Teacher Agency in the light of increasing Teacher Stress and Burnout

At a time when Estonian school children have reached the top of the 2019 PISA[1] league tables in several categories, it was interesting, but disturbing, to hear that increasingly Estonian teachers believe that their profession is not valued. During an EAPRIL keynote session in Estonia, November 2019, Dr Ali Leijen, Professor of Teacher Education at…

Meaningful learning through the eyes of practitioner researchers

At the EAPRIL Conference 2019 held in Tartu – Estonia up to 500 participants were encouraged to reflect on the theme of “Meaningful learning in different settings”. Meaningful learning, which is considered to involve a critical and deep learning approach, and being rich in creating links and connections, has often been set against rote learning.…

Diversity in educational organizations and corporations: opportunities and dilemmas for improving learning (Cloud 8)

EAPRIL Cloud 8 Diversity & Equality in Different Contexts organised an online conference titled ‘Diversity in educational organizations and corporations: opportunities and dilemmas for improving learning’ on Friday September 27, 2019. The event was an opportunity to share and discuss research findings, progress with on-going projects, policy developments and good practice around the conference theme.…

In Search of the Holy Grail

NOMINATED PROJECT FOR THE 2019 BEST RESEARCH & PRACTICE PROJECT AWARD “Competence Oriented Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Essentials” What is the essence of good teaching in contemporary higher education? To answer this question, a small self-study guide for higher education teachers with a focus on outcome orientation and learner orientation was produced.…

If you PLAY SMART, will YOU be MORE?

“TEACH your students • to DOUBT, • to THINK, • to COMMUNICATE, • to question, • to make MISTAKEs, • to LEARN from their mistakes, and most importantly • have FUN in their learning” Richard Feynman`s quote In the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Kuopio, Finland, as one of the flag-ship young…