EAPRIL’s conference in 2019 focuses on in-depth dialogue between practitioner researchers who are interested in the changed goals and approaches of life-long learning process. The conference is for describing, sharing and discussing the current and future challenges to ensure meaningfulness of learning in different settings at school, work, and everyday life. Changes might be seen in goals as it is described by World Economic Forum but also in processes that change due to globalisation and development of technology.
By meaningful learning we would like to highlight the importance of questions why, how and so what of instructional process. The content, the methods, and also the purpose of learning has to be meaningful in learning at schools and at workplace. Learners should be also involved in planning to achieve this.
The questions why, how and so what should be asked especially now because of the rapid changes in the labour market, social changes, and technological development. According to European Commission’s recommendations all learners should still focus on raising the level of achievement of basic skills (literacy, numeracy and basic digital skills) but also on fostering the acquisition of competences in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics; increasing and improving the level of digital competences at all stages of education and training, across all segments of the population; nurturing entrepreneurship competence, creativity and the sense of initiative; and increasing the level of language competences and supporting learners to learn different languages relevant to their working and living situation.
The European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) aims to promote practice-based and practitioner research on teaching and learning within formal, informal, non-formal, lifelong learning and professional development contexts – in many different settings. Therefore, EAPRIL conference is also a perfect place for discussions on meaningful learning in different settings.
Meet our EAPRIL2019 keynotes:
Prof Dr. Äli Leijen
University of Tartu, Estonia
Prof. Dr. Jean Murray
University of East London, United Kingdom
More detailed information will follow soon.
Each year the popularity of our school visits seems to be increasing. Last year 127 participants visited 8 different schools.
This year we will again organise interesting visits in Estonian schools of different educational levels and with special educational features. This gives you a chance to discover one of the most interesting educational systems in the world from up close.
The visits are scheduled on the day before the official start of the conference (November 26, 2019)
A list of schools that can be visited will be announced soon.