About us


Friday, December 1, 2017, 17.30–19.00 (Auditorium)


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.    
Link to the WERA Website: https://wera.site-ym.com/page/ExtendedEducation

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, or 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/or academic development of children and young people and are educationally structured to make it easier for the participants to learn specific contents.

Extended education programs have many common institutional features as well as a number of parallel education-related pedagogical problems, regardless of whether they are extracurricular activities at German all-day schools, summer camps in the United States, or activities at Swedish leisure-time centers, for example. Thus, international research focuses on similar problems and similar features of these educational settings. In the following, we outline two of these features:

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.


Should you be interested in joining WERA-IRN EXTENDED EDUCATION, in receiving information about future activities, and in being listed as a member on our website, we’d be very happy to welcome you as a new member. In order to join us you can

  • Hand in the slip of paper that can be downloaded here(188.9 KB, 1 Seite) at the reception of the conference or
  • Register at the first business meeting IRN EXTENDED EDUCATION (Friday, December 1, 2017, 17.30 – 19.00) or
  • Send an email to sekretariat.grundschulpaed(at)uni-bamberg.de in which you tell us that you would like to join us and agree to be given information about future activities and to be listed as a member on our website