Annual Report 2016, Dublin
NW 27 has engaged a 30 sessions programm at ECER's Dublin including : 8 symposium sessions; 1 roundtable session and 20 paper/poster sessions. There is a slight increase of the number of proposals submitted (104 papers in total in 2016, against 95 in 2015), with a level of rejection (11%) close to the overall networks average (13%). However one can notice a decrease of the countries diversity in the proposals submitted (16 countries contributed in 2016, against 21 countries in 2015). Two focus themes were particularly explored : Gender in Didactics - learning and teaching (2 symposia) and Didactics and/or Curriculum (1 symposium and 2 paper sessions). We notice a special interest for the study of power relations in learning and teaching various subjects such as physics, technology, physical education, ethics, language arts, etc. (2 paper sessions). The level of attendance was good, ranging between 10-25 people per session. During the network meeting, former link convenor (2006-2012) Pr. Brian Hudson was awarded an Honorary Membership in the presence of Pr. Theo Wubbels (President of the EERA Council). Link convenor (2012-2016) Pr. Meinert Meyer and his Deputies Dr. Florence Ligozat and Pr. Jonas Almqvist were discharged of their duties. Dr. Florence Ligozat was elected new Link Convenor and Pr. Jonas Almqvist and Dr. Carol Taylor were elected as her deputies.
During ECER Dublin, we experimented mixed paper/poster sessions and it was a success. We have the feeling that the poster presenters got more attention paid to their work because they were included in a good matching topics. The special theme on Gender and didactics is attractive for the second subsequent year. Carol Taylor who is particularly involved in it, was approached by Routledge Publishers to edit a book about this topic. Hence, we have decided to expand this topic in Copenhagen with a special call launched by Carol Taylor, Chantal Amade-Escot and Florence Ligozat. With only 2 joint sessions, one with NW 31 (Language education) and one NW 22 (Higher Education), NW 27 is willing to create more connections with other networks during upcoming ECERs.