Current Issues in Teacher Education

Thursday, 9th September 2021

12:00-13:00 CEST (Warsaw, Poland)

 For this panel discussion we want to generate international perspectives on ‘current issues in teacher education’. We will hear from panel members from Italy, Portugal, Singapore and Poland and from you as an audience from a wide range of national contexts.

We will begin the discussion with a relevant question to the panel based on the opening conference keynote by Gert Biesta. Each panel member will then be asked to highlight up to 3 current issues that they feel are significant in their national context but that also have relevance internationally. We will encourage them to be provocative, so that they might include at least one issue which they feel is important but may perhaps be neglected by current policy and practice debates.

We will open up for questions and comments from the audience. We would ask you to post a concise question or comment for the panel on the chat, we may then invite you to ask your question on the mic or will present your question for you. Panel members will not all respond to every question so that we generate discussion but leave as much time as possible for audience participation.

We look forward to a stimulating sharing of current issues in teacher education.

~ Pete Boyd


Prof. Pete Boyd

University of Cumbria, United Kingdom

Pete Boyd is emeritus professor in education at the University of Cumbria and focused on supporting the development of research-informed practice. He works as an education consultant, research mentor and doctoral research supervisor with academics, lecturers and teachers in universities, colleges, and schools. Pete taught in high schools and in outdoor education for 15 years before moving to a teacher educator role in higher education. He is part of the research and development project ‘becoming a teacher educator’ and has also published research on professional educators in nursing and applied health professions. He is chair of the assessment in higher education network conference and as an associate of Advance HE is part of the ‘degree standards’ project. Pete is currently collaborating with schoolteacher researchers focused on material-dialogic and mastery teaching approaches in mathematics and with academics on authentic assessment in professional fields.


Prof. Maria Assunção Flores

University of Minho, Institute of Education, Braga, Portugal

Maria Assunção Flores works at the University of Minho, Portugal. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research interests include teacher professionalism and identity, teacher education and professional development, curriculum, assessment, leadership and higher education. She has published extensively on these topics both nationally and internationally. She is past Chair of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching. She is currently editor of the European Journal of Teacher Education and Director of the Research Centre on Child Studies.  

Prof. Ee Ling Low

National Institute of Education, Singapore

Professor LOW Ee Ling is currently Dean, Academic & Faculty Affairs and the immediate past Dean, Teacher Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She is an internationally renowned expert in Teacher Education and World Englishes, having written many books and articles in these fields, and is constantly invited to deliver keynote addresses to educational policy makers and stakeholders in the US, UK, Jamaica, Australia, South Africa, Namibia & Asia. Internationally, she is regarded as a thought leader in Education and Teacher Education and has published alongside luminaries in the field like Emeritus Professor Linda Darling-Hammond. She is Singapore’s representative for the Global Education Innovation Initiative of Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Education 2030 initiative. She is currently a member of the OECD Education 2030 Scientific Committee, Forum for World Education (FWE) Steering Committee and Board of Adviser, Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education (BAGCED), De La Salle University. In May 2021, she was recognized for her exemplary scholarship by the Academy for Leadership in Teacher Education (ALiTE), University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Davide Parmigiani

Associate Professor of Education, Department of Education, University of Genoa, Italy

Davide Parmigiani is currently associate professor of education at the Department of Education, University of Genoa (Italy). He is President of ATEE (Association for Teacher Education in Europe – He is board member of WFATE (World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education). His research interests are focused on Teacher Education, Teaching and assessing strategies, Educational technology. His current project is ‘Global Competence in Teacher Education’.

Prof. Małgorzata Żytko

Faculty of Education, University of Warsaw, Poland

Prof. Małgorzata Żytko, researcher and academic teacher, Faculty of Education University of Warsaw, head of the University’s Chair of Primary Education and Teacher Training.
Member of PERA (Polish Educational Research Association), expert OECD in early childhood education. Author of many publications regarding psychological and pedagogical aspects of early childhood education and teacher education. Coordinator of nation -wide researches on children’s school achievements in language and mathematics and innovative teaching in primary education funded by ESF grants.

Robert Firmhofer

CEO, Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw

A historian of philosophy. Founding director and, since 2006 the Chief Executive Officer of the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. Co-founder and organizer of the Science Picnic, Europe’s largest outdoor science communication event. Before leading the Copernicus Science Centre, he was a long-time editor-in-chief for science and education at the Polish Radio, national broadcaster in Poland, where he also hosted science and educational programmes.
He is an expert in the field of science engagement and informal science education. Since 2008 he has been serving as Trustee of the Board of ECSITE, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums in Brussels. Between 2011 and 2013 he was President of this organization. Since 2017 he sits on the Board of ASTC, the Association of Science and Technology Centres in Washington DC.
He serves at Advisory Boards and Programme Councils of many organizations including: the Science Gateway Advisory Committee at CERN, Council for the Science Popularization of Polish Academy of Sciences, the Noble Museum in Stockholm, the International Advisory Committee of Ciência Viva. He is Trustee of the Kuratorium at the Deutsches Museum, Programme Council Member of technical museums in Warsaw and Kraków and expert of the European Commission.
He believes that the success of social projects can only be built through collaboration and partnership on the strong foundations of trust, creativity and a bold vision.

ATEE 2021

ATEE 2021

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