Extended Education Conference - World Education Research Association

We invite researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to the 3rd WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference!

The aim of the conference is to connect research and practice both from international, national and local perspectives, and to engage researchers from different disciplines, policy-makers, educators and professionals such as youth workers, teachers, social workers, community workers who are interested in data, studies and innovation to look at extended education as a bridge between school learning and community-based and/or school-based activities that help strengthen both education and communal life.

What is Extended Education?

From childhood to adolescence, young people are enrolled in various public or private forms of educational arrangements outside regular school lessons. Some of them participate in school- or community-based programs, forms of private tutoring or after-school activities such as art courses or academic clubs, or they attend extracurricular provisions at all-day schools.

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. They can be summarized by the term extended education – a term which has been established internationally for this field of education in the last years.

This conference sets out to explore the concept and practice of extended education through different theoretical and research lenses, ranging from international comparative research to innovative and developmental projects at the local or national levels. This conference is particularly aimed to shed light on how different stakeholders may work together, especially across research, practice or policy.

Organising Committee

  • Kolbrún Þ. Pálsdóttir, PhD, Dean of the School of Education, University of Iceland
  • Ruth Jörgensdóttir Rauterberg, PhD, adjunct professor, School of Education, University of Iceland
  • Árni Guðmundsson, PhD, adjunct professor, School of Education, University of Iceland
  • Steingerður Kristjánsdóttir, PhD, adjunct professor, School of Education, University of Iceland
  • Katrín Johnson, MA, project manager, Educational Research Institute, School of Education, University of Iceland

Organisers of the WERA-IRN Extended Education Conferences

  • Prof. Dr. Marianne Schüpbach, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, WERA-IRN EXTENDED EDUCATION Chair
  • Prof. Dr. Gil G. Noam, The PEAR Institute, Harvard University, USA, WERA-IRN EXTENDED EDUCATION Chair
  • Eva Dietrich, B.Ed, Coordinator of the WERA-IRN Extended Education, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany