Democratic Accountability – Now More Than Ever: EDiTE at The 42nd Atee Conference

One-third of the EDiTE Early Stage Researchers have travelled to Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 23 to 25 October 2017, joined by two EDiTE supervisors Erika Kopp and György Mészáros. And it is not difficult to discover why: the event was 42nd ATEE Annual Conference on teacher education focused to capture the main theme Changing Perspectives and Approaches in Contemporary Teaching. The conference was organized as a continuation of the research dissemination and outreach event, aimed to provide teachers,  teacher educators and researchers an opportunity to promote teacher learning, quality enhancement and change-making for the overall improvement of education.

The other main purpose of the conference was to promote research development communities by gathering a diverse and global list of participants and develop a progressive research-oriented teacher learning campaign geared to enhancing quality in education by means of research-based knowledge supporting teachers’ professional development.

The 42nd annual ATEE Conference was organized by the Faculty of Education, University of Osijek, Croatia, and it invited approximately 400 participants from more than 45 countries. With well-articulated sub-themes constituted to addressing changing perspectives and approaches in contemporary teaching, the conference was designed in a way that could provide plenty of exposure for each member to take active participation in most of the events throughout. The conference highlights included a key-note speech of Marylin Cohran-Smith on Democratic accountability for teacher education: Now more than ever as well as the insights of European dimension in education in Croatia: A long way to go and a speech on Changing teaching practices through creating communities of critical friends and action researchers.

In addition to the main conference presentations, discussions, symposiums and work groups, it was noteworthy that the ATEE executives showed a soulful engagement on promotion, formation and expansion of the research development communities (RDCs) formulated on diverse themes and different areas of teacher education like: European teacher education, digital competence in teacher education, inclusion and related issues in teacher education, innovation and learning teacher education and so on. As the research presentations on all levels seemed remarkably competent and demonstrated high academic standard in quality, it was obvious that the organizing committee had done their best in giving all the necessary efforts in bringing global thoughts and research experiences on teacher education, teaching and learning together with excellent decision processes, this providing a great exposure to novice and early career researchers and practitioners striving to enhancing innovation and innovative turn in their professional career in contemporary teaching.