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.