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[edit]


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[edit]

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[edit]

Year Authors Paper
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)[edit]

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.[1]

ECER-Conferences since 1992
Year Place Country Attendees
2019 Hamburg (2nd time) Germany
2018 Bolzano Italy 2,900[2]
2017 Copenhagen (2nd time) Denmark
2016 Dublin (2nd time) Ireland
2015 Budapest Hungary
2014 Porto Portugal
2013 Istanbul Turkey
2012 Cádiz Spain
2011 Berlin Germany
2010 Helsinki Finland
2009 Vienna Austria
2008 Gothenburg Sweden
2007 Ghent Belgium
2006 Geneva Switzerland
2005 Dublin Ireland
2004 Crete Greece
2003 Hamburg Germany
2002 Lisbon Portugal
2001 Lille France
2000 Edinburgh Scotland
1999 Lahti Finland
1998 Ljublijana Slovenia
1997 Frankfurt/Main Germany
1996 Seville Spain
1995 Bath England
1992 Twente Netherlands

Other activities[edit]

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)[edit]

The European Educational Research Journal (EERJ)[3] 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.


  1. ^ "Previous ECERs". EERA. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  2. ^ "Tutto pronto per ECER 2018". (in German). Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  3. ^ European Educational Research Journal (EERJ)