Teacher  Education: Global Trends and Local Responses



The TEFANZ/ATEA Conference planned for July 8-10 in Auckland, NZ is cancelled.  Our decision to cancel has come in response to the worldwide and evolving international responses to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).  We understand that institutions and individuals are making decisions to preserve health, wellbeing and safety, and to curb the spread of the disease.  We cannot in all good faith proceed with our conference plans in the knowledge that the conference’s viability is currently compromised as a result of these events, and we could put attendees at risk if social transmission increases, travel plans are disrupted, insurance coverage is withdrawn and so forth.

We are very sad to be in this situation however feel a responsibility to move ahead with certainty so people can plan ahead and remain safe and well. We will be in a position to refund any early-bird registrations already received.

We received a large number of excellent quality submissions and remain grateful for these. In the coming days we will be in touch with further information about other opportunities for sharing our teacher education research and scholarship being currently explored.

For now, warm wishes and best regards.

Fiona Ell, Conference Chair,

Robyn Brandenburg, ATEA President,

Joce Nuttall, ATEA Rep. Conference Committee

Alex Gunn, TEFANZ Chair.​


Please visit tefanzatea2020.nz


Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) was officially launched on 12 July 1999 as the national voice for teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

TEFANZ members represent New Zealand providers who offer teacher education programmes at degree or graduate level. The current host institution for TEFANZ is the University of Waikato, for the years 2014-2017 inclusive.

The purpose of the TEFANZ is

  • to promote the development of research-informed programmes of teacher education,
  • to promote teaching as a graduate profession,
  • to develop partnerships within the teaching profession and with the education community, and
  • to promote the means to implement its commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

The association aims to provide a national voice for teacher education issues in the political and policy arena by regularly consulting with the Ministry of Education and government agencies. Another stated aim is to improve the public perception of teacher education and the education profession. TEFANZ does not represent the institutional interests of its members but is instead focused on issues of quality in teacher education, with the intention of speaking on behalf of important professional and research-informed issues in education.

For more information please visit tefanz.org.nz

Please direct any Conference questions to:

Melissa Burnett
Event Services
University of Auckland

Conference Venue

ATEA 2020 Conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand.

Date: 8th -10th July 2020

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