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WERA-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

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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. Word Education Research Association (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 invite you to submit posters, papers, and symposia until July 2, 2017.

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