About the IALEI research theme 2012


The International IALEI Conference on “Educating Teachers, Transforming Schools, Ending Disadvantage” took place on Friday the 24th of August.

Educational disadvantage takes many different forms, but globally it is a major barrier to the well-being of individuals, communities and the prosperity of nations. These forms include low socio-economic status, indigenous communities, new arrivals and children with special needs. What represents ‘disadvantage’ will differ from system to system, and institutions will differ in the ways they contribute to reducing disadvantage. In both developed and developing countries, there is wide acceptance that marked and persistent disadvantage can and should be ended. The OECD, which has led international policy research on equity, has summarized the goal as ‘No More Failures’ (OECD, 2007).

The IALEI research project’s focus is on the role of teacher training institutions in reducing disadvantage. School systems are committed to improving quality and equity – how do teacher training institutions help systems and schools achieve quality outcomes for children who experience disadvantage?  IALEI aims at contributing to the work of the OECD and UNICEF by targeting their research project. Download the project description.

The conference presentations including audio recording are available at the websitehttp://www.edfac.unimelb.edu.au/ialei2012/presentations.html
You can also see the PowerPoint presetations from the conference here

How do university schools of education address disadvantage?

University schools of education are uniquely placed to contribute to the twin tasks of understanding and contributing to overcoming educational disadvantage. The conference on educational disadvantage in Melbourne, Australia in August 2012 brought together all the member universities of the IALEI to enable a mobility of ideas across nations and institutions. The publication issued by IALEI shares how IALEI members believe educational disadvantage could be targeted and addressed locally and nationally – and why universities play a key role in this process. We invite you to read more about these outcomes.


The international conference was held on 24 August. The PowerPoint presentations and audiorecordings can be viewed here

IALEI researchers engaged in the 2012 theme

The names of the researchers engaged in the 2012 project are:

  • Australia, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne:
    Professor Richard Vaughan Teese

  • Brazil, Faculty of Education, University of Sao Paulo: Professor Shirley Silva

  • Canada, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto:
    Professor Jim  Cummins

  • China, School of Education, Beijing Normal University:
    Professor Du Yuhong

  • Denmark, Department of Education, Aarhus University: Professor Bente Jensen

  • South Africa, School of Education, University of Cape Town:
    Professor Pam Christie

  • Korea, College of Education, Seoul National University:
    Professor Heemin  Kim

  • Singapore, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University:
    Associate Professor Levan Lim

  • UK, Institute of Education, University of London:
    Professor Lynne  Rogers

  • USA, School of Education, University of Wisconsin Madison: Professor Carl Grant

The chair of the IALEI research team is Professor Richard V. Teese, from  Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne in Australia.