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Education and Training for European Teachers: Competence Models, Curricular Objectives and Harmonising Theory and Practice

January 20th and 21st 2014, Zollverein Essen - World Heritage Site

The quality of teacher education and training is a key factor for the achievement of the Lisbon objectives of social cohesion, growth and economic competitiveness, as reconfirmed in the European Commission’s strategic document on “Improving the Quality of Teacher Education” and other programmatic statements. Essential challenges for initial teacher education, preparatory and induction phases and advanced professional education and training in Europe have been identified for a long time, i.e. the need

  • to define the skills and competences that teachers and trainers should have and provide the conditions to support them adequately, including initial and continuing development,
  • offer teacher education programmes that teach these skills and competences, based on a well-balanced combination of research oriented education and extensive practical experience,
  • ensure that the arrangements in place for initial teacher education and continuing teacher training are well coordinated within a coherent system with sufficient resources, and to
  • ensure that applicants for teacher education programmes are apt and those recruited for teaching assignments are well-suited to meet the relevant tasks.

We will address these issues from German and international perspectives during the conference, e.g. within parallel workshops covering the following:

  • How are we to deal with different competence models and concepts of professionalization corresponding to the demands of different protagonists and stakeholders in teacher education and training?
  • How should research-oriented education and professional practice in different phases of teacher education and training be coordinated (as regards curricular objectives, organizational structures and institutions) and how are these phases to be tuned/adjusted?
  • How can the professional development of teachers, academic teacher educators and professional trainers be supported?
  • How can the attractiveness of the teaching profession be improved and promoted, and how can we ensure that candidates are well-prepared to teach and carry out professional assignments?

Other issues will be raised in expert talks. A concluding discussion involving experts and stakeholders will focus on challenges and opportunities in teacher education, similarities and structural differences among European teacher education systems and on what we can learn from each other.
The discussion will be complemented by a poster exhibition on different approaches to teacher education and training in general and to harmonising theory and practice in    particular.

The conference addresses policy makers, members of university boards, administration and faculty management, degree programme designers, academic teacher educators, professional trainers and teaching staff, students and other stakeholders in teacher education and professional training.

January 20th, 2014

Welcome and Introductions
  • Sylvia Löhrmann, President of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Peter Greisler, Head of Directorate Institutions of Higher Education at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Professor Holger Burckhart, Vice-President of the German Rectors’ Conference
The European Perspective: Current State of Initial Teacher Education and Professional Training in Europe

Professor Jaap Scheerens, University of Twente

Parallel Workshops

Workshop 1
What Makes a Good Teacher? Competence Models, Concepts of Professionalization, and Conflicts of Interest

  • Input 1: Christine Blower, President of ETUCE Committee and Secretary General of NUT UK
  • Input 2: Dr David Stevens, Durham University
  • Input 3: Sabine Reich, Grundsatzreferentin Lehrerbildung Erste Phase, Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft, Berlin
  • Results


Workshop 2
From Lecture Hall to Classroom? Linking Research-Based Education and Professional Practice in Initial Teacher Education

  • Input 1: Professor Sølvi Lillejord, Research Council of Norway
  • Input 2: Professor Georg Lind, University of Konstanz
  • Results


Workshop 3
Training the Educators and Trainers? Strengthening Competences and Supporting the Professional Development of Teachers and Teacher Educators

Workshop 4
How Can We Recruit the Best? Assessment and Coaching for Degree Programmes in Teacher Education, Induction Phases and Teaching Assignments


Workshop 5
No One Left Behind! Essential Teacher Competences for Inclusive Education and Diversity Teaching 

Continuous Professional Development of Teachers in Europe

Jan Truszczyński, Director-General for Education and Culture, European Commission

Essential ICT Competences in Initial Teacher Education and Training

Professor Ulf Fredriksson, Stockholm University

Expert and Stakeholder Discussion

Improving Teaching and Training for European Teachers – Shared and Separate Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities

Conclusions and Closing Remarks

Professor Holger Burckhart, Vice-President of the German Rectors’ Conference

January 21st, 2014