The theme of the 2019 TEPE conference: ‘Quality Teachers and Quality Teacher Education: Research, Policy and Practice’, provokes us to examine the elusive concept of quality teachers and quality (in) teacher education and requires addressing several basic questions such as: What does it take to educate high quality teachers? What can be done to create such systems where every learner can have well-trained, qualified and motivated teachers who promote inclusive and equitable quality education for all? How do working conditions for teachers influence teacher quality? What is high quality in teacher education?
A high quality teacher workforce requires deliberate policy choices and the building of the human resource systems and by concentrating on attracting, preparing, and supporting high-quality teachers and nurturing teacher leadership. Teacher education is perceived as a highly complex process raising many challenges as well as many opportunities in the process itself.
The following sub-themes have been established to explore the general theme of the conference:
Theme 1. Exploring international and European perspectives on quality in education and teacher education and their policy impact
Theme 2. Reforming teaching and teacher education: towards high quality education for all
Theme 3. Raising teacher quality: attracting, supporting and preparing a diverse student teacher population
Theme 4. Strengthening teacher education and teaching profession: conditions for quality teaching and learning
Theme 5. Developing cultures of sharing and collaboration as a means of supporting teachers’ professional learning and development