Welcome to the 45th Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA)
It is a pleasure to announce the 45th Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) which will be held on 23-25 March 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The theme of the conference is:
Learning and education – material conditions and consequences
The material conditions for education, pedagogy and learning are undergoing considerable changes. New technologies, materials and methodologies emerge and have many consequences for pedagogy, teaching and learning.
Pedagogical situations are increasingly mediated by technology, and the interface between formal and informal learning is becoming more and more blurred. Specialized educational technologies (such as MOOCS) promise to make learning and education much more widely available, and mainstream technologies such as computer-games, smartphones, and social media are increasingly present in education, both as everyday conditions of educational work and as deliberate means for improving educational situations. But this development is uneven and technological divides reappear in many contexts worldwide.
New understandings of material conditions are also informing the theory and practice of education. New methods (like neuroimagining and tracing of biological markers) are used to studying processes of learning, and the material elements of educational settings are increasingly recognized. As part of this, there is an increased focus on the body as a resource and arena for learning and socializing practices. This makes it possible to tailor education and pedagogy much more closely to different learners and situations. The harvesting, aggregating and application of data contributes to such personalized learning environments, but it also worms at other levels, such as monitoring the performance of educational institutions and the efficiency of policies. This often implies an uneasy mix of support and control.
The conference will explore these trends in the material conditions for educational practice and research and explore their consequences for education and learning in the Nordic countries.
We hope you will join us for NERA 2017 and look forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen.
On behalf of the local organisers
Morten Misfeldt (Chair)
Arnt Vestergaard Louw
The Nordic Comparative and International Education Society (NOCIES) hosts a pre-conference event on 22 March - Read more
14 November 2016 (extended)
Deadline for abstract submission
15 December 2016
Abstract notifications sent out
15 January 2017
Early bird registration ends
23-25 March 2017
Department of Learning and Philosophy
Aalborg University, Copenhagen
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15
Imperial Cinema (Nordisk Film Biografer)
Ved Vesterport 4