European Educational Research Association
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The European Educational Research Association (EERA) is an association of national and regional associations representing educational researchers in Europe. EERA aims to encourage collaboration amongst educational researchers in Europe, promote communication between educational researchers and international governmental organisations and disseminate and highlight state-of-the-art findings of educational research, primarily through the annual European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) and its associated journal, the European Educational Research Journal (EERJ).
EERA was founded in June 1994 as a result of discussions among many national educational research associations and several major research institutes throughout Europe which identified the need for a European association to foster the exchange of ideas amongst European researchers, promote collaboration in research, improve research quality and offer independent advice on educational research and policies to European and national policy-makers, administrators and practitioners. From 1994 to 2007, EERA was constituted as a Charity under British Law and based in Glasgow, Scotland. Since 2008, EERA has been operating from its new office in Berlin, Germany, and is constituted as a non-profit organisation under German Law.
EERA aims to encourage collaboration amongst educational researchers and their respective associations in Europe. It promotes communication between educational researchers and international governmental organisations, such as the EU, Council of Europe, OECD and UNESCO. Furthermore, EERA seeks to disseminate the findings of educational research and to ascertain that the contribution of educational research to policy and practice is recognized and desired.
EERA is constituted as an association of associations (i.e. there are no individual members). Its membership is made up of more than 30 national and regional Educational Research Associations from all parts of wider Europe.
EERA member associations
- Albania - CDE Center for Democratic Education
- Armenia – Educational Research Armenian Centre
- Austria – Österreichische Gesellschaft für Forschung und Entwicklung im Bildungswesen
- Belarus – Belarus National Association "Innovations in Education" (IE)
- Belgium – Association Belge des Chercheurs en Education and Vlaams Forum voor Onderwijsonderzoek
- Cyprus – Cyprus Pedagogical Association , and Cyprus Educational Sciences Association
- Czech Republic – Česká asociace pedagogického výzkumu
- Denmark – Nordic Educational Research Association
- Estonia – Eesti Akadeemiline Pedagoogika Selts
- Finland – Finnish Educational Research Association and Nordic Educational Research Association
- France – Association des Enseignants et Chercheurs en Sciences de l'Education
- Germany – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft
- Greece – Hellenic Educational Society
- Hungary – Hungarian Educational Research Association
- Iceland – Nordic Educational Research Association
- Ireland – Educational Studies Association of Ireland
- Italy – Società Italiana di Pedagogia
- Lithuania – Lithuanian Educational Research Association
- Luxembourg - University of Luxembourg
- Malta - Malta Educational Research Association
- Netherlands – Vereniging voor Onderwijs Research
- Norway – Nordic Educational Research Association
- Poland – Polskie Towarzystwo Pedagogiczne
- Portugal – Centro de Investigação, Difusão e Intervenção Educacional and Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências da Educação
- Romania - University of Bucharest
- Russia - RERA Moscow State University of Psychology and Education
- Serbia - DIOS Društvo istraživača u obrazovanju u Srbiji (Educational Research Association of Serbia-ERAS)
- Slovakia – Slovenskápedagogická spoločnosť
- Slovenia – Slovensko društvoraziskovalcev na področju edukacije
- Spain – Asociacion Interuniversitaria de Investigacion Pedagogica and Sociedad Espanola de Pedagogia
- Sweden – Nordic Educational Research Association
- Switzerland – Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Bildungsforschung
- Turkey – Eğitim Araştırmaları Birliği and Eğitim Yöneticileri ve Eğitim Deneticileri Derneği
- United Kingdom – British Educational Research Association (British Educational Research Association) and Scottish Educational Research Association
- Ukraine - UERA Ukrainian Educational Researchers Association
EERA is governed by Council and the Executive Board].
The Executive Board is made up of the President, the Treasurer and the Secretary General who are elected for a four-year term:
- Theo Wubbels, EERA President
- Maria P. Figueiredo, EERA Secretary General
- Herbert Altrichter, EERA Treasurer
Council consists of the representatives of the member associations and the co-opted Council members – the Networks’ Representative on Council, the editor of EERJ and the Convenor of the Emerging Researchers' Group.
The academic work of EERA and especially the ECER conference is organised in networks. They are either discipline oriented or focus on certain research themes within educational research.
- 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals,Leaders, and Organizations
- 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
- 3. Curriculum Innovation
- 4. Inclusive Education
- 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
- 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
- 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
- 8. Research on Health Education
- 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
- 10. Teacher Education Research
- 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
- 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
- 13. Philosophy of Education
- 14. Communities, families, and schooling in educational research
- 15. Research on Partnerships in Education
- 16. ICT in Education and Training
- 17. Histories of Education
- 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
- 19. Ethnography
- 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
- 22. Research in Higher Education
- 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
- 24. Mathematics Education Research
- 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
- 26. Educational Leadership
- 27. Didactics - Learning and Teaching
- 28. Sociologies of Education
- 29. Research on Arts Education
- 30. Research on Environmental and Sustainability Education
- 31. Led – Network on Language and Education
- 32. Organizational Education
- Emerging Researchers’ Group (former Postgraduate Network)
Emerging Researchers’ Group
EERA actively promotes the work and professional development of early researchers and PhD students and has therefore established the Emerging Researchers´ Group (ERG).
The Emerging Researchers' Group seeks to:·
- provide a European research community for Emerging Researchers (including those undertaking a Doctorate) ·
- provide a forum for dissemination of Early Career Research at the Emerging Researchers’ Conference.·
- offer support and guidance for article and poster production via the 'Best Paper Award' and 'Best Poster Award'·
- offer support for researchers from Central and Eastern Europe and other low-GDP countries to attend ECER and engage with peers through the bursary program·
- train researchers by offering Season Schools, such as the Summer School on Educational Methodology.
- Moreover, the ERG supports EERA networks in conducting season schools.
Best Paper Award
|2015||Panagiota Gkofa||Greek Roma’s Educational Pathways: Mapping Factors Leading to Success|
|2014||Iryna Kushnir||The Role of the Bologna Process in Defining Europe|
|2013||Cora Lingling Xu’||Identity and Cross-border Student Mobility: The Mainland China-Hong Kong Experience and Its Inverse-directional Parallel European Implications|
|2012||Triin Lauri||School choice policy – seeking to balance educational efficiency and equity: A comparative analysis of 20 European countries|
|2011||Anneli Schwartz||Student Responses to a Saviour Pedagogy: An Ethnographic Study|
|2010||Daniel Fischer||Educational Organisations as "Cultures of Consumption|
|2009||Konstanze Spohrer||Deconstructing “Aspiration”: UK policy debates and European policy trends|
|2008||Katrin Kaufmann and Halit Öztürk||Migration background and participation in continuing education in Germany|
|2007||Nasser Mansour||Religious beliefs: A hidden variable in the performance of science teachers in the classroom|
|2006||Amanda Cook-Jones||The Changing Role of the Teaching Assistant in the Primary School Sector|
European Conference on Educational Research (ECER)
EERA’s most visible contribution to the dissemination of educational research is the annual European Conference on Educational Research (ECER).
The first ECER took place in Twente, Netherlands in 1992. Numbers of attendants have grown steadily since then. Usually ECER attracts over 2500 researchers from about 70 different countries.
|2019||Hamburg (2nd time)||Germany|
|2017||Copenhagen (2nd time)||Denmark|
|2016||Dublin (2nd time)||Ireland|
EERA supports cutting-edge research and training for young researchers and established scholars by funding season schools, projects, seminars, workshops and roundtables of its networks. Since 2009 EERA is running a series of summer schools for emerging researchers.
European Educational Research Journal (EERJ)
The European Educational Research Journal (EERJ) is the official journal of the European Educational Research Association (EERA). It is an international peer-reviewed journal with an Editorial Board drawn from across Europe and representing leading scholars in the educational field. The EERJ Editor is a member of the EERA Council.