Education Policies and Actions of the European Union Related with Teachers

Date: May 17, 2023 (Wed)

Time: 4:30pm – 5:45pm

Venue: Room 206, 2/F, Runme Shaw Building, HKU / Zoom

Prof. Gábor Halász, Emeritus Professor of Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest)
Prof. János Setényi, Learning Institute of Mathias Corvinus College (Budapest)

Chair: Prof. Cheng Kai Ming, Education Policy Unit (EPU)

Since the adoption of its first middle-term education strategy in the early 2000s the European Union (EU) has been very active in promotingpolicies and actions related with teachers. This area has become one of the top priorities of common education policy. Consequently, in the last three decades, the EU exercised significant influence on the development of strategies, regulations, institutions and programs related with teachers in its member countries. The common European space of education policy cooperation has made it possible for people and institutions in the EU member countries to learn from each other, to identify and spread good practices, to create common standards and frameworks and to accumulate common policy knowledge.

The aim of the proposed seminar is to initiate a dialogue with students and colleagues about policies related with teacher education and quality of teaching, using the EU as an instructive case. The introductory presentation will cover the following key themes:

  • the role of the EU in supporting educational development in its member countries
  • defining 21st century teacher competences in the EU
  • supporting the lifelong professional learning of teachers in the EU
  • EU support for designing and implementing policies to improve the quality of the teaching profession in the member countries
  • exploring one illustrative country case (Hungary)

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