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41st Annual Nordic Educational Research Association Conference in Iceland: Preschool Teacher Retention

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 2.37.58 PMFrom March 7th to the 9th, I was at the 41st Annual Nordic Educational Research Association Conference in Iceland (click here to read about the overall conference and the keynote speakers). The 41st annual conference website is found here.

There were about 700 people, mostly Scandinavians, at this conference. In order to present at this conference, the research must be completed either in a Scandinavian country (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, or Denmark) or the presenter must be connected to a Scandinavian institution.

Since I am a PhD student at Uppsala University, I applied and was accepted to present in 20130309_160549a symposium. A symposium is where three or four different researchers give presentations about their own research, normally with the symposium having similar talks.

My research was completed on Head Start preschool teachers and their willingness to stay or leave their employment; therefore the other people who presented with me, also discussed similar themes.

I presented a preliminary analysis on the Lead teachers in 10 Head Start preschool programs in a talk entitled “Simple Requests to Maintain High Quality Teachers- A Qualitative Study on Preschool Teacher Retention.”

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Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 2.55.10 PMThere were two Finnish researchers who also presented within the same symposium as Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 2.55.57 PMme: Sanna Honkimäki and Anne Martin. They are from the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä. Their research was entitled “Teachers moving to other jobs? Interviews of former teachers in Finland. Much to my surprise, they found very similar results as I did on why teachers would leave the teaching profession–where teachers are stressed, overworked, underpaid, and even in Finland, feel under-appreciated.

Another presenter, a PhD student named Anna-Carin BredmarScreen Shot 2013-03-13 at 3.00.03 PM, in our symposium was from the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies at the University of Göteborg (Gothenburg). Her presentation was called “Teachers’ experiences of work enjoyment as an atmosphere–An empirical lifeworld phenomenological analysis.” Her talk was very interesting, as the Finns and I spoke about the negative aspects of the teaching profession, Anna-Carin Bredmar discussed the positive (enjoyment) side of teaching–aka–what motivates teachers to get up and show up for work every day.

See my other posts on Iceland by checking out Reykjavik IcelandThe Blue LagoonThe Golden CircleThe National Museum of Iceland, and Accommodations in Reykjavik (Boholt Apartments mainly).

I attended a conference called the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA). See the Keynote Speakers or my research on Preschool Teacher Retention.

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41st Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) Conference 2013: Keynote Speakers

20130307_174143The 41st Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) Conference 2013 was held on March 7-9, 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland. NERA is also knows by its Scandinavian name Nordisk Forening For Pedagogisk Forskning (NFPF).

The conference took place at the University of Iceland in their Department of Education and at the Hilton in Reykjavik. There were about 700 participants at this conference; most of whom were Scandinavian. The keynote speakers all spoke at the Hilton, while all of the other presenters spoke from the University buildings. 20130307_101036

Screen Shot 2013-03-12 at 10.14.31 AMDespite the two locations, the set-up was quite nice. The Hilton sat about a ten minute walk from Department of Education, allowing participants to breathe some fresh Icelandic air and take a short break from the talks. What I particularly enjoyed though was that the Keynote Speakers spoke for the first half of the day on Thursday and Friday, leaving the second half of the days and all of Saturday to the other presenters. This was beneficial in that many people listened to the keynotes and then were able to either listen to more talks or go site seeing in the afternoons.

There were four Keynote Speakers: Dr Anna Stetsenko, Dr Kristiina Kumpulainen, Dr Diane Reay, and Dr Kristjan Kristjansson. To see their (and all of the NERA participants’ abstracts) click here. To see their actual presentation slides click here.

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Stetsenko concentrated her talk on the theories of development and learning, provided a historical background to theory and where we are today with theory, and then challenged the audience to use more theory within their research.

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Kumpulainen spoke on the processes of learning and how we go about constructing learning, especially in relation to connected learning.

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Reay gave a depressing (in her words) talk on the state of education in England, paying particular attention to elite schools verse common schools and the similarities and differences between those two                                                                                                           educational systems.

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Kristjansson presented on the idea of morality in education, especially from a theoretical and philosophical perspective, ending his talk with trying to recruit partnerships from the audience on developing what “moral education” means, as well as trying to set up ways to test moral education.

See my other posts on Iceland by checking out Reykjavik IcelandThe Blue LagoonThe Golden CircleThe National Museum of Iceland, and Accommodations in Reykjavik (Boholt Apartments mainly).

I attended a conference called the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA). See the Keynote Speakers or my research on Preschool Teacher Retention.