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"Reimagining Worldwide Education Research”

The 2018 WERA World Congress took place from 3 August to 5 August 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Around the world, education research across contexts of learning addresses strikingly similar issues and aims to be relevant to policy and practice. Whatever the topic—access and equity, language diversities, STEM learning, teaching effectiveness, policy impacts, or workforce preparation, to name but a few—common questions and concerns drive inquiry. Over the past decade, scholars and students alike have been increasingly drawn to connecting their work to research in other countries, cultures, and contexts. There is also growing interest in building cumulative knowledge and critiquing the strengths of findings and inferences through the lens of multiple perspectives enriched by studies in the global North and South. Yet, despite these transformations, single-site or within-country studies continue to dominate even when research is situated within a broader literature or when comparisons are drawn.


This first-ever WERA Congress consisted of 132 sessions on topics of international scope and significance: 67 paper sessions, 28 symposia and 2 poster sessions. 4 Keynotes as well as the opening plenary by Dr Felice Levine (WERA president) were one of the highlights of the Congress. WERA also hosted four Capacity Development Workshops, as well as 23 invited symposia on a variety of topics. Delegates at the congress came from all over the world, with delegates from 47 different countries. To see the 2018 WERA World Congress Program, click herePlease click here for photos of the 2018 WERA World Congress.


The regional partners of the congress were the University of Limpopo, University of Northern Cape, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela University, University of the Free State, University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Venda, University of Pretoria, National University of Lesotho, University of Swaziland, University of Fort Hare, UNISA (University of South Africa), Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and UMALUSI (Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training). 




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