Call for Papers

The theme of the 2013 TEPE Conference is
Learning Spaces with Technology in Teaching and Teacher Education.

Critical thinking skills and lifelong learning have been on the agenda for some time now, but the changing environment, in particular developing infrastructures, increasingly networked communities and constant access to resources and networks influence people and learning, and make these skills ever more important. The increasing use of mobile technologies and the expansion of social media, for instance, require not only technological skills, but also information literacy, social competences and ethical awareness. At the same time, new technologies create collaborative spaces for learning, and expand our perspectives on how and where (and why?) learning takes place. The conference brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss not only how schools and teacher education should respond to this constantly changing environment, but also how these institutions shape and engage in creating new and innovative learning spaces.

The Organising Committee of the TEPE Network Conference 2013 invites in particular papers which address the use of new technologies to create learning spaces:
•    New technologies in teaching, learning and teacher education
•    Schools and new technology
•    Teachers’ and students’ competences and skills in and across new learning spaces
•    Preparing teachers to create learning spaces with the help of new technology
•    21st century skills and technology in teaching, learning and educational policy
•    New technology and learning spaces in educational policy

NEW! In addition there will be  an “open track” for papers that address wider issues related to Teacher Education Policy and the conference organisers will warmly welcome such contributions.

Submission and Guidelines
The deadline for abstract submission is 10 March 2013. Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent to the corresponding author in early April 2013.

Abstracts will be blind reviewed by two reviewers and included in the Book of Abstracts and the conference website. Full papers should be submitted by 2 May 2013. Selected full papers will be published in the conference publication. All abstracts and papers must be in English.

Abstracts should consist of up to 300 words including keywords and title.

In order to submit your abstract, please use the following link:

If you are a new user, you will need to sign up for an EasyChair account by following the instructions available on the EasyChair website

The abstracts must be submitted as Word documents (as attachments) via the EasyChair system by 1 March 2013. No other format will be accepted.

The Submission template for abstracts is available as a Word document to download (HERE).

Criteria for the evaluation of abstracts
1. Abstracts are related to theme of the conference.
2. The abstract has a clear theoretical framework or conceptual rationale.
3. The abstract states clearly the aims, methodology, findings and theoretical and educational significance of the research.
4. The abstract has to clearly address at least one of the central goals of the TEPE Network.
5. Does the abstract present innovative ideas and new knowledge on the subject under examination?

Paper presentations at the conference
Each presentation will have 10 minutes for the talk and 5 min for immediate questions from the audience. Each paper session will finish with 30 minutes of joint discussion and deliberation of policy recommendations. Please see the conference programme for more details.

Full Papers
If you wish your paper to be considered for the Conference publication, full papers should be submitted by 20 June 2013 by email to cicero(at)

Selected full papers will be published in the Conference publication through the Finnish Educational Research Association (FERA).

Criteria for the evaluation of full papers:
1. Does the paper fulfill academic criteria (the aims, methodology, findings and theoretical and educational significance of the research)?
2. Does the paper clearly address at least one of the central goals of the TEPE Network?
3. Does the paper present innovative ideas and new knowledge on the subject under examination?
4. Does the paper present clear policy recommendations related to teacher education?
5. Does the paper fit with the technical requirements e.g. length, references and quality of language?

Full paper technical requirements:
1. 6000-7000 words max
2. MS Word document
3. Times New Roman font, size 12 pt with 1,5 line spacing