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Professor Stavroula Kaldi from the Department of Primary Education, speaker in the international conference IV INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON TEACHER EDUCATION in the Kazan Federal University in Russia

Professor Stavroula Kaldi from the Department of Primary Education, speaker in the international conference IV INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON TEACHER EDUCATION in the Kazan Federal University in Russia

From May 22 to May 24 2018, Professor Kaldi Stavroula, from the Department of Primary Education of the University of Thessaly, was an invited speaker to the IV INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON TEACHER EDUCATION on the subject of “PROFESSIONALISM OF THE TEACHER AS A CONDITION OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION”. The conference took place in the Kazan Federal University in the republic of Tatarstan in the Volga Federal District, Russia.

The conference was realized under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation and the Russian Academy for Education in collaboration with the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching. Mrs. Kaldi received a formal invitation to present, in a keynote speech, subjects related to her scientific interests upon her collaboration with Professor Roza Valleva from the Institute of Psychology and Education of the Kazan Federal University. The keynote speech on “Student teachers’ journey to teaching: self-efficacy beliefs, motivation and sources of support during school practicum” was about the teaching practices of prospective instructors.  During the conference, issues related to the professional development of educators as a prerequisite for the quality of education were presented and discussed by both distinguished and young scientists in the field of pedagogy and education. The conference met with great success. The organization of the conference was excellent and its public exposure was strengthened by the participation and speeches of the Rector of the Kazan Federal University, of the Deputy Minister of Science and Education of the Russian Federation as well as that of the Rector of the Pedagogical University of Moscow. The conference coordinators, who were Russian scientists and staff, were praised for their impeccable hospitality to all participants and particularly to the invited speakers. In tandem with the scientific programme of the conference, the participants were also made familiar with the Russian and Tatar culture ascertaining the peaceful coexistence of various different nationalities and religions. It is worth mentioning that the Russian colleagues of the Kazan Federal University, upon communication with Professor Kaldi, organized a visit to a Kazan public school (the 122nd School of Kazan where 1500 pupils of Primary and Secondary Education study). Mrs. Kaldi was pleasantly surprised to discover that the students had chosen to allot some space dedicated to Greece quite a while ago.

The conference was an opportunity to meet and cooperate with internationally distinguished scientists in the field of Pedagogy and to explore a possible future collaboration with the University of Thessaly.