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In 2018, the Faculty of Education is celebrating the 40th year since its inception and it is relatively young when compared to the fact that the University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense, which was set up through direct papal intervention on the 12 November 1592. The history of the University is, in its own right, a reflection of the chequered past of our country. Over the course of the centuries our University has been engaged in situations wherein the Maltese identity – our history, our culture and our language – has crossed paths with foreign influences. This has shaped the University of Malta as we know it now: a space where the local context finds a fruitful blend with experiences which originate from collaboration with colleagues from all over the world. 

Although the Faculty of Education deals primarily with teacher training, over the years it has invested heavily in its postgraduate programmes and it has established strong relationships with foreign counterparts. The vision of the Faculty of Education is summarised through our motto: Promoting an educated public in a participatory democracy. Today, we are well aware of the importance of networking – not just as a buzzword – but as a concept that is the core of our existence as researchers and as academics. After all, in academia, few endeavours are more worthwhile than having opportunities to meet colleagues with whom we can exchange ideas and experiences, while sharing our passion for Education as a means through which we can invest in our learners. 

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Themes for the 2018 International Conference:

Theme 1: Past, present and the future of teacher education policies and practices in the Mediterranean

  • Teacher training and the changing nature of work and learning

  • Initial teacher education and the formation of teacher identity

  • Teachers’ professional development and learning: formal, non-formal and informal 

  • Newly qualified teacher work experiences and educational needs

  • Mentoring in pre-service and in-service teacher education

Theme 2: Reforming and reinventing teacher education and work

  • Challenges in selecting pedagogical and content knowledge for teacher education

  • Reflective practice in teaching and research 

  • Teacher education for improvement of students' health and wellbeing

  • Classroom management skills and teacher training

  • Teachers' role in preventing early school leaving from education and training

  • Teaching and learning languages and communication skills (bilingualism, foreign language,...)

  • Preparing teachers for the increasingly demanding early childhood education and care

  • Training of teachers for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects

  • Preparing teachers to work with information and communication technologies 

  • Preparing teachers for assessment for learning

  • Adult Education for social change

  • Popular and community-based education

  • Further and higher education

Theme 3: Student teacher social and economic conditions in the Mediterranean

  • Youth interest in the teaching profession in the Mediterranean

  • Student teacher recruitment, selection and training 

  • Student teachers’ social engagement and approaches to learning

  • Student-centered learning and teacher education

  • Expanding opportunities for teacher student learning

Theme 4: The role of professional associations and leadership in improving teachers' wellbeing

  • Teacher professional status and working conditions

  • Job demand and control in teaching and job satisfaction

  • Teacher working conditions, work-life balance and wellbeing

  • Teacher agency in professional practice

Theme 5: Teacher training and Inclusive education

  • Teacher role in integration of recent immigrants to Europe [the Mediterranean region]

  • Developing teachers' intercultural competence

  • Teacher sensitivity to diversity in the classroom

  • Researching inclusive education to close the theory-practice gap

  • Education for learning support assistance and inclusion

Theme 6: Teachers as researchers - possibilities, challenges and the reality

  • The role of practice-based research in initial teacher education

  • Pre-service teachers’ development through research and collaboration

  • Evidence- and research-based teacher education and practices

  • Teachers' engagement in collaborative research and innovative work

  • Building capacity for research and innovation through initial teacher training and CPD

Theme 7: Other issues related to Educational Research and Teacher Education

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  • Conference Date

    Jun 08



    Jun 09


  • Jan 15 2018

    Abstract Submission Deadline

  • Mar 01 2018

    Abstract Notification of Acceptance

  • Mar 07 2018

    Draft paper submission deadline

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