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 Policy, Research, and Practice in Teacher Education and Teaching: Global perspectives  

Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 22 - 25 October 2021

I. Preamble

The Faculty of Education of Beijing Normal University (BNU) is proud to announce that the Fourth Global Teacher Education Summit will be held in Beijing, the capital of the Peoples Republic of China, during 22-25 October, 2021. The 2021 Summit is entitled Policy, Research and Practice in Teacher Education and Teaching: Global perspectives.

With this announcement, we invite scholars, practitioners and students of education from all over the world to participate in the Summit, which promises to offer a feast of ideas and dialogues for the enhancement of teacher education and teaching in a global context. A dozen of key scholars in the field of teacher education and teaching have been contacted to serve as keynote speakers of the Summit.

The Fourth Global Teacher Education Summit is an international event that has been held every three years. Since 2011, when it was first convened by BNUs Center for Teacher Education Research, a Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Science of the Ministry of Education, the Summit has produced scores of publications that were contributed by participating keynote and invited speakers and created a network of young scholars who have constituted the backbone of a new generation of inquiring minds for the fields.

Much has happened to the fields of teacher education and teaching since 2011, and the themes of the ensuing Summits at BNU have reflected some of the major changes. Urged on by the results of major assessment exercises conducted by the OECD, UNESCO, and other international agencies, educational policies of individual countries have reflected a global concern over educational quality, as expressed by the widespread pursuit of excellence and competitiveness. A recent turn of official and professional attention toward quality improvement has been increasingly focused on innovation, sustainability, evidence-based practice and gap-closing measures in terms of teacher quality, efficacy of teacher education, and the ability of teachers to meet the special educational needs of students.

The 2021 Summit aims to provide an international forum where ideas for teacher education and teaching can be exchanged and dialogues attempting to connect scholarly thinking and professional actions can be opened. The subthemes of the Summit are listed in the paragraphs below as a reference for participants.


II. Subthemes of the Summit

1. The education system and teacher education and teaching

Recent challenges that confront educational systems over the world delineate the dilemmas in their role as an inherently coherent developmental tool that can be managed from the top and deployed for national interests. The emergence of subsystems with diverse missions and goals, and the decline of public confidence in their efficacy, educational systems struggle to reestablish legitimate markers of quality and to reinvent themselves as the main provider of human resources for national development. Among the many problems that education faces today is to nurture persons with the appropriate knowledge base and disposition for teaching, on the one hand, and to assign practicing teachers to positions in which they can teach subject field(s) that are relevant to their education and training, on the other. The world’s school systems are in dire need of teachers who are professionally ready and suitably deployed. While the attractiveness of the teaching profession can be traced to cultural legacies and ideological persuasions inherent in the education systems, its future will be determined by the social status it affords and the economic benefits that it bestows upon aspiring individuals.


Possible topics

· Systemic factors affecting teacher education and teaching

· Roles of culture, history, and society on teacher education and teaching

· Policy and change in teacher education and teaching

· School system as laboratory and support for teacher education and teaching

· Influence of test-based accountability and market competition on teacher education, teaching, and school system

· Cross-national and/or cross-system comparison of teacher education and teaching

2. Issues in Teacher Education

Teacher education has suffered from a loss of public confidence. In certain countries, teachers are certified after they pass an examination operated by governments; and in others, the responsibility of certifying teacher quality has been transferred from university-based teacher education to the schools. In policy-making circles, certain bleak assessment of the impact of teacher education casts doubt on its effectiveness. In the teaching profession, school leaders find that graduates of teacher education often lack the kind of professional preparedness that they have expected. In the university, teacher education is not considered a superior field of study. Be that as it may, university-based teacher education (and a growing number of school-based programs) continue to be seen as the major providers of teachers for the schools. More than ever before, teacher education needs to re-examine its approach to preparing and developing teachers by drawing insights from cognitive science and the practice of teaching in order to address critical issues in the classrooms today. When teacher education can integrate its recent innovations into a process associated with learning to teach, perhaps it can assume its role in teacher certification with greater confidence and conviction.


Possible topics

· Advances and innovations in teacher education

· Quality assurance of teacher education

· University-school collaboration for teacher education

· Preparing teachers for diversified settings

· Roles and identities of teacher educators in universities and schools

· Teacher education and teacher certification


3. Issues in the Improvement of Teaching and Learning

Formal teaching in the classroom and school is central to the work of professional teachers. It is in teaching that the beliefs, knowledge, skills, commitment, resilience, and professionalism of teachers are demonstrated. Through research, new curricular theories and pedagogical innovations have been introduced to the teachers. Through administrative measures, the schools have also sought new ways to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. In the main, however, efforts to improve teaching have been focused on one or two isolated components, such as more professional development, richer curriculum, or external expert guidance in the absence of a coherent approach to enhancement. The tasks of designing, organizing and improving teaching and learning often rely on the labor of individual groups of teachers that work with a variety of unrelated sources of advice. The enhancement of teaching and learning may benefit from an agenda that is based on a refined understanding of teacher professionalism and identity as well as a clear recognition of social justice as its goal. It is from this perspective that critical curricular and pedagogical issues such as the ethical dimensions of teaching, teaching for diversity, and equitable distribution of learning opportunities can be earnestly explored.


Possible topics:

· New directions of teaching and innovations in teaching

· Teacher professionalism and identities

· Problems of adopting foreign ideas and methodologies

· Teaching and learning with technologies (social media)

· Roles of auxiliary teacher educators in teaching and learning

· Teaching for diversity, special needs, and social justice


4. Leadership in schools and teacher development

Persons in responsible positions in schools are vital for safeguarding their quality and for developing their teachers and students. Past research has shown that effective principals are a factor in the elevation of student academic achievement, along with such related factors as the inculcation of values for accountability, the creation of positive school climate for growth, and the effective management of teaching for learning. Examples of effective school leadership notwithstanding, one of the principals’ main roles has been, ironically, to buffer the interference of external pressures on teachers rather than to guide their professional development. There are different layers of leadership in successful schools, from the principal, through the directors of academic studies and student affairs, to ordinary teachers not in official positions. An understanding of the interaction and mutual influences of teacher leaders at different levels of the school organization should afford a deeper understanding of how teachers can be empowered to lead and to innovate.


Possible topics

· Impact of school organization and governance on teacher performance and accountability in teaching

· Design, organization, and delivery of effective pedagogical leadership

· Role of school leaders in the professional development of teachers

· Role of school leaders in creating and sustaining learning communities in schools

· Interaction of different layers of leadership in teaching and teacher education

· Assessment of leadership practices for quality improvement


5. Teacher education and teaching in multiple contexts

Recent emphasis on educational collaboration that transcends institutional and geographic boundaries created new opportunities for schools, universities and governments alike to engage in projects for enhancement partnership, regional cooperation and internationalization. Teachers, teacher educators, researchers and government officials work in a multiplicity of contexts where the purposes of duties and the constraints of affiliation can only be disentangled by an examination of their past and present roles and identities. Their involvement in multi-site teacher education, university-school development projects, overseas study programs, international assessment exercises requires that they can think, learn and function in multiple contexts. Such “boundary-crossing” endeavors assume the existence of an intercultural awareness that is backed by sound methodologies. For their implementation, the exploration of issues such as conceptualization, professional space, and time commitment need to be guided by operational principles which can enrich the simple formula of “transfer, translate and transform”.


Possible topics

· University-school-government partnership for school improvement

· Advances in “border-crossing” educational research

· Issues in internationalization of education

· University-based teacher educators in school-based teacher education

· Innovations in multi-site teacher professional development

· Complexity of roles and identities in “border-crossing” endeavors


6. Learning sciences, education reform and teacher education innovations

Teachers and educational practitioners owe a hefty intellectual debt to the learning sciences, which have guided their understanding of learning and fostered insights into its complexities. By relying on the advances in neuroscience and cognitive science, the learning sciences provided a knowledge base from which new ideas are propagated and novel experiments are launched. In educational reform endeavors, research findings from the learning sciences constituted a rationale for change and a guidepost for novel professional practices. Ideas that are bred by the learning sciences yield new educational forms, such as learning environment design, learning support mechanisms, and assessment as learning. For school teachers, the learning sciences illuminate the possible dimensions of “core-competencies” – future-focused learning, social adaptation, lifelong learning for development – attributes that are identified by international agencies and national governments alike for establishing common professional standards for the teaching force. The changing pedagogical context has posed new challenges to teaching and teacher education. Tension between advocates of traditional subject teaching, which stresses the acquisition of disciplinary knowledge in a hospitable curricular environment and requires teachers to develop interdisciplinary competencies, have impacted the design and delivery of teacher education in reforming systems of education.


Possible topics

· Advances in neuroscience and cognitive science and their implications for teaching and learning

· Learning environment and promotion to teacher learning

· Teacher learning and reform of teacher education

· Teacher professionalism, core competencies, and innovations in teaching and teacher education

· Changes in conventional subject teaching and the emergence of new instructional modes

· Teacher education and the integration of key pedagogical approaches


III. Invited Keynote Speakers (In alphabetical order)

Apple, Michael (University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA)

Beijaard, Douwe (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)

Day, Christopher (University of Nottingham, UK/Beijing Normal University, China)

Goodwin, Lin (The University of Hong Kong, China)

Gu, Qing (Institute of Education-UCL, UK)

Hansen, David (Columbia University, USA)

Lo, Leslie Nai-kwai (Beijing Normal University, China)

Lu, Chunming (Beijing Normal University, China)

Sato, Manabu (Gakushuin University, Japan/Beijing Normal University, China)

Schratz, Michael (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Tierney, Robert (University of British Columbia, Canada/Beijing Normal University, China)

Zhong, Binglin (Beijing Normal University, China)

Zhu, Xudong (Beijing Normal University, China)


IV. Important Dates

Conference Dates: 22-25 October, 2021

(pre-conference/young scholar forum:  22 October, 2021)


Proposal Submission Deadline: 30 April, 2021

Notification of Acceptance of Proposal: 15 June, 2021

Paper Submission Deadline: 15 September,2021


The First Round of Registration (early birds): 1 January – 30 April, 2021

The Second Round of Registration: 1 May– 15 September, 2021

V. Languages of the Conference

English, Chinese

VI. Conference Format


VII. Registration Fees

All participants are required to register prior to the conference and submit the proposal and full paper via on-line registration and paper submission system (



Local Participants

International Participants

Early Rates

(Before 30 April, 2021)

1000 RMB

(graduate students: 500 RMB)

200 USD

(graduate students: 100 USD)

Normal Rates

(After 30 April, 2021)

1200 RMB

(graduate students: 600 RMB)

250 USD

(graduate students: 125 USD)


1. Local Participants” refer to those who are working or studying in Mainland China,

Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR or Taiwan.

2. Keynote/invited speakers enjoy free registration.

VIII. Conference Organizing Committee

Sponsor: Beijing Normal University


- Center for Teacher Education Research, Beijing Normal University (Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Science in Universities, Ministry of Education, PRC)

- Huiyan International College, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University

IX. Contact Information

MsHongbao HU

Prof. Guoyuan SANG

Tel: 86-10-58804318

Fax: 86-10-58804318  


Address: Center for Teacher Education Research, Beijing Normal University, 19th, Xinjiekouwai St, Haidian District, Beijing, 100875. P.R. China

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