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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.

EDiTE at the EERA Summer School 2017

EDiTE was present at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Summer School on ‘Methods and Methodology in Educational Research’, co-organised by the Johannes Kepler University of Linz and the Federal Institute for Education Research, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School System (BIFIE), which took place from 10 – 14 July 2017 in Linz, Austria. EDiTE Researcher Vasileios Symeonidis participated in the activities and workshops of the summer school, presenting the methodology of his research on Europeanisation in teacher education. Moreover, Petr Novotný, EDiTE supervisor, acted as tutor on workshops related to student learning.

The Summer School included opportunities to network with researchers from around Europe and connect with the EERA Emerging Researchers’ Group (http://www.eera-ecer.de/networks/emerging-researchers/). During the lectures, various educational projects were presented to showcase the methodologies employed, while methodology workshops for participants included introduction to social network analysis, grounded theory, and focus groups. A study visit to the headquarters of BIFIE in Salzburg was organised, giving participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with competence oriented education and outcome monitoring in Austria.

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EDiTE Summer School 2016

EDiTE Summer School 2016

Research as Social Change
28.06-1.07.2016, Brno, Czech Republic

We had our 1st Summer School with a strong focus on “research as social change”. Researchers presented their individual research plans and the alignment of their research projects within the programme theme “Tranformative Teacher Learning for Better Student Learning within and Emerging European Context”.

Main Organiser and Host:
Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Arts. Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic