It’s hard work, but I guess someone has to do it!
Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, U.K. was the romantic venue for the recent S-STEP (Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices) International Conference, which I recently attended. The castle is in fact the Queens University (Ontario) Bader Study Centre in the UK.
S-STEP is one of the largest special interest groups of AERA (the American Education Research Association). Its biennial residential conference is focused on action research and other forms of self-study for teacher educators. It is a small conference of c.150 leading teacher educators, representing something of a ‘who’s who’ of teacher education internationally. Everyone presents and is encouraged to be innovative in their forms of presentation – ‘stand and deliver’ is frowned upon almost as much as in our own ULEARN conference :-).
Most attendees were from the USA or Canada, and others came from Holland, Iceland, Belgium. There were about 10 Australasians present, and even a few local English teacher educators!
Popular education research topics and focus
Some repeating topics covered by papers included: