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Professional Identity of Teacher Educators

Education Event of the Irish Presidency at the Dublin Castle


This conference entitled, “Integration, Innovation and Improvement – the Professional Identity of Teacher Educators” is being held as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is being hosted by the Teaching Council. 

The conference is aimed at improving policy support for the teacher educator profession and exploring ways of strengthening and reforming the role of teacher educators from initial teacher education to continuous professional development.

Teacher educators are educationalists who actively facilitate the formal learning of student teachers and teachers. The issue of the quality of teacher educators has been identified by the European Commission and Member States as being a very important contributor to overall quality within education systems.

This conference will seek to make the professional identity of all teacher educators explicit and will address the following questions:

  • Who is the teacher educator?
  • What do they do?
  • How can we develop the profession of teacher educators?
  • How can we support them?

As well as an EU wide focus, the conference also has an Irish North/South dimension. Details of a successful project involving teachers from both sides of the Irish border co-operating on school placements will be outlined.

The issues relating to teacher education were last specifically addressed at European Council level in 2009, in the Council Conclusions of the Swedish Presidency on the professional development of teachers and school leaders, and again at the recent ministerial policy debate under the Cyprus Presidency on improving teacher quality and status at a time of scarce financial resources.

Some 180 delegates from across the EU are expected to attend. The conclusions of the conference will contribute to Presidency Council conclusions.

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