Professionalism & Teacher Education: Voices from policy & practice

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.

Conference Registration

Abstract Submissions

Keynote Speakers


Professor Gert Biesta

Department of Education, Brunel University London

Gert Biesta ( is Professor of Public Education in the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy at Maynooth University, Ireland, and NIVOZ Professor for Education at the University of Humanistic Studies, the Netherlands. In addition,  he is a visiting Professor at the University of Agder, Norway and is a member of the Education Council of the Netherlands, the advisory body of the Dutch government and parliament.

Gert Biesta has published widely on education theory and policy and the philosophy of social research, with an ongoing interest in question of democracy and democratisation. His work has been published in 16 languages so far. Recent books include The Beautiful Risk of Education (2014), Letting Art Teach (2017) and The Rediscovery of Teaching. In 2019 two further books will be published: Obstinate Education, and Educational Research: An Unorthodox Introduction.


Professor Parlo Singh

School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University

Parlo Singh is a Professor (Sociology of Education) in the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. She commenced her teaching career as a primary school teacher, working mainly in rural and regional schools in Far North Queensland. Parlo is the recipient of seven awards for excellence in teaching, specifically in the area of higher degree research education, including the: Australian College of Educators, National Fellow Award (2009); and the Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching Citation (2006). She has held senior university leadership positions across two universities: Director of Research Centre – Language, Literacy and Diversity, QUT (2000-2002); Head of School –Education and Professional Studies, Gold Coast campus, Griffith University (2006-2008); Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School (2009-2012). Parlo is the recipient of nine Australian Research Council grants investigating issues of poverty, cultural and linguistic diversity, and schooling.

Her most recent research grant is using co-enquiry, design based research to explore Learning for Teaching in Primary Schools serving disadvantaged communities. Since mid-2016 Parlo has been co-editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. Parlo Singh has contributed over 96 significant publications to the disciplinary field of sociology of education, as well as online videos: please watch the videos here


Professor Tom O’Donoghue

Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia

Professor O’Donoghue is a graduate of St Mary’s University, London, the University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland.

He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, he is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK)

In 2009 he was awarded a ‘national citation for excellence in postgraduate supervision from the National Learning and Teaching Council of Australia.

He has been an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of the Professions, The University of Adelaide and is currently an Adjunct professor at The Australian Catholic University.

His key research specialisations are in generic curriculum theory in relation to the school and higher education sectors, including its historical dimensions; and in leadership in post-conflict and other challenging circumstances, again including its historical dimensions;

He is a member of a number of editorial boards, including that of The British Journal of Educational Studies, The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, History of Education (UK), Journal of Educational Administration and History (UK), History of Education Review (Australia), The Australian Journal of Irish Studies, The Welsh Journal of Education.

Amongst his most recent projects in the field of teacher education is as general editor for the Emerald Studies in Teacher Preparation in National and Global Contexts.

For full academic profile, including publications, click here

Abstract Submissions

We invite papers relating to the theme and sub-theme of:  

  • 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 

Abstract submissions open on 19 November 2018 and are due by 8 March 2019, now extended until March 15th. You will be notified by email of abstract acceptance by 12 April 2019. You will need to register to confirm your attendance and to ensure inclusion of your submission in the Conference booklet.

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Conference Venue

ATEA 2019 Conference will be held at the Sippy Downs Campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

90 Sippy Downs Dr,
Sippy Downs QLD 4556

Date: 3 – 5 July 2019

Conference Key Dates and Registration Fees

Abstract submission opens November 19th 2018
Abstract submissions close March 8th 2019, now extended until March 15th
Registration opens November 19th 2018
Notification of acceptance of abstracts April 12th 2019
Early bird registration closes May 31st 2019
Full registration closes June 21st 2019
Pre-conference Forum (for PhD students, early and mid-career researchers) July 2nd 2019
Welcome Reception and Book Launch July 2nd 2019
Commencement of formal conference program July 3rd 2019
Conference Dinner and Awards/Grant Winners July 4rd 2019

Registration Fees

Early Bird Concession
(Full time students, ATEA Fellows or Unwaged)
AUD $570.00
Early Bird Full AUD $770.00
Concession (Full time students, ATEA Fellows or Unwaged)
– From June 1st 2019
AUD $670.00
Full – From June 1st 2019 AUD $1070.00
Pre-conference Forum AUD $30.00
Conference Dinner and Awards/Grant Winners AUD $80.00


Fees – What’s Included

Fee includes ATEA annual membership, subscription to the A+ Ranked Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and Springer/ATEA2019 Book, in addition to access to conference buses, all keynotes and symposia, tea and coffee, lunches and welcome reception/book launch. The Early Career and Post-Graduate Forum is optional and costs $30 for eligible participants.

Please note:  Accommodation, travel, and the Conference dinner are not included in your registration fee.

ATEA Pre-Conference Forum

This year our ATEA Pre-conference forum is open to higher degree by research students, early and mid-career researchers. It will be an excellent opportunity to network with ATEA colleagues and we have put together a range of sessions to enable you to think about your career as a researcher in teacher education. We are fortunate to have all of our keynote speakers for the conference facilitating workshop sessions, and we also have one of the editors of our journal (the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education) running a session on publishing in the journal.

This is a fabulous opportunity to participate in discussions and activities related to the role of theory in teacher education research, working with methodologies in teacher education research and thinking about a research trajectory in relation to policy, curriculum, teaching and learning, and leadership.

This is a day not to be missed! Places are limited so be sure to register for the day soon. Attendance at the pre-conference forum is $30.

Conference Program and Handbook

Travel and Accommodation

Travelling to Sunshine Coast

Most major airlines fly to Australia, and many fly directly into Brisbane Airport. You may also choose to fly directly into Sunshine Coast Airport.

You might find some of these Australian travel sites helpful:

Flight Centre
Virgin Australia


For information about visas for travel to Australia please visit the Australian Government website.

All travellers must have a valid visa to enter the country. We recommend starting the visa application process soon after you register for the conference. The Department of Immigration may take your conference registration into account when assessing your application, so you should attach your conference registration confirmation to your visa application.

Please contact the conference organiser if you require a formal letter confirming your registration and/or participation as a presenter to attach to your conference registration and VISA application.

New Zealanders are automatically issued with a visa on arrival in Australia. No pre-application is necessary.

Travel to & from Brisbane or Sunshine Coast Airport


Taxis are available from designated taxi ranks just outside the terminal. The cost will depend on the time of travel, weekday or weekend travel, and traffic conditions. As a guide, you should expect a fee of around $40 AUD for a taxi from the Sunshine Coast airport to Mooloolaba, and $32 AUD for a taxi from Mooloolaba to Sunshine Coast University.

Taxi Fare Finder

The AirTrain service links passengers from Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airports to Queensland Rail services.

Shuttle Buses

There are shuttle buses that operate between Brisbane and Sunshine Coast airport and Mooloolaba.

Sun Air Bus Service


Special accommodation rates have been negotiated for conference delegates at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach (7 Venning St, Mooloolaba QLD). Please book early to avoid disappointment. The Conference will take place during the Victorian winter school holidays and Sunshine Coast is a popular destination during this time.

Conference night stay rates:

1-2 Night Stays

  • 1 Bedroom Apartment: $207.00 per night
  • 1 Bedroom Ocean View Apartment: $224.00 per night
  • 2 Bedroom Apartment: $330.00 per night

3-4 Night Stays

  • 1 Bedroom Apartment: $193.00 per night
  • 1 Bedroom Ocean View Apartment: $214.00 per night
  • 2 Bedroom Apartment: $284.00 per night

5 + night Stays

  • 1 Bedroom Apartment: $175.00 per night
  • 1 Bedroom Ocean View Apartment: $193.00 per night
  • 2 Bedroom Apartment: $256.00 per night

Click here to download the ATEA booking form and fax or email the completed form to Mantra Mooloolaba Beach via Fax on 07 5452 2888 or email

Travelling to Sunshine Coast University

Conference Buses

Transportation in conference buses is included in your registration fee. Buses will leave the Mantra Hotel at Mooloolaba every morning (set times will be advertised in Conference Handbook) and will return to Mooloolaba every afternoon after the conclusion of each day.

Public transportation

Sunbus runs regular bus services between various Sunshine Coast locations and the University’s campus at Sippy Downs. The USC Transit Centre includes a three-platform bus interchange and dedicated bus/pedestrian link directly from the University into Chancellor Park.

Information on Sunbus routes and timetables can be found on the TransLink Journey Planner website. Use the journey planner to find times and services that suit you.

A bus service connects the Queensland Rail CityTrain with the University via Landsborough and Nambour stations. Use the journey planner on the Translink website to find timetables and fares for this route.

Additional information for transport and parking can be found at:

Places to see and things to do in the Sunshine Coast

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