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NAFOL conference: Validity and Value of Teacher Education Research

This year, NAFOL Conferencetook place in Hamar, Norway, from 22-24 October and two of EDiTE researchers, Helena Kovacs and Vasilis Symeonidis, were invited to participate and present their work. NAFOL is a network of 17 teacher education institutions across the country and this year’s event was hosted by Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. With a number of exciting activities, keynote speeches and knowledge sharing opportunities, this conference was surely a place of learning and community building.

The first two days were open to English speaking guests, including EDiTE and colleagues from Stockholm, Munich, London, etc. The first day keynote speaker, Gert Biesta from Brunel Unviersity London provoked critical reflections on teaching and researching through his talk on Should we be widening the gap between teaching and research?The second day added to the discussions with the keynote on The issue of relevance in researching educational leadership given by Jorunn Møller, Univeristy of Oslo, while in the afternoon the final keynote speech was given by Ernesto Panadero, Universidad Autónomia de Madrid on the topic of assessment. These diverse and interesting themes were sandwiched by parallel paper sessions and poster presentations given by the participants. Helena Kovacs had the chance to speak about the value of teacher learning in innovative schools and Vasilis Symeonidis provided insights on his research on European policies and Europeanisation of national teacher education in Greece, Austria and Hungary.

Beyond this, NAFOL Conference in Hamar was a great opportunity to see a practice that heavily values the sense of community as well as individual contribution. Artistic expression that is an important aspect of teaching practice and is often lost when doing research was part of the official programme. Many of NAFOL students have engaged in sharing their talents during the joint dinner, as well as integrating elements of fun physical activities during the programme.

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.

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Call for Papers: Back to Reality – Mapping the Crossroads between Theory and Practice in International Teacher Education Research


In a cooperation between EDiTE and NAFOL, we’ve announced a new opportunity for publishing in the forthcoming conference book: Back to Reality – Mapping the Crossroads between Theory and Practice in International Teacher Education Research. This publication is aimed to showcase a large diversity of educational issues with a particular focus on how they reflect on the educational realities, in classrooms, kindergartens, schools, universities, policy-making bodies, and other places where educational practice happens. With this book we would like to provide an understanding what research means for practice and what are the practical recommendations generated from our research endeavours.
The book is prepared in collaboration with the Norwegian National Research School in Teacher Education (NAFOL) and it aims at bringing together academic input from early-career researchers working on a wide array of issues related with educational research and practice. We welcome contributions which have the potentiality to interpret the (dis)connection and map the crossroads between educational research and practice.

This book is matched and married with the EDiTE-NAFOL 2018 Conference in Budapest and as such is specifically devoted to the works of researchers at their early stage of careers. Both the conference and the book focus on showcasing the research potential of the next generation of researchers and the valuable insights they can bring to the table in their respected educational fields. It is at the highest principle of EDiTE and NAFOL to support the applicative powers of research hence this book offers space for topics that embrace development and testing of new practices, research with practitioners, policy and practice research that hold valuable insights to future of policy-making, as well as evidence-based research implications for practice.

Please have a closer look at the Call for Papers and the requirements, and in case there any questions do not hesitate to contact us at submission@edite.eu.

A Visit to the Ghent Summer School as Part of Preparing for the Next Summer in Budapest

When it comes to organising a great summer school, it is never too early to start with preparations. EDiTE Summer School 2017 in Wrocław was an excellent example and ELTE University who is organising the next one in Budapest has already started gathering ideas.

The Summer School 2018 will have a special feature and as such will be organised in exciting collaboration with the Norwegian National Research School in Teacher Education (NAFOL). With this in mind, EDiTE’s Early Stage Researcher Csilla Pesti and project manager Judit Saád participated in the Joint Summer School that NAFOL and Ghent University delivered in Belgium this summer. The two ELTE representatives went to the event as part of the organisational committee of the EDiTE Summer School 2018 thus they had a chance to observe and experience a collaborative summer school design partly implemented by NAFOL. It is also important to note that NAFOL is lead by Kari Smith, member of the EDITE’s Scientific Advisory Board.

The Joint Summer School took place in Ghent, Belgium, 23-25 August 2017, and the overarching theme was Conducting research in the field of teacher education: Challenges, pitfalls and important themes. The main aim was to educate the participating PhD students how to go through the world of academia by giving them the opportunities to introduce keynote speakers and draw conclusions in an open space discussions. Other elements included practicing and learning through presenting own research and developing critical analyses of the research work they and their peers are conducting, as well as hints and tricks in preparing a good article for publishing and keeping the motivation high.

The Joint Summer School in Ghent brought many interesting ideas that will be useful for planning a well-structured and carefully designed summer school next year. Furthermore, ideas extended to possibilities of continuation of EDiTE, as well as collaboration between other PhD programmes. It was beneficial to experience a joint event that contributed to researchers’ professional work, as well as supports collaboration and elevates the research spirits of the participants. ELTE organisational committee has taken some valuable notes from this event and will be looking forward to implement them in next EDiTE Summer School in Budapest, 2018.