The World Education Research Association (WERA) is an association of major national, regional, and international specialty research associations dedicated to advancing education research as a scientific and scholarly field.
- WERA Keynote Address @ CIMIE 2017, 29-30 June 2017, Bilbao, Spain 10. July 2017 13:06WERA Representative, Professor Motlalepule Ruth Mampane (Chair: Education Association of South Africa (EASA)) presented a WERA Keynote Address "Education Psychology Research in challenging post-colonial contexts of South Africa" at the annual conference of Asociaciόn Multidisciplinar de Investigaciόn Educativa. The theme of the 2017 conference was ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ and was held from 29-30 June 2017 in Bilbao, Spain. WERA Representatives: Ruth Mampane (Chair: Education Association of South Africa (EASA)) and Rocio Garcia-Carrion (President: Asocición Multidisciplinar de Investigación Educativa (AMIE)) Abstract The scope of Educational Psychology focuses on the social context of learning and human development. Special attention is focused on counselling, development in the areas of career, cognitive, socio-emotional, behavior and overall assessment. Over the years, the practice and focus of research and assessment in Educational Psychology in South Africa has centered on adaptation and application of Western Epistemologies, ontologies and theories to local context while marginalizing and ignoring indigenous Psychology practices and beliefs. Research on indigenous Psychology (IP) and Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS) has gained momentum especially with publications by African academics. However, much need to done with the uptake, recognition and adoption IP and IKS to the curriculum and education system, especially as prescribed learning content mirrors and enforce only western epistemologies, ontologies and theories even in 2017 at the expense of IP and IKS. In South Africa alone, academic research on Educational Psychology abounds, however, these resources are not prescribed for academic use by students even though they are addresses contextual and IKS. Not much is known regarding why local educational psychology research is not used to inform learning, build on existing knowledge, and influence change and curriculum towards IP and IKS. In this instance research is not used for transformation (from Western knowledge only focus) towards inclusive and reformative epistemologies, but rather it helps maintain and institutionalize existing Western ideologies. Again, not much is known about the relevance of IP and IKS to curriculum and context of learning and development because there is low uptake and application of these epistemologies in the education system.
- WERA WELCOMES NEW MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS 10. July 2017 9:34The World Education Research Association (WERA) has recently admitted three new associations to full Association Membership with WERA. The WERA officers and Council formally considered and voted on requests for membership during the official WERA Council meeting in San Antonio, Texas on May 2, 2017. The Swedish Educational Research Association (SWERA) and Ghana Education Research Association (GERA) are welcomed as new members, along with the Cyprus Education Research Association (CERA) and Cyprus Educational Sciences Association (CESA), for whom joint membership was approved. As is the case for existing Association Members, the work of these associations will benefit from their presence in WERA. Please find an introduction to each new WERA Association: Cyprus Educational Research Association (CERA) Cyprus Education Research Association was establish in August 07, 2009 in North Cyprus. The name of the association is Cyprus Turkish Educational Research Union Association. In short, the Association uses the name ‘Cyprus Educational Research Association’ and the abbreviation ‘CERA’ (KEAB in Turkish). The Goal of the CERA is to carry out researches in education at the national and international level, organize workshops, panel discussions, seminars, symposiums, congresses etc., organizing scientific activities. To set the quality standards of educational researches in different fields and disciplines of educational science, indexing national and international educational research journals, providing the necessary technical equipment to carry out essential studies towards the aim of establishing the effect factor of such journals. To set up a center of perfectionism by using database, web sites and indexing programs, carrying out academic activities in the field of education. Establishing the ethical standards of educational research, joining national and international unions, associations, and similar organizations and/or cooperating with them. President: Kemal Akkan Batman Cyprus Educational Sciences Association (CESA) Cyprus Educational Sciences Society is an educational civil society organization. Cyprus Educational Sciences is legally active with 1st of March 2003 dated and 0144 registration numbered decision of Nicosia District Office. The center of Cyprus Educational Sciences Society is Nicosia. The main aim of Cyprus Educational Sciences Society is to contribute educational studies on the base of educational sciences in Cyprus and in other countries. Cyprus Educational Sciences Society is a non-governmental professional organization with educational science and theoretical and implementation dimensions. President: Huseyin Uzunboylu Ghana Education Research Association (GERA) GERA offers the education research community in Ghana a platform to share knowledge and skills in education research, engage in collaborative research locally and internationally, and promote high quality education research to inform policy and practice of education in Ghana. The Association promotes the value of education research for national development, provides a code of ethics for research in education sensitive to the Ghanaian context, and ensures that education research is used to address the educational needs of all in Ghanaian society. GERA also encourages education research that deepens knowledge and understanding of education that promotes the total well-being of children, youth and adults in Ghana. It encourages the community of education researchers in Ghana to engage in research that can illuminate education policy and practice for national development. Through GERA, education researchers in Ghana will contribute to the mission of WERA. We are delighted to be part of the world body and look forward to working with members of WERA. President: Jonathan Fletcher Swedish Education Research Association (SWERA) SWERA was founded in 2013. It is aiming to improve the intellectual and social organization of educational research. It is an independent organization based on collegial and professional charitable work. In June 240 SWERA has 240 individual members. SWERA has also contact persons appointed by the Higher Education Institutes in Sweden. SWERA is organizing yearly meetings with about 100 participants in seminars, symposia and councils plus members meetings. At the annual meeting there is the yearly moot of professors in education research in Sweden. Criteria for evaluating professor competences have been formulated decided and published on our website. SWERA has recently created a pool of reviewers for doing committee work at the HEIs. Four SWERA councils are organizing the intellectual activities: the research education council, the research policy council, the research publication council, and the doctoral student council. The councils work by means of seminars and moots. Protocols from councils are published at our website. This year the councils are working with the joint theme on how we in research define current state of knowledge in relation to ambitions to acquire knowledge contributions. SWERA is publishing a scientific journal Pedagogisk Forskning I Sverige (Educational Research in Sweden) with 600 subscribers (http://pedagogiskforskning.se/). The editors are selected for a five-year period by SWERA after reviewing responses to public invitations. SWERA is also organizing a Forum for Swedish scientific journals in education (at present 26 journals) where discussions of scientific quality and review procedures are main topics. To get in touch with SWERA, please go to our website and Facebook groups. Website:http://www.pedag.umu.se/swera/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SwedishEducationalResearch/ President: Sverker Lindblad
- WERA-IRN Conference Extended Education from an International Comparative Point of View 24. May 2017 19:53WERA-IRN Conference Extended Education from an International Comparative Point of View November 30 – December 2, 2017, University of Bamberg, Germany Organizer: Prof. Dr. Marianne Schüpbach, Professorship of Primary Education We invite you to the WERA-IRN conference Extended Education from an International Comparative Point of View to be held at University of Bamberg, Germany, November 30 to December 2, 2017. WERA is an association of major national, regional, and specialty education research associations, among other things dedicated to developing networks. The purpose of International Research Networks (IRNs) is to advance education research worldwide on specific scholarly topics. The WERA-IRN EXTENDED EDUCATION is a collaborative group of scholars working on this research topic. From childhood to adolescence, young people enroll in various public or private forms of educational arrangements outside regular school time. They participate in school- or community-based programs, forms of private tutoring, and after-school activities like art courses, or they attend extracurricular activities at all-day schools. In learning societies today there has been an increase in out-of-school and extracurricular learning in childhood and in adolescence compared to the past. The last 10 to 20 years have seen numerous efforts to expand institutional learning and care opportunities to supplement (traditional) schooling in almost every modern country in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia. In all of these continents and countries, these activities and programs focus on the social, emotional, and academic development of children and young people and are educationally structured to make it easier for the participants to learn specific contents. In recent years, the term EXTENDED EDUCATION has become established internationally for this field of education. The aim of this first WERA-IRN EXTENDED EDUCATION conference is to bring together different research perspectives, to synthesize the state of research worldwide in this new field of EXTENDED EDUCATION, and to initiate an international research direction on a comparative point of view. We look forward to meeting you in Bamberg, Germany, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site! Prof. Dr. Marianne Schüpbach, Professorship of Primary Education, and Team, University of Bamberg Click here for the rovisional Scientific Program and the Call for Papers. Call for Paper Submission deadline has been extended until: July 23, 2017
- WERA Invited Symposium @ ECER 2017, 22 - 25 August 2017, University College Copenhagen, Denmark 17. March 2017 19:07The title of this Symposium is “World Education Research Association Invited Symposium: World-wide perspectives on methodologies in school-based education research”. This symposium provides conceptual and contextual evidence on methodologies used in school-based education research and is summited by Prof Liesel Ebersohn, WERA Secretary General. Contributors include: - Dr Ingrid Gogolin, Universität Hamburg (Chair): firstname.lastname@example.org - Dr George Head, University of Glasgow: George.Head@glasgow.ac.uk - Dr Mylene Leroux, Université du Québec Outaouais: Mylene.email@example.com - Prof Ronél Ferreira, University of Pretoria: firstname.lastname@example.org - Dr Rocío Garcia-Carrión, University of Deusto: email@example.com In her paper, Ingrid Gogolin presents a study on language use in multilingual classrooms. The study focused on the questions, under which conditions, how and why migrant students make use of their heritage languages during lessons. The paper presents the theoretical framework of the study and the video-audio-tape-method which was applied. Advantages and constraints of the method will be discussed. Furthermore, the main results of the study will be presented, and an outlook on desirable future research will be given. Dr. Ingrid Gogolin is professor of comparative and intercultural education research at the University of Hamburg, research group “Diversity in Education Research”. She was awarded honorary doctor’s degrees (Dr. phil. h.c.) by the University of Dortmund in 2013, and by the University of Athens in 2017. Her work is focused on problems of migration and linguistic diversity in education. A current project “Multilingual Development – A Longitudinal Perspective” follows two parallel cohorts (n = 1800) with German-Turkish, German-Russian, and monolingual German language backgrounds in their development of German, the heritage languages Turkish and Russian and English & French as foreign languages. George Head argues for the use of participant action research using a solution focused conversation to generate education knowledge. The argument is based on experience of using this approach to research film education in libraries in Scotland and extrapolates from there to its possibilities for use in school-based research, particularly action research and professional inquiry. George Head is currently semi-retired and works at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. George is a past-president of the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) and has represented the association on the World Educational Research Association (WERA) Council since 2013 and on the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Council since 2011. Since retirement, George has continued to pursue his interest in the learning and development of children and young people whom schools find difficult or who have left school with little or no qualifications. He has a long history of work in the field of Moving Image Education (MIE) and has researched a range of MIE initiatives in both formal and informal settings including training agencies for young people requiring more choices and chances (otherwise referred to as not in education, employment or training), secondary schools, primary schools and nurseries and early-years settings. Recent research, previously reported at WERA, includes Talent Development in sport, business and the arts. The experience and knowledge of research into learning both formal in structured contexts and informal in leisure, participant-led activities has led him to seek innovative ways of conducting research with all learners and the adults with whom they work. He is currently researching Film Education in Libraries. Mylene Leroux focuses on the use of classroom observation. She exposes many contributions of this method to improve differentiated instruction and professional development, and to inform a research process, relying on the data of a study conducted with Canadian primary school teachers. Mylène Leroux is a Professor in the Département des sciences de l’éducation at Université du Québec en Outaouais in Canada. She is also an Associate Researcher at the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE). Her current research interests include teacher resilience and reflection, teacher induction, professional development, practical training, as well as differentiated instruction. In her paper, Ronél Ferreira proposes school-based participatory intervention research as suitable avenue for promoting the health and well-being of vulnerable school-communities. She integrates the underlying principles of resilience theory, strength-based approaches to coping, community-based responses to adversity, and participatory refection and action methodology, in contemplating the value of an integrated participatory intervention research approach when facilitating social change in school-communities. Ronél Ferreira is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In her research, she currently focuses on psychosocial support, coping and resilience within the context of vulnerability, with specific reference to the effect of school/community-based participatory intervention research on the well-being and development of individuals and communities. She has extensive experience as primary investigator and project leader of funded research projects, many of which involve interdisciplinary collaborations. Ronél has widely published in both national and international accredited journals and scholarly books. She has also edited and co-authored scholarly books in the past, and numerous postgraduate students have completed their studies under her supervision. Her research accomplishments are signified, amongst others, by her being a rated researcher at the South African National Research Foundation, and recipient of the Samuel Henry Prince Dissertation Award of the International Sociological Association (2009), Young Researcher Award of the University of Pretoria (2009), and Young Researcher Award of the Education Association of South Africa (2007). Ronél is executive editor of the South African Journal of Education and past chairperson of the Education Association of South Africa. Rocío García-Carrión discusses the potential of using Communicative Methodology of Research in school-based research to reduce inequalities. This transformative approach rooted in critical pedagogy and dialogic theory has been crucial for (a) opening classrooms and schools to their communities (b) including peoples’ voices into research in some of the poorest and marginalized areas in Southern Europe. Dr. Rocío García-Carrión is Ikerbasque Research Fellow at University of Deusto. She has been Marie Curie Fellow at University of Cambridge, Research Associate at Wolfson College Cambridge and visiting scholar at Harvard University. Her main research interests include dialogic and interactive learning environments, inclusion of marginalized groups, family and community involvement. She has been principal investigator in the ChiPE project (FP7, European Commission), and part of the coordination team of the Integrated Project INCLUD-ED (FP6), among others. Currently, she is leading the IMP-EXIT project (MINECO, Spain), focused on the impact of interactive learning environments in educational and social success. She has published several books and papers and international journals of impact such as Qualitative Inquiry (Q1), Journal of Psychodidactics (Q2) or Int Journal of Offender Therapy Comparative Criminology (Q2). She serves as chair for the International Research Network: Overcoming Inequalities in Schools and Learning Communities Innovative Education For A New Century within the World Educational Research Association. She is the Link convenor for the Network 14. Families, communities and schooling in educational research, EERA. Currently she has been elected President of the Multidisciplinary Association on Educational Research (AMIE). She is co-editor of the International Journal of Educational Psychology.
- WERA Presidents in the news 17. March 2017 18:50Senate of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens awards an honorary degree to Professor Ingrid Gogolin (WERA President-Elect: July 2016 – June 2018) In February 2017 Ingrid was awarded an honorary doctor’s degree by die Senate of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens to assert the significance and impact of Ingrid’s work in the community of scholars. Aforementioned is the highest honorary title awarded by the institution to revere distinguished scholars for outstanding work. Ingrid Gogolin is professor of comparative and intercultural education research at the University of Hamburg, research group “Diversity in Education Research”. Appointment as Vice-Rector of Helsinki University: Professor Sari Lindblom-Ylänne (WERA Immediate Past President) Sari will serve as part-time vice-rector from 1 February 2017 and will assume the position full time on 1 September 2017 until 31 July 2018. As vice-rector, one of Sari’s key duties will be to support the education reform underway at the University. Another significant focus of her future position arising from the University's strategy is the promotion of the digitalisation of teaching and learning. Sari Lindblom-Ylänne is Full Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Helsinki University Centre for Research and Development in Higher Education, Finland, since 2004. As Vice Head of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences since 2007, she was responsible for research issues and doctoral education in her Institute.
- WERA Launch First Quarterly Newsletter 9. March 2017 14:14WERA distributed the first quarterly Newsletter to Association as well as Individual WERA Members in February 2017. The Newsletter is filled with WERA information, events and news:
- AERA and WERA Convene Meeting of the Americas Education Research Associations, September 2016 9. March 2017 14:07On September 8–10 2016, AERA and the World Education Research Association (WERA) jointly convened the first-ever meeting of education research associations in the Americas. The meeting, held in Washington, D.C., brought together 23 representatives from 16 associations and related research organizations from throughout the Americas. The overall aims of the meeting were to (1) share information about the substantive issues and emphases of education research in these countries, (2) consider burning issues and research priorities, (3) discuss the organizational structure of education research in each country, and (4) address substantive research topics and scholars, including those cross-cutting beyond each country’s borders. Based on discussion and exchange, the meeting participants developed possible topics for a series of Americas symposia to be held at the San Antonio meeting in April 2017. Each symposium will focus on research areas or issues across the Americas. At the conclusion of the first full day of meeting, participants unanimously adopted the following resolution: "On this 9th day of September in the city of Washington, D.C., in the United States, 16 Americas associations and related organizations unanimously affirmed a commitment to work together to advance education research in the Americas and worldwide, building upon the capacities that reside in the Americas and a commitment to their use.”
- WERA Symposia and Workshop @ APERA-TERA, 9-11 November 2016, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 14. December 2016 10:43WERA Symposia and Workshop @ APERA-TERA took place from 9-11 November 2016 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan: 1. Perspectives on Education Research in the Americas (11/10/16—13:20-14:40) Chair: Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association, United States Ø Pedro Flores-Crespo, Universidad Autonoma de Querétaro, Mexico Ø Geovana Mendonça Lunardi Mendes, University of the State of Santa Catarina (UDESC), Brazil Ø Lori Diane Hill, American Educational Research Association, United States 2. Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Around the World (11/10/16—14:50-16:10) Chair: Liesel Ebersohn, University of Pretoria, South Africa Ø Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education and Teacher Education Joanna Madalińska-Michalak, University of Warsaw, Poland Ø The Potential of New Technologies to Drive Student Learning in Higher Education Sari Lindblom-Ylänne, University of Helsinki, Finland Ø The Intangibles of Leadership in Academia and Educational Institutions Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid, INTI-Laureate International Universities, Malaysia 3. International Research on the Social and Emotional Conditions for Resilience (11/11/16—11:00-12:20) Chair & Discussant: David Osher, American Institutes for Research, United States Ø A Partnership of a Drop-In Centre and Schools in South Africa which Transformed Schools as Centres of Care, Support, and Resiliency Motlalepule Ruth Mampane, University of Pretoria, South Africa Ø Innovative Approaches to Promote Emotional Resilience in Australian Schools Annemaree Carroll, University of Queensland, Australia Ø Adolescent Youth Development in Bangladesh Julie Bower, University of Queensland, Australia; Rashida Parveen, BRAC Education Program; Dilruba Akhter, BRAC Education Program, Bangladesh; Elizabeth Spier, American Institutes for Research, United States 4. Measuring Conditions for Learning Worldwide (Workshop) (11/11/16—14:00-17:30) Ø David Osher, American Institutes for Research, United States This workshop will both provide the theoretical, psychometric, and empirical background on conditions for leaning AND provide practical tools for measuring the conditions for learning in participant’s s home country and across countries. Copies of the survey will be provided for use and adaption, and links will be provided for other survey’s and resources to use in identifying surveys, collecting, analyzing and presenting survey data, and using these data to select and evaluate interventions. 5. Advancing Education Through Access to Data and Knowledge Worldwide (11/11/16—15:10-16:30) Chair: Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University, United States Ø The Potential of Longitudinal Information Systems for Innovation and Research in Education Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Directorate for Education and Skills), France Ø Promoting Access and Use of Administrative Data Systems in Education Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association, United States Ø Tackling the Challenge of Social Impact in Educational Research: The Social Impact Open Repository Initiative Rocío García-Carrión, University of Deusto, Spain 6. Evidence and Public Good in Educational Policy and Research (11/11/16—16:40-18:00) Co-Chairs: Mustafa Yunus Eryaman and Barbara Schneider Ø Guiding Principles of Evidence-based Educational Policy and Practice Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University, Michigan, U.S. Ø Educational Policy and Research for the Public Good: Evidence based? Evidence Informed? or Evidence Free? Mustafa Yunus Eryaman, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey Ø Evidence in Teachers’ Work – Possible or Not? An Analysis with a Special Reference to the Finnish Educational System Hannele Niemi, University of Helsinki, Finland Ø Assessing Students’ Growth in Mathematics and English Language in Singapore: The Practice, the Evidence and the Perceptions Jonathan WP GOH, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Ong Kim Lee, Ohio University (Presenter); Hairon Salleh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 7. International Perspectives on Educational Challenges and Change (11/11/16 16:40-18:00) Chair: Lori Diane Hill, American Educational Research Association (AERA) Ø Transforming Schools as Enabling Places in South Africa Liesel Ebersöhn, University of Pretoria, South Africa Ø Education, Democratization, Industrialization and Reform Efforts in Korea Dong-Seop Jin, Seoul National University, Korea Ø A European Perspective on Educating Refugees and Others Needing Shelter Ingrid Gogolin, University of Hamburg, Germany Ø Quality Assurance and Ensuring Quality Education for All Learners Dincay Koksal, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
- WERA Symposium @ CIMIE 2016 30. June 2016 20:14Invited WERA Symposium @ CIMIE, Seville 2016 Click here for more information
- WERA Symposium @ GERA, 13-16 March 2016, Kassel Germany 16. March 2016 20:25WERA Symposium @ GERA, 13-16 March 2016, Kassel Germany The WERA Symposium @ GERA took place from 13-16 March 2016 in Kassel, Germany. The title of this Symposium was 'Movers in Educational Space'. The Symposium addressed the burning issue of wars, natural disasters and hunger as well as the consequence of refugees and the question, in what ways the (national) education systems reacted to this in history/worldwide. The HIV&AIDS pandemic and the associated high poverty challenges have required of education research, policy makers and so forth to not only be reactive but also proactive. Is education research well-placed to give advice and support in such constellations, or is it rather not because of the 'inertia' of categories and schemata that set the frame for it? Three invited speakers and one discussant formed part of the Symposium: - European perspective: Dr Frank van Tubergen - A representative of UNHCR: Prof Sara Dryden-Peterson - African children, adversity & teachers who champion resilience: Prof Linda Theron - Discussant: Prof Dr Louis Henri Seukwa From left to right: Louis Henri Seukwa; Jochem Thijs; Ingrid Gogolin; Linda Theron and Sarah Dryden-Petersen
- WERA Elects New President-Elect and Vice President 3. March 2016 9:42Two outstanding scholars have been elected to serve as officers of the World Education Research Association (WERA) in the positions of President-elect (2 year term) and Vice President (2 year term) with effect from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018. The President-elect’s term as President commences on 1 July 2018. WERA, an association of 22 national, regional, and international specialty research associations, aims to advance education research as a scientific and scholarly field world-wide to serve the public good. To read more about this Press Release, click here.
- Creative University Conference to Take Place 23. February 2016 6:23The Creative University Conference 2016 will be taking place from 18 to 19 August at Aalborg University, Denmark. The title of this conference is "Knowledge cultures, critical creative thinking and innovative learning processes" The conference will address the development of knowledge economies, discourses of creativity and new conceptualizations of the university as place of education and research. In the present discourses, learning is becoming a key concept and phenomenon concerning creativity and physical as well as psychological learning environments that facilitate movement in body and mind, individual and organisation, institution and society. The organisers of this conference want to address notions of creativity and learning and the idea and role of the university. The organisers of the conference comprise different research groups working together – HERCH, FIU, CLIO in Aalborg, Global Studies in Waikato as well as the previous conference organisers from Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany, and Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan. The organisers invite contributions that investigate philosophical, cultural, social and pedagogical aspects of The Creative University, to extend the dialogues between playful, creative learning processes and the contemporary concerns in society and the wider world. For more information, please visit http://www.creativeuniversity.aau.dk/conference-theme/
- GERA-Commission Organizational Education announces Call for 2016 Annual Conference 24. September 2015 13:12The German Education Research Association's Commission on Organizational Education has announced the Call for its 2016 Annual Conference. This conference will take place at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany from 3 to 4 March 2016. For more information on this call, click here.
- Professor Irma Eloff Presents WERA Keynote at CIMIE 2015 21. July 2015 9:06Professor Irma Eloff, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, recently presented a Keynote Address on behalf of the World Education Research Association (WERA) at the 4th Multidisciplinary International Conference on Educational Research (CIMIE). This conference was held from July 2 to July 3, 2015. Professor Irma Eloff Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa Professor Eloff's address reflected on some of the key historical moments of teacher education in South Africa, pondered current challenges in an emerging democracy, and shared some thoughts about the future of teacher education and educational research in the global context. To read the abstract of Professor Eloff's address, click here.
- Capacity Development Workshop on Innovative Methodologies for International Research on Adolescents 6. April 2015 8:29This year WERA will be hosting two Capacity Development Workshops on 7 September 2015 at its 2015 Focal Meeting. This Focal Meeting will be held in conjunction with the European Conference for Education Research (ECER) in Budapest, Hungary. The first of the two Capacity Development Workshops is titled 'Innovative Methodologies for International Research on Adolescents' and will be hosted by Barbara Schneider from Michigan State University and Katariina Salmela-Aro from the University of Helsinki. Barbara Schneider is the John A. Hannah Chair and University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching focus on understanding how the social contexts of schools and families influence the academic and social well-being of adolescents as they move into adulthood, with a particular emphasis on improving educational opportunities for students with limited economic and social resources. She is the co-author of 15 books, author of numerous journal articles, and previous editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Sociology of Education. Schneider was a Fulbright New Centuries Scholar, member of the Sociological Research Association, and Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. She concluded her term as President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in April 2014 and currently serves as Past-President. Katariina Salmela-Aro is a professor in psychology, Cicero Learning, University of Helsinki and University of Jyväskylä. She is also a Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London, UK. She is incoming President of the European Association for Developmental Psychology and Past Secretary general of the international Society for Behavioral Development. Together with her colleagues she has created the Pathways to Adulthood International interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellowship program funded by the Jacobs Foundation. Recently she has studied using FinEdu longitudinal data, the development of engagement and motivation during the transition to adulthood and has created school burnout and engagement measures. She is consulting editor of Developmental Psychology and associate editor in European Psychologist. Her main aim is to encourage the next generation of researchers to the engaging world of international research. Keep watching this space for more exciting information on this Capacity Development Workshop, as well as the second of the two workshops titled 'Introduction to Causal Analysis Using TIMMS and PISA'!
- Professor Ingrid Gogolin presents WERA-SERA Plenary Lecture at WERA 2014 Focal Meeting 15. December 2014 14:42WERA recently had the honour of hosting Professor Ingrid Gogolin as presenter of the WERA-SERA Plenary Lecture at the WERA 2014 Focal Meeting held in conjunction with SERA in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professor Gogolin, Dr. phil., Dr. phil. h.c., is professor of international comparative and intercultural education research at the University of Hamburg. Her research is focused on problems of migration and linguistic diversity in education. She was coordinator of the European Educational Research Quality Indicators (EERQI) project, a three-year effort to develop new indicators and methodologies on publication quality. She served as the initial president of the World Education Research Association from 2009-2010, and is a past president of the European Educational Research Association (EERA). WERA was privileged to be able to host Professor Gogolin at both the WERA 2014 Council Meeting, as well as the WERA 2014 Focal Meeting where she gave a WERA-SERA Plenary Lecture titled "Global Communication - How can Education Research Support the Development of Skills for the 21st Century?"
- WERA attends SERA 2014 Annual Conference Banquet 15. December 2014 13:47SERA recently hosted WERA at its 2014 Annual Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. In the below photograph, various members of WERA and SERA convene at the SERA Opening Banquet which was held on Wednesday, 19 November, 2014. Featured WERA and SERA Executive Committee Members in attendance were (left to right) Felice Levine (WERA President-Elect), Liesel Ebersöhn (WERA Secretary General), George Head (SERA Past President), Sari Lindblom-Ylänne (WERA President) and Laura Colucci-Gray (SERA President).
- WERA hosts Graduate Student Meeting at 2014 SERA Annual Conference 15. December 2014 12:50For the first time ever, WERA hosted its very own Graduate Student Meeting in conjunction with SERA at its 2014 Annual Conference. The purpose of this meeting was to facilitate discussion and to foster networking among graduate scholars in education. Present at this exciting meeting were WERA Executive Committee Members Sari Lindblom-Ylänne (WERA President), Felice Levine (WERA President-Elect) and Liesel Ebersöhn (WERA Secretary General). WERA plans to hold additional Graduate Student Meetings at forthcoming WERA Focal Meetings. Watch this space for information on Graduate Student Meetings scheduled for the 2015 WERA at ECER Focal Meeting in Budapest, Hungary!
- WERA 2015 Call Open 1. December 2014 11:04
- WERA Accepts 3 New Member Associations 1. December 2014 10:39WERA WELCOMES THREE NEW MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS Edinburgh, Scotland, 22 November 2014: WERA Council has accepted the applications of three Associations as Member Associations of WERA. The three Associations are the South African Education Research Association (SAERA), Polskie Towarzystwo Pedagogiczne (PTP) (Portugal Education Research Association (PERA) and Asociación Multidisciplinar de Investigación Educativa (AMIE) (Multidisciplinary Educational Research Association). These associations have resolved to working together through international and reciprocal collaborations to address issues such as building capacity and interest in education research, advancing education research policies and practices, and promoting the use and application of education research around the world.
- WERA President-Elect Levine Gives Keynote at SAERA Annual Meeting 3. September 2014 19:11On August 13th, WERA President-Elect Felice J. Levine delivered a plenary keynote address, titled “The International Footprint of Education Research: A 21st-Century Work in Progress,” at the second annual meeting of the South African Education Research Association (SAERA), held in Durban, South Africa. Levine provided an overview of the field of education research from an international perspective, speaking to the state, status, and conditions of education research as a field and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. She stressed that educational research associations have the opportunity to shape research and data agendas by sharing research findings and data across borders and countries. For more information and photos, please read the AERA Highlights article.
- WERA Symposium at ECER Porto 2. September 2014 12:33On September 2, 2014, the European Conference on Education Research (ECER) held a WERA sponsored symposium titled: Diversity in Educational Settings – Global Challenge, Regional Solutions, Different Research Perspectives. Wilfried Bos (Technical University of Dortmund), Stephan Vincent-Lancrin (OECD, Educational Access, Innovation, and Evaluation/Interventions Worldwide), Heike Wendt (Technical University of Dortmund), and Johanna Madalinska-Michalak (University of Lodz) presented this symposium. The European Educational Research Association (EERA) held its annual conference in Porto, Portugal from September 1 to September 5, 2014. This conference was titled “The Past, the Present and Future of Educational Research in Europe” and aimed to reflect on how educational research has developed in Europe, as well as on the impact which it has had.
- WERA Symposium at VIII Copene Brazil 5. August 2014 15:50On July 30, 2014 the Brazilian Association of Black Researchers (ABPN, in Portuguese) held a WERA sponsored symposium titled: Affirmative Action Policies: Perspectives and Challenges in the US and Brazil. Presenters were Dr. Joyce E. King from Georgia State University (President of The American Educational Research Association) and Dr. Tatiane C. Rodrigues from Universidade Federal de São Carlos. The ABPN held its annual conference in Belém, PA from July 29 to August 2, 2014. The ABPN is a major association of black researchers in Brazil, focused on social justice issues with a specific interest in the black populations of Brazil, Africa, and Diaspora.
- Newly Elected WERA Leadership Assumes Positions on July 1 9. July 2014 18:45WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1—Three highly experienced international scholars have assumed their positions as officers of the World Education Research Association (WERA) in the positions of President-Elect (2-year term), Vice President (2-year term), and Secretary General (4-year term). WERA, an association of 21 national, regional, and international specialty research associations, aims to advance education research as a scientific and scholarly field worldwide to serve the public good. New WERA Leadership President-Elect: Felice J. Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C. She was Executive Officer of the American Sociological Association and a program director at the National Science Foundation. She is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a past president of the Law and Society Association. Levine has had an interest and engagement in projects with an international focus spanning more than two decades. She was extensively involved in the formation and evolution of WERA and previously served as WERA’s Secretary General from 2010-2014. Vice President: Ong Kim Lee, Adjunct Faculty at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Prior to this appointment, Lee was on the faculty of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, from January 2000 to 2012 where he served as Associate Professor, Head of the Policy and Leadership Studies Department, and Associate Dean of Education Research. He retired from NIE in January 2012. Lee has been actively engaged in WERA since its inception. This is his second term as Vice President. Secretary General: Liesel Ebersöhn, Professor and Director of the Unit for Education Research in AIDS, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. She has participated extensively on projects of worldwide scope and dimensions, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals. As past president of the Education Association of South Africa (EASA), Ebersöhn was the official representative of EASA to the WERA Council from 2010 to 2012. She currently serves as Co-chair of the WERA Task Force on Poverty and Opportunities to Learn. Continuing Leadership In addition to Levine, Lee, and Ebersöhn, the WERA Executive Committee includes Past President Yin Cheong Cheng and President Sari Lindblom-Ylänne: Professor Yin Cheong Cheng previously served as the President of WERA from 2012-2014 and has now become the Past President.. He is Vice President for Research and Development, and Chair Professor of Leadership and Change at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He was President of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association from 2004 to 2008. Cheng has published widely in international journals, and serves on the advisory boards of a number of international journals. Some of his publications have been translated into Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Czech, Thai, and Persian. Sari Lindblom-Ylänne, became the new President of WERA on July 1, 2014. She is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Helsinki University Centre for Research and Development in Higher Education in Finland. She was President of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction from 2009 to 2011, and a member of its executive committee from 2005 to 2011. Lindblom-Ylänne is actively involved in many international research projects, and has published widely in national and international refereed journals, as well as authoring books and book chapters.
- Individual Membership in WERA Now Open 11. June 2014 19:08Individual scientists, scholars, students, and other professionals engaged in or committed to education research are eligible for individual membership status in WERA. Join now as an individual member.Individual memberships provide opportunities for exchange of information, communication, and collaborations otherwise not readily available across continents and hemispheres. Individual members will receive benefits of WERA and may participate in WERA activities at discounted rates.Benefits of WERA membership include: Discounts on WERA publications, including the World Education Research YearbookDiscounts on WERA professional development workshops and coursesOpportunity to propose and lead a WERA International Research Network (IRN)Online news and information about education research activities around the world (conferences, calls for papers, etc.), and the opportunity to participate in discussion groups, podcasts, and other WERA activitiesAutomatic membership in the Graduate Student Forum Individual membership is offered on an affordable sliding scale to adjust for differences in economic capacity around the world. Please note that students are offered special rates. Also, you may choose to become a member of WERA for one year, or for two years at a slightly lower dues rate.Check to see which category your country falls into. For 2014, dues will be automatically reduced for a partial year.Types of Individual MembershipCategory ACategory BCategory CRegular member 2014100 USDRegular member 201465 USDRegular member 201450USDRegular member 2014-2015 (2 years)180 USDRegular member 2014-2015 (2 years)110 USDRegular member 2014-2015 (2 years)80USDStudent member 201470 USDStudent member 201445 USDStudent member 201430USDStudent member 2014-2015 (2 years)130 USDStudent member 2014-2015 (2 years)80 USDStudent member 2014-2015 (2 years)55 USD Follow the link to join WERA as an individual member today!