SIG 10, 21 & 25 CONFERENCE 2020



Process-oriented Research on Learning in Contemporary Society

People learn through interaction. Both inside and outside educational institutions, interactions are especially relevant for learning. Within these interactions, factors like artifacts, a shared frame of reference, and a more general educational and societal context play an important role. The shared conference of EARLI SIG 10, 21 and 25 investigates a process-oriented approach to learning. Central to the conference are methodological and theoretical approaches for tracing learning in interaction and linking micro-level processes within the sequential organization of interaction to macro-level (learning) outcomes. Furthermore, two aspects of contemporary society are emphasized: the use of digital technologies, with a focus on their role in learning and interaction, and the reciprocal relationship between interactional dynamics and the opportunities and challenges of multicultural and multilingual society.

The SIG-conference 2020 will be hosted by the University of Groningen and the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and will take place at the University of Groningen.

Early career researchers, PhD students and Master students participating in the conference are encouraged to take the opportunity to join the connected Summer School ‘Analyzing Classroom Interactions’, to be held July 6-10, 2020 in Groningen, the Netherlands. Click here for more information on the Summer School. 


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The conference will take place at the University of Groningen: Broerstraat 5, 9712, Groningen, The Netherlands

More information on the city of Groningen can be found here.


"Chosen as one of the happiest cities in Europe, Groningen enjoys a bustling reputation. The city is known for its cultural events, yet it will never lose that homely disposition which attracts so many people."




  • October 2019
    First call for proposals
  • December 15th 2019
    Submission system opens
  • January 6th 2020
    Second call for proposals
  • February 15th 2020
    Deadline for submission of proposals
  • February 15th 2020
    Registration opens (early bird rates)
  • April 1st 2020
    Notification of acceptance of proposals
  • May 15th 2020
    Late registration (full rates) (Speakers have to register by this date, in order to be included in the program)
  • June 1st 2020
    Registration closes
  • July 1st-3rd 2020
    Conference in Groningen


Wednesday, July 1st:

14:00 -             Registration opens

15:00 - 17:00  Parallel workshops 

17:30 -             Welcoming drinks in Town Hall


Thursday, July 2nd:

08:45 - 09:15   Registration

09:15 - 09:45   Opening and welcome

09:45 - 10:45   Keynote 1

10:45 - 11:15   Coffee break

11:15 - 12:45   Parallel session 1 (1.5 hr)

12:45 - 13:45   Lunch break

13:45 - 14:45   Poster session (1 hr)

14:45 - 15:15   Tea break

15:15 - 16:45   Parallel data sessions (1.5 hr)

18:00 -              Conference dinner (place to be announced)


Friday, July 3rd:

09:00 - 10:30   Parallel session 2 (1.5 hrs)

10:30 - 11:00   Coffee/tea break

11:00 - 12:00   Keynote 2

12:00 - 13:00   Lunch break

13:00 - 14:30   Parallel session 3 (1.5 hrs)

14:30 - 15:30   Interactive panel with keynotes

15:30 - 16:30   Member meetings + coffee/tea




We are happy to announce our keynote speakers:  

Dr. Sara Hennessy (University of Cambridge): Exploring the role of educational technology use in supporting learning through dialogue

Dialogic approaches based on active student participation, open-ended discussion, and respectful critique of different perspectives are increasingly found to support student learning. Micro-level analyses of interactional sequences in particular yield important insights into the processes involved. Yet dialogic interaction is not very commonly observed in educational settings around the world. Recent advances in research indicate that – increasingly prevalent – digital technology has important pedagogical affordances for educational dialogue. Again, educators have typically not exploited its full interactive potential, with some exceptions. My work in this area draws on theories of sociocultural learning asserting that all human activity is mediated by artefacts and learning involves appropriating the shared norms, values and practices of a community. In particular, it has explored the mediating role of ‘digital knowledge artifacts’ jointly created and manipulated during activities designed to foster collaborative knowledge building using objects of joint reference. These artefacts bring in new modes of interaction with others’ ideas. They are provisional records embodying the ongoing, collective – social and cognitive – activity. Interacting with digital artefacts can facilitate development of a sustained line of co-inquiry that extends the space and timescale of dialogue. This talk includes some of the methodological challenges arising in analysing sequences of multimodal dialogue taking place as it unfolds over time. It is illustrated with examples from classroom practice and draws out implications for researchers and educators.

Dr. Sara Hennessy is Reader in Teacher Development and Pedagogical Innovation in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. She is co-founder of the interdisciplinary Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) group ( Her research focuses on technology-mediated classroom dialogue, especially use of interactive display screens and mobile devices; teacher professional development; and analytic schemes for looking at the quality of dialogue. She co-led a large-scale ESRC-funded project exploring the relationship between dialogic teaching in schools and student outcomes ( Sara is a co-author of the book Research methods for educational dialogue published by Bloomsbury in early 2020. She has also worked with teachers as co-researchers, bridging research and practice through developing and refining theory together. Sara also now leads the University of Cambridge team within the multi-million pound DFID-funded EdTech Research and Innovation Hub ( The Hub researches how effective uses of EdTech can support education systems change in low-income countries.

Prof. Maaike Hajer (University of Mälmo and University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht): More info coming soon


The SIG 10 & SIG 21 & SIG 25 conference welcomes a broad variety of session types. These formats are designed to create a lively academic dialogue and to accommodate the presentation of research at various stages. 



Symposia provide an opportunity to present research on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, compiling a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposia sessions are directed by a chair, involving three or four presenters and one discussant, from at least two different countries. We recommend that each individual submission is checked for its own quality and its relevance and coherence to the topic of the symposium prior to formal submission to SIG 10, 21 & 25 conference.

Format:  A symposium is scheduled for 90 minutes, allowing 15 minutes presentation time per speaker, ten minutes for the discussant, and 20 minutes for open discussion.

Paper sessions

Individual paper

Paper sessions are oral presentations of four papers, followed by a discussion with the audience. It is important that empirical papers have data and results, or they will not be accepted. Research that is at a very early stage might be very suitable for Poster or Data sessions. Theoretical papers, of course, are welcome.

Format: Paper sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes. Four presenters are given 15 minutes presentation time followed by five minutes for questions. At the end of all presentations, there is a 10-minute open discussion.

Data sessions

Data session

Data sessions provide the presenter with other researchers’ analytical reading of an empirical interaction material. It also provides an opportunity for those who attend to experience how different analytical approaches are used in practice.

Format: Data sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes. All preparations are made by the presenter. Only give a short introduction to the data material (max 10 min) then let the participants in the session engage with the data and with analytic work: reading the transcripts/watching the video a couple of times and discussing in pairs. Take a round, ask for comments.

Interactive poster sessions


Interactive poster sessions involve five or six posters, visually presenting research studies. The session is chaired by a senior researcher. A short pitch of about 2 minutes for each poster is given to an audience gathered as a group. After the authors’ brief presentation, an in-depth discussion between them and the audience follows. The poster sessions offer researchers the chance to present their work in a visual format and offer more opportunities for interaction and discussion.

Format:  Poster sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes, following the format above. Materials for fixing posters on the walls or poster boards will be provided.


Proposals can be submitted through the EARLI website. The deadline for submissions is February 15th 2020 midnight CET. The conference accepts proposals for posters, data sessions, paper presentations, and symposia (for more information, see the section SESSIONS). In accordance with EARLI policies, you may not present more than two proposals. In addition, you may act once as the chair of a symposium and once as discussant, for a total of four appearances. You may participate as a non-presenting co-author as many times as you like. The conference program will avoid timetable conflicts for presenting authors, chairpersons, and discussants but not for co-authors.

For single paper, data session and poster submissions, max 250 words short abstract and max 500 words extended abstract are needed. For symposia submission, 250 words short abstract and 500 words extended abstract are needed for each individual paper as well as max 250 words abstract for the whole symposium. 

The proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria (there are different criteria for empirical and theoretical papers):


Empirical paper

- Relevance to EARLI domain of Learning and Instruction  

- Significance for theory, policy and practice 

- Theoretical framework, conceptual rationale or pragmatic grounding 

- Research method and design for both qualitative and quantitative approaches (research questions, context, participants, data sources, sampling, procedure, ethical issues) 

- Clarity of results and conclusions 

- Overall quality and scientific originality  


Theoretical paper

- Relevance to EARLI domain of Learning and Instruction 

- Significance for theoretical debate 

- Theoretical framework, conceptual rationale or pragmatic grounding 

- Embeddedness in relevant literature 

- Clarity and robustness of theoretical argument 

- Overall quality and scientific originality


EARLI/Jure member - 100€

EARLI/Jure member & summer school participant - 50€

Non member - 115€
Non member & summer school participant - 65€

Late registration (After May 15th)

EARLI/Jure member - 125€
EARLI/Jure member & summer school participant- 75€

Non member - 140€
Non member & summer school participant - 90€


Registration for Master's students - 50€



If you come from abroad, Groningen can be most easily reached by flying to Amsterdam (Schiphol airport), then taking the train (NS) from Schiphol airport to Groningen. Alternatively, you may fly to Bremen airport (Germany) from where there is a direct bus connection to Groningen central station. Groningen itself also has a small airport with few incoming flights from for example Copenhagen, London, and Barcelona.


If you wish to stay at a hotel in Groningen, we suggest you go through websites like or the Groningen Tourist Information. There are quite a few hotels ranging from expensive (Hotel de Garde) to inexpensive (Bud Gett). Any hotel within the city center is within walking distance of the venue. The venue is no more than five minutes from the “Grote Markt”.

Tourist info

Information about things to see and do in Groningen can be found on the website of the city of Groningen.


In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact:


The venue for drinks and the conference dinner will be announced shortly.


Local Scientific Organizing Committee

Marjolein Deunk (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Myrte Gosen (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Frans Hiddink (NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands)

Elisa Kupers (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Mayra Mascareño Lara (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Naomi de Ruiter (University of Groningen, Netherlands)


Scientific Organizing Committee

SIG 10 - Social Interaction in Learning and Instruction

Nathalie Muller Mirza  (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Valerie Tartas (University of Toulouse, France) 

Jasmiina Leskinen (JURE) (University of Helsinki, Finland) 


SIG 21 - Learning and Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings

Sylvi Vigmo (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) 

Gudrun Ziegler (Ministry of Education, Luxembourg)

Rebecca Bergman (JURE) (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) 


SIG 25 - Educational Theory

Antti Rajala (University of Helsinki, Finland) 

Nina Bonderup Dohn (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

Alexandra Nordström (JURE) (University of Helsinki, Finland)