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2nd WERA-IRN Extended Education Conference: Practice, Theories and Activities

September 26-28, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden

The second WERA-IRN EXTENDED EDUCATION conference took place in Stockholm, Sweden, and was organised by the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Stockholm University. The aim of the conference was to present, discuss and bring together different research perspectives and theories on goals and practices of Extended Education; and furthermore, to explore the diverse concepts, ideas and paradigms governing Extended Education activities.

We had the honor to welcome 136 delegates from 17 countries. We welcomed long distance guests from Australia, Colombia, Nigeria, the US, Japan, and South Korea. From Europe we had guests from Austria, Denmark, England, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland. In the conference, five symposia were arranged embracing 20 contributions, 68 papers and five posters were presented. Four keynote-speakers gave talks about different topics like concepts, play, children’s peer culture and equity in education. A vivid panel discussion about the significance of complementation and compensation in Extended Education concluded the overall theme of the conference.

Besides the formal conference activities, also more informal parts in the programme like lunches, coffee breaks (Swedish fika!), the reception and the conference dinner offered possibilities to meetings and discussions. The participants also had possibility to visit a school-age educare centre, which was highly appreciated.

Call for papers

We invite you all to publish articles related to the theme about Extended Education activities when it comes to complementation and compensation. Anna Klerfelt and Anna-Lena Ljusberg will be guest editors for a special issue in International Journal for Research on Extended Education 2021, so we encourage you all to be prepared and watch out for the call to come.

The next conference

Together we have now driven several aspects of Extended Education and constructed more knowledge but we do not end here. We want to thank all participants for their contributions and hand over to Iceland and Kolbrún Pálsdóttir and her colleagues who will host the next conference in September 2020.


Anna-Lena Ljusberg, Anna Klerfelt and Rickard Jonsson

Organising Committee for the Stockholm Conference