Annual Report 2014, Porto
- Network 31 had its first official year as an EERA Network, after the inaugural symposium during the ECER 2013 in Istanbul.
- The network received a total of 42 submissions (27 papers, 6 posters, 1 research workshop and 2 symposia) of which 36 were accepted and presented. The rejection ratio was thus of 11%.
- All 13 ECER timeslots had at least one session of network 31.
- The average number of presenters in each session was 3 and the average number of participants in the sessions was between 10 and 20. Many of them attended various sessions and were not only sporadic guests.
- Reviewing was conducted openly and with only one reviewer for each proposal, by using the EERA short review forms. In difficult cases, a second reviewer did a blind review of proposals. In general, detailed suggestions were given to the authors as feedback, also in case of rejection.
- The network meeting had a total of 40 participants and enjoyed great responsiveness. Several activities were planned and the ECER 2015 was discussed in great detail (see section on future plans). The number of reviewers and supporters and reviewers also increased.
- The Network organized a Joint Symposium with Network 9 (Assessment) with 4 presentations on ”Assessing language competencies – theoretical considerations and empirical testing”.
- Other thematic foci of the sessions were: Immigrant students’ disadvantages in school success, language and educational policy, reading and literacy research, language, learning and identity, language awareness and meta-linguistic knowledge.
- One of the submitted posters was given the Best Poster Award 2014: Christoph Gantefort and Hans-Joachim Roth: The Impact Of Language Proficiency On Academic Achievement Of German ‘Hauptschüler“, University of Cologne.