We are happy to welcome you at the Freie Universität Berlin for the 2018 conference of the Special Interest Group on “Learning and Development in Early Childhood” (SIG 5) of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instructions (EARLI). The EARLI SIG 5 conference will be held from August 29th to 31st in Berlin, Germany.
EARLI SIG 5 focuses on learning and development in early childhood from birth to the age of eight years. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for international collaboration and exchange of ideas, as well as rigorous and evidence-based discussion of early childhood research from both the educational and developmental sciences.
Our theme for the 2018 conference is ECEC 2.0: Future Challenges for Early Childhood Education and Care. With this theme, we would like to invite researchers to discuss the challenges that arise as a consequence of recent societal, educational and technological changes that affect ECEC. Specifically, these developments include, but are not limited to, an increasing emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in general and the use of technology in ECEC in particular as well as an increasing recognition of the importance of social-emotional and motivational competency aspects for children’s educational pathways. We intend to provide a forum for scholars to explore the processes, practices, and effects of these changes on early childhood education and research.