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To strengthen the quality and position of teacher educators, professional associations can play an important role. Such associations can be an instrument to strengthen the professional self-awareness of teacher educators, contribute to the definition of professional standards or professional codes, contribute to the professional development of the members of the profession and raise the voice of teacher educators in the policy debates on the quality of teachers and teacher education.
In the European education arena, the Association for Teacher Education in Europe ATEE can be regarded as such a professional association. However, also on national levels there are opportuinities for professional associations for teacher educators. In some countries (e.g. The Netherlands, Flanders, Hungary) such professional associations exist, in other countries initiatives for the creation of professional associations are taken.
In this roundtable we want to bring together representatives from national associations for teacher educators, to share our activities, experiences, strategies, successes and dilemmas.
First aim is to get to know each other on the level of associations, next to learn from each other and to be inspired and finally to search for opportunities for collaboration.
If you represent a national professional association of teacher educators in your country and want to contribute to the exchange actively, please contact Marco Snoek (M.Snoek@hva.nl), so a presentation of your association can be integrated in the programme.
The Research and Development Centre (RDC) on Education for Social Justice, Equity and Diversity plans to hold a double session symposium within the RDC for ATEE 2010 on Research methodologies investigating diversity’. We wish to hear from those who have conducted research related to diversity in education (pupils and/or teachers) and can report on the methods they have used. We aim to have a geographical spread as well as a methodological range.
We invite submissions for this 3 hour symposium with a range of methodologies including qualitative and quantitative. The symposium will include discussion of the strengths and pitfalls of the methodologies as well as ethical considerations.
Your proposal should be sent in the first instance to the RDC Chair, Geri Smyth (firstname.lastname@example.org) and should give an indication of the aims of your research and the methodology used. Proposals not accepted for the symposium will be considered for presentation in parallel sessions.