2012 Conference


Reclaiming and Reframing Teacher Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Massey University College of Education is hosting the 2012 TEFANZ Conference during 24-26 October on the Hokowhitu Campus, Palmerston North.

The conference theme Reclaiming and Reframing Teacher Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand is aimed at focusing on the current challenges for initial teacher education and setting clear directions for the future.

In light of the contemporary discourses and political tensions around initial teacher education, particularly with the university sector, we believe this conference will be a highly significant event. The Conference Organizing Committee has agreed that the 2012 TEFANZ Conference should be more of a tightly focused platform for discussing and addressing a small number of critical key concerns related to present and future initial teacher education delivery and provision. Experts from across the TEFANZ institutions will be invited to prepare a full paper presentation (to be repeated x 2) on one of the identified critical key themes:


  • Who should develop initial teacher education policy and why?
  • A critical evaluation of initial teacher education policy in Aotearoa/New Zealand since the 1970s
  • What are the implications of demographic change for initial teacher education in Aotearoa/New Zealand?
  • Is teacher education a profession?


  • What are the characteristics of exemplary initial teacher education programmes in countries similar to Aotearoa/New Zealand?
  • What will initial teacher education programmes for 2022 look like and why?
  • What evidence-base do we need to build a stronger theory-practice nexus?
  • How do we strengthen the links between initial teacher education, teacher registration and early career learning?

TEFANZ poster (PDF)

To visit the event website, please click here.