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Call for Papers (English version)

The conference focuses on the various pathways that lead to the teaching profession, on career entry and career advancement as well as perspectives on teacher retention and attrition. Keynote speeches examine these topics from different national and international angles. We are very happy to welcome the following keynote speakers at the conference: Richard Ingersoll (University of Pennsylvania), Paul Richardson (Monash University), Helen Watt (Monash University), Tina Hascher (Universität Bern), Annelies Kreis (Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich), Frank Lipowsky (Universität Kassel) und Marold Wosnitza (Universität Aachen).

Target audience: The conference targets national and international researchers, teacher education professionals, educational administrators, policy makers as well as other interested parties.

Topic area 1: Suitability and recruitment. In German speaking countries, young adults typically attain the eligibility criteria for teacher education programmes through a higher education entrance qualification or the Matura, respectively. There is debate about whether academic and professional success can be enhanced through additional selective procedures, such as vocational aptitude tests.

Topic area 2: Academic versus practice-oriented curriculums. Surveys show that teacher education students wish for practice-oriented contents. This wish frequently clashes with the requirements of the academic curriculum. As the inclusion of research seminars into teacher education programmes shows, scientific reflection can indeed help resolve practical issues. There are further ambitious attempts to interlink practical and academic study contents more closely, such as strengthening the collaboration with partner schools or the use of video portfolios. Still, it has to be clarified how well these innovations succeed in satisfying the “hunger” for practice and in connecting the various forms of knowledge.

Topic area 3: Developing a professional identity. The teaching profession is characterised by a wide range of tasks that include with multiple and often conflicting requirements. On the one hand, this situation provides room for creativity; on the other hand, it can lead to irritations and might even limit the possibilities of professionalization. Conference contributions in this area take a closer look at how young teachers manage to deal with conflicting job demands and the development of a professional identity in the context of current training and work conditions.

Topic area 4: Once a teacher, always a teacher? Career entry and teacher retention. In everyday school life, teachers are often left to their own devices fairly quickly. This comes with a lot of responsibility; a part of their profession teachers take considerable pride in. On the other hand, professional isolation can be one of the reasons to leave the teaching profession. In this context it is important to examine how different forms of coaching and mentoring can contribute to improving professional commitment and enhancing teacher retention.

Topic area 5: A breath of fresh air. Second career teachers and their career transition. In many countries, acute periods of teacher shortage give rise to the development of “emergency” programmes for teacher recruitment. As of late, the focus has shifted towards the question of whether and how career changers bring new skills into the teaching profession, thus expanding the scope of competencies in existing school teams. The goal is to keep alternative qualification programmes open as permanent study programmes, even if there is no shortage of trained teachers. Consequently, the questions of how elaborate these alternative pathways are and how well they are sought after arise.