WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference


Dear friends.

Due to the situation in the world we have delayed opening the registration until the end of april.

We received a lot of very promising abstracts and are about to start reviewing them. Everyone that sent one in will be notified about participation in the next month or so.

We look forward to seeing you in Reykjavík in September.


We invite researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to the third WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference.

Click here for the WERA call for papers information-brochure


The third WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference will be held 17-19 September 2020 at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

The conference title is:
Extended Education in Thriving Communities: Towards a sustainable future

Registration will be open from late April 2020

For further information please contact:

Dr. Kolbrún Pálsdóttir, Dean of the School of Education, University of Iceland - kolbrunp@hi.is
Katrín Johnson, Project Manager, Educational Research Institute - katrinj@hi.is



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.   


The aim of the third WERA-IRN Extended Education conference is to explore the multiple ways in which extended education programs, research and theories help communities and individuals prepare for a sustainable future, a future that involves educating responsible and active citizens.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) inspire governments and communities around the world to transform the world, step by step. One of the SDGs is quality education for all. This conference focuses on how extended education activities are integral to ensure quality education for all, and how extended education can be aligned to reduce inequalities, provide equal access, success and well-being for all students. We invite educational researchers and professionals in the field of extended education to come together to ask critical questions, such as: Is extended education reducing or widening the social gap? Does extended education compensate the traditional education system? How can extended education be aligned with school-based practices to equip young people with skills and values to work for a sustainable future? What are the qualities of thriving communities and what can different stakeholders do to foster such communities? What are the values of extended education practices and how are those reflected in policy, practice and research?



The aim of the conference is to connect research and practice both frominternational, 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.



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