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Teacher Well-Being and Diversity (TWBD): Managing Language and Social Diversity in Classrooms

The overall aim of this Erasmus+ project has been to enhance teacher well-being by strengthening teachers' capacity to manage linguistic and social diversity in schools. Our three-year project has ended, and on that occasion, there will be a one-day conference at Oslo Metropolitan University.

To mark the end of our three-year Erasmus + project, we will be hosting a one-day conference at Oslo Metropolitan University.

The overall aim of the Erasmus + project has been to enhance teacher well-being by strengthening the teachers´  capacity to manage linguistic and social diversity in schools.

The collaborating partners are higher education institutions and schools (primary and secondary) in South Africa, Denmark, Ireland and Norway. In these countries, project members have explored teaching, learning and research in the fields of multilingualism, inclusive education and health promoting schools.

Plenary key notes speakers

  • Programme

    09.00-10.00: Registration and coffee

    10.00: Opening of the conference. Sarah J. Paulson, Dean of Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University

    10.15:  Erasmus+ project summary: Teacher Well-Being and Diversity, Sissel Tove Olsen, project leader, Oslo Metropolitan University                                       

    10.45: Plenary: Towards a democratic professional ethos for the teacher profession? The Council of Europe Reference Framework 'Competences for Democratic Culture'. Professor Claudia Lenz, Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society      

    11.30: Coffee break

    11.50: Plenary: Critical  imperatives in promoting teacher well-being and multilingualism: What does it take to establish social justice in our school communities? Dr Karen Suzette Collett & University lecturer Someka Ngece, University of Western Cape and primary school teacher Elmarie Mackier

    13.05:  Lunch

    13.45-16.10: Parallel sessions (please see separate programme for the afternoon sessions below)

    16.15-16.30:  Closing up: Plenary discussion and farewell note 

    20.00: Conference dinner at the Ekeberg Restaurant

  • Programme - afternoon sessions

    • 1. Room: P46-PA304

      • 13.45-14.10: Carol O’Sullivan, Lisha O’Sullivan, Mary Masterson: Teacher Well-Being and Diversity: A manual for teachers in diverse educational settings
      • 14.15-14.40: Timothy Murphy, Patricia Mannix-McNamara, Mary Masterson, Ger Slattery, John Corry and Mary O’Sullivan: An Exploration of Teacher Pedagogical Well-being at an urban, multi-denominational, co-educational, second-level school located in the mid-west region of Ireland
      • 14.45-15.10: Karoline Søgaard, Katja Vilien: Educator well-being in a Danish primary school context – well-being for children and adults through collaboration with the home
      • 15.15-15.40: Brit Steinsvik: “We are always in the split”
      • 15.45-16.10: Nanna Paaske, Aina Hammer: The lifeline project
    • 2. Room: P46-PA308

      • 13.45-14.10: Dina Tsagari, Therese Marie Tishakov; Mona Evelyn Flognfeldt; Lynell Chvala; Dragana Surkalovic; Kirstin Reed:English teachers and students’ perceptions of multilingual competences and practices in Norway
      • 14.15-14.40: Anne Marit Danbolt: Researching literacy education in Namibia and Zambia
      • 14.45-15.10: Elena Tkachenko,  Nina Gram Garmann, Anna Sara H. Romøren, Kari Bratland: Teachers’ response to multilingual practices in mainstream Norwegian preschools
      • 15.15-15.40: -
      • 15.45-16.10: Kirsten Palm, Kjersti Bye: Multilingualism as a resource in primary school in Norway
    • 3. Room: P46-PA329

      • 13.45-14.10: Karen Collett & Someka Ngece: ‘You’re thrown in the deep end’: Possibilities and constraints in supporting novice teacher well-being in a low income multilingual school community: Lessons for school leadership
      • 14.15-14.40: Torhild Skotheim: Newly qualified teachers` well-being and experience of thriving
      • 14.45-15.10: Carol OSullivan, Sandra Ryan, Lisha O'Sullivan, Kaye Twomey, Sarah Brennan: Exploring Teacher Well-Being and Diversity: the use of focus group methodology 
      • 15.15-15.40: Mette Nergård, Pål Lundberg: "I learned that I know more than I think"  - «Jeg lærte at jeg kan mer enn det jeg tror»
  • Call for abstracts

    In addition to presenting some of the results from the TWBD project, we want to highlight research themes in parallel sessions such as:

    • Linguistic and/or cultural diversity in classrooms and in higher education
    • Intercultural and multicultural education
    • School/parent collaboration in diverse schools
    • Teacher well-being
    • Pedagogical well-being
    • Adapted learning and diversity
    • The promotion of teacher well-being and social justice
    • Action research for teachers´ well-being

    We therefore invite you to submit abstracts on themes related to the conference.

    Deadline for abstracts

    7 April 2019

    Please submit abstracts by using this online form (nettskjema.no)

    Abstracts should be maximum 300 words.

    The language of the conference will be English.

  • Registration

    Deadline for registration: 20 May 2019.

    Please register via this link (webshop.oslomet.no)

  • Conference fee

    • 500 NOK for the day including lunch and refreshments.
    • 1000 NOK for the day (including lunch and refreshments) and a conference dinner. The conference dinner will be hosted at the Ekeberg restaurant, close to Ekeberg park.
  • Accommodation

  • Organizing committee

  • Contact persons

Photo: Yina Chan, OsloMet

WBD project logo graphic created by Kreativkolors ‐ Freepik.com

Logo of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which has supported the project