WERA ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF FIVE NEW INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH NETWORKS (IRNs)
The World Education Research Association (WERA) has announced the launch of five new International Research Networks (IRNs). Created in 2010, WERA’s IRN initiative brings together global teams of researchers through virtual communication and other channels to collaborate in specific areas of international importance. The five new networks join the current IRNs contributing to the vision of WERA. The purpose of IRNs is to synthesize knowledge, examine the state of research, and stimulate collaborations or otherwise identify promising directions in research areas of worldwide significance. IRNs are expected to produce substantive reports that integrate the state of the knowledge worldwide and set forth promising research directions.
The five new IRNs will prove to be valuable additions to WERA’s growing body of international research networks. WERA is excited to see these newly formed IRNs enrich the field of education research and lead to worthwhile collaborations among scholars with shared research interests all over the world. International collaboration in education research brings much added value to the field. WERA looks forward to these networks connecting scholars on issues of international significance, while also serving as an important model for international research collaboration.
THE FIVE NEW IRNs INCLUDE:
Title: Building Resilience of tertiary education institutions in Africa to tackle COVID-19 and future epidemics: A multidisciplinary research network
Convener/Co-Convener: Paulette Ekejiuba; Lilian Salami; Friday Okonofua; Kingsley Ukaoha; Loretta Ntoimo; Eric Arthur; Alexander Delamou; Sanni Yaya; Joseph Balogun; Kunle Odunsi & Anne Wallis
Title: Globalization and teacher education in the BRICS countries: The positioning of research and practice, promotion of integration of university – school systems
Convener/Co-Convener: Roza Valeeva; Ian Menter & Martha Prata-Linhares
Title: Promoting and Supporting Children’s Agency and Participation in Early Education and Care: During the COVID Pandemic and Beyond
Convener/Co-Convener: Gisselle Tur Porres; Maximus Monaheng Sefotho; Nicola Wills-Espinosa
Title: Research-Informed Education
Convener/Co-Convener: Jana Groß Ophoff & Chris Brown
Title: World School Leadership Study (WSLS): Research and Monitoring of School Leaders’ Profession
Convener/Co-Convener: Stephan Gerhard Huber; Joanna Madalinska-Michalak; Helene Ärlestig; Michael Johanek; Paulo Volante Beach; Karanam Pushpanadham; Haiyan Qian; David Gurr & Lucy A. Wakiaga
For further details on the five new IRNs, including contact information for network conveners, visit the WERA website at https://www.weraonline.org/page/IRNsMaster.
Founded in 2009, WERA is an association of national, regional, international, and specialty research associations dedicated to advancing education research as a scientific and scholarly field. WERA’s initiatives are global in nature, transcending what any single association can accomplish in its own country, region, or area of specialization.
For further information on WERA and its programs, please visit the WERA Website.