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World Education Research Association Elects New Officers

Tuesday, March 3, 2020   (0 Comments)
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World Education Research Association Elects New Officers


Two outstanding scholars have been elected to serve as officers of the World Education Research Association (WERA) in the positions of President-elect (two year term) and Vice President (2 year term). This association of 27 national, regional, and international specialty research associations aims to advance education research as a scientific and scholarly field world-wide to serve the public good.

 

The newly elected leadership is:

 

President-elect: Bee Leng Chua Ph.D. (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) is an Associate Dean of Professional Practice at Teacher Education, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. In her portfolio, she provides thought leadership and spearheads initiatives in the development of preservice teachers to be reflective practitioners with a strong teacher identity and the use of digital portfolio to chart teachers’ professional growth. Her research endeavors focus on how initial teacher preparation programmes develop reflective and inquiring teachers with a strong teacher identity and how classroom pedagogies enhance students’ learning to bring forth the intended cognitive, affective and motivational learning outcomes. To date, she has successfully been awarded a total of SGD $1,732,149 in competitive and non-competitive grants both as principal investigator or co-principal investigator. She is also part of the Singapore team involved in a 3-country/institution research study funded by the International Network of Educational Institutes (INEI). In collaboration with University of College London and University Of Toronto, the team is investigating on the development of quality university-based teacher education. She has published journal papers, book chapters, professional books and given more than 30 conference presentations. Her most recent edited book is on Advances in Mediated Learning Experience for 21st Century Education (Cengage, 2019). She is currently the President of the Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS), Executive Director of Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Vice-president (Asia Pacific) of the International Association of Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACEP), an executive board member for the Asia-Pacific Association-Problem-based Learning in Health Sciences (APA-PHS) and founding member of the Mediated Learning Laboratory in NIE. In addition, she is the Executive Editor for the Educational Research for Policy and Practice (ERPP) journal.

 

 

 

 

Vice President: Joanna Madalińska-Michalak is a Full Professor of Social Sciences (field – Educational Research). She is based at the Faculty of Education University of Warsaw. She is a Head of the Chair of Didactics and Teacher Education, a member of the Board of Scientific Discipline, University of Warsaw and a member of the University Board of the Pedagogical University in Cracow. Her research work has focused on educational leadership, teacher education, teachers’ and school principals’ development, and research ethics. She is actively involved in many national and international research projects. She has delivered keynotes in a wide range of countries. She is an author of more than 250 scientific publications, mainly articles in journals and books. She has acted as an expert advisor to international bodies and has been involved in research and educational programmes relating to school leadership, teachers’ success, teachers’ competences and professionalism, teachers’ ethics, and teacher education. She was an expert at the European Research Funding 2007-2013 7th Framework Programme.  Her current teaching responsibilities are: MA – Educational Leadership, Teacher Education: Contemporary Challenges; Passion for Teaching; and Research Methods in Education (at Graduate Programme in Teaching English to Young Learners). She serves for global, international, and national scientific organisations. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of International Council of Education for Teaching (ICET), a representative of Polish Educational Research Association in World Education Research Association (WERA), a member of Council Board of European Educational Research Association (EERA), Chair of Teacher Education Policy in Europe Scientific Network (TEPE), President of Polish Educational Research Association (PERA), and a member of Board of Scientific Associations at the Polish Academy of Science. She serves as a member of editorial boards and as a member of reviewers’ panels for such scientific journals as Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, European Journal of Teacher Education and South African Journal of Education. She has started to serve for the World Education Research Association since 2015. She was not only a representative of PERA, but at the same time she was a member of Capacity Development Committee, and WERA International Research Networks. Since 2017 she has held a position of WERA Vice-President and contributes in a very significant way to WERA development. She is a chair of WERA IRNs Committee. She actively took part in several WERA’s invited Symposiums that were held at AERA and EERA Conferences. She served as a reviewer for WERA Focal Meetings.

 

 

WERA’s new officers assume their positions on June 1, 2020. The Council which governs WERA is composed of the officers who were elected by member associations and one representative from each of the 27 WERA member associations.

 

 

 

 

 

About WERA

Founded in 2009, WERA is an association of national, regional, international, and specialty research associations dedicated to advancing education research as a scientific and scholarly field. WERA’s initiatives are global in nature, transcending what any single association can accomplish in its own country, region, or area of specialization.  For further information on WERA and its programs, please visit the WERA Website.

 

Media Contact: WERA Secretariat, wera@aera.net.


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