“Strong Foundations, Future Innovations”


The 2021 conference marks the 50th anniversary of the rich and long history of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA). The theme for the conference is Strong Foundations, Future Innovations allowing reflection on the complex, contested and vital work of teacher education in order to chart a course and prepare for the unknown and unforeseen future.

The 2021 ATEA Conference will be held at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane from 7-9 July and will explore research based on the breadth of teachers and teacher educators across all sectors from early childhood through to higher education. Presentations will feature the most current research in teacher education.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary there will also be the opportunity to recognise the influence or importance of our foundations by revisiting past historical ATEA pieces to inform future innovations.

Keynote Speakers


Professor Jo-Anne Reid

Emeritus Professor of Education at Charles Sturt University

Jo-Anne Reid is Emeritus Professor of Education at Charles Sturt University.  Originally a secondary English teacher, she worked as a curriculum consultant for rural teachers  before being appointed to Curriculum Branch in WA. From there she moved to Murdoch University, and completes her PhD in English curriculum programming at Deakin. She has since worked as a literacy teacher educator in three rural universities (Ballarat, New England and Charles Sturt) and is committed to improving the preparation of teachers for schools in rural and remote locations.

She has won a range of National Competitive Grants over her career,which have focussed on primary literacy, secondary English teaching, teacher education, overseas born and educated teachers, Indigenous teachers, as well as on literacy and the environment and rural teacher education. She has been co-editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and past president of both ATEA and AARE.


Professor Ken Zeichner

Boeing Professor of Teacher Education Emeritus at the University of Washington

Ken Zeichner, is a former public school teacher and teacher educator in the National Teacher Corps, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at the University of Washington. He is currently the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education Emeritus at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the faculty in Seattle in 2009, he spent 34 years on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Professor in teacher education including nine years as Associate Dean for teacher education and international education. In Seattle, he spent four years as Director of Teacher Education.

Ken is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association (AERA), a Fellow at the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, and a former Vice President of AERA (Division K Teaching and Teacher Education).He has received the Legacy Award from Division K of AERA and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. His books include The Struggle for the Soul of Teacher Education (2018), Empowered Educators in Canada (2017) (with Carol, Campbell, Ann Lieberman & Pam Osmond-Jonson). Teacher Education and the Struggle for Social Justice (Routledge 2009), Studying Teacher Education (2005 Routledge with Marilyn Cochran-Smith), and Reflective Teaching (Routledge 2011 2nd ed with Dan Liston). His new book “Communities in Teacher Education” will be published by Bloomsbury in 2021. His work currently focuses on issues related to the tensions and possibilities for collaboration between nondominant communities, schools, and teacher education programs, the politics of teacher education policy, and engaging nondominant communities in teacher education.

He is currently chairing a 3-year project for the National Academy of Education with Linda Darling-Hammond on Evaluating and Improving Teacher Education Programs. Please see the details here.


Professor Anne Phelan

Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Anne Phelan is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Teacher Education, at the University of British Columbia. She is also Honorary Professor in the Department of Policy and Leadership at the Education University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on the intellectual and political freedom of K-12 teachers and on the creation of teacher education programs and policies that support that end. Her work has explored (a) the relationship between language, subjectivity, and practice; and (b) the dynamic of judgment and responsibility; and (c) the paradoxes of autonomy (creativity and resistance) and obligation in teacher education and in professional life. 

Her books (authored, co-authored and co-edited) include: Reconceptualizing Teacher Education: A Canadian Contribution to a Global Challenge (University of Ottawa Press, 2020), The Power of Negative Thinking: Teacher Education and the Political (Routledge, 2017), Curriculum Theorizing and Teacher Education: Complicating Conjunctions (Routledge, 2015), and Critical Readings in Teacher Education: Provoking Absences (Sense Publishers 2008).


Dr. Graeme Hall

ATEA Fellow / ACE Fellow / QTU Life Member

Graeme commenced his teaching career in primary schools in North Queensland in 1968 at the tender age of 19 years. He soon took up a post in a small one-teacher remote school and eventually served as principal at several State primary schools across Queensland.

In 1988 Graeme became a board member at the Queensland Board of Teacher Registration, and soon became involved in the BTR’s teacher education accreditation processes. This was the beginning of his career-long association with teacher education, and he attended his first ATEA conference in Adelaide in 1989.

Around 1999/2000, ATEA had become moribund and did not convene a conference for two successive years. This meant that no membership fees were received (membership was then ascribed as part of conference registration), so the association had no money and no members. Graeme and a few other stalwarts decided to have a crack at reviving ATEA – his speech standing on a chair during a one-day conference at the former Burwood Teachers College is part of ATEA folklore. He became the self-appointed president (and for a while the only financial member), gathered an executive together, convened a conference, and the rest is history.

Graeme became the Director of the Queensland BTR in 2002; Manager of Teacher Standards and Teacher Education at Teaching Australia in 2006; Manager of Teacher Education and Teacher Registration Policy at AITSL in 2010; and “retired” in 2013. He was installed as a Fellow of ATEA at the Wollongong conference in 2007.

Conference Venue

ATEA 2021 Conference will be held at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane.

149 Victoria Park Rd,
Kelvin Grove QLD 4059

Date: 7 – 9 July 2021

Conference Registration Fees


Early Bird Member AUD $490.00
Full Fee Member AUD $520.00
Early Bird Member Online AUD $160.00
Full Fee Member Online AUD $190.00

Non-Member (complementary membership)

Early Bird Non-Member AUD $660.00
Full Non-Member AUD $690.00
Early Bird Online Non-Member AUD $330.00
Full Online Non-Member AUD $360.00


Early Bird Concessional Member AUD $240.00
Full Concessional Member AUD $270.00
Early Bird Online Concessional Member AUD $90.00
Full Online Concessional Member AUD $120.00

Non-Member Concessional (complementary membership)

Early Bird Concessional Non-Member AUD $310.00
Full Concessional Non- Member AUD $340.00
Early Bird Online Concessional Non-Member AUD $160.00
Full Online Concessional Non-Member AUD $190.00

NON Members Please email your full name and organisation to admin@atea.edu.au, and you will be registered manually.

Fee includes ATEA annual membership, subscription to the A+ Ranked Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and Springer/ATEA2018 Book, in addition to access to all keynotes and symposia, tea and coffee, lunches and welcome reception/book launch. The Early Career and Post-Graduate Pre-Conference Day is optional free for ATEA members. Any enquiries – admin@atea.edu.au

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

Program Overview

ATEA Gala Conference Dinner – Thursday 8th July 2021

Join us to celebrate ATEA’s 50th Jubilee at one of Brisbane’s finest riverside restaurants, Blackbird.

  • Complimentary drink on arrival
  • Two Courses Fine Dining
  • Celebratory Cake
  • Exquisite Location
  • Awards Presentations

Tickets HERE.

Accommodation & Transport

Traveling to Brisbane

Most major airlines fly to Australia, and many fly directly into Brisbane Airport.

You might find some of these Australian travel sites helpful:

Skyscanner / Webjet / Flight Centre / Qantas / Jetstar/ 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 and from Brisbane 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 $40/50 AUD for a taxi from the airport to the hotel in Kelvin Grove Campus, or hotels in the CBD.

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


Kelvin Grove

QUEST Kelvin Grove, 41 Ramsgate St, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059 : 1-3 bedroom apartments from AU$181* per night

Brisbane City (near QUT Garden Point)

Royal On The Park, 152 Alice St, Brisbane, QLD 4000 : River View King Rooms from AU$144* per night

Stamford Plaza, 39 Edward St, Brisbane, QLD 4000 : Deluxe River View rooms from AU$168* per night

*rates current at January 2021




Abstracts Invitation

Abstracts submissions have now closed.


  • Abstract submissions open – November 16th 2020
  • Abstract submissions close – March 5th 2021
  • Registration opens – December 5th 2021
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts – April 16th 2021
  • Early Bird conference registrations close – May 30th 2021
  • Full price conference registrations close – June 25th 2021
  • ECR and Post-Graduate pre-conference day – July 6th 2021
  • Welcome Reception – July 7th 2021
  • Commencement of formal conference program – July 7th 2021
  • Conference Dinner and Awards/Grants winners – July 8th 2021

For more information, please contact admin@atea.edu.au

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