EARLI SIG 18 & 23 Conference 2020


Diversity and inclusion as challenges for educational effectiveness and improvement

In the past decades, the claim that educational opportunities have to meet the learners’ diversity has significantly increased (e.g., regarding students with special educational needs or students with immigrant background). Teachers and other professionals in education are nowadays increasingly evaluated by whether and to what extent they meet the learners’ diverse needs and enable them to fully participate in the educational system. Confronted with these requirements, educational professionals are more and more taking into account the results of international empirical educational research in order to obtain evidence-based information on how to design and organise appropriate educational measures. However, the increased demand of fulfilling all learners’ needs also puts into question the validity of the scientific evidence. Against this background, many of the “classical” research questions have to be reconsidered, for example: How can appropriate measures of success for teaching and learning processes be adequately modelled in heterogeneous and diverse social and educational contexts? How should different and even contradictory educational target criteria (e.g., achievement versus social outcomes of education) be dealt with in such contexts? Which characteristics of the learning environment and which teaching and learning methods are most effective for different groups of learners as well as learners facing multiple educational disadvantages?

The aim of our conference is to discuss current high-quality research results and to address a multitude of these questions regarding educational effectiveness and improvement from an international, interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.


EARLI SIG 18 & 23 Conference postponed to 2022

With sincere regret, we hereby have to inform you that our joint conference of the EARLI Special Interest Groups 18 “Educational Effectiveness” and 23 “Educational Evaluation, Accountability and School Improvement” (originally scheduled from September 7-9, 2020, in Freiburg) has to be postponed. 

At the moment, due to the latest developments of the Coronavirus pandemic, many travel and event restrictions apply across Europe and beyond. We do not expect this situation to resolve so quickly and your health and safety have the highest priority to us. With a heavy heart, we thus decided together with the SIG coordinators to postpone our conference – as has also been the case for many other international conferences.

We will postpone our conference to 2022 and we are already looking forward to welcoming you in Freiburg then. The conference will be scheduled in late August or early September 2022 which is usually the timeframe for the SIG conferences. 

At the moment, we would like to thank all of you again for submitting your papers, posters and symposia to our conference. We felt honoured receiving so many high quality proposals. As we highly appreciate your effort in preparing your abstracts and providing peer feedback, we will, nonetheless, send out the review results soon.


Best regards & stay healthy,


Wolfram Rollett, Katja Scharenberg, Andreas Köpfer & Amelie Hirsch

(local organising committee)


Welcome to Freiburg. Located in the very southwest of Germany, Freiburg is known to be the city in Germany with the highest average number of sunny days during the year. However, this is only one reason why many people want to live and work here. It is one of the fastest growing cities in our home state Baden-Wuerttemberg. In addition, the second youngest city in Germany with an average population age of 39.8 years.

Freiburg is home to numerous universities and research centres. More than 30,000 students - many of them from abroad - significantly shape our city.

The vicinity of France (Strasbourg 65 km) and Switzerland (Basel 53 km) are part of our cultural identity. As is obviously the beautiful landscape surrounding Freiburg - in the east the famous Black forest meanders into the city and in the west with open landscape and vineyards of the Rhine river valley.

In 2020, Freiburg celebrates its 900-year anniversary. In Freiburg, we strongly identify with the medieval lanes and the small open canals in the streets, which wind their way through the city centre - locally known as Gässle and Bächle respectively. The heart of our city is our famous cathedral, the Münster.

But we are a city that looks into the future: the research community and the local business community strive to develop new ideas. Freiburg is worldwide known as the Green City Freiburg due to its early achievements in sustainability. The city strives to continue to be a model city in this regard.


The joint conference of the EARLI Special Interest Groups 18 “Educational Effectiveness” and 23 “Educational Evaluation, Accountability and School Improvement” originally scheduled from September 7-9 2020 (JURE pre-conference on September 6, 2020) has to be postponed to 2022.

  • 15 January 2020
    Submission opens
  • 16 March 2020
    Submission deadline (extended)
  • 6 May 2020
    Notification of acceptance
  • postponed to August/September 2022
    JURE pre-conference
  • postponed to August/September 2022
    SIG main conference


We invite submissions of individual papers, symposia, and posters. The guidelines and review criteria for the different submission types are specified in the Call for Papers.

The submission opens on 15 January 2020. The deadline for submission has been extended until 16 March 2020.

Proposals need to be submitted via the EARLI website.

The following submission types are welcomed:



Individual papers will be grouped in paper sessions according to their themes and keywords. Paper sessions consist of three papers, each of which will be presented within 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion with the audience. We welcome empirical, theoretical and methodological papers. For empirical papers, it is important to include clear data and at least preliminary results in order to be accepted. Research which is at an earlier stage of progress is suitable for poster presentations.



Symposia provide opportunities to present papers that coherently address one research topic. A symposium comprises three thematically grouped papers, each of which will be presented in no more than 20 minutes. After the paper presentations and a few minutes for questions, a discussant will synthesise and review the papers (10-15 minutes). The symposium is concluded by an open discussion with the audience (10-15 minutes). Each symposium lasts 90 minutes and is led by a chair person.

For symposia, please upload your extended session summary as PDF file
indicating the word count (including title and references).



This format is perfect for visually presenting developing research and/or preliminary results of research studies. The poster session provides a platform for in-depth discussions on research designs and methodologies.
A short oral presentation of about 2 minutes for each poster is given to the audience gathered as a group. After the authors’ brief presentation, an in-depth discussion between them and the audience follows. The poster sessions offer presenters the opportunity for interaction and discussion with the audience.


We are happy to announce our keynote speakers

Gil Noam

          Prof. Dr. Gil Noam

      Harvard Medical School, United States

Kim Schildkamp

          Dr. Kim Schildkamp

              University of Twente, Netherlands

Umesh Sharma

      Prof. Dr. Umesh Sharma

                Monash University, Australia


Prior to the main conference, we will organise a pre-conference for junior researchers on Sunday, 6 September 2020. The pre-conference will give junior researchers the opportunity to present and discuss their own research with other fellows. The pre-conference will also comprise workshops and other activities for junior researchers.


Prof. Dr. Theo Wubbels

                    Prof. Dr. Theo Wubbels

                                 University of Utrecht, Netherlands


Dr. Kim Schildkamp

                    Dr. Kim Schildkamp

                                 University of Twente, Netherlands


Programme Pre-Conference



Registration for the conference will be open from 15 April 2020. You can register by using the following link or via your user dashboard. You will find the SIG 18 & 23 Conference listed in your user dashboard: Go to "Upcoming Conferences" and click on "Register".

The early bird registration ends on 31 May 2020.

The first author of each presentation needs to be registered for the conference until 7 August 2020.


                    15 April - 31 May 2020

EARLI FULL Member    200 €

JURE Member               100 €

Non-Member                  250 €



                    1 June - 7 August 2020

                                     250 €

                                     125 €

                                     300 €



                                     30 €

                                     15 €

                                     30 €


If you want to become a JURE member – and receive the reduced conference fee – please visit earli.org/join. Make sure to apply as JURE member some weeks before your registration as a proof of your doctoral status is required. 


In order to register with the reduced EARLI member conference fee, it is necessary for you to sign up as member beforehand. In order purchase membership, you need to click the green “new membership” button in your EARLI user dashboard. Once your membership has been paid and approved by the EARLI office, you will be able to register with the EARLI member conference fee.


Campus University of Education Freiburg


The main conference will take place at the University of Education Freiburg.

Kunzenweg 21
79117 Freiburg


How to reach the conference venue by public transport:

By train

  • Departing from Freiburg Central Station, take the local train (“S-Bahn”) with direction to  Kirchzarten, Neustadt (Schwarzw) or Villingen (Schwarzw).
  • The local trains depart from platform 7 approximately every 20-30 minutes (Monday-Friday: “58, “16, “46; Saturday: “16, “46; Sunday: “57, “18, “37).
  • Get off at the station “Freiburg-Littenweiler” (2 stops, journey time: 6-7 minutes).

By tram

  • Departing from Freiburg Central Station or “Bertoldsbrunnen” (city centre), take tramline 1 (direction: Littenweiler) and get off at the final stop “Laßbergstraße”.


Our partner – the official booking service of Freiburg – has reserved a contingent of hotel rooms in different hotels for you.
Please book your room by using the online booking tool or by telephone +49 761 3881 1516.

In addition to this, please feel free to contact the booking service of Freiburg directly via e-mail.

Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG Freiburg
Convention Bureau
Kerstin Schultheis

Tel.: +49 761 3881-1444
E-Mail: groups@fwtm.de
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 08:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., except German holidays


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For queries regarding the conference, please contact us via e-mail: earli2020sig1823@ph-freiburg.de

Local Organising Committee

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Rollett
Prof. Dr. Katja Scharenberg
Prof. Dr. Andreas Köpfer
Amelie Hirsch

SIG Coordinators
EARLI SIG 18 "Educational Efffectiveness" Coordinators

  • Prof. Dr. Charalambos Y. Charalambous
  • Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Praetorius

JURE SIG 18 "Educational Effectiveness" Coordinators

  • Saskia Opalinski
  • Hannah Bijlsma

EARLI SIG 23 "Educational Evaluation, Accountability and School Improvement" Coordinators

  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Feldhoff
  • Dr. Bernardita Munoz Chereau

JURE SIG 23 "Educational Evaluation, Accountability and School Improvement" Coordinator

  • Dr. Jerich Faddar


The conference is organised by the University of Education Freiburg and it is supported by the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).

This conference is part of the "Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung", a joint initiative of the Federal Government and the Länder which aims to improve the quality of teacher training. The programme is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The organising committee is responsible for the realisation of this conference.

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