Issues related to theory and practice in teacher education, as well as the relevance of practice-based models in teacher formation were evident in a number of conference presentations. Other themes discussed included teacher education at Master level, school-based teacher mentoring, continuing professional development, teacher identity and professionalism, educational policies and e-learning. The various parallel sessions gave participants the opportunity to provide feedback and discuss how the research presented could be applied in different contexts worldwide.
This conference was organised thanks to the support of Ministry for Education and Employment and the US Embassy. The latter was responsible for the participation of one of the keynote speakers, Prof. Linda Darling-Hammond, a highly renowned scholar in the field of Education, who also served as the leader of President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team in 2008.