Annual Report 2004, Crete

This year’s conference meeting in Crete of the network Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments Network in the European Education Research Association unfortunately had to be cancelled.  Very unfortunate, not in the least on the background of the successful participation and meeting in Lisbon 2 years ago.

The Network promotes innovative strategies dealing with intercultural teaching and its learning environment.

Key Issues

Key issues are cultural identity and diversity, multi-ethnic learning groups and communities, intercultural discourses and the role of intercultural education in promoting both the local identities of groups and a sense of common citizenship in Europe.


The convenors of this network are John Willumsen, Pavla Polechova, Tony Cotton, Manfred Bayer and Maria-Angels Subirats de Bayego.

Sessions and Meetings

The Network established itself this year for 3 session’s sessions, containing 10 papers, most of them based around the idea of innovative intercultural education. Most of the papers reflected that the perspective of the network is to create new ways of working and new combinations of ideas and practices in intercultural education. However some papers were accepted for having a particularly innovative perspective. Some of the sessions were drawing upon the projects and the way of working developed within earlier international seminars organized by the members of the TNTEE, sub network G.

The business meeting had to be cancelled due to cancellations by several convenors including John Willumsen, who – due to present tasks in Hungary had to cancel participation in this years conference.
But Tony Cotton managed to chair the sessions which were excellent -initiating interesting discussions and also gave new researchers a chance to present.

The Network will keep in contact through email and website.
Improvements will be made for the conference Dublin such as a network website.
Projects such as INCLUSIVE and the present projects in Hungary will be asked to contribute to the 20th Network activities in Dublin.

John Willumsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Current Convenors and Members

The current conveners and reviewers of this network areJohn Willumsen, Pavla Polechova, Manfred Bayer, Tony Cotton and Maria-Angels Subirats.

List of members of the EERA 20th Network

  • Main contact convenor:

John Willumsen (DK)
Blaagaard State
College of Education,

  • Manfred Bayer (Convenor)(DE) Mercator Universität Duisburg
  • Pavla Polechova, (Convenor)(CZ) Charles University, Prague
  • Tony Cotton(UK) Nottingham-Trent University, Nottingham
  • Claus Nelson (DK) Århus College of Education
  • Kurt Bendix Olsen (DK) HoejvangSeminariet
  • Astrid Sødring (DK) HoejvangSeminariet
  • Jose Esteve (ES) Universidad de Malaga
  • Maria Angels Subirat (ES) Universitat de Barcelona
  • John Clay(UK) University of Brighton
  • Angela Faust(UK) Newman College of Higher Education, Birmingham
  • Phillip Goggin (UK) Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Ian Grosvenor (UK) Birmingham University
  • Terry Lamb(UK) The University of Nottingham
  • Ian Menter(UK) University of North London
  • Doug Springate (UK) University of Greenwich
  • Jos Hilte (NL) Faculteit Educatie, Hogeschool van Arnhem & Nijmegen
  • Jacques van Meegen (NL) HAN, University of Professional Education, Nijmegen
  • Gerard de Kruif (NL) PABO-Haagse Hogeschool
  • Marit Spurkland(NO) Høgskolen f. lærerutdanning i Oslo
  • Isaura Abreau (P) Escola Superior de Educacao de Lisboa
  • Christer Håkansson (SE) University of Örebro
  • Lena Rubinstein-Reich (SE) University of Lund/Malmö School ofEducation
  • Ulla Lindgren (SE) Lund University, HLJ,
  • Christina Veiku (GR) University of Athens
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