Throughout the pandemic, Network 14 has remained active and offered opportunities to all to interact with one another. In particular, we organised two online symposia this year. The first symposium was about 'Democratising the Urban City through Education Theory, Policy and Practice' and was held in February 2021. The second symposium was about 'School at home: the lived experience of families with young children during the first COVID-19 lockdown in France' and was held in May 2021. Activities related to both symposia can still be accessed from the Network 14 Activities pages.
Network 14 has also been represented on the EERA blogsphere thanks to (Education in a Post-COVID world by Prof Moss and Dr Bradley who discussed Education in a Post-COVID world and Prof Flecha who elaborated on how dialogic educational research reconnects communities. Members of the Network participated in:
- the (online) event on Small schools, big issue? Exploring the future for small schools in rural and coastal England in June
- the online ISFIRE (International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education) jointly hosted by the University of Highlands and Islands in the UK and SiMERR, University of New England in Australia in August.
Of course, the most important development of our Network was the online ECER2021. Our Network received a large number of proposals. The quality of the submissions was very high. A total of 75 proposals was submitted and were reviewed by 18 NW14 members. We used a double-review system. Of those original proposals, 53 were accepted. Many of us attended ECER. We all enjoyed the interaction between presenters and participants in all sessions and the keynotes. Network 14 had fantastic and exciting sessions throughout the conference, including two symposia! One was about 'Status and Perspectives on Researching in Small and Rural Schools Practices' and the other one about 'Collaboration and Networks in Education – Promoting Educational Participation and Benefits through Coordinated Action'.