New Trends in Teacher Training

A Stream on “New Trends in Teacher Training”
as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Education
18-21 May 2020, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Education

The Education Unit of ATINER will hold a Stream on “New Trends in Teacher Training” as part of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Education, 18-21 May 2020, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Education. 

Teacher shortages are world-wide. UNESCO (2016) has published estimates showing that in the next 12 years countries need to recruit almost 69 million new teachers to provide every child with primary and secondary education.  Additionally, many new teachers joining straight from college leave the profession within 3 years (over 50% in the USA). Programs offering alternative methods to obtain a teaching license in the USA are becoming more numerous, and are helping to increase the number of qualified teachers. Online programs are being used increasingly to train teachers successfully. Additionally, every state in the USA now conducts programs that prepare professionals and semi-professionals to become teachers in their second career, e.g. retired military or retired business people, and typically they are in the age range 35-50 years. It is predicted that trends such as these will be adopted more widely as countries world-wide react to the universal shortage of qualified teachers. This stream will assist all programs that prepare teachers for the classroom by investigating and reporting on best practices associated with new trends in teacher training. You may participate as presenter of one paper or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 4 May 2020 to: Dr. Mervyn J. Wighting, Professor & Program Chair, Regent University, USA. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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