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World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education (WFATE)
Fifth Biennial Conference

9 - 11 July 2018
Melbourne, Australia


About the conference

Federation University Australia invites you to the fifth biennial conference of the World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education (WFATE).

Venue: Australian Catholic University - Melbourne Campus. Australia.
Date: 9th - 11th of July 2018

While respecting the particularities of cultures, places, and spaces for education we will explore together each other’s contemporary experiences in teacher education. What are the challenges and opportunities? How can we contribute to building the necessary research evidence, wisdom, and commitment to meet the complexities of teacher education in an ever-changing world? How can we share insights and learn together so that innovative teacher education is available for all communities?

The theme of the conference is Transformative Teacher Education in Local and Global Contexts.

The four sub-themes that will be explored are:

  • Social Justice, Inclusion and Diversity in Education
  • Transformative Teacher Education
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Policy and Partnerships in Teacher Education

The conference will continue the WFATE focus on the shaping of global research and development networks building on the research of established working groups. The groups from the previous Barcelona conference, WFATE 2016, will meet at the conference and new participants may choose to join in their ongoing work.

We will celebrate the WFATE 2018 conference in the southern hemisphere for the first time and learn to explore, creatively and critically, the transformations in teacher education in a local and global context.

For further information please see our 2018 WFATE conference information leaflet.

Conference program

Saturday 7 July 2018 - Excursion activity

Optional day

Start time Item
  To be advised

Sunday 8 July 2018

Start time Item
2:00pm Meeting of WFATE directorate
4:00pm Meeting of WFATE planning team

Monday 9 July 2018

Start time Item
8:00am Registration, tea and coffee
9:00am Official opening
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Plenary 1
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Parallel sessions/ symposia / workshops
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30PM Parallel sessions/ symposia /workshops
5:30PM Welcome reception

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Start time Item
8:30am Tea and coffee
9:00am Plenary 2
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Parallel sessions/ symposia /workshops
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Parallel sessions/ symposia / workshops
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30PM Network meetings - Research working groups
6:30PM Conference dinner

Wednesday 11 July 2018 - Final conference day for all delegates

Higher degree and education students are invited to attend.

Full time undergraduate and higher degree education students are encouraged to attend day 3 along with all other conference delegates. A PhD student poster presentation session and competition is featured.

Start time Item
8:00am Tea and coffee
9:00am Plenary 3
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Parallel sessions/ symposia /workshops
12:30pm Lunch
1:15pm PhD Student Poster presentations
2:00pm Parallel sessions/ symposia /workshops
3:30PM Conference closing

Thursday 12 July 2018 - Social program

Optional day and half day tours

Start time Item
  To be advised