Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

List of SIGs

  1. Research Theories and Methods in Teacher Education
  2. Education in Global Context
  3. Education for Social Justice, Equity and Diversity
  4. Inclusive Education and Special Needs
  5. Education for Sustainable Development
  6. Strategies for Transforming Teacher Education
  7. Educational Technologies in Teacher Education
  8. Teacher Education and Digital Technology
  9. Pre-school and Primary Education
  10. Pedagogical Content Knowledge in STEM
  11. Foreign Languages Teaching and Learning
  12. In-Service Learning & the Development of Practice
  13. Vocational Teacher Education and Training
  14. Professional Learning and Development

Research Theories and Methods in Teacher Education

This SIG covers topics pertinent to educational research. Teachers and teacher educators engage in a dialogue producing new ideas about methodological foundations and discussing research theories and methods. The group examines contexts for educational research and aims to enhance a critical understanding of methodological concepts.

Keywords: educational research; theories of learning and teaching; context for educational research; research and evaluation; methods and methodology; research capacity building; pedagogical approaches

Chairs

Roza A. Valeeva
Doctor of Pedagogy, Professor, Head of Pedagogy Department, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University, Editor-in-Chief of Education and Self Development, President of Janusz Korczak Society in Russia

International participants

Ian Menter
Emeritus Professor, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, Vice-President of BERA, Editor-in-chief of Review of Education

Maria Assunção Flores
Professor, Institute of Education, University of Minho, Portugal

Margery McMahon
Head of School of Education, Doctor, Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Glasgow, Scotland

 

Education in Global Context

Today the world is rapidly changing. This reflects in education. This SIG focuses on professional teacher development taking into account global trends in education.

Keywords: international perspectives; collaboration; globalization; global citizenship; distance education

Chairs

Oksana V. Vashetina
PhD in Education, Associate Professor, Department of Higher Education Pedagogy, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

International participants

Cheryl Craig
Professor, Texas A&M University, President of ISATT

 

Education for Social Justice, Equity and Diversity

The diversity in the educational process raises such key issues as identity development. Any situations excluding those who “differ from us” are unacceptable. The SIG provides a platform for discussing policies and practices ensuring social justice and equity. A keen focus is given to migration, language and culture, citizenship and human rights.

Keywords: social justice; intercultural education; identity development; migration; voices of minorities; marginalized students; language and culture; discrimination in education; social class; human rights; education policy and the politics of equity; race, ethnicity and education

Chairs

Chulpan R. Gromova
PhD, Associate Professor of the Primary School Department, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Rezeda R. Khairutdinova
PhD, Associate Professor Associate Professor of the Primary School Department, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Leysan R. Kayumova
PhD, Assistant Professor of the Primary School Department, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Elena Yu. Semenova
Research Associate, Kazan Federal University

International participants

Dina Birman
Professor, Miami University, USA

Edison Trickett
Professor, Miami University, USA

Maria Aleksandrovich
PhD, psychologist, researcher and teacher, Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Pomerania in Slupsk, Poland

 

Inclusive Education and Special Needs

This SIG deals with all aspects of inclusive education. The group brings Russian and overseas specialists together who spare no effort to facilitate the development of inclusive classrooms and schools.

Keywords: alternative education; disability studies; policy-making; learning environments; special learning difficulties; rights and participation; social models of disability; families; empowerment; ethics; education and the politics of inclusion; disability studies in education

Chairs

Anna I. Akhmetzyanova
PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy of Special Education, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Tatiana V. Artemyeva
PhD, Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Valeriya A. Stepashkina
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology and Psychology of Personality Department, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

International participants

Elena A. Lemekh
PhD, Associate Professor, Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after Maxim Tank, Minsk, Belarus

Svetlana N. Feklistova
PhD, Associate Professor, Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after Maxim Tank, Minsk, Belarus

 

Education for Sustainable Development

This SIG studies the relationship of health, environmental and sustainability education. The group involves a wide range of specialists. The active work of academics and practitioners aims to promote health and environmental sustainability among all stakeholders in education, support research in this field, and provide a forum for discussion of topical issues.

Keywords: wellbeing; environmental and sustainability education; global education; outdoor education; learner empowerment; health education

Chairs

Nailya R. Salikhova
Doctor of Sciences in Psychology, Professor, Department of General Psychology, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Dinara K. Bisimbaeva
Research Associate, Kazan Federal University Assistant Editor of Education and Self Development

International participants

Martin Lynch
PhD, Associate Professor, Warner School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester

 

Strategies for Transforming Teacher Education

This SIG is aimed to study modern transformational processes in teacher education, their genesis and prospects for development, the evolution of curricula, Russian and foreign management strategies in teacher training.

Keywords: leadership and policy; 21st century pedagogy; organizational capacity; TE transformation; strategic planning; quality assurance; curricula; partnership and local capacity building; assessment; personalized learning

Chairs

Aydar M. Kalimullin
Doctor of History, Professor, Director of the Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Roza A. Valeeva
Doctor of Pedagogy, Professor, Head of Pedagogy Department, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University, Editor-in-Chief of Education and Self Development, President of Janusz Korczak Society in Russia

International participants

In process.

 

Educational Technologies in Teacher Education

This SIG creates a forum for teachers, researchers and other experts interested in educational technologies in teacher education.

Keywords: networks; collaboration; cooperation; funding schemes; sponsorship; partnership; leadership; innovation

Chairs

Timirkhan B. Alishev
PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor, Vice-rector for external relations, Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University

Oksana V. Polyakova
PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Professional Communication, Deputy Director for International Affairs, Institute of Management, Economics and Finance, Kazan Federal University

International participants

Johannes Dammerer
Professor, University College of Teacher Education Lower Austria, Baden, Austria

Еlisabeth Windl
Professor, University College of Teacher Education Lower Austria, Baden, Austria

 

Teacher Education and Digital Technology

This SIG provides an insight into the role of digital technologies in teacher education. The group aims to facilitate networking and support research on digital technology.

Keywords: ICT-based education; ICT-based instruction; ICT-based innovation; ICT-based assessment; digitalization; digital technology; open learning, media cultures, converging media, multimodality in teaching, distance education

Chairs

Elvira G. Sabirova
PhD, Assistant Professor, Primary School Department, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Inna I. Golovanova
PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Higher School Pedagogy, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Almira M. Garifullina
PhD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pre-School Education, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Victoria V. Iskru
Research Associate, Kazan Federal University

Ksenia A. Zavyalova
Research Associate, Kazan Federal University

International participants

John Schulz
Doctor, Director of the SEds Video & Digital Media Studio, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Andreja Istenic Starcic
Professor, University of Primorska, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ian Solomonides
Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Conor Galvin
Doctor, Professor, Lecturer and Researcher at the College of Social Sciences & Law, UCD Dublin, Ireland

 

Pre-school and Primary Education

This SIG concentrates on pre-school and primary education. The importance of education and care is underlined. Various educational approaches are analysed. The community aims to encourage research in the early childhood field.

Keywords: early childhood education; preschool teachers; elementary education; educational approaches; education and care; families; nursery education

Chairs

Alla A. Tvardovskaya
PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Preschool Education, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Raniya R. Khamatvalieva
Teaching Assistant, Department of Primary Education, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

International participants

Тulin Guler Yildiz
Hacettepe University, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Member

 

Pedagogical Content Knowledge in STEM

This SIG concentrates on STEM. Special attention is devoted to the pedagogical content knowledge. The SIG brings together teachers, teacher educations and researchers for discussion of pertinent issues.

Keywords: science education; mathematics education; practices; conceptual approaches to mathematics education research; technology; engineering

Chairs

Gulshat F. Shakirova
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Director of Master’s Degree Program ‘Psychology of innovative education and development of gifted children’, Member of Russian Psychological Society, Department of Educational Psychology, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

International participants

Mourat Tchoshanov
Professor of Mathematics Education UTEP, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Graduate Advisor, STEM Education, Department of Teacher Education/ STEM Division, University of Texas at El Paso, USA

Vladik Kreinovich
Professor of Computer Science, University of Texas at El Paso, Vice- President of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, Vice-President of International Fuzzy Systems Association, Vice-President of European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology

Olga Kosheleva
Associate Professor, Co-Chair and Director of STEM Education Division, Department of Teacher’s Education, University of Texas at El Paso, USA

 

Foreign Languages Teaching and Learning

This SIG aims to form an international community of foreign language teachers. The contribution of group members is invaluable. They share knowledge, experiences and best practices. Language acquisition and assessment, language strategies and teacher professional development are among the key topics.

Keywords: language acquisition; bilingual education; second language learning; language strategies; language assessment; multilingualism

Chairs

Evgeniya O. Shishova
PhD, Associate Professor, Member of Russian Psychological Society, Department of Educational Psychology, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Elvira I. Fatkhulova
Staff member of International Relations Department, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Elizaveta V. Busygina
Staff member of International Relations Department, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

International participants

Ekaterina Yu. Protassova
D.Sc. of Pedagogy, Professor, University Lecturer, Supervisor for doctoral programme, Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society, and Culture

 

In-Service Learning & the Development of Practice

This SIG concentrates on in-service learning and the development of practice. A number of theoretical and practical issues are raised. One of them is the role of praxis in forming the student identity. The research interests are not limited to the above-mentioned theme. The group members have an academic debate over a number of relevant issues.

Keywords: praxis; apprenticeship; teacher identity; student identity; teacher competencies; continuing professional development; lifelong learning

Chairs

Tatiana A. Baklashova
Deputy Director for International Affairs
PhD, Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Dinara K. Bisimbaeva
Research Associate, Kazan Federal University Assistant Editor of Education and Self Development

International participants

Maria Assunção Flores
Professor, Institute of Education, University of Minho, Portugal

Lilia Caserta
Professor, Ferris State University, USA

Lynette Longaretti
Doctor of Science, Senior Lecturer Education, School of Education, Deakin University

 

Vocational Teacher Education and Training

This SIG brings together teachers, teacher educators and researchers who are interested in vocational teacher education and training.

Keywords: VET-related policies; comparisons of VET systems and cultures; practice-based learning in VET; learning designs in VET; curricular innovations in VET

Chairs

Elmira Sh. Salmizyanova
PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Department of Methodology of Education and Upbringing, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

International participants

Gakilya A. Yigit
PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Institute of Foreign Languages “Phono”, Head of Online Courses “Lingoshake”, Editor-in-Chief of books for distance learning courses, Turkey

Zhibek K. Issayeva
PhD in Philology, Leading Researcher, Executive Editor of a Scientific Journal «Білім-Education», National Academy of Education named after Y. Altynsarin, Center for Continuing Education, Member of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature

 

Professional Learning and Development

This SIG brings together teachers, teacher educators, researchers and those who examine the issue of professional learning and development.

Keywords: teacher educators; lifelong learning; continuing professional development; teaching certification and leadership preparation; teacher professional development; leadership development; school development; university development; workplace cultures; mentors and mentoring; teacher leadership; teacher knowledge; initial teacher education

Chairs

Alfiya R. Masalimova
Doctor of Education, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Higher School Pedagogy, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

Liliya Sh. Karimova
PhD in Pedagogy, Associate Professor, Pedagogy Department , Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan Federal University

International participants

Roman Kralik
Dr. ThD., Professor of the Faculty of Arts, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia

Stavroula Kaldi
Doctor of Education, Professor, Pedagogical Department of Primary Education, University of Thessaly, Greece

Juan Jose Mena Marcos
Doctor of Education, Professor (Associate), Department of Education, University of Salamanca (Spain), Treasurer ISATT (International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching)

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23 May 2020
The IFTE-2020 new format attracts AAAS attention
This year due to the coronavirus pandemic one of the most representative international forums on teacher education will be held in a virtual format for the first time. This fact attracted attention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the IFTE press release was published at AAAS official website: https://www.eurekalert.org/   Eurekalert […]