Teachers’ Beliefs about Education and Children’s Voice Practices in the Island of Ireland

This study, funded by SCOTENS, set out to explore the cultural orientations of primary school teachers in the Island of Ireland, and to examine how they affect their understandings and practices of children’s voice in schools. For example, in predominantly traditional cultures, children’s voice projects may be illusory, only allowing participation in marginal decisions and …
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Thresholds Concepts in Language Teacher Education

This report presents the findings of a SCoTENS funded study with practicing language teachers in Ireland, within the framework of Threshold Concepts (Meyer, Land et al. 2010), to identify the core but troublesome knowledge and practices of language teaching and the conditions that facilitate the integration of these concepts over a teaching career.  The project …
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Early Number Concepts

The aim of this research project was to develop a resource of key vocabulary and terminology for teachers in supporting their planning and teaching in early number. It will also provide teachers with a variety of teaching and learning strategies to complement the development of the key vocabulary. The project relates to the development of …
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Cyberbullying and the Law

This research project highlighted a previously unreported level of frustration on the part of school leaders in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in their struggle to deal with the growing and very complex problem of cyberbullying, especially in the absence of clear and up-to-date guidance from respective government departments.  Confusion surrounding the …
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4th SCoTENS Doctoral Workshop

17 and 18 October Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) invites proposals for participation and working papers at the 4th SCoTENS Doctoral Studies Roundtable.  The Roundtable will provide a mix of short presentations by participants on their work in progress and will also feature participation by SCoTENS …
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Conference 2019 – Leadership across Boundaries: Challenges for Educators and Teacher Educators – Call for Papers

Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October 2019 CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline Tuesday 10th September 5.00pm The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its forthcoming conference. We welcome proposals for papers that are relevant to teacher education. Because …
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Professor John Coolahan

It is with deep sadness that we learn of the death of Professor John Coolahan, founding ‘father’ of SCoTENS. On behalf of current and past members of the SCoTENS committees and the wider SCoTENS family, we express immense gratitude for the outstanding educational contribution John has made to teacher education on this island.   Through his …
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Call for Participation in the 2nd SCoTENS Doctoral Studies Roundtable

OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS FROM SCoTENS’ MEMBER INSTITUTIONS ONLY The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) invites proposals for participation and working papers at the 2ndSCoTENS Doctoral Studies Roundtable.  The Roundtable will provide a mix of short presentations by participants on their work in progress and from speakers who are leaders in the …
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Conference 2017

The 15th SCoTENs annual conference will take place Autumn 2017. Further information available soon.


Conference 2016 – Communities of practice: Learning together to teach together

Communities of practice: Learning together to teach together The 2016 Annual SCoTENS Conference theme is intended to facilitate an open and engaging exploration of the value of collaborative learning to support teachers’ professional practice.   The Conference will draw upon the expertise of the key learning theorist Etienne Wenger whose scholarship on learning and particularly his concepts of ‘communities of practice’ and …
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