The professional development of teachers is a theme which is discussed intensively in the context of ever ongoing school reforms in Europe. This provides many impulses for educational theory as well as educational research and educational practice. Many questions concerning professional development of teachers are to be answered or clarified. The conference volume New Pathways in the Professional Development of Teachers provides an opportunity to present innovative concepts, models and instruments in the pre-service as well as in-service teacher education in the context of trends in educational policy.
Associate Professor Tomás Janík is the head of the Institute for Research in School Education, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Dr. Petr Knecht is a senior researcher at the Institute for Research in School Education, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Their interests lie in research on teaching, learning, curriculum, and teacher education.