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2014 ATEE Winter Conference - Social Justice and Diversity in Teacher Education

15 April t/m 17 April 2014

 

The VI ATEE Winter Conference will be held in Budapest (Hungary) on 15th, 16th and 17th April 2014. The main aim of the conference is to facilitate scientific dialogue around the theme of social justice and diversity in connection to teacher education and teachers’ professional development.
The conference is organized by the Education for Social Justice, Equity and Diversity Research and Development Community (RDC) of ATEE, by the Hungarian Pedagogical Association (together with The Foundation for School Development) and by Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Education and Psychology.

Conference website: http://ateewinter2014.blogspot.hu

This Conference offers a platform for discussion and common knowledge construction to enhance the connection between research and practice, and global and local reality. The whole conference will be characterized by the atmosphere of sharing, it will provide place and time for discussions and conversations. It is organized with the involvement of some local communities, schools and NGOs. The participants will get to know their activities during the conference, and may participate in multicultural events and tours in Budapest.

The conference welcomes any kind of theoretical, empirical or methodological research papers related to the conference theme from different disciplines, approaches and research traditions. Participatory, collaborative or practitioner research studies and policy analyses are particularly welcome.

In relation to its aims, the conference has some special characteristics. It partly follows the traditional structure of scientific conferences (key notes, parallel sections), but in the 60-minute parallel sections there will be only two papers presented briefly in 10-10 minutes leaving time (40 minutes) for discussion. The full paper or at least a shorter, draft version of the paper and the presentation should be sent to the organizers one month before the conference, and they will be uploaded on the website. It is very important that the participants choose and read the papers in advance, and in this way after the shorter presentations there can be a real dialog about the research studies in the sections. In order to make possible this structure, the number of presentations is limited to 110. NGOs and schools will take part of the programme, their voice and activities will be (re)presented during the first reception, through the multicultural walking tours, and the special ‘social dinner’. The registration to these last two events will be offered later on the website.

 


Inequalities, injustice and oppression are inhuman characteristics of our human world. Unequal power relations exist and persist between different regions of the world, and between different groups in society. The last economic crisis has worsened the situation, and has affected the most vulnerable ones. In the view of alleged development, austerity politics have deteriorated the life conditions of millions, and aggravated inequalities. Education is encapsulated in these tendencies. Unequal power relations exist between all participants in the educational process, and the sector of education suffered all the bad consequences of the crisis. However, it is a strong conviction of many that education should contribute to the transformation of society by counteracting inequalities and by acting for the construction of more democratic and just societies. Educational practice and research cannot be neutral, but should be based on a vision of social justice. There are different interpretations of social justice, but there is a shared hope among many committed practitioners and researchers that by combating injustice in its different forms education can foster equality, equity and democracy in our smaller and larger social contexts. Teacher education intended as the whole process of teachers’ development has a crucial role in this process of change. Power relations must be highlighted in teacher education, and teachers must be prepared to answer the challenges of unjust contexts and to contribute to the transformational processes. Unequal power relations are inherently connected to differences, and are based on membership of social groups such as social class, gender, perceived ethnicity, and so on. In the last decades, more and more differences were recognized in education (cultural, social, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, language, ability and so on), and diversity has become an important concept in education, while cross-cultural misunderstandings, prejudices and processes of ‘othering’, bullying and exclusion are still present in schools and education systems. Teachers and therefore teacher education have a strong responsibility to acknowledge, challenge and overcome these tendencies.

The goal of this conference is to foster professional debate and discussion among researchers and other stakeholders especially around the following questions:

•How are social inequalities reflected, present and represented in teacher education, teachers’ work and professional development?
•What are the interpretations of diversity present in teacher education, and how do they influence teachers’ view and work?
•What is the role of teacher diversity in the educational process?
•How can teacher education and teachers’ work contribute to the transformation of unequal and unjust school and social contexts?
•What are the tendencies in Europe and worldwide of teacher education and professional development policies, and how can they be analysed and evaluated from the perspective of social justice and diversity?
•What are teachers’ views on social justice and diversity and what is the impact of these views on students’ life and performance?

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CALL FOR PAPERS

The conference welcomes any kind of theoretical or empirical research papers related to the conference theme from different disciplines, approaches and research traditions. Participatory, collaborative or practitioner research studies are particularly welcome, as well as policy analysis.

All participants who want to present their work at the ATEE Winter Conference are invited to submit a brief and concise abstract (max. 100 words!). Contributors can submit proposals for individual papers of one or more authors. This is the preferred type of presentation, because of the special structure of the conference: parallel sessions of 60 minutes with two papers (10-10 minutes for presentations and 40 minutes for discussion). However, if a group of researcher would like to submit a symposium or a workshop related to the topic of the conference, they should contact the organizers: ateewinter2014@gmail.com In order to foster real dialog in the sessions, participants have to send their full paper (btw. 5000 and 8000 words) or at least a shorter, draft version of their paper (btw. 2500 – 3000 words) and their presentation (if they will use slides) one month before the conference. The papers and presentations will be uploaded on the website. It is very important that the participants choose and read the papers in advance, and in this way after the shorter presentations there can be a real dialog about the research studies in the sessions.


General guidelines for abstracts

• All abstracts should be submitted in English, which is the official language of the conference.
• All abstracts should be submitted on the registration form on this website.
• High quality research can be presented in some words. Abstracts should be very concise, no longer than 100 words. They should indicate briefly the (theoretical and/or epistemological) approaches and methodology applied, and the main findings summarized briefly.

Important dates:

• Submission deadline for abstracts 25 January 2014

• Notification of acceptance 30 January 2014


Participants are encouraged to submit their abstract in December 2013 because of the limited number of presentations that the conference can accept. Those who submit their abstract before the deadline in December 2013 will be notified in 5 days about the acceptance of their proposal, and can organize their travel and staying in Budapest. 

Deadline for submission of papers and presentations: 15th March 2014 (on the form of the website that will be created later) Full papers, after a process of double blind review, will be published online on the Conference Proceedings. High quality papers could be sent for submission to the European Journal of Teacher Education.

Schedule

ATEE WINTER Conference 2014

Social Justice and Diversity in Teacher Education
15-17 April 2014, Budapest, ELTE Faculty of Education and Psychology

 

15 April

14.00 Opening

14.30 Keynote: Peter McLaren
16.00 Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30 Parallel sessions 17.30 – 17.45 Coffee break 17.45 – 18.45 Parallel sessions

19.30 Opening reception with performances, presentations of NGOS and schools


16 April
9.00 Keynote: Geri Smyth
10.30 – 11.00 Coffe break

11.00 – 12.00 Parallel sessions 12.10 – 13.10 Parallel sessions

13.10 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 15.30 Parallel sessions 15.40 – 16.40 Parallel sessions 16.40 – 17.00 Coffee break 17.00 – 18.00 Parallel sessions18.10 – 19.10 Parallel sessions

19.30 “Social dinner” with NGOs


17 April
9.00 – 10.30 Round table with researchers, students, representatives of NGOs

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00 Parallel sessions 12. 10 – 13.10 Parallel sessions

13.10 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 15.30 Parallel sessions 15.40 – 16.40 Parallel sessions 16.40 – 17.00 Coffee break 17.00 – 18.00 Parallel sessions

18.30 – 19.00 Closing ceremony

19.00 Multicultural tours