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About Building Bridges at Teacher Conference

News: Apr 18, 2017

The University of Gothenburg hosted the ETEN (European Teacher Education Network) annual conference in April. The theme of the conference was ‘building bridges’, and the event attracted 200 teacher educators from 22 countries. The theme related to a situation where many of the member nations have received large numbers of recently arrived refugee schoolchildren.

The Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg is part of the ETEN network, together with a large number of other teacher education institutions in Europe, USA and Asia. This was the first time the University of Gothenburg hosted the annual conference, where member institutions meet to present development work and research as well as discuss and share experiences.

‘It’s about the need to build bridges between schoolkids and how this can be done at schools with a large number of refugee children. But this may also be true for the teacher education programmes, when newly arrived refugees who used to work as teachers in their home countries come to us,’ says Maria Svensson, chair of ETEN and senior lecturer at the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies.
She emphasises the importance of teacher educators themselves engaging in international teacher exchange activities in order for the goal of making teacher education students interested in global issues to be achieved. Svensson herself has been away on several teacher exchange trips.

‘ETEN encourages both teacher educators and teacher education students to take advantage of international exchange programmes. It’s a great way to gain new perspectives on one’s own education as a teacher education student and one’s own teaching as a teacher educator,’ she says.


Originally published on: uf.gu.se

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