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ATEE Spring Conference Summary

On May 25-27 2022 Marino Institute of Education hosted the Spring Association for Teacher Educators in Europe (ATEE) Conference, with the theme “Teacher Education and Practice: Foresight and Hindsight”.

The first keynote speaker was Dr Thomas Walsh

The first keynote speaker was Dr Thomas Walsh

The first keynote speaker was Dr Thomas Walsh. Dr Walsh spoke about ‘Teacher Education in Ireland: Chequered Past; Contested Present’. Our second keynote speaker was Neag Endowed Prof. Suzanne Wilson. Prof. Wilson address was titled ‘Democracy and Teacher Education under Siege’. Our last keynote speaker was Prof. Neil Selwyn. Prof. Selwyn spoke about ‘Education in uncertain times.. the benefits of foresight and hindsight’.


Our second keynote speaker was Neag Endowed Prof. Suzanne Wilson

ATEE President Prof. Davide Parmigiani; Secretary General, Department of Education, Bernie McNally, and Marino Institute of Education President, Prof. Teresa O’Doherty were on hand to officially open the conference and welcome over 100 delegates from 18 different countries. Participants were treated to music performed by a school orchestra from St Patrick’s Grammar School.

Prof. Teresa O’Doherty

Prof. Teresa O’Doherty and Secretary General, Department of Education, Bernie McNally,

During the next two days, conference participants had the opportunity to choose among various sessions and workshops to discuss topics and develop recommendations. Themes included: Education Disciplines and Practice, Migrant Teachers and Teaching without Borders, The End of Teacher Education, Teacher Education and Media, and Sustainability and Teacher Education.

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle

The conference included fantastic social entertainment, with traditional Irish music on the Wednesday evening, a visit to the Book of Kells and dinner at Trinity College Dublin on the Thursday. On Friday evening, following a busy and exciting conference, delegates were invited to a short excursion  to see some of North Dublin, to include the Hill of Howth ,the seaside village of Portmarnock and Malahide Castle.


Some of the things participants had to say about the conference included:


“It was the best conference in my rich conference participant’s experience”

“Thank you for a very enjoyable few days  to reflect on education look back so we can look forward”

“Thank you, it was overall a very positive experience!”

“Congrats to the organising committee!"


Thank you to all the authorsreviewerssession chairs and to the participants, without whom there would have been no conference.

The ATEE Spring Conference in 2022 theme is “Teacher Education and Practice: Foresight and Hindsight” with sub-themes around:

  • Education Disciplines and Practice
  • Migrant Teachers and Teaching without borders
  • The End of Teacher Education?
  • Teacher Education and Media
  • Sustainability and Teacher Education

Conference room

The focus of the conference will be on the relationship between teacher education and practice. This applies to both the practice of teacher education and the practice of teaching tapping into lessons that can be learned from each to inform the other. The term practice is also a rich one that can be interpreted in multiple ways (Lampert, 2010).

Sub themes will allow the conference to explore other pertinent topics in teacher education such as the relationships between disciplines (philosophy, sociology, history, psychology and anthropology) and the practice of teacher education. The implications of teachers moving across national borders has implications for their preparation and subsequent employment; this is a second proposed sub-theme. The “End” of teacher education plays on both meanings of the word “end” in that it refers to the goal/purpose/meaning of teacher education and it also questions the extent to which university-based teacher education continues to be relevant in a context where alternative routes based around apprenticeships are emerging. The voice of teacher education in the conventional and emerging media is proposed as a sub-theme for the conference. Finally, in light of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 4 which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, papers on the topic of Sustainability and Teacher Education are welcomed.