2018 Conference: Education as a Common Good: the Role of Teacher Education

Conference Year: 2018
Conference Location: Canal Court, Newry

The 16th SCoTENs annual conference, Education as a Common Good: the Role of Teacher Education, will take place on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry #SCoTENS2018

In recent times the principle of education as a public good has been challenged theoretically and certainly in practice (e.g. Daviet, 2016). The 2018 SCOTENS Annual Conference invites debate on how ‘the common good’ – an alternative conception to ‘the public good’ – can help us think about our approaches to teacher education. Common goods are those that contribute to the general interest, enabling society as a whole to function better.  Common goods must benefit all.  How can teacher education as a common good be envisaged and enacted? As a common good can it mitigate divisions in society? How can we ensure that teacher education fosters equity, citizenship and neighbourliness? Can teacher education be seen as a common good in the first place? As a humanistic project can teacher education challenge, for instance, the commodification of education? What are the implications of education as a common good for approaches to curriculum, assessment and pupil wellbeing?

This year’s annual conference will debate these kinds of questions and many related and practical ones stemming from the experiences and perspectives of delegates. Keynote addresses, panel discussion, and invited workshops will in various ways consider, clarify and extend our thinking around this important theme.

Scotens program

Daviet, B. (2016) Revisiting the Principle of Education as a Public Good Education and Research Foresight Working Papers No. 17. UNESCO

Registration is now open. Please complete the following BOOKING FORM and return to Eimear Donnelly at eimear.donnelly@qub.ac.uk

3rd SCoTENS Doctoral Workshop

The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) invites proposals for participation and working papers at the 3rd 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 colleagues who are leaders in the field of Teacher Education and related research in Ireland and beyond.

It will be held in conjunction with the 16th Annual SCoTENS Conference, which runs on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October 2018 in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. The conference theme this year is Education as a Common Good: the Role of Teacher Education. The roundtable will take place on the Thursday morning.  Accommodation arrangements can be made for those that have will have to travel long distances for a 10am start.

This roundtable will bring together doctoral researchers working on topics relating to teachers, teaching, and teacher education in its broadest readings on the island of Ireland. We will explore the changing landscape of teacher formation, the emergence of new voices and perspectives, and the evolving debates around teacher professionalism as a primary concern, both as a focus for our community and a methodology for constructing knowledge. We invite doctoral students interested in these and related issues to apply for a place at the roundtable to discuss their work with like-minded peers and SCoTENS network colleagues.  Accommodation and meals will be provided, and participants will also have full access to the main conference.

Accepted contributions will address issues in the general field of teacher education, teaching, teachers’ lives, and teacher professionalism – ideally in light of the concerns of the conference theme. The roundtable will provide a space for doctoral researchers who are university-based and/or from the wider professional arena to meet and discuss their interests, to showcase their work, and to participate in the conference more broadly.

Proposals for working papers and expressions of interest will be accepted until 5.00pm, Friday 12 October.  Invitations to participate will be sent out on Monday 14 Oct along with joining instructions for the roundtable & conference.

To apply for a place at the doctoral workshop please complete this application and return to eimear.donnelly@qub.ac.uk  by 5pm on Friday 12 October.

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