EARLI SIG 18 & 23 conference - the Netherlands

August 29 - 31
JURE pre-conference August 28


PDF with all practical information


Towards sustainable school improvement through rigorous research


Improving educational practice is the ultimate goal of educational sciences as an applied discipline. And there are still a lot of issues to be resolved in education in order to help children and young adults to develop their full potential.

Although an old saying by Kurt Lewin learns us that nothing is as practical as a good theory, it is of course very helpful if such a theory has been put to the test. Or if practical combinations of elements of theories have been put together in programs which have been rigorously tested in educational practice.

The conference welcomes empirical contributions that either focus on system, school or classroom level improvement efforts that ultimately result in higher quality and more equality of educational outcomes for students, and that are moreover sustainable.

In line with the main topics of EARLI SIG 18 “Educational Effectiveness” and SIG 23 “Educational Evaluation, Accountability  and School Improvement” such studies may focus on:

  • Factors influencing the effectiveness of schools and teaching, including mediating and moderating variables
  • Large-scale evaluation of schools, programs, and educational systems, including the nature and extent of the equity gap in achievement for different student groups
  • Theoretical modeling of the relationship between educational evaluation, accountability, and school improvement
  • Design of external evaluation and accountability systems of schools and teachers (e.g., concerning reliability and validity), their relation to internal evaluation systems and the impact of such systems on equal opportunities in education, school improvement, teaching and learning in the classroom and achievement of the students
  • Empirical methods to address research questions within these main topics (e.g., longitudinal multilevel modeling, quasi-experimental approaches, regression discontinuity, randomized experiments)


Important Dates

  • Connector.

    26 January 2018

    Open submission for abstracts and papers

  • Connector.

    2 March 2018

    Deadline of submission of abstracts (and) Papers

  • Connector.

    24 April 2018

    Notification of acceptance of abstracts and papers – Registration opens

  • Connector.

    22 May 2018

    Deadline for registration at reduced fees

  • Connector.

    12 June 2018

    Deadline registration for being included in the programme

  • Connector.

    26 June 2018

    Notification to presenters of time schedule – Draft programme of all sessions and presenters

  • Connector.

    10 July 2018

    Final programme (pdf version of congress book)

  • Connector.

    28 August 2018

    Pre-conference (to be announced)

  • Connector.

    29 - 31 August 2018

    EARLI 2018 SIG 18 & 23 joint conference



To visit the conference, please register. Click here for all info.
Registration is possible from April 24th.


To participate in the programme please read the guidelines for submission. You can find it here.