ATEE 2009 Annual Conference Proceedings
This volume includes the Proceedings of the 34th annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe held at the University of the Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain from August 29th to September 2nd, 2009. The Conference was organized by the International Educative and Scientific Cooperation Office of the Department of Education in Catalonia and the University of the Balearic Islands. The theme of the conference was "Knowledge creativity in teacher education. Education for knowledge creation". The main objective was to find out whether educational practices of today"s institutions, which offer initial and/or in-service teacher education, provide effective solutions toward cultivating the learning dispositions that underpin creativity. Many of the papers included in the present volume respond to this query and are centered on what is known about Knowledge Creation in different cultures as well as on which mindsets are most appropriate to develop Knowledge Creation in Teacher Education for a world which demands creativity of the many. Some papers also tackle challenging conceptual issues about whether educational goals for knowledge creation should be formulated in terms of skills, knowledge, habits of mind, personal traits, character development or acculturation, among others. Other papers look for satisfactory answers which may explain the process of producing new knowledge, which can be made more likely through effective education policies.