Conference 7.2.2019

Welcome to the conference for teacher education development!

The teacher education development projects from University of Helsinki organize the conference ”Towards Sustainable Research and Pedagogies in Teacher Education” at Minerva Plaza February, 7th, 2019.

The day's event will continue with the Reception at the University of Helsinki in University Main Building in the evening.

Conference materials
  • The event's video recording can be found behind the links: PART 1 and PART 2.
  • The presentation slides:



Date and place
  • Conference: Thursday, February 7th, 2019, at 10.00-15.45 at Minerva Plaza (Siltavuorenpenger 5A)
  • Reception at the University of Helsinki: Thursday, February 7th, 2019, at 17.00-18.30, Lehtisali, University Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

10.00-10.10   Opening words: professor Auli Toom

10.10-10.25   Finnish approach to collaborative development of teacher education: professor Jari Lavonen

10.30-11.10    Keynote: What is ‘innovation’ in teacher education? professor Viv Ellis (King’s College London)

11.10-11.35     Phenomenal teacher education: professor Kirsti Lonka

11.35-12.00   Developing subject teachers’ professional growth and subject didactic skills in the field of science: professor Kurt Fagerstedt

12.00-12.35   Lunch

12.35-13.00   Two perspectives to developing leadership in education: professor Arto Kallioniemi & University lecturer Elina Fonsén

13.00-13.25   The National Network for Developing Assessment Literacy KAARO: associate professor Risto Hotulainen, docent Inkeri Ruokonen, and project manager Marja Tamm

13.25-13.50   VÄISKI – developing the teaching of oral language skills: professor Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen

13.50-14.00   Coffee break

14.00-15.30   Teacher education project presentations (18) at Minerva Plaza: Discussions and networking

15.30-15.45   Summary and conclusion: dean Johanna Mäkelä


17.00-18.30   Reception at the University of Helsinki (at University Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33)


  • The conference will be held in English.

What is ‘innovation’ in teacher education?

Viv Ellis, King’s College London


Innovation has become a ‘buzz-word’ in the early twenty-first century, often linked in non-specific ways to research, creativity, economic productivity or even generalised theories of change. But what does innovation actually mean and, specifically, what does it mean in teacher education - a field long associated, internationally, with resistance to change. This presentation will examine the meaning of innovation in teacher education by looking at historical examples of change in the field that have come to be understood as significant, creative contributions that have moved the practices of teacher preparation forward. We will ask: under what conditions is it possible and desirable to stimulate innovation in teacher education? And for what ends?


Viv Ellis is Professor of Educational Leadership and Teacher Development at King’s College London and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development (CITED), a partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University. His research focuses on teacher education and development, with particular interests in cultural-historical activity theory, rhetoric and practice-developing research. His most recent book (with Jane McNicholl) is Transforming Teacher Education: Reconfiguring the Academic Work (Bloomsbury).  He is also an Honorary Research Professor at Teachers College, Visiting Professor at Central China Normal University and a Professor II at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences in Bergen.

Development projects
  • The event has attracted a high interest, and is, unfortunately, full. We cannot accept new registrations anymore. Inquiries:
  • The event is open to all and participation is free of charge.
More information

Project planner Iina Männikkö