ERG activities over the course of the year include the following:
- ERG mentoring programme for emerging researchers: As is now an annual practice, all emerging researchers who attended the ERG meeting were offered the opportunity to mentored as a subsequent ERC abstract reviewer. In this mentorship programme, experienced researchers mentor emerging researchers who may not have prior experience through the review process. Demand is matched by the resources available, and there is no guarantee that everyone who requests this will be given the opportunity. For ERC2019, though, thanks to the volunteering of senior academics, we have been able to meet the requests of all emerging researchers who sought to be mentored for the ERC reviews.
- ERG Co-convenors: New co-convenors will continue to be closely mentored (in a separate mentorship programme to that detailed in the point above) throughout the year, and kept updated and involved, as much as possible with ERG activities and initiatives. This mentoring process that was introduced two years ago is now more than ever a robust pipeline of academic and organisational skills and knowledge development for emerging researchers.
- ERG Best Paper Award Process: Activities continue with a two-stage double-blind review process. New co-convenors will be comprehensively mentored by an experienced academic throughout the review process. The review process has been further streamlined for 2019-2020, and includes much wider involvement by members of EERA Council.
- ERG Bursary Review process: A member of EERA Council continues to be involved with the bursary review process which is now more transparent than ever before. Two ERG co-convenors also contributed to the bursary reviews.
- EERA Summer School: The Senior Mentor of the ERG attended the EERA Summer School 2019 on ‘Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Designs: From designing to publishing’. The Senior Mentor gave a keynote address titled ‘Language issues in research’ and tutored a group of 10-12 emerging researchers. The Senior Mentor also introduced the ERG to the participants and gave an overview of activities that they could engage with. This participation and collaboration between ERG and the Annual EERA Summer School organisers is planned to continue in the coming years with the ERG Link Convenor already confirmed to contribute to the EERA 2020 Summer School on ‘Beyond the Basics in Educational Research Methodology: Research ethics in educational research’.
The ERG Link Convenor shall liaise with the Networks representative on Council to explore the following initiatives to be implemented during the ERC 2020:
- Having a critical friend, i.e a representative from each network to attend ERC sessions and give specialised feedback to participants where possible. This has the potential to augment further high-quality research discussions based on presentations and also open up the opportunities for informal specialised peer feedback. This process would also have the added benefit of connecting emerging researchers with a more experienced academic in their area of expertise, who could, for example share with the emerging researcher some information about current research dilemmas faced in the network, etc. It would also form another channel of introduction for emerging researchers to the EERA network structure and communities that are active at ECER.
- Establishing more direct links with networks through a two-pronged approach: o Where possible, networks can include Emerging Researchers as co-convenors and also mirror the ERG mentorship programme for those proposals submitted to the ERC, using the meta-review function in conftool o NW convenors could send invitations through the ERG convenor to all emerging researchers participating in the ERC, to attend the NW meetings during ECER.
- Where emerging researchers become known to NW convenors, they could allow time on the agenda in their NW meeting for an emerging researcher to report about the ERC and ERG activities that can tie in with the wider network activities
The following initiatives shall be also explored for ERC 2020:
- Arrangements for those with hearing/visual impairments to sit at the front for opening and closing ceremonies, the keynote and interactive session.
- The possibility of stream capturing the keynote
- An ERC 2020 pre-conference walking tour of the city by some of the student volunteers for the Conference on the evening preceding the ERC
- An ERC 2020 pre-conference workshop, to also include co-convenors to ensure their visibility at the start
The Emerging Researchers’ Group continues a productive and fruitful cooperation with two journals to provide the opportunity for emerging researchers to submit their work for onward peer review and potential publication: • the European Educational Research Journal (EERJ) • Studia Paedagogica These opportunities follow the ERC Best Paper Award process, wherein papers presented at the ERC are developed into journal articles and submitted for a two-stage double-blind formative peer review process within the Emerging Researchers’ Group. Papers that are not recommended for onward peer review, are shared with the relevant network’s convenor for further specialised feedback from a colleague within that network. Following this process, selected papers are submitted to the EERJ and Studia Paedagogica, depending on how they fit in with the scope of each journal. Onward peer review follows. Studia Paedagogica implements a critical-friendly round of pre-reviews before which papers are recommended for the official review process. Authors whose papers are not successful in the pre-review round are sent brief feedback and recommended areas for further development. As a result of this comprehensive review process, a number of successes continue to be reported, the most recent being the publication of Abdoulaye Faye and Patricia Mothes’ paper on ‘How Do Teachers React to Organizational Reform in Education? The Case of the French 2016 School Reform’ in Studia Paedagogica. Further augmenting the collaboration between the ERG and EERA’s flagship journal, EERJ, is the representation of the EERJ editors on the review committee for the ERG Best Paper Award. With the incoming new editors of the EERJ, we look forward to continuing the strong association between the ERG and EERJ that has been developed over the past few years.
Join the ERG platform "EERA Emerging Researchers' Group" on LinkedIn This space for the ERG has the purpose of being a more interactive platform where members can contact each other directly and where they may exchange information and resources. It will also provide information about the ERG activities.