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Partner Organisations Annual Event

Each year ELTE organises an event that gathers all Hungarian EDiTE partner organisations with an aim to reflect and discuss past and future activities, developments and possibilities. This year, the event took place on 8 October at the Faculty of Education and Psychology. The programme was devised to give space to three ELTE early-stage researchers, Csilla Pesti, Helena Kovacs and Deisi Yunga, to present and share their research insights and results, as well as to discuss ideas in open format of conversation. The three presentations were particularly interesting this year as they reflected on analyses and conclusions of researchers’ work and the partners were eager to listen and provide feedback to these findings.

Next to this, Judit Saad, the EDiTE project manager for ELTE has managed to collect and present perceptions of researchers from all four consortium institutions about the value of working with partner organisations across the entire network. The results provided a great feedback on this important aspect of the EDiTE network and also give some base for possible future collaborations.

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.

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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.

Planning Educational Research: A Collaborative Workshop at ELTE

It sometimes happens that what we imagine of our PhD journey is not how it ends up being in reality – this was the starting point provided by the host and one of the main organisers of the Planning Educational Research workshop, Saule Anafinova, the second year international doctoral student at ELTE. The workshop that happened on 14 December 2017 at ELTE Budapest brought together first and second year international doctoral students at ELTE with three EDiTE ESRs for a four-hour session that was an outcome of several preparatory meetings and discussions. The aim of the workshop was focused on understanding the challenges and bottlenecks of planning doctoral research and as such it offered space for a dialogue in ways to overcome them. This type of doctoral meeting will now be established as a regular practice each semester.

Prior to the event, seven ELTE doctoral students were separated into three groups and paired with EDiTE researchers, Tamás Tóth, Andras Fehervari and Helena Kovacs. Each group met on their own and, as part of their preparation, discussed the potential issues and analytically observed their research roadmaps. The three ESRs were involved in their capacities to facilitate the small team discussions and share their experiences of creating project proposals and how they battled some of the problems throughout their research.

The format of the workshop followed an interactive design through which, instead of classic PowerPoint presentations, the doctoral students provided a background to their dilemmas allowing more time for reaction and discussion. Furthermore, an online platform padlet allowed for dissemination of a vast number of useful references that was made available to all participants. Overall, the participants expressed their high satisfaction with the event as well as the groupwork support prior to the workshop.

Twists and Turns: EDiTE Doctoral Workshop at ELTE

 

On Tuesday, 21 November in Budapest, ELTE’s Doctoral School of Education has organised an EDiTE doctoral workshop under the title Twists and Turns of PhD research. This event followed a slight experimental note by inviting four EDiTE Early Stage Researchers, namely Deisi Yunga, Tamás Toth, Andras Fehervari and Helena Kovacs, and four Hungarian doctoral candidates, Ivett Kovács, László Horváth, Ágota Szücs and Kinga Káplár-Kodácsy. Split in two groups (2 EDiTE and 2 Hungarian doctoral students per group) the young researchers present their research to the audience from the Department of Education. Apart from providing the opportunity to present the research, the aim of the workshop also involved the intention to create peer-to-peer learning format, share methodological dilemmas and receive feedback from established academics.

The presentations in each of the two groups were closely followed by two senior researchers and one methodological expert who provided valuable input on the progress and the quality of the research. Prior to the workshop, the presenters drafted an abstract of the research and were asked to elaborate on three dilemmas that they battle while working on their research, namely content-, methodology- and design-related problems and questions. After the presentations, and the Q&A session addressing specific points in the presentations, an entire session was allocated to discuss dilemmas proposed by the young researchers.

The fact that doctoral research does involve twisting and turning was indeed evident through the session discussing dilemmas and questions and the senior ELTE researchers tried to provide useful input for young researchers who were also at different stages in their academic work. EDiTE Technical Secretariat, Judit Saád and Kinga Káplár-Kodácsy, made sure that the event was well-coordinated and smoothly implemented, and overall the satisfaction by those involved and the success of this event provided a good reason for Twists and Turns to be repeated in the nearby future.

Second National Partner Organization Meeting Within the EDiTE Project

The second national partner organization meeting within the EDiTE project took place on 25 April, 2017 at ELTE. This occasion was a fruitful opportunity for practitioners and researchers to brainstorm on specific activities for the internship period of Early Stage Researchers.

The Learning Teacher Workshop Conference

The Learning Teacher Workshop Conference was organized within the Learning Teacher research framework of the EU H2020 MSCA funded European Doctorate in Teacher Education (EDiTE) on 25 April, 2017. On this occasion participants could listen to the presentations of PhD students (four on Hungarian and four on English languages) at the Pedagogical and Psychological Faculty of the Eötvös Loránd University – ELTE (Budapest, Hungary). The underlying theme of the conference was teacher education and teachers’ learning, including:

  • the impact assessment study of an innovative school’s pedagogical programme;
  • adult learning models and the role of mentoring in learning management;
  • national teacher education programmes and the role of practice in these;
  • analysis of master teachers’ portfolio;
  • the role of leadership and organization in innovation;
  • the study of teachers’ learning in the context of professional learning;
  • Europeanisation in teacher education.

The conference was closed with an interactive discussion section between the participants and the presenters, and it could be considered as a professional meeting venue for Early Stage Researchers involved in the EDiTE project (Csilla Pesti, Helena Kovacs, Deisi Yunga, Vasileios Symeonidis), students of other PhD programmes from the Doctorate School of Education (ELTE), colleagues from the institution, as well as numerous partner organizations.

For the programme, please visit the following website: http://www.ppk.elte.hu/file/program.pdf

Irradium Magazine

Deisi Yunga in the new edition of IRRADIUM Magazine (Marie Curie Magazine)

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Deisi Yunga, one of the ESRs from ELTE was featured in the new edition of IRRADIUM Magazine in a special Social Sciences edition.
You may access the magazine here.

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Teacher Education in Action – EDiTE Students at ELTE Have Started Their Teaching Activities

2017-02-16 TLT course - 1b

EDiTE students at ELTE are not only researching teacher education, but during the spring semester of 2017 they are teaching their own course, the Learning Teacher. The course was developed by the EDiTE students and it is offered to Education BA students. While teaching in undergraduate and graduate courses is a good learning opportunity for the EDiTE students, it is also an exciting challenge and learning opportunity for the BA students to develop their English presentation skills, skills in academic writing, and use of digital learning platforms. In addition, students are offered to gain perspectives of research in the topics of teacher knowledge and the importance of practice in teacher education, teacher learning in schools, the importance of innovative practices and the professional development in teaching in comparison with other professions across Europe.
The course builds on the individual researches of the three EDiTE students under the common research frame program titled the Learning Teacher. The course is an innovation in many ways: it is held together by three teachers (EDiTE students), and it combines real presence with virtual elements (one of the teachers will be on her secondment at a partner university of the EDiTE program during the course).
The main thematic focus of the course is teacher learning with a special emphasis on learning in context of practice and work. One of the key questions that the course will try to discover over the period of the semester is how teachers and student teachers learn about effective pupil learning while doing school based practice or while performing their daily work in classrooms and teacher communities.
The course aims to contribute to the students’ knowledge regarding the following three themes:

  • Teacher knowledge and the importance of practice in teacher education
  • Teacher learning in school and the importance of innovative practices

Professional learning in teaching and in other professions as part of the adult learning paradigm
The first introductory session was held on 16/02/2017.