On behalf of the Organising Committee, I cordially invite you to the annual conference of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) network to be held at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, from 17 to 19 May 2018.
The theme of the conference Recruiting and Educating the Best Teachers: Policy, Professionalism and Pedagogy enables the discussion of teacher education policy in Europe and beyond. In many countries, teachers’ work has been marked by demanding and sometimes contradictory school contexts characterised by performative cultures but also by the need to meet the increasingly diverse expectations and backgrounds of student populations. This has implications for teacher education which in turn is related to the policy environment and to the wider social, cultural and economic context in which it is embedded. Cultural differences, traditions and historical and social factors must be taken into account in order to fully understand how teacher education has evolved historically in Europe and beyond it, across different contexts.
During the TEPE 2018 conference there will be opportunities to discuss key issues related to the recruitment, selection and education of teachers focusing particularly on the dimensions of policy, professionalism and pedagogy. This event will bring together a number of experts from universities, governmental and non-governmental institutions together with policy makers, researchers, teacher educators, teachers and all those interested in teacher education policy, research and practice.
The University of Minho is a public university which was founded in 1973. It is renowned for the quality of its teaching, the quality of its students, for the public recognition given to its Alumni, and for its strong links with the local community and surrounding region. It has a student population of approximately 16,000, including 3,900 postgraduate students, and 1,200 teaching staff in 11 Faculties: Architecture, Psychology, Education, Arts and Human Sciences, Social Sciences, Economics and Management, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Sciences and Health Sciences. The University of Minho comprises two campi: Braga and Guimarães.
The historic city of Braga is the venue for the conference. Braga is more than two thousand years old but with a dynamic and modern atmosphere. One of the most beautiful cities in Portugal, Braga is known for its Roman remains, its baroque churches and splendid 18th-century houses. Whilst the old city is resplendent in its antiquity, industry and commerce have brought to it a vibrant life style, with its universities, modern neighbourhoods, bars and restaurants.
We look forward to your contribution and participation and we hope that the conference will provide stimulating discussions, cooperation and knowledge advancement.
Maria Assunção Flores, Chair