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Focal Meetings


Each year, WERA holds a Focal Meeting in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of a WERA member association. Focal Meetings consist of a strand of paper and symposia sessions, lectures, and other substantive activities focusing on issues of significance to education research through a world-wide perspective. Research that is comparative, cross-cultural, international, or transnational in conceptualization, scope, or design is emphasized. Previous WERA Focal Meetings have been held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November 2010), Kaohsiung, Taiwan (December 2011); Sydney, Australia (December 2012); Guanajuato, Mexico (November 2013); Edinburgh, Scotland (2014); Budapest, Hungary (September 2015), Washington, DC, USA (April 2016) and Hong Kong, China (2017).


WERA World Congress


The first-ever 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. 


Symposia at Member Meetings


WERA sponsors symposia and keynote addresses at the annual meetings of member associations. WERA representatives presents research at conferences of association, permitting participating scholars to interact with and learn from international colleagues. Since its founding in 2009, WERA has sponsored numerous symposia at conferences of member associations around the world. 


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