The SIG 11 "Teaching and Teacher Education" of EARLI - the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction - invites researchers to join the 2018 conference in Kristiansand and to present and discuss their recent research. The SIG 11 conference offers a platform for fostering the scientific discourse on current topics of high-quality teacher education research, which is meaningful for practice and may facilitate teacher education in all phases of a professional career.
The 2018 conference theme is “Teaching and Teacher Education in a Changing Society”. Societal demands regarding education are constantly changing and strongly influence what happens in our schools and classrooms, as well as the demands placed on teachers. Diversity in the classroom has increased, partly because of extensive migration across the continent, but also because of the inclusion of children with special needs in regular classes. How does this impact teachers and what do teachers need to tackle challenges related to diversity? How does teacher education prepare future teachers for these challenges, and how can we improve this preparation? Society also changes due to rapid changes in ICT and affects learning both within and outside schools. The wide range of possibilities to employ ICT in teaching keeps growing and pupils now have access to ICT early on in life. How does the implementation of ICT impact pupils’ and students’ learning and how does it impact their teachers’ teaching? How can teacher education incorporate the growth of ICT possibilities in their programs? These societal changes impact the responsibilities, expectations and roles of teachers, impacting in its turn the understanding of what it implies to be a teacher. What kind of understanding of the teaching profession is held among teachers and how can teacher education prepare future teachers for a profession with changing and shifting boundaries? The changes in society also challenge teaching and learning in out-of-school institutions; i.e. industry, firms and different occupational areas.
To be able to support and educate teachers who are capable of educating the next generation of lawyers, plumbers, doctors, carpenters and teachers in the best possible way considering the changes our society is going through currently, we need to learn more about how these changes impact teaching and learning, both in schools and in teacher education programs but also in relation to out-of-school experiences. Research-based contributions to the conference theme, as well as to other relevant questions of teaching and teacher education are welcome. To encourage excellent presentations of young researchers there will be awards for the best poster and best presentation of JURE-members. After the successful JURE keynote by Emilile Prast at the previous conference in 2016, we again invite and encourage young researchers to apply to hold a JURE keynote. New this year is a small preconference to discuss ideas and work in progress for both PhD students and more established researchers. The Call for Papers can be found at the top of this page. Submissions can now be sent in through this website.
Conference registration fee: In case of cancellation before May 1st, 2018 (time zone: CET 23.59) an administration fee of 40% will be charged (meaning that 60% will be refunded). From May 1st, 2018 no refunds will be made. Transfer of registration to a colleague is not possible. A cancellation has to be done by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference dinner tickets: In case of cancellation before May 1st, 2018 (time zone CET 23.59) an administration fee of 40% of the conference dinner ticket will be charged (meaning that 60% will be refunded). From May 1st, 2017 no refunds will be made. A cancellation has to be done by e-mail to: email@example.com
November 2017: Call for papers
9 February 2018: Deadline for proposal submission
31 March 2018: Response from organizing committee
15 May 2018: Closure of registration
To encourage excellent presentations of young researchers there will be awards for the best poster and best presentation of JURE-members. In addition, we invite and encourage young researchers to apply to hold a JURE keynote.
JURE awards and Keynote Challence
A JURE member of the SIG 11 will be awarded “Best Paper” and “Best Poster Presentation” during the conference. Furthermore, in order to gather experience as a scholar, a JURE member will get the opportunity to hold one of the three keynotes during the SIG11 conference. The JURE keynote speaker will be selected as follows:
The keynote should be about 45 minutes long (plus 15 minutes for discussion) and focus on the conference theme “Teaching and teacher education for a changing society” and present an innovative study (doctoral thesis or other) in which they participate as researchers. The winner will be invited to present his or her keynote during the conference. Proposals for the JURE keynote, which are not selected but meet the review criteria, will be accepted in a shortened version as paper presentations.
The proposal should consist of:
• Title and abstract of the keynote (500 words, incl. ref.)
• 3 keywords
• A working paper: 1500 words (incl. ref.)
• A short CV including academic track record • A recommendation letter by an expert in the field of teacher education, who is familiar with the candidate, and a member of the EARLI (but not necessarily of SIG11)
Venue and travelling
About the conference venue: University of Agder
The University of Agder (UiA) is organized into six faculties and one teacher education unit. The university has 11 000 students and 1100 faculty and staff members. It is one of the youngest universities in Norway, but its history dates back to 1839 when the first teacher training institution in the region was established. It is a public university with state-of-the-art buildings on both campuses. Research is the foundation of all teaching activities at UiA and covers a wide variety of disciplines.
The Department of Education is one of the academic departments belonging to the Faculty of Humanities and Education and heavily involved with the Teacher Education Unit at the UiA. We are dedicated to research and teaching related to learning processes, didactics, general pedagogy, special needs education, the education of teachers for upper secondary education, lower secondary education, primary education, and preschool teacher education.
Teacher education has the longest history of any subject area at the University of Agder, reaching back to 1839. UiA contributes significantly to the academic development and teacher education in Norway. The Teacher Education Unit has close cooperation with 180 schools and preschools in the Agder region for student placement.
Being a driving force for societal and regional development, the university of Agder has close contact with industry, organizations and cultural institutions. It is an internationally oriented university in a region exposed to strong international competition.
Kristiansand is also known as the 'capital of southern Norway' with beautiful nature close by, being the rough seaside and isles to the south and the wide forest surrounding the rest of the city. Kristiansand has also a variety of museums, galleries, and Norway's largest zoo and amusement park.
More information about activities and attractions in and around Kristiansand can be found on the Visit Norway website.
Kristiansand has is own airport: Kjevik (KRS). Kjevik is connected directly to, for instance Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Frequent domestic flights arrive from and depart to Oslo, Bergen, and Stavanger.
Kristiansand lies right beside the sea and is therefore also accessible by boat. Ferries go between Kristiansand and Hirtshals (Denmark) and various cruiseships call on Kristiansand harbour every year. For more info about the harbour, ferries, and cruises see: Kristiansand harbour
The Norwegian railway company operates all lines in Norway. Trains run directly between Kristiansand and Oslo (about 4.5 hours), and between Kristiansand and Stavanger (about 3 hours). Tickets can be bought online and more information can be found on the website of NSB
Outside Kristiansand: There are various buscompanies catering for travellers who travel longer distances departing from or arriving in Kristiansand. Information can be found on the following websites:
In Kristiansand: Timetables and information on travelling by buss within the area of Kristiansand can be found at the website of Agder Kollektivtrafikk AS. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes by buss from the city centre to the university campus.
Participants of the conference can stay at a reduced price at the hotels mentioned below. Note that there are a limited number of rooms available to the reduced price and the following conditions apply:
Rooms have to be reserved at least six weeks before the start of the conference, after that, the discount expires.
Please mention explicitly the name of the conference and the university (i.e. EARLI SIG 11 conference 2018 at UiA).