The summer school aims to:

●    open and promote a European research space for collaboration and networking between early career educational researchers

●    explore the opportunities and challenges available through different analysis approaches in educational research projects

●    introduce and examine critically new ways of thinking about the structure of the ‘data’ we often analyse in educational research and consider these in relation to participants’ current and future research projects

Conducting educational research is both an art and a craft and in order to develop your sensibilities and skills you inevitably encounter data of some kind or another. Arguing for one (or more) approach/es to data, justifying your analytical framework and discussing critically relations between data and the other components of your research study are challenging aspects of any research project. Organisers of the 2016 EERA Summer School will create a space where doctoral and advanced students who are at the beginning or in early phases of their research work can learn, discuss and evaluate the ideas proposed by different methodological approaches within a stimulating international scholarly community.

The Summer School offers theoretical and empirical knowledge about methodological approaches in educational research, focuses on critical and reflexive accounts of actual research projects carried out by the presenters and involves active participation by students. The Summer School will include a one-day excursion to the “Federal Institute for Educational Research, Innovation & Development of the Austrian School System” (which will inform participants about their research work and also about data about the Austrian school system available for secondary analyses) and to the city of Salzburg.

The aim of the ‘European Educational Research Association’ (EERA) is to further high quality educational research for the benefit of education and society. High quality research not only acknowledges its own context but also recognises wider, transnational contexts with their social, cultural and political similarities and differences. To accomplish this, engagement and support for the next generation of European researchers is essential. EERA season schools bring together early career researchers and PhD students from a number of nations to share and discuss their research and experiences with experts within their own field of research, in order to further the professional development of emerging researchers.


The Summer School will offer:

Morning sessions with stimulating lectures on various educational research topics with experienced professors as well as opportunities to discuss and develop your own research project in collaboration with other research students and experienced tutors, a varied and engaging social programme and a visit to BIFIE (Federal Institute for Educational Research, Innovation & Development of the Austrian School System) and the city of Salzburg.
The five day course will be a mixture of lectures, workshops and peer group discussions. Students will be advised and supervised by experienced researchers. ECT credits will be appointed, 3.0 (with paper)/1.5 (without paper). Students are required to hand in a short paper in advance, a template will be provided. 


Who can attend?

Applicants normally come from or study in EERA member countries. Their theses must relate to educational research. The Summer School will be held in English. There is no tuition fee, but participants must cover their travel costs and make a contribution of 270,-€ (students from High GDP countries) and 180,- € (students from Low GDP countries) respectively. Accommodation costs in Linz will be covered. Participants will be expected to share a double room with a same-sex participant. Breakfast and lunch will be provided every day, plus a welcome and a farewell dinner. There will be options for other social activities (e.g. a visit to the Museum of the Future).


How to apply 

Starting November 15, people interested in attending the Summer School can register through our conference management system: 

First you need to register as a user on Conftool and then you can fill out your application. Besides a short description of your research question, your conceptual framework, your methodology, your expected outcomes and your references we are also looking for a letter of endorsement from your supervisor. Deadline is March 1, 2016. 



Academic issues: Christoph Helm, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, email:

Organisational issues: Doretta Dow, EERA Office,

Important dates

Application period November 15 - March 1
Information on acceptance April 1, 2016
Registration/payment April 2 - May 15, 2016
Summer school July 11-15, 2016


Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Paper Submission

Please find detailed information here.