Today Vice-Rector for Scientific Affairs prof. Piotr Stepnowski officially opened and welcomed the guests and participants of the 5th International Symposium on New Issues in Teacher Education, chaired by prof. Feyyat Gökçe (Uludağ University) and dr. Adam Jagiełło-Rusiłowski (University of Gdansk). After mentioning the importance of teacher education, professionalism and its impact on the future. After the warm welcome, there was a speech of Serdar Davran, Honorary Consul General of Turkey in Gdansk. He greeted everyone in both Polish and Turkish and wished the participants fruitful discussions. The final of the welcome session was live Turkish commentary of University promotional video, prepared by 8 Turkish interns who co-operated with the International Office during the summer.
There were two keynote speakers presentations, one of prof. Miriam Ben-Peretz which was about the aspects of strangeness in education. The talk was interesting and provoked several questions, despite the technical inconvenience as it was all successfully done via Skype.
The second speaker was charismatic Dr. Stefano Oliverio from University of Naples Federico II who discussed reflective practice paradigm (by Donald A. Schön) in education, giving examples from Italian classroom.
After a short discussion, all the participants and guests went for a lunch break to taste Polish dishes and get some refreshment. Friendly atmosphere was a perfect environment for networking and enjoying the variety of countries from which participants come.
Then the conference split into 3 sessions: Teacher Education Policies and Practises, InService Education of Teachers and PreService Education of Teachers, which ended with interesting discussions and conclusions.
At the end of the first day there was a cocktail party with a banquet and presentation of Polish national dances performed by The Song and Dance Ensemble JANTAR. The dancers showed lyrical kujawiak and fast impressive oberek. The participants enjoyed the show and were surprised that there was another dance, for everyone this time. It was a Polish dance called polonez which basic steps can be learned on the go. Participants gladly took part in it, which led to spending the whole evening on dances from various countries, such as Turkish, Maltese or Ugandan.