75ed71a1/language-en.



EDiTE at the 7th Rethinking Educational Ethnography Conference

The 7th Rethinking Educational Ethnography Conference, that took place at 1-2 June 2018 was organized by EDiTE supervisor György Mészáros at the Faculty of Education and Psychology of Eötvös Loránd University. With the theme “Rethinking platforms for teaching ethnography: facing changing conceptualizations of culture and challenges from post-materialist philosophy, globalization, and mobile modernity”, the conference’s main focus was on the challenges of ethnography and teaching ethnography; the changing platforms for teaching and learning ethnography; the specificities of Eastern European academia in relation to ethnography; the dynamics of centre, semi-periphery and periphery;  neoliberal challenges for ethnographic research and its transmission; post-modern and post-materialist philosophy and learning ethnograpy;  learning new methods to study teaching and learning in the context of globalization and mobile modernity. EDiTE researcher from the University of Lower Silesia, Tamas Tóth presented his ethnographic research on teacher education in the context of marginalized communitites in the Eastern-European peripheries.


This year’s 8th International Conference on Critical Education took place at the University of East London from July 25 to 28 and focused on the theme of “Critical Education and Activism Against Neoliberalism/ Authoritarian Neoconservatism in Education, State and Society.” EDiTE researchers from the University of Lower Silesia, Tamas Toth and Josefine Wagner had the unique opportunity to present their research on “Pedagogy of the Spectacle” and “Inheriting Education?”, respectively, at the Early Career/PhD Invited Sessions. Also, EDiTE supervisor, Prof. György Meszaros from ELTE University attended ICCE and offered the audience his excellent talk on “Returning to Reality: Critical Ontology for Anti-Capitalist Research and Activism in Post-Socialist Semi-Periphery.” The conference is highly recommended to critical young scholars as the atmosphere is warm, welcoming and encouraging to thinkers who want to share their thoughts and actions for social and education justice and receive excellent feedback for further improvement and reflection

Democracy & Diversity Institute, Wrocław, Poland

From 6-22 July, EDiTE researcher Beata Zwierzynska participated in 2018 Democracy & Diversity Institute organized annually by the New School’s Transregional Center for Democratic Studies. Beata took part in Agnes Heller’s open lecture, and a discussion on Kielce Jewish pogrom events and screening of Bogdan’s Journey documentary, and two courses (each one consisting of 12 meetings): “’Europe is dead,’ Philosophy, History, and Politics in the Thought of Jan Patocka” led by James Dodd – Professor of Philosophy, NSSR; and “Democratic Crisis and the Politics of Social Media” led by Claire Potter – Professor of Historical Studies, NSSR.

The first seminar focused on the philosophy of Jan Patočka, in particular to his conception of Europe, and its moral death. Patočka was a Czech philosopher who is also remembered for being one of the original signatories of Charter 77 – human rights movement in communist Czechoslovakia. He was interrogated by the police because of his involvement in the movement. During the seminar, the required readings included Patočka’s Heretical Essays, Plato and Europe, “Titanism”, “Masaryk’s and Husserl’s Conception of the Spiritual Crisis of European Humanity”, “On Masaryk’s Philosophy of Religion, Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition, Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov and The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and many more. But most importantly for Beata’s interest in the Havel’s “The Power of the Powerless” (dedicated to Patočka and influenced by his thought) – a famous essay  first published in Poland, and an important text and inspiration for the Polish Solidarity movement leaders.

The second seminar was devoted to the history of democratic crisis mainly through the examination of different types of media, including the most influential ones: Facebook and Twitter, and the rise of a global digital public sphere. This sphere, and numerous counter spheres inspired both democratic, and anti-democratic actions; life—saving initiatives and destructive populisms: grassroot democratic organizing, but also cynical political influence on elections; communication between fleeing refugees, but also bots, fake news, or antivaccination movements. The discussions were not only theoretical, but also debates on the role of citizens and intellectuals to counteract such phenomena; understanding the mechanisms of the online spaces, but also finding the principles to create democratic spaces, rather that participating in provocation, misinformation, or information chaos by being unaware of the usage of attention economy and media manipulation. The discussions were based on the close readings of 4-5 articles for each class ranging from more traditional texts like Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities, Jurgen Habermas’ The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, and Nancy Fraser’s “Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy” to current analyses of cybermedia, political realms, and societies, for example: Sanjay Sharma’s “Black Twitter? Racial Hashtags, Networks and Contagion”, Anne Applebaum’s “Britain After Brexit: A Transformed Political Landscape”, and Wendy H. Wong and Peter A. Brown’s text “E-Bandits in Global Activism: WikiLeaks, Anonymous, and the Politics of No One.


EDiTE at ATEE Spring Conference

From June 7-9, EDiTE was represented at the 2018 Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) Spring Conference, organized together with the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Bialystok, Poland. The conference was dedicated to the theme of “Designing Teacher Education and Professional Development for the 21st Century: Current Trends, Challenges and Directions for the Future.” EDiTE supervisor and program director at the University of Lower Silesia, Prof. Hana Cervinkova captivated the audience with her keynote speech on “Central European Teacher Education Amidst Global Flows.” In her paper she argued for grounding pre-service teacher education in a critical understanding of diversity and social justice to better respond to the challenging conditions of globalization. She placed her presentation in the context of post-socialist Central European societies that were once deeply diverse and became violently homogenized through totalitarian regimes (Nazism and Communism) in the 20th century. Cervinkova drew from her ethnographic research she conducted with Polish high school students to shed light on present day citizenship education and the urgent necessity for schools to create space for diversity, respect and communication. Furthermore, in the session “Becoming a Teacher,” EDiTE co-supervisor Dr. Anna Babicka-Wirkus from the Pomeranian University in Slupsk presented her paper on “Children’s Rights and Human Rights as a Key Condition for the Education of Transformative Teachers.” Lastly, Josefine Wagner, EDiTE doctoral student from the University of Lower Silesia presented her paper “Barriers to Inclusion – an Ethnographic Study of an Austrian Primary School” in which she focused on one of her three school-based research sites that comprise her doctoral dissertation on inclusive policies and practices in Poland, Austria and Germany.


Beata Zwierzynska and Wiktor Bernard, EDiTE researchers, participated in workshop for teachers and educators on the topic of the usage of smartphones in education “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” on 30th May – 04th June 2018 at University of Algarve, Portugal.

While some schools forbid bringing smartphones to schools and create harsh rules when using technology in the classroom, BYOD encourages students, under teachers’ guidance, to use their own devices to improve learning when used at needed times. Teachers need to learn not only how to use specific tools, but how to facilitate discussions with students on the dangers of the new media, and teach them critical thinking.

Wiktor and Beata had a chance to learn about new software and apps for smartphones, for example: Mentimeter, its admin panel and assessment potential; Symbaloo and similar tools to document the learning process and collect files; Biteable and videomaking lessons; Padlet which is a tool enhancing classroom collaboration and creativity; Socrative tool as another app for lesson preparation, teacher and peer assessment; examples of Kahoot lessons and more advanced functions. The most complex tool was Milage which was developed by a university consortium, including Algarve. The final experience was connected to the augmented reality: smartphones engaging with the physical space, books, art exhibition, and medicine.


EDiTE at EERA Summer School on Qualitative and Mixed Method Designs

EDiTE is proud that this year it was Masaryk University (MU, EDiTE partner university) that hosted the EERA Summer School titled ‘Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Designs: From designing to publishing’ between 9-13rd July, in Brno. The organising team, including some EDiTE researchers (Petr Novotný, Roman Švaříček, Klára Šedová, Ondřej Bárta, Zuzana Šmideková) did an excellent job in arranging a whole week full of interesting keynote speeches, workshops and social gatherings, encouraging young researchers to learn and form friendships. Furthermore, EDiTE researchers Dev Raj Paneru (MU), Kinley Seden (MU), Deisi Yunga (ELTE) and Nikolett Szelei (IEUL) presented their PhD projects during the group sessions, specifically discussing their methodologies and findings with PhD candidates from many countries and experts in educational research. On behalf of the whole EDiTE community we congratulate Masaryk University and EERA for organising such a great summer school!


EDiTE researchers (Kinley Seden, Deisi Yunga, Nikolett Szelei, Dev Raj Paneru) at EERA summer school, Masaryk University, Brno

In the Heat of Learning: EDiTE-NAFOL Conference and EDiTE Summer School


In educational sciences we know that learning takes place in different forms and formats, and that no such thing as one perspective to an issue or a problem. Last week, EDiTE network gathered for two interconnected occasions, a conference and a summer school. ELTE, and the Faculty for Education and Psychology, was the proud host of both of these events despite the fact that it happened in the hottest week of June.

The conference was organised in tight collaboration with the Norwegian National Research School in Teacher Education (NAFOL), on 11-12 June and under the umbrella theme of Doctoral Education in Teacher Education: European Perspectives. It offered a diverse format for learning that included interesting key speakers and presentations, but as well as small group conversations on doctoral themes of the participating researchers. The group approach to discussing conceptual and specific issues among doctoral students is a practice that is common in how NAFOL operates, it provides high level of support and encourages peer collaboration, therefore this element was highly appreciated by the participants. Additionally, it was essential to see how doctoral networks can transform and better support the process of doctoral studies and achieve better quality by using a simple form as small, mixed research groups facilitated by engaged and experienced supervisors.

Beside this, EDiTE-NAFOL conference also introduced interesting keynote content including the input of Hannah Grainger Clemson, the Schools Policy Officer of the European Commission, who talked about the complexities of the European teacher policy, as well as Valéria Csépe, the president of the Hungarian High Education Accreditation Committee, who talked about the national higher education provisions. As the theme of the conference was focus on the doctoral education, the programme included voices from “fresh doctors” and their experiences in completing their doctoral journeys, a session on research-based teacher education and a reflection on how doctoral studies are done in the two networks, EDiTE and NAFOL. Next to this, the participants were provided input on angles and trends of doctoral education in the USA and EU, as well as an informative session on academic writing by Patricia Thomson.

In a slightly different light, EDiTE Summer School continued from 13-15 June and it involved a number of parallel sessions. On the first day, a workshop on writing took place parallel to project meetings of the managerial boards, while the afternoon was dedicated for the researchers’ forum that was discussing emerging opportunities and issues. On Thursday, the summer school participants had an opportunity to see a model class that implements Complex Instruction Programme techniques in Molnár Ferenc School and talk to the teachers, pedagogical advisors and the principal about their approaches and school strategies. Second day was also dedicated to discussing and learning about different strategies in presenting research, and parallel joint supervisory sessions, while the last day included an element of working with data software, thematic analysis and theoretical discussion on transformation in education. Apart from the serious content, EDiTE community also had some fun, as during the last evening together (on Thursday) there was a facilitated fun teambuilding workshop that included music and instruments.