As an IRN, we have been invited to hold a symposium at the WERA Focal Meeting in Tokyo. There, we will present recent research findings that show that the quality of extended education programs has a significant influence on their outcomes. Hence, many countries have made efforts to measure and to improve the educational quality.
In the symposium, three papers from three continents and countries – Japan, Switzerland, and the United States – examine the quality of extended education, especially concerning quality concepts, approaches to measurement, and continuous quality improvement.The first paper presented by Prof. Fuyuko Kanefuji, Bunkyo University, Japan, aims to explicate the concepts of quality for afterschool programs in Japan. The contribution on all-day schools in Switzerland will be presented by Prof. Marianne Schuepbach, Dr. Benjamin von Allmen M.Sc., Dr. Lukas Frei M.Sc. and Dr. Wim Nieuwenboom, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. This paper explores different aspects of process quality based on a standardized observation instrument regarding socio-emotional development and school achievement. The third paper, entitled “Improving STEM Quality and Learning” focuses on developing systems and state afterschool networks across the United States and will be presented by Prof. Gil Noam and Dr. Patricia Allen. All papers will be examined and discussed by Prof. Ludwig Stecher, University of Giessen, Germany, and Prof. Sang Hoon Bae, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea from an outside perspective.
The WERA 2019 Focal Meeting will consist of a program of paper and symposia sessions on topics of worldwide scope. In general, the WERA Focal Meeting seeks to feature research that includes more than one country or is comparative, cross-cultural, international, or transnational in conceptualization, scope, or design.
We are looking forward to meeting you there! Read more about it here.