Submission Guidelines

The deadline for proposal submissions is the 6th January 2023. Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your proposal online here.

For general enquiries, please contact Bex, TEAN Administrator, at tean@cumbria.ac.uk. If you would like to discuss the relevance of your project to the conference, please contact Professor Pete Boyd, conference chair, at pete.boyd@cumbria.ac.uk.

All proposed contributions to conference are peer reviewed anonymously by members of the TEAN network and then considered by the TEAN committee against the following criteria:

  • clear articulation of focus and relevance to the international community of teacher educators
  • rigorous approach to critical evaluation or research in teacher education and development
  • demonstration of advanced scholarship through critical engagement with theory and research

All proposed contributions are submitted as a clear and concise title plus an abstract of up to 400 words. Authors should cite up to six key references within the body of their abstract and list these key references in a complete form below their abstract in a consistent format (see style guide below). The abstract should clearly state the key issue, provide some indication of relevant theory and research, briefly outline method of investigation and give at least a hint of key findings. Authors should aim to make clear what teacher educators might take away from the session for practical application in their practice or research.

There are four different formats available for TEAN conference, each with distinct advantages. In making your submission you should choose one of the following formats:

Research or practice exchange presentations: Your 15-minute presentation is followed by 15 minutes for discussion. This standard format provides an excellent opportunity to report on a current well-developed research or innovative practice project in teacher education.

Poster & Pitch presentation: You will give a 5-minute oral presentation (the pitch) to support your displayed (A0) poster.  You will have up to half an hour for discussion with members of the audience particularly interested in your poster.

Round table presentation: In a themed group you will give a 5-minute oral presentation.  Discussion will go ‘round the table’ to involve all participants in exploring aspects of your project relevant to their own research or practice.

Mini keynote presentations: You have just 5 minutes to present with only brief discussion afterwards, but it does mean that you address the whole conference audience. This format requires careful planning and a high-quality proposal with a well-constructed argument.

Each of our conference rooms will have a host who will welcome delegates, introduce presenters, clarify the session format and chair any discussion elements of sessions.

References style guide

Editing incorrect references causes delays and administration costs. Please follow the style in the examples below which will help to create a consistent style across the conference programme (note the sections of these examples that are in italics).

Book:  Cottrell, S. (2019) The study skills handbook. 5th edn. London: Red Globe Press.

Chapter:  Jenkins, L. (2016) Respiratory tract infections, in Blythe, A. and Buchan, J. (eds.) Essential primary care. Oxford: Wiley pp. 321-333.

Journal article:  Armstrong, J., Green, K. and Soon, W. (2011) Research on forecasting for the manmade global warming alarm, Energy and Environment 22(8): 1091-1104.

Online resource:  Author or organisation (Year last updated) Title of site or page. Available at: URL (Accessed: date).

Additional guidance on writing an abstract

It is worth taking care with your title and abstract in order to ‘sell’ your proposal to the conference committee but also to attract a good audience at conference itself. Please take care to proof-read the abstract and double check your list of references as they will become part of the official conference programme. You might wish to consider the additional guidance on writing an abstract for TEAN provided below.