For three days educational researchers will focus on this years theme: "Learning and education - material conditions and consequenses".
Learning and education - material conditions and consequences
The material conditions for education, pedagogy and learning are undergoing considerable changes. New technologies, materials and methodologies emerge and have many consequences for pedagogy, teaching and learning.
Pedagogical situations are increasingly mediated by technology, and the interface between formal and informal learning is becoming more and more blurred. Specialized educational technologies promise to make learning and education much more widely available, and mainstream technologies such as computer-games, smartphones, and social media are increasingly present in education, both as everyday conditions of educational work and as deliberate means for improving educational situations. But this development is uneven and technological divides reappear in many contexts worldwide.
New understandings of material conditions are also informing the theory and practice of education. New methods (like neuroimagining and tracing of biological markers) are used to studying processes of learning, and the material elements of educational settings are increasingly recognized. As part of this, there is an increased focus on the body as a resource and arena for learning and socializing practices. This makes it possible to tailor education and pedagogy much more closely to different learners and situations. The harvesting, aggregating and application of data contributes to such personalized learning environments, but it also worms at other levels, such as monitoring the performance of educational institutions and the efficiency of policies. This often implies an uneasy mix of support and control.
The conference will explore these trends in the material conditions for educational practice and research and explore their consequences for education and learning in the Nordic countries.
The Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) strives to promote educational inquiry and supports the use of research to enhance education. Moreover, it aims to strengthen the visibility of education as a discipline in the Nordic societies and to provide a platform for Nordic researchers as well as collaboration between them and the international community.
NFPF/NERA, founded in 1972, has established itself as a meeting place for educational researchers in the Nordic countries. The core activities of the Association involve holding an annual, peer-reviewed conference, production of the journal Nordic Studies of Educational Research as well supporting the ongoing work of the constituent networks.
Find more information about NERA at http://www.nfpf.net/
Find more information about this years congress at AAU CPH at: http://nera2017.org/general-information/