Teacher Education In and For Uncertain Times

The 2018 ATEA and TEFANZ Conference will be held from 4-6 July in Melbourne, Australia, at La Trobe University’s City Campus. Teacher education internationally faces uncertain times. The provision of teacher education is increasingly diversified across public and private interests, and reviews of teacher education provision in several countries have continued to question its efficacy and impact. The pre-service teachers and in-service teachers with whom teacher educators collaborate face uncertain times.

The theme of 2018 ATEA and TEFANZ Conference, “Teacher Education In and For Uncertain Times” engages with the role of initial and continuing teacher education in uncertain times. Presentations will report the work of teacher education researchers who are engaging with how teacher education can prepare teachers committed to counter-oppressive curriculum and pedagogy, and reflects the critical role of teacher educators as public academics.

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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.

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Keynote Speakers


Mr Lionel Bamblett

Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI)

Lionel Bamblett is the General Manager of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) and has been involved in Koorie education for over 30 years.

He has provided advice to successive governments in Victoria on measures to improve education and training opportunities for Koorie people in Victoria, and has played a prominent role in promoting Indigenous education and training issues at a local, State and National level.

Lionel has been instrumental in formalising the key policies and strategies in Koorie education including the Partnership in Education: Koorie Education Policy (1990), the Koorie 2000 strategy, the Yalca policy (2001), the Wurreker (2000) strategy and the Wannik strategy (2008).


Associate Professor Mariana Souto-Manning

Teachers College, Columbia University

Mariana Souto-Manning, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she serves as Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Teaching and Director of the Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education Programs. She is also Chair of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Research Foundation. She directs the federally-funded Quality Universally Inclusive Early Responsive Education (QUIERE) Project. Before becoming a university-based teacher educator, she was an early childhood teacher in public (pre)schools in Brazil and in the United States.

She is an early childhood teacher educator committed to racial and cultural justice. From a critical perspective, her research examines in/equities and in/justices in early childhood teaching and teacher education, critically recentreing methodologies and pedagogies on the lives and experiences of people of colour and other historically minoritised communities. She consider questions such as “critical for whom?” and “according to whom?” as she investigates issues pertaining to equitable teaching and learning, focusing on language and literacy practices in pluralistic settings. As she considers issues of colonisation, assimilation, and oppression in schooling and society, she critically examines theoretical and methodological issues and dilemmas of doing research with communities of colour.


Associate Professor Mere A Berryman

University of Waikato

Mere is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato in the Faculty of Education. Her research in the 90s focused on schools collaborating with Māori students, their families and communities through relational and responsive literacy and behavioural interventions in both Māori and English medium settings. In 2001, this work merged with the inception of Te Kotahitanga, an iterative research and professional development programme. This initiative worked with schools over successive five phases to develop more effective learning relationships and culturally responsive pedagogy to promote Māori students’ educational success as Māori. This work incorporated kaupapa Māori and critical theories in association with a socio-cultural view of the mind. 

Mere is currently directing Poutama Pounamu, a bicultural team of scholars and professional developers who continue to work extensively with school leaders, classroom practitioners, Māori communities and other educators across New Zealand. On-going evidence of educational disparities for Māori students in schools continues to make education for equity a priority. Mere has also worked in these areas with indigenous and minoritised groups from other parts of the world. 


Professor Tom Are Trippestad

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Norway

Tom Are Trippestad is a PhD in science theory, a Professor of pedagogy at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) in Norway, and former director of the Centre of Education Research at Bergen University College. He has done research on education reform and governance, rhetoric of reforms and teacher professionalism. He teaches pedagogy in teaching education in all levels.

Abstract Submissions

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

  • Policy, research, and practice in initial and continuing teacher education
  • 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 3 November 2017 and are due by 5 March 2018. You will be notified by email of abstract acceptance by 9 April 2018. 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

2018 Conference will be held at La Trobe University City Campus

Level 3, 360 Collins St,
Melbourne Victoria, Australia

Date: 4 – 6 July 2018

Conference Key Dates and Registration Fees

Abstract submission open November 3rd 2017
Abstract submissions close March 5th 2018
Registration opens December 1st 2018
Notification of acceptance of abstracts April 9th 2018
Early bird registration closes June 1st 2018
Full registration closes July 2nd 2018
Early Career and Post-Graduate Forum July 3rd 2018
Welcome Reception and Book Launch July 3rd 2018
Commencement of formal conference program July 4th 2018
Conference Dinner and Awards/Grant Winners July 5th 2018


Registration Fees

Early Bird Concession
(Full time students, ATEA Fellows or Unwaged)
AUD $570.00
Early Bird Standard AUD $770.00
Concession (Full time students, ATEA Fellows or Unwaged)
After June 1st 2018
AUD $670.00
Standard – After June 1st 2018 AUD $1070.00
Early Career and Post-Graduate Forum AUD $30.00
Conference Dinner AUD $70.00


Fees – What’s Included

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 Forum is optional and costs $30 for eligible participants.

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

Early Career and Post-Graduate Forum

The Early Career and Post-Graduate Forum will be held at the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (Australian Catholic University) on Level 6, 215 Spring St in Melbourne on July 3rd 2018.

This is ATEA’s annual opportunity for early career researchers (ECRS) and post-graduate students to meet and network. This year we are pleased to have TEFANZ members joining us as well and it is a great opportunity to build connections between ATEA and TEFANZ members. ECRs and post-graduate students will:

  •  participate in sessions led by experienced teacher educators and researchers
  • meet the ATEA executive, members of TEFANZ and other teacher educators in interactive forums
  • hear about writing for publication
  • focus on your own research, publication and networking in a supportive community.

During the day we will have some split sessions for Doctoral and ECRs to work together and other sessions when we work collectively as a whole group, with more details to be released soon. In 2018 we will have the return of the 2017 conference’s highly successful “You can’t ask that!’ session where you can get answers to questions about teacher education and early career research that you’ve been too afraid to ask!

Not sure if you should join us for the day? Read on for some feedback from last year’s participants:

“Great sessions, really valuable and helpful, friendly and welcoming; opportunity for chatting to others; small groups; you can’t ask that was great!”

“All of this day has been valuable. Particularly enjoyed Leonie’s session (writing for Asia-Pacific Journal) and the ECR session – it’s very profitable to attend the pre-conference.”

So what are you waiting for? Come join us and be part of the ATEA/ TEFANZ early career and post-graduate forum!

Spaces for this event will be limited to 25 participants and there will be a small fee of $30 for the day. Please note that you can only attend this day if you register for the main conference.

Travel and Accommodation


Travelling to Melbourne

Most major airlines fly to Australia, and many fly directly into Melbourne Tullamarine. A list of international airlines that use Melbourne Airport is available here.

You might find some of these Australian travel sites helpful:

Flight Centre
Cathay Pacific


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 Melbourne Airport


Taxis are available from designated taxi ranks just outside the international 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 $80 AUD for a taxi from the airport to the centre of Melbourne.

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This express bus service runs between the airport and Southern Cross railway station in the city 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From Southern Cross station, SkyBus offers a shuttle service to some city hotels for no extra charge.
Tickets can be purchased at the airport bus stop when you arrive, or online before you travel at

Public transport

Melbourne has an extensive tram and train network. Trams within the inner-city area are free of charge in the ‘Free Tram Zone’.

You will need a myki card for travel outside the free tram zone and trains. Mykis can be purchased from stations and shops displaying the myki logo, and money must be uploaded to the myki before use. Visitor myki packs are available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square, the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station, SkyBus terminals and some hotels. Visitor packs include a pre-loaded myki card with enough value for one day of travel, instructions on how to use myki, a Melbourne tram map and discount entry to Melbourne attractions. For more information about the Melbourne Public Transport System.


Special accommodation rates have been negotiated for conference delegates at Novotel Melbourne on Collins and Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel. Delegates will be required to book their accommodation directly with the hotel using the information below. Delegates are encouraged to book accommodation early to avoid missing out. 

Novotel Melbourne on Collins

Phone:  +61 (0)3 9667 5800
Booking code: HLM040618

Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel

Phone: 1800 331 147
Online: ATEA and TEFANZ Conference – Accommodation
Booking code:   ATEA18

* Special rates may apply if booked through Campus Travel. To book your travel and accommodation, please call 1300 882 021 or email with the subject line ATEA2018 and the following details in the body of your message:

  • Full name (as per photo ID)
  • Preferred title
  • Contact email
  • Mobile number
  • Frequent flyer memberships
  • Cities, dates and details of the booking you would like to make.

Travelling to La Trobe City Campus

Places to see and things to do in Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and is well known for its food, gardens, shopping and all year round events. Melbourne’s surroundings include the Great Ocean Road, vineyards and wineries in the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley, and Phillip Island.

For places to see, things to do and major attractions please go to

For more Information

For queries regarding abstracts and registration, please email

Sponsor Acknowledgement

We sincerely appreciate the support of our sponsors and hope you are able to support them in return.

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