Call for applications for the NERA-slot at the AERA’s Annual Meeting in April 2021 (Deadline May 15, 2020)

Each year one NERA-network has the honor of representing NERA at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual conference. The 2021 AERA conference will be in Orlando, Florida, April 9-12,

The deadline for applying for the symposium in the NERA slot is May 15, 2020! Applications must be submitted via the convener of the network and should be directed to President John Benedicto Krejsler ( ).

The procedure of submitting a proposal to the NERA board for a symposium at AERA is the following:

1. Networks must send in a proposal for arranging a symposium at AERA by the latest of May 15th.

2. AERA’s application format for the symposium should be used. A symposium consists of papers focusing on a common theme to demonstrate a range of perspectives or a variety of approaches. There should be participation from a minimum of 3 Nordic countries in the proposal.

3. The NERA board will draw a lot among the applicants and announce the result before June 16th.

4. The selected network prepares the final application for the symposium and sends it to the president of NERA no later than September 1st. The normal AERA review procedure does not apply to this symposium because the quality assurance has been done by the networks. The symposium-convener shall, on behalf of the network forward a short report on the AERA presentation to the NERA Board no later than one month after the AERA congress.

Invitation to attend the Annual Delegates’ Meeting

Dear NERA Delegates,

On behalf of the NERA Board we hereby invite you to attend the Annual Delegates’ Meeting og the Nordic Educational Research Association.

The meeting will take place on THURSDAY MARCH 5 FROM 1.15 P.M. TILL 2 P.M. at the NERA 2020 conference at the University of Turku.

Attached you will find the draft agenda for the meeting. In case you as a member have anything to add to the agenda, please, mail me  on 

Best wishes, on behalf of the NERA Board, John Benedicto Krejsler, President of NERA

New issues of Nordic Studies in Education

The last year or so the NERA board has worked on reorganizing the journal Nordic Studies in Education, which means that from January 1st 2020 all new articles published in the journal are freely available to all readers. The journal has transitioned to an Open Access publishing model and a new publisher, Cappelen Damm Akademisk. We are happy to announce that the first open issue now is published online. We invite you to take a look at our new website and the latest articles:

CONFERENCE: Re/framing Educational Equity: An international collaboration

Our partners from the ‘Scottish Educational Research Association’ (SERA) invites NERA members to submit abstracts for conference in Glasgow during the weekend immediately after ECER 2020 in Glasgow.

CONFERENCE: Re/framing Educational Equity: An international collaboration University of Strathclyde, Glasgow August 30th – September 1st 2020 

In partnership with ‘Experiments in Education Theory’:

CALL FOR PAPERS: Across the world, nations aspire towards educational equity. Very often this aspiration involves efforts to close what is called the ‘education gap’ or the ‘attainment gap’. Many of these efforts stem from concerns to increase attainment on national, standardised tests so that students might better position themselves in the job market. Such efforts are not without success and many countries can point to a reduction in the gaps between certain groups with regard to such educational attainment. However, it has to be noted that not every nation focuses their efforts on attainment alone; indeed, some would point to other measures for equity in education such as access to higher education or general health and wellbeing.

Whatever the focus, it is notably the case that in some form or other, evaluation takes centre-stage as the means by which policies designed to uplift educational success are judged. However, it is not always clear what procedures would allow for evaluating accomplishment in education on a micro- or macro-level: it is debatable whether or not, and to what extent, measurement can be an instrument of evaluation. That such measurement takes place is a feature of efforts such as the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) to demonstrate, at national levels, the ways and means by which education can be positioned, neoliberally, as an individual right and benefit, and an economic good. The question remains, though: what is left unaccounted for by emphasising measurement as the predominant instrument of evaluation?

Best wishes, John Benedicto Krejsler

Link to pdf-flyer: Re-framing Educational Equity – CFP SEND OCT2019 pdf