2018 International Conference 'Teacher Education and Educational Research in the Mediterranean’

Country: Malta

City: Valletta

Abstr. due: 15.01.2018

Dates: 08.06.18 — 09.06.18

Area Of Sciences: Pedagogy;

Organizing comittee e-mail: teerm2018@um.edu.mt

Organizers: Faculty of Education, University of Malta in collaboration with Malta Educational Research Association (MERA)



The following sub-themes have been established to explore the general theme of the conference, 'Teacher Education and Educational Research in the Mediterranean.'

Themes for the 2018 International Conference:

Theme 1: Past, present and the future of teacher education policies and practices in the Mediterranean


  • Teacher training and the changing nature of work and learning;
  • Initial teacher education and the formation of teacher identity;
  • Teachers’ professional development and learning: formal, non-formal and informal; 
  • Newly qualified teacher work experiences and educational needs;
  • Mentoring in pre-service and in-service teacher education.

Theme 2: Reforming and reinventing teacher education and work


  • Challenges in selecting pedagogical and content knowledge for teacher education;
  • Reflective practice in teaching and research; 
  • Teacher education for improvement of students' health and wellbeing;
  • Classroom management skills and teacher training;
  • Teachers' role in preventing early school leaving from education and training;
  • Teaching and learning languages and communication skills (bilingualism, foreign language,...);
  • Preparing teachers for the increasingly demanding early childhood education and care;
  • Training of teachers for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects;
  • Preparing teachers to work with information and communication technologies; 
  • Preparing teachers for assessment for learning;
  • Adult Education for social change;
  • Popular and community-based education;
  • Further and higher education.

Theme 3: Student teacher social and economic conditions in the Mediterranean


  • Youth interest in the teaching profession in the Mediterranean;
  • Student teacher recruitment, selection and training; 
  • Student teachers’ social engagement and approaches to learning;
  • Student-centered learning and teacher education;
  • Expanding opportunities for teacher student learning.

Theme 4: The role of professional associations and leadership in improving teachers' wellbeing


  • Teacher professional status and working conditions;
  • Job demand and control in teaching and job satisfaction;
  • Teacher working conditions, work-life balance and wellbeing;
  • Teacher agency in professional practice. 

Theme 5: Teacher training and Inclusive education


  • Teacher role in integration of recent immigrants to Europe [the Mediterranean region];
  • Developing teachers' intercultural competence;
  • Teacher sensitivity to diversity in the classroom;
  • Researching inclusive education to close the theory-practice gap;
  • Education for learning support assistance and inclusion.

Theme 6: Teachers as researchers - possibilities, challenges and the reality


  • The role of practice-based research in initial teacher education;
  • Pre-service teachers’ development through research and collaboration;
  • Evidence- and research-based teacher education and practices;
  • Teachers' engagement in collaborative research and innovative work;
  • Building capacity for research and innovation through initial teacher training and CPD.

Theme 7: Other issues related to Educational Research and Teacher Education.

Conference Web-Site: https://www.um.edu.mt/events/teerm2018/abstractform