European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) is one of the main events in Europe that gathers educational researchers across disciplines and contexts and satisfies a wide range of different tastes. As such, ECER 2017 in Copenhagen was a great opportunity for EDiTE Early Stage Researchers to offer a flavour of their culinary skills as well as to develop their taste buds and expand their palates across different EERA networks, topics and discussions.
This year, ECER took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 22nd to 25th August, with the theme Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent roles of policy and educational research. As every year, an array of different research was presented across the 28 EERA networks and beyond.
EDiTE was this year represented at ECER by seven Early Stage Researchers and several of professors, supervisors and partners from all five of the consortium members. Already at the first day, as part of EERA Network Social Justice and Intercultural Education, Tamás Toth presented his work on transformative teacher learning through cultural action and has shared insights from Poland and Romania. Second day continued with greatly-attended Leadership for Learning symposium chaired by EDiTE’s head of consortium Michael Schratz, which among other featured the collaborative work of Malte Gregorzewski and EDiTE’s partner organisation BIFIE, which was represented by Christian Wiesner and David Kemethofer. Later the same day, as part of the session on Multilingualism and Plurilingualism Research, Ezra Howard talked about his research on professional alternatively certified teachers of English and present first batch of results from his study in Czech Republic.
The third day has seen the first ever EDiTE symposium which was chaired by Markus Ammann. The symposium presented the works of Vasileios Symeonidis, Helena Kovacs, Josefine Wagner and Andras Fehervari, after which one of the heads of EDiTE consortium, Gabor Halasz acted as a discussant. At the beginning Vasileios took the opportunity to present the EDiTE to the audience, after which he talked about his extensive work on Europeanisation of teacher education and the case of Hungary. Helena followed showcasing part of her work on teacher learning in innovative learning environments and providing insights into a Finnish platform called HundrED. The third title featured essential work on inclusive education in Poland, in which Josefine brought to life vivid excerpts from her ethnographic field work in Polish schools. Finally, Andras Fehervari explored the field of pre-service teachers’ perceptions and his work in Portugal, as an important step for the university change in terms of initial teacher education. As a discussant, Gabor Halasz, emphasised on the diversity and richness that the EDiTE holds and that was clearly presented throughout the symposium, and he pointed out valuable ideas that the four researchers could amplify in their further work.
Next to having an opportunity to present the fruits of their labour, the EDiTE researchers had an invaluable chance to network and discuss with a large number of educational scholars and experts from all over Europe and the world. Finally, it is needless to mention that this was also a good occasion for discussing further pathways, directions and possible endeavours as EDiTE community. One of such conversations included ideas for the next year ECER conference that will be organised in Bolzano, Italy, and to which EDiTE shall certainly stand prepared.