Pre-conference, January 2 from 13.00 ? 16.00

ICSEI has five active networks: the Leadership Network, MoRE, Data use, 3P and Early Childhood. These networks consist of groups within ICSEI who were already forming and holding events between regular annual meetings. At each ICSEI conference these networks hold memberships meetings and organize pre- and post- conferences and symposia. Their symposia often involve members from a number of countries focusing on the network area of interest. The network members engage in ongoing communication in between conferences.

The central theme of this year?s pre-conference is networking. For those of you that do not know the ICSEI network we invite you to come to the pre-conference to get to know the networks and their members. For those of you that do know the network and/or are a member of one or more of the networks, use this opportunity to discuss current issues in your field with fellow researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

The leadership network is for leaders at all levels: in practice, policy and research. The focus is on sharing and advancing the creation of knowledge in the field of educational leadership, drawing on perspectives from around the globe. The network includes members from all over the world. The Leadership Network currently strives to examine how educational leadership aimed at strengthening the quality of teaching and learning is enacted and studied in various country contexts. From this work, the aim is to identify emerging themes of interest in the field of educational leadership in and around schools for policy, practice, and research.

The Methods of Researching Educational Effectiveness (MoRE network) focuses on the following:  presenting and interpreting results of empirical studies in educational effectiveness; exchanging ideas for research in effectiveness and evaluation of improvement programs; developing research proposals for studies in educational effectiveness, especially international comparative studies; discussing problems encountered in educational effectiveness research and identify possible solutions; identifying new research methods for issues unique to educational effectiveness; and contributing to the establishment of a data-bank of research instruments used in educational effectiveness studies.

The data use network brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in the field of data-based decision making. Important topics for the network are: aspects of policy or practice with regard to data use that have positive impacts in contexts in different countries;  factors that hinder or enable the use of data; effects and side effects of data use; defining effective data use (i.e., what does data use in different countries look like); support of schools in the use of data; characteristics of effective professional development in the use of data.

Practitioners , i.e. teachers, principals, administrators, consultants, trainers have often worked in isolation, but collaboration is required between Policymakers , Politicians & Practitioners, which is the focus of the 3P network.  It is important to focus on capacity building so that as local educational and children?s services policy is developed it really stimulates and facilitates school improvement, and school improvement becomes integrated into the broader construct of health, wellbeing, community and lifelong learning. The 3P network is a professional practice and research network for all those professionals engaged in the policy determination, planning and delivery of educational and other services to children, young people and families.

The Early Childhood Education and Care Network consists of a conglomerate of practitioners, researchers and policymakers. The network basically serves as a quick way to get information and access to knowledge on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in other countries. The meetings focuses on present dilemmas related to ECEC in our various nations. E.g. subjects as collaboration with parents/relatives, interdisciplinary work across sectors, leadership within ECEC, quality assurance has been in focus over the years. This year?s congress meeting will be focusing on children's perspectives in research, everyday practice and decisions on quality improvement.

In the afternoon each of the networks will introduce themselves shortly and will put forward a question of issue from their field to discuss. The early childhood education network will focus on research  showing the outcomes  of investing in Early Childhood Education and Care. The data use network will focus on how to involve students in the use of data. The MORE network will focus on innovation in Research Methods. The Educational Leadership network will discuss current definitions and possible re-definitions of educational leadership.  The 3P Network will consider  a taxonomy of interventions that support or hinder the outcomes of  schools, school networks and other institutions which are involved in the planning and delivery of services for children, young people and their families.

After this plenary introduction we will break out in round table sessions. Each network will lead one round table. At these tables you can get to know the networks and engage in an in-depth discussion on the issue or question put forward by the network. After the round table sessions, the pre-conference will be ended with closing remarks from our ICSEI president Prof. Dr. Alma Harris.

Schedule of the pre-conference:

  •     13.00 ? 14.00: introduction of all the networks and the issue or question they would like to put forward
  •     14.00 ? 14.30: coffee break
  •     14.30 ? 15.45: round table session to get to know the networks further and to discuss the issue or question raised by the network
  •     15.45 ? 16.00: closing remarks by the ICSEI president Prof. Dr. Alma Harris.

Network leaders