TEPE 2021 Conference

Teacher Education Policy in Europe
20-22 May 2021, Ljubljana, Slovenia

“Challenges of distance teaching in teacher education and education”


Theme 1: Distance teaching and learning: new challenges for teacher education policy and practice

Theme 2: Pedagogical strategies to meet and respond to challenges in distance teaching and learning

Theme 3: Problems and strategies in researching the challenges of brought forward by distance teaching and learning

Theme 4: What kind of teacher education policy (institutional, national, European level) for the times we have entered?



Thursday, 20 May

16.00 –


Opening plenary

Chair: Janez Krek

Virtual welcome to Ljubljana, to the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana

Janez Vogrinc, Dean: Welcome on behalf of the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education

Eve Eisenschmidt & Marco Snoek: Welcome on behalf of the TEPE network

Pavel Zgaga: Fifteen years of TEPE network: then – now – tomorrow

Janez Krek: How will we work at the conference?

Break 5 minutes – Introducing of the keynote speaker

17.00 – 18.30

Key note: Michael W. Apple, University of Wisconsin, USA

Struggling with inequalities: covid, hard realities, and the politics of teaching

- discussion

Friday, 21 May

09.00 – 10.30


Th1/Session 1

Chair: Eve Eisenschmidt


Practicum online – Initial teacher education students’ experience on teaching practicum during the covid-19 lockdown of schools in 2020 March-June

János Győri, Anikó Fehérvári, Edina Kiss, Judit Raátz


Practicum in time of COVID19 in Spain:  What have student-teachers learned?

Lucía Sánchez-Tarazaga, Aida Sanahuja, Paola Ruiz-Bernardo, Marta Garcia


E-Practicum during the lockdown of Pandemic 2020: Pre-service Teachers’ perception of their profesional competences

Ledia Kashahu (Xhelilaj)

Th2/Session 1


Vasileios Symeonidis


Swiss primary teacher wellbeing in the face of distance teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tina Hascher, Susan Beltman, Caroline Mansfield

The Impact of Covid19 on Education and learning in Western Balkans

Adriatik Hoxha, Gezim Jusufi, Suada Ajdarpasic, Gazmend Qorraj

Teacher Education Policy and Practice Challenges in Times of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Polish case

Joanna Madalinska-Michalak

Th3/Session 1

Chair: Sina Westa


How do pre-service teachers see their education in times of distance learning? – A qualitative study of university students during COVID-19

Sonja Gabriel


Students’ perceptions of learning and educational transitions during the pandemic

Claudia Schreiner, Livia Jesacher-Roessler, Berger, F., Roßnagl, S., Kraler, C., Hagleitner, W

Moving faces in a square: motivation and communication encumbrances in online distance teaching group work

Anja Gruden

Th4/Session 1

Chair: Pavel Zgaga


Can new school Covid problems put aside the old ones?

Mateja Peršak


Teachers and ICTs – time and time again

Anders Norberg, Nicholas Bowskill


Teacher Education in the Post-Bologna Context:
Challenges and Future Directions

Maria Assunção Flores

10.45 – 12.15

Th1/Session 2

Chair: Joanna Madalinska

Teaching internship online – opportunities and challenges

Mishela Ivanova, Gerda Hagenauer, Daniela Martinek,
Franz Hofmann, Matteo Carmignola, Andreas Bach


Update the technological skills of teachers necesse est. The re-organizational practices of school communities during the COVID-19

Loredana Perla, Laura Sara Agrati, Viviana Vinci

Professional development and work of education professionals during the pandemic COVID -19

Sanja Berčnik, Laura Rožman Krivec, Tatjana Devjak

Th1/Session 3

Chair: Anna Lindqvist

“The International Project (IPC)”: Distance Learning and Internationalisation in Teacher Training

Nataliia Demeshkant, Petra Hiebl, Klaudia Schultheis

“When technology is taking place and taking over. Practices for learning in changing times.”

Therése Haglind, Ylva Lindberg

Incursion of ICT in distance teaching from COVID-19 in Spain

Jesús Manso, Enrique Alonso-Sainz

Th1/Session 4

Chair: Janez Krek

The justice and distance teaching children with special needs

Metka Knez


Social presence in digital/online teacher training, a case from Sweden

Anna Martín Bylund,
Linnea Stenliden


Research on Learner Engagement in Covid-19 Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning: A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis Study

Iclal Can

Th4/Session 2:

Chair: Tatjana Hodnik

Lessons learnt? The EU’s responses to educational dilemmata during the Covid-19 pandemic

Vasileios Symeonidis,
Denis Francesconi, Evi Agostini


Conceptualising quality initial teacher education:
Taking stock of the new context

Fjolla Kaçaniku

Do we need a curriculum in teacher education?
Cocreating an innovative teacher programmes together with schools

Marco Snoek,Evelien van Geffen

12.15 – 13.00

Lunch break

13.00 – 14.30

Th1/Session 5

Chair: Erika Lofstrom


When Pedagogical Time Stopped: A Temporal View of the Pandemic

Nicholas Bowskill, Anders Norberg


Boarding school as buffer to problems and challenges in distance teaching and learning

Monika Gajser


Investigating the teachers’ dispositions to meet the challenges of online learning in multicultural classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic

Marthese Spiteri,
Philip Bonanno,
Colin Calleja, Hannele Niemi, Sirkku Männikkö Barbutiu

Th2/Session 2

Chair: Joanna Madalinska

Analysing online teaching and learning activities for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. A model of e-inclusion in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Davide Parmigiani, Vincenza Benigno, Marta Giusto, Chiara Silvaggioa, Sara Sperandioa

Distance Teaching of Primary Students with Disabilities during COVID-19: Teachers’ Perspectives

Edvina Bešić, Andrea Holzinger


Equal opportunities for all students

Karmen Javornik, Marija Kavkler, Milena Košak Babuder

Th3/Session 2

Chair: Brian Hudson

How ready were schools, teachers and students for distance learning in Europe? Evidence from large scale assessments for primary schools

Marjeta Doupona, Melina Tinnacher, Vasileios Symeonidis, Heike Wendt

Challenges of distance teaching in teacher education and education

Donjeta Babatinca


Can psychophysiology help to evaluate distance teaching?

Anja Čibej, Tina Giber, Jerneja Pavlin, Gregor Geršak, Vesna Geršak

14.45 – 16.15

Th1/Session 6

Chair: Marco Snoek


Experiences in distance teaching and practical usage of ICT during the covid-19 epidemy of Slovenian primary school music teachers of diverse working experience

Tina Bohak Adam, Mira Metljak

How to achieve optimal teaching and learning experience in distance teaching.
The evaluation of three distance teaching methods in German in primary school

Kristina Malgaj


Design of tasks for online development and assessment of teaching competences: a case study

Melanie Ellis

Th2/Session 3

Chair: Tatjana Hodnik


The impact of the pandemic situation in preparing student teachers professionally: perceptions of students and their mentors during student teaching practice (PPT)

Nita Bakija-Haraçija


Online Cooperation in Teacher Education: How do teacher-education students perceive cooperative learning in an online environment?

Sina Westa


A new side of instructional face-to-face communication
in the context of real-time distance e-communication

Dragana Bjekić, Milevica Bojović, Milica Stojković

Th3/Session 3

Chair: Björn Åstrand


Student teacher identity development as transformative learning

Solveig Cornér, Marjo Savijärvi, Hannah Kaihovirta, Erika Löfström

Digital multimodal logbook – A digital bridge between university, school and workplace-based learnings for vocational teacher students

Annelie Andersén, Nina Kilbrink, Ann-Britt Enochsson & Annica Ådefors

Preservice teachers' distance learning: Comparing experiences from the first and the second COVID-19 wave

Neža Podlogar, Urška Žerak, Mojca Juriševič


Th4/Panel 1:

Chair: Brian Hudson

Supporting the development of teachers’ powerful professional knowledge for these times of global pandemic

Niklas Gericke

Christina Olin-Scheller

Martin Stolare

Saturday, 22 May

09.00 – 10.30

Th1/Session 7

Chair: Erika Lofstrom


Challenges of practical pedagogical training during distance education and learning

Nataša Zrim Martinjak


Challenges of linking theory and practice in distance teaching

Erika Sturk


Student-teachers school practice in e-environment

Dragana Bjekić, Milica Stojković

Th2/Session 4

Chair: Vasileios Symeonidis


The Effect of a Distance Training Program on Teachers Practices Towards Children with Dyslexia and/or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Andreadou A., Derri V., Kourtessis Th., Michalopoulou M.


Scaffolding in mathematics teacher education in online teaching

Aliya Bukusheva


Language teaching in times of uncertainty through Linguistic Landscaping – getting creative during Covid shutdown  

Klaudia Kruszynska, Mónica López, Melinda Dooly



Th4/Panel 2:

Chair: Janez Krek


Quality and Ethical Dilemmas in the Education of Future Teachers under the Conditions of Distance Education

Tatjana Hodnik, Janez Krek, Neža Podlogar, Janez Vogrinc

10.45 – 12.15

The TEPE Round Table

Moderator: Marco Snoek, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, the Netherlands


  • Michael W. Apple, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • Hannah Grainger Clemson, School Policy Officer, DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission
  • Vasileios Symeonidis, Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria
  • Damijan Štefanc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Followed by a plenary discussion

12.15 – 13.00

Wrap-up, conclusions

Chair: Eve Eisenschmidt