Conference Theme

Schools, Parents and Communities — Building New Futures Through Research and Innovation

22 years have passed since the estab­lish­ment of the Euro­pean Research Net­work About Par­ents in Edu­ca­tion, and ERNAPE is cel­e­brat­ing its 10th bian­nu­al con­fer­ence in 2015. While such anniver­saries often trig­ger the need to con­tem­plate over the years that have passed and the accom­plish­ments that have been made, the ERNAPE-ARCTIC aspires to be more for­ward than back­ward look­ing and to focus on future accom­plish­ments with­in the field of research on schools, par­ents and com­mu­ni­ties. In a Europe still strug­gling in the after­maths of the eco­nom­ic cri­sis that hit in the fall of 2008, the nations of Europe call upon the edu­ca­tion­al sys­tem to solve their prob­lems. With fre­quent assess­ments, inter­na­tion­al com­par­isons of edu­ca­tion out­come mea­sures and supra-nation­al edu­ca­tion mar­kets, the pres­sure is on for local schools, prin­ci­pals and school admin­is­tra­tors and indi­vid­ual teach­ers. How do par­ents and com­mu­ni­ties fit into this pic­ture – and how should we as researchers respond to these chal­lenges, now and in the future?

Main focal points

The for­ward-look­ing pro­file of ERNAPE-ARCTIC is reflect­ed in the two main focal points of the con­fer­ence. First­ly, ERNAPE-ARCTIC will have a spe­cial focus on chil­dren. The child and its learn­ing process­es is the ulti­mate ratio­nal for our research endeav­ors on par­ents in edu­ca­tion, and in the school-par­ent-stu­dent tri­an­gle dis­cus­sions on children’s agency are called for. Also, as kinder­gartens and preschool ser­vices are becom­ing more and more a part of the for­mal edu­ca­tion­al sys­tem, an increased focus on the youngest chil­dren becomes impor­tant. So is a focus on par­ents’ and com­mu­ni­ties’ roles in the insti­tu­tion­al­ized social­iza­tion and teach­ing are­nas these insti­tu­tions rep­re­sent.

Sec­ond­ly, ERNAPE-ARCTIC will have a spe­cial focus on inno­va­tions in the field of par­ents in edu­ca­tion. Inno­va­tions in the edu­ca­tion sec­tor and in the class­rooms need to be based in sound high qual­i­ty research and the research com­mu­ni­ty should par­take in the devel­op­ment of edu­ca­tion­al inno­va­tions. Inno­va­tions in dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies are already wide­ly used in order to facil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion between home and school, but oth­er pos­si­bil­i­ties need to be explored. In addi­tion to the two focus areas, ERNAPE-ARCTIC will be an are­na for dis­cus­sions of all top­ics relat­ed to par­ents in edu­ca­tion. The geo­graph­ic loca­tion of ERNAPE-ARCTIC in the north of Scan­di­navia calls for a spe­cial ses­sion on indige­nous issues and we also include dis­cus­sions of minor­i­ty issues in gen­er­al.

Are­na for dis­cus­sion

The ERNAPE-ARCTIC con­fer­ence in Trom­sø, Nor­way in 2015 pro­vides time and space for the research com­mu­ni­ty to meet in for­mal and equal­ly impor­tant, in infor­mal set­tings, and under the Arc­tic sky, new acquain­tances will be made, knowl­edge will be shared, new ideas will emerge and impor­tant new con­tri­bu­tions will be made in the field of par­ents in edu­ca­tion. The con­fer­ence themes pro­vide a focus for keynote address­es and invit­ed events. Pro­pos­als for con­tri­bu­tions are wel­come from all fields of edu­ca­tion­al research.



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