The value of diversity: European Conference on Educational Research

The 2023 European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) took place in Glasgow, United Kingdom (Scotland), on 21–25 August. Organised by the European Educational Research Association (EERA) in co-operation with universities and research associations, the conference aims to promote high-quality educational research across Europe.

The 2023 ECER theme was ‘The Value of Diversity in Education and Educational Research in the 21st Century’. There were keynote presentations from experts in inclusion and research, and presentations of papers on a range of topics related to educational research and inclusive education. In addition, a series of workshops took place throughout the conference.

Agency representatives presented the Voices into Action (VIA) and Building Resilience through Inclusive Education Systems (BRIES) activities. The themes of voice and participation appeared regularly throughout the conference. The VIA activity reiterates these themes with its focus on including the voices of learners and families in educational decision-making. As such, it makes a positive and timely contribution to research and practice in this area. The conference also reinforced the relevance of the BRIES activities, which used the COVID-19 pandemic as a starting point to explore inclusive education systems’ ability to respond to crises. COVID-19 was another recurring topic throughout the conference, supporting the BRIES findings that it continues to impact educational research.

Over 3,000 people attended the conference and its many parallel sessions, providing an opportunity to build networks and share research and findings with colleagues and interested parties from across Europe.

Find out more about the conference on the ECER website. The EERA and ECER Keynotes YouTube channels contain videos of some of the keynote presentations.

international co-operation
learners' voices
multicultural diversity
stakeholder involvement

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