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ATEE Annual Conference 2011 Riga: Teachers’ Life-cycle from Initial Teacher Education to Experienced Professional

24 August t/m 28 August 2011


university_of_latvia_logo.jpg36th Annual Conference
of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe

Riga, 24th – 28th August, 2011

Teachers’ Life-cycle from Initial Teacher Education to Experienced Professional

From 24th to 28th August 2011 the 36th Conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe will be held in Riga, Latvia. The conference will be hosted by the University of Latvia. Under the conference title Teachers’ Life-cycle from Initial Teacher Education to Experienced Professional the conference programme focuses on teachers’ pre-diploma studies and post-diploma professional development until they reach the quality of an experienced professional in the context of lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

The choice of this conference theme was motivated by the awareness that between pre-service teacher education and their first years of professional work there still is a gap. Therefore one of the main questions are whether there are stages in teachers’ life cycle from their pre-diploma studies till the experienced professional, what qualities can be distinguished at each of the stages and what assistance they need to smoothly reach the quality of the experienced teachers.

university_of_latvia_building.jpgThe main input for the conference theme and problems addressed was provided by the policy statements of ATEE regarding the quality of teachers’ professional development (ATEE, 2006), school development in the 21st century (ATEE, 2007) and the continuous activities of the thematic Research and development centres of ATEE. The suggested theme also follows the ideas of the policy documents for the European Union, e.g. Conclusions of the European Council on improving the quality of teacher educators (2007), Conclusion sof the European Council on Professional Development of Teachers and School Leaders (2009) and the outcomes of the Teaching and Learning International Survey TALIS (2009).

The Organizing and the Academic Committees will provide the participants of the conference with the conditions appropriate for the conference work: key-note reports will address the main problems of the teachers’ life-cycle, concurrent reports will introduce more specific problems for further discussion at the parallel sessions.
The pre-conference workshops on the 24th August will introduce the conference.

For more information, please contact the Conference Secretariat:

Linda Daniela 


Tel.: +371 67033860 - +371 67033867

Fax: +371 67033860



36th Annual Conference
of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe
Riga, 24th – 28th August, 2011.

Teachers’ Life-cycle from Initial Teacher Education to Experienced Professional


Challenging debates of the future of teachers' profession and teacher education have been taking place in several European countries since the end of the 20th century. These discussion were triggened by the awareness of fundamental changes occurring in teacher education and concern for their effects on the quality of teacher education of the 21st century.  Current debates highlight topical problems of research in teachers’ pre-service and inservice education that deserve to be investigated and better understood.  The need to close the gap between different different levels of teacher educators' professional development has been identified as a particular need.  Mentoring and learning at  the teachers’ and educators’ work places, i.e. learning anytime and anywhere, is another important area of investigation that is growing and needs further research.  The increasing demand of universities, colleges and schools, the expanding access to information and communication technology, and the extended mobility of students require theories and practices at the tertiary level to be re-visited.  There is evidence supporting the claim that self-directed learning at all levels of teacher development - from its inception in the first university/college year to professional development in the work place - should be the mode of learning for the 21st century. 

How much is known about it?

Changes occurring in society impact a teacher's life-cycle and, concurrently, might affect the delicate balance between self-directed and assisted learning at eache stage of their professional growth.  In line with the conference general theme, several areas for debates are suggested:

1.  What is the dynamic of the professional identity through this life-cycle from the first year to experienced teacher? What are the essential qualitative changes at each stage that should underpin the best ways of support by educators, mentors, etc?

2. Learning strategies and competences at different stages of teachers’ pre-service and in-service development: supported and self-directed learning; values and perspectives of formal, in-formal, and non-formal learning in teachers’ life-cycle.  Towards relevant curricula for teachers' pre- and post-degree/diploma studies: models and programmes which open to the students and teachers the complexity of learning to teache and teaching-learning as a unique and creative process, make theories meaningful for practices and practices meaningful to acquire theories that make teachers effective for today's learners?

3. What are the best experiences for preparing teachers for their life and work in an educational community: class, school etc.? What and how students and teachers can learn from their experienced and effective colleagues?  Further learning in working places: challenges of university and school culture, collegiality and partnership in doing and learning; learning by leading and/or leading by learnin.  Are there or should be particular stages of organized assistance of teachers’ and educators’ further learning at their working places?

The many-sided investigations conducted by ATEE Research and Development Centres cannot be covered in a short introduction to the theme.  The Organizing and Academic Committees of the 36th Annual conference will support discussions at multiple parallel and con-current sessions on research findings and emerging that enhance knowledge about teachers' effectivness and professional growth of teachers' educators.

For particular areas and more information on the problems attended by ATEE, see the list of RDCs at


Registration for the conference can be done through the conference website.


ATEE 2011 Conference Programme

Wednesday, 24th August

 09.00 – 16.00   Pre-conference workshops (see detailed programme)

11.00  Registrations
16.00  Meetings of the AC, RDCs, Organizing and Academic Committees.
18.00  Opening ceremony
19.00  Welcome reception.

Thursday, 25th August

09.00 – 19.00 Registrations
09.00 – 09.45 Newcomers’ meeting
10.00 – 11.30 Plenary session, Keynote 1
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 – 13.30 Plenary session, Keynote 2 
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Parallel sessions
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break 
16.30 – 18.30 RDCs meetings
18.30                Reception at Riga City Hall 

Friday, 26th August

09.00 – 10.30 Parallel sessions 
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break.
11.00 – 12.30 Parallel sessions
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch + poster session 
13.30 – 15.00 Parallel sessions
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break.
15.30 – 17.00 Parallel sessions 
17.00                RDCs meetings

17.00 - 18.00 World FATE meeting

19.00      Social dinner at Lido Center 

Saturday, 27th August

09.00 – 10.30 Plenary session, Keynote 3
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break 
11.00 – 12.30 ATEE General Assembly 
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 -  15.00 Parallel sessions   
13.30 - 15.00  AC meeting

15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 - 17.00 RDCs meetings

17.00 - 18.00 Seminar on writing and reviewing articles for the EJTE

19.00   EJTE meeting

Sunday, 28th August

09.00 – 10.30 Parallel sessions - workshops - symposia
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Plenary session, Keynote 4 
12.30 – 13.30 Closing session and presentation of ATEE 2012 activities
13.30 -  14.30  AC and RDCs’ Chairs meeting

Visit to Rundale Palace and Gardens (optional)

More information:  


riga.jpgThe university is located in the centre of Riga with easy-to-reach hotels – they are very close to the conference venue, and they will have reservations for the participants.

More information on the possibiulities for accomodation an special offers can be found on the conference website.