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SCoTENS Call for Participation in a Doctoral Studies Roundtable

The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) invites proposals for participation and working papers at the 1st SCoTENS Doctoral Studies Roundtable.  The Roundtable will provide a mix of short presentations by participants on their work in progress and will also feature participation by SCoTENS colleagues who are leaders in the field of Teacher Education and related research in Ireland and beyond.  It will be held in conjunction with the 14th Annual SCoTENS Conference, which runs on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October 2016 in the Armagh City Hotel, Armagh. The conference theme this year is Communities of practice: Learning together to teach together. The roundtable will take place on the Friday morning, with participants gathering in Armagh the previous day.

This roundtable will bring together doctoral researchers working on topics relating to teachers, teaching, and teacher education in its broadest readings on the island of Ireland. We will explore the changing landscape of teacher formation, the emergence of new voices and perspectives, and the evolving debates around teacher professionalism as a primary concern, both as a focus for our community and a methodology for constructing knowledge. We invite doctoral students interested in these and related issues to apply for a place at the roundtable to discuss their work with like-minded peers and SCoTENS network colleagues.  Accommodation and meals will be provided for participants.

Accepted contributions will address issues in the general field of teacher education, teaching, teachers lives, and teacher professionalism –  ideally in light of the concerns of the conference theme this year; Communities of practice: Learning together to teach together . The roundtable will provide a space for researchers who are university-based and/or from the wider professional arena to meet and discuss their interests, to showcase their work, and to participate in the conference more broadly. This will include invitations to the keynote session by Professor Graham Donaldson, University of Glasgow, and sessions led by Professor Etienne Wenger whose scholarship on learning and particularly on the ideas of ‘communities of practice’ and ‘boundary’ have enriched our understanding of how we learn and how we teach.

Proposals for working papers and expressions of interest will be accepted until 5.00pm, Thursday 22 September.  Invitations to participate will be sent out during the week beginning September 26th along with joining instructions for the roundtable & conference. Please use the short form provided on our website to structure your application –

Dr Conor Galvin,  Prof. Linda Clarke, Dr Noel Purdy and Dr Maria Campbell
SCoTENS Committee Members and Doctoral Studies Roundtable Co-convenors for further information.

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