Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) - 'Education in a Fragile World: Past, Present, Future' at the University of Dundee from the 27th -29th November 2024

Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA)

This is a special year for for the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA); we turn 50. This is reflected in our theme as we discuss 'Education in a Fragile World: Past, Present, Future' at the University of Dundee from the 27th -29th November 2024. For further details please follow this link, where you will find a call for papers.

Celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2024 signifies SERA’s remarkable journey of dedication and impact in the field of education. The anniversary celebrations are set to honour SERA’s legacy while looking ahead to future opportunities and challenges in the realm of educational research and practice. The 2024 SERA annual conference will be part of this year’s celebrations. Therefore, the conference theme has been specifically designed to provide delegates with an opportunity to reflect on past, present, and possible futures, and discuss how education has the potential to thrive in circumstances of instability and global insecurity. The following guiding questions from practical, conceptual, and empirical perspectives offer a starting point for all potential delegates:

  • How do we assess and challenge the proposition that the world is fragile?
  • What role or purpose should education adopt in circumstances of instability and global insecurity?
  • What historical and philosophical perspectives can inform contemporary and future educational thinking and practice?
  • How can citizenship, community education, insights about lifelong learning, and sustainability be part of current and future solutions?
  • What role is there for shared knowledge, distribution of resources, interdisciplinarity, and partnership working?
  • What impact can digital learning, and advances in technology, have on learning within and beyond formal education settings?
  • How can research contribute to educational change and stimulate action towards a better world?
  • What forms of research methodologies, (un)orthodox methods, and ethical insights help address challenges and offer solutions?
  • What types of practices can support adaptability and resilience in young people?

We hope that wherever you are in the world, you will join us at the conference and in our celebrations.


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