World Education Research Association Focal Meeting 2020+1

The WERA 2020+1 Focal Meeting will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from 7th to 9th July 2021. The main theme of the meeting will be Networking Education: Diverse Realities, Common Horizons. The Meeting is an integral part of the 17th Spanish & 9th Ibero-American Education Conference. As one of the founding members of WERA, the Spanish Pedagogical Society is pleased to host this event.

The Organizing Committee of the WERA 2020+1 Focal Meeting is very much looking forward to receiving you at the historical city of Santiago de Compostela and we wish you a 'Good Camino'.

To find out more information about this event please click here.

Education Policy SIG seminar Monday 8 June

The Education Policy SIG has just held a successful seminar, titled “Taking stock: Perspectives on the government’s education reviews and where to from here?”

After much toing and froing occasioned by the various Covid-19 Alert Levels, the seminar was finally able to be held on June 8, with twenty people having the opportunity to meet in person, carefully separated by 1m, in what is probably going to be the first and last face-to-face SIG or caucus meeting of the year. Another 38 people joined by Zoom for all or part of the day.

The morning had presentations about the review of Tomorrow’s Schools, with Martin Thrupp giving an outsider’s perspective, Cathy Wylie sharing the perspective of a member of the review taskforce, and Judie Alison and Rob Willetts providing a case study of why the government’s failure to profoundly interrupt the high levels of school-based decision-making impacts negatively on the conditions of teachers’ work in some schools and across the system.

In the afternoon there were two presentations on curriculum and assessment. Elizabeth Rata talked about Educational Knowledge Theory and how different kinds of knowledge tend to be conflated and confused in our system. Bronwyn Wood asked whether the review of NCEA was heading in the right direction or not.

The day finished with an NZEI session titled “Change: Being done ‘to’ or ‘with’ or ‘for’” which covered the union’s experiences of change over recent decades. This was presented by President/Te Manukura Liam Rutherford and Campaign Lead Jane Porter.

All who contributed to the final session reflecting on the day agreed that it had been a coherent and very enjoyable programme, and a huge treat for those who were able to be there in person.

To watch the full replay of the Education Policy SIG Seminar please click here.

WERA Visiting Researcher Award 2020

The World Education Research Association is currently offering an opportunity to visit the IEA Research and Analysis (RandA) Unit in Hamburg, Germany, and the Diversity in Education Research Lab (DiVER) at University of Hamburg, the DIPF | Leibniz-Institute for Research and Information in Education, as well as one of their Member Associations, the American Educational Research Association (AERA). This award enables visiting researchers to develop their own research project while benefiting from the individual support of IEA, DiVER Hamburg and DIPF experts working in different fields related to international large-scale assessments, especially with a focus on diversity in education. Those interested in visiting at AERA will have the opportunity to work on a research policy topic (among those the visitor advances) and related programmatic activity of international scope and relevance. Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the applicants can request to complete their research visits during the first half of 2021 as well.

To qualify for the visitor award the applicant will need to: 

•    Work on a research project related to IEA- and/ or DiVER studies during their stay/ respectively on a research project which highly corresponds to DIPF’s activities. Since AERA’s scope of interest in research and science policy issues is quite broad, please send a brief email to  to determine if the topic is relevant to current AERA activities;
•     Obtain the necessary visa and arrange own travel to Germany or the U.S.;
•     Present proof of valid medical insurance coverage for the stay in Germany or the U.S.;
•     Be able to communicate fluently in English and/ or German, in English in the U.S.

Deadline: 1 May 2020

For more information about the award or how to apply please click here

For any questions please email