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WERA Report

Jun 05 2017

WERA is an association of major national, regional, and international specialty research associations dedicated to advancing education research as a scientific and scholarly field and EASA is a WERA member. The chairperson of EASA, Ruth Mampane, is a WERA Council member (representing EASA interests). In Southern Africa, and currently as it stands, in Africa, only two education associations (SAERA and EASA) have council representation in WERA. Education Associations are encouraged to join WERA so that their interests can be represented both nationally and globally. Currently; WERA has approximately 22 council member association representatives. If you want to know more about WERA you can access information from their website (http://www.weraonline.org/).

WERA Officers are:

President, Felice Levine:  flevine@aera.net

Vice President, Mustafa Yunus Eryaman:  yunuseryaman@gmail.com   

Past President, Sari Lindblom-Ylänne, Immediate: sari.lindblom-ylanne@helsinki.fi         

President-Elect, Ingrid Gogolin: ingrid.gogolin@eera.eu     

Secretary-General Liesel Ebersöhn: liesel.ebersohn@up.ac.za                

Feedback on WERA focal meeting Report

The first WERA Council meeting for 2017 took place on the 2nd May during American Education Research Association (AERA) congress meeting in San Antonio, USA (27 April – 1 May 2017). WERA President, Prof. Felice Levine thanked the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for hosting the WERA 2017 Focal Meeting. During the council meeting, much of the focus was on the upcoming first ever, standalone WERA conference which will be held in Cape Town South Africa in July-August 2018. EASA and SAERA were requested to be involved in assisting WERA secretariat with conference preparations. Please check EASA and WERA website on further information and notification on this upcoming WERA conference and other events.

Member Associations, including EASA are advised to use the opportunity to request WERA Keynotes and Symposia during their annual conferences, this opportunity is open and available to all member associations. Associations can send an email (WERA@aera.net) or visit the WERA website (http://www.weraonline.org/). The next WERA Council meeting will take place in Hong Kong: from 30 November – 2 December 2017 at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), Hong Kong. WERA symposia will be planned for the Hong Kong conference.

WERA website has been revamped to ensure maximum exposure.  Individual members and member associations are requested to contact the secretariat (WERA@aera.net) with any questions or suggestions regarding WERA. Similarly, EASA members can utilise the opportunity WERA present of international exposure by sending information regarding important events related to EASA. Importantly, members of EASA are encourage to send information to WERA secretariat (Prof. Ebersӧhn: WERA@aera.net) or to EASA-WERA representative: ruth.mampane@up.ac.za regarding all journals (journals used by member associations) for exposure and opportunity for members to have access to multiple platforms for dissemination. The list of journals requested by WERA (since 2016) is not a list of WERA approved journals, but serves to provide a synthesis of journals used by member associations and it provides an opportunity for members to look at regional platforms for dissemination.

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