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Fourth Meeting of the EARLI SIG Educational Effectiveness 27-29 August 2014

University of Southampton

The conference will take place at the University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom.

The conference will take place in the Nightingale Building on Highfield Campus, a modern and well-equipped university building.
http://www.southampton.ac.uk/estates/ourestate/buildings/highfield/67.htmlA map of the campus can be found here:

The Nightingale building is number 67 on the map.


Southampton is located on the South Coast of England and is well-served by transport infrastructure.

By Train

The nearest station to Highfield Campus is Southampton Airport-Parkway station, which is about ten minutes drive from the campus.

The station benefits from particularly good connections with London. Trains from London Waterloo leave approximately every 30 minutes, with a travelling time of 1 hour 10 minutes. There are also connections from Birmingham, Manchester and the South-West as well as intermediate stations on these lines. From the station it is possible to take either a taxi or Unilink bus U1C to Highfield Campus.

Train timetables can be found here:


Unilink bus timetables are here:


By Air:

Southampton International Airport is next to Airport-Parkway rail station (see above) and therefore similarly nearby the campus, and served by the same bus route and taxis. The airport has flights to and from a range of UK and European destinations. More information can be found here:


In addition, London Heathrow Airport is only about 1 hours travel away, and as the UK’s largest airport has a multitude of national and international connections. There is a direct coach service from Heathrow Airport to the University of Southampton, Highfield Campus. More information can be found here:


Alternatively, there is a Railair connection from Heathrow Airport to Woking railway station, from which one can connect by train to Southampton. More information can be found here:


By car:

Southampton is just 75 miles (120km) from London and 21 miles (35km) from the Channel ports. The M3, M27 and A34 provide fast, direct access while the A36 is the main route to the West Country, Bristol and Wales.
From the M3 – exit at junction 14, following signs for Southampton (A33). Follow the A33 into Bassett Avenue and follow the map/signs to University campuses.
From the M27 (west or east) – leave the M27 at junction 5 (Southampton Airport) and follow the map/signs to University campuses.

By bus or coach:

National Express provides regular services from central London, Heathrow, Birmingham, Bournemouth and the North. Southampton coach station is at Western Esplanade, in the city centre. Our own Uni-linkbuses connect the University's Southampton campuses with the city centre and both train stations - Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway.


The city of Southampton and its surrounding county of Hampshire offer a wealth of activities and sightseeing opportunities. More information on the city can be found here:


While for those of you who wish to venture out a buit further more information on the county can be found here:


Southampton, GB

August 27, 2014 – August 29, 2014

Marrying rigour and relevance: towards effective education for all

The relationship between research and practice has long been a key concern in education and the social sciences more generally. For the field of educational effectiveness, this issue is at the forefront even more, given that the very intention of EER has from its origins been not just to identify the characteristics of effective education, but to influence policy and practice for greater effectiveness. At the same time, the field has always striven to put our knowledge of educational processes onto a sound scientific footing by employing rigorous research designs and analytical methods, which have increased in sophistication over the years.

In contrast to the views of some critics of the field, we feel that this methodological rigour is essential to provide practitioners and policymakers with information that is sufficiently robust to be used as a basis for decision making, and the theme of this conference reflects this belief.

It is therefore the aim of this conference to explore ways in which we can continue to produce research that is both rigorous and relevant, and also look at ways in which complex methods, designs and findings can be communicated and co-constructed with practitioners and policymakers. As such we aim to build on traditional strengths of our field, while being aware of the challenges we face.

The second part of the conference title likewise reflects both longstanding concerns in the field and recent developments. The principle of equity and positive educational outcomes for all students, whatever their background, has always motivated researchers in our field, but has if anything become even more central as many societies are confronted with growing inequality and complexity, and we hope to stimulate discussion on ways we can contribute to improving quality education for all students.


The conference should therefore be relevant to researchers, practitioners and students with an interest in educational effectiveness.

Four keynote speakers confirmed: ‘Professor Roel Bosker, University of Groningen; Professor Katharina Maag-Merkki, University of Zurich; Professor Pam Sammons, University of Oxford and Professor Sam Stringfield, University of Cincinatti’.

please click on the following link for more information on the JURE SIG 18 pre-conference 2014

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Southampton!

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