Professionalism and Teacher Education

The 2019 ATEA Conference will be held from 3-5 July on the Sunshine Coast at the Sippy Downs Campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast. The work of contemporary teachers and teacher educators has changed significantly and so too have the perceptions of what it means to be a professional. Unlike other professions, everyone has an experience of schooling that influences everyday understandings of what it means to be a teacher. Hence, there is no single agreed definition of what it means to be a professional in the context of learning and teaching. One key response includes educators working towards improving the public and policy maker perceptions of teaching as a profession. Governments  identify the key issue to be linked to the quality of teachers, as presented in multiple inquiries, shifts in public policy and increasing regulation. An important contribution teacher educators make is the engagement in ongoing scholarship and debate that examines research and practice. It is through this work that educators shape and re-shape understanding of what it means to be a professional.

The theme for the 2019 Conference “Professionalism and Teacher Education” aims to explore the breadth of teacher and teacher educator professional work across all sectors from early childhood through to higher education. The conference aims to explore how educators reclaim professionalism for teachers and teacher educators through examining learning and teaching. Research and practice presentations and workshops will examine contemporary teacher education and the ways that professionalism can and is reclaimed to achieve the multitude of purposes of education.

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Invitation for Chapter Proposals

Title: Professionalism and Teacher Education

The 2019 Conference of ATEA will be held from 3-5 July at Sippy Downs at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. ATEA, in collaboration with Springer, is calling for Chapter Proposals for an edited book on the Conference theme of Professionalism and Teacher Education. The book will be launched at the 2019 ATEA Conference and replaces the opportunity to submit papers as refereed conference proceedings.

Teacher education and teaching are constantly under the political spotlight answerable to many and responsible for addressing a wide range of social and political issues within contemporary society. As educators we can lose sight of our work as teachers and the important contribution that it makes to our students.

Possible ideas to add in here include:

  • What does it mean to be a teacher and how is this role valued and by whom
  • What does it mean to be a professional and what are the different roles professionals take on
  • The role of policy in the development of teaching as a profession
  • Professionalism and different levels as they relate to career trajectory
  • Identity as professionals
  • Maintaining a workforce

Chapters are invited relating to the theme of ‘teacher professionalism’ across the breadth of contexts that prepare educators for their professional practice. Sub-themes include:

  • Policy, research, and practice in teacher education across both initial teacher education and ongoing professional learning
  • International comparisons in teacher education policy and practice
  • Methods and innovations in teacher education research
  • Initiatives that explore the contribution of teacher education to society Chapter length: 5000-6000 words (including references)

Please note: The Editorial Team reserves the right to accept or reject Chapter Proposals. Acceptance of a Chapter Proposal does not guarantee acceptance of the draft or final chapters. Full chapters must be print ready and in Springer format when submitted by 17 November 2018.

We appreciate this is a tight turnaround! It is to ensure that the book is available to participants at the ATEA 2019 Conference. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Authors: Maximum number of four authors per chapter. The lead author must be an ATEA Member and at least one author must register and present the chapter as a paper at the 2019 ATEA Conference (Sunshine Coast, Queensland 3-5 July).

Timeline: Chapter Proposals must be submitted by CoB on Friday 5 October 2018. Maximum length for Proposals is 1000 words. There are no fixed headings for chapters but each Chapter Proposal must provide:

  1. A summary of the scholarly or research aims for the work reported in the chapter
  2. A description of the context or setting for the work reported in the chapter
  3. A summary of the substantive literature drawn on for the chapter
  4. A description of the theoretical or conceptual framework adopted in the chapter
  5. For reports of empirical work, the Proposal must include a description of research methods (including approaches to data analysis and ethical considerations)
  6. A summary of the chapter’s main claims and/or findings
  7. Implications for policy, research, and/or practice arising from the work

Acceptance/rejection notification: Authors notified of acceptance/rejection of Proposals by Friday 17 October 2018. Details of the Springer template, formatting requirements and consent to publish forms will be sent with notification of acceptance of Chapter Proposals.

Full chapters due: Mon 17 November 2018

Reviews: Reviews completed and chapters return to authors by Friday 14 December 2018

Final chapters including amendments due: Friday 28 December 2018

The final edited and ‘print ready’ chapters will be sent to Springer in January 2019.

Please submit Chapter Proposals via email to by CoB on Friday 5 October 2018 with ‘ATEA Chapter Proposal’ as the email subject heading. You will receive confirmation by return email that your Chapter Proposal has been received.

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