Dear Colleagues,.

SAERA was invited by the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction to present a symposium session at the 18th Biennial Conference in August 2019. The theme of the conference was Thinking Tomorrow’s Education: Learning from the past, in the present and for the future, and it was held from 12 August to 16 August 2019, at the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.

SAERA members took up this challenge, coordinated by Gert van der Westhuizen from UJ, and the theme was Rethinking Tomorrow’s Education in South Africa.

Four SAERA members participated:
Prof Amasa Ndofirepi from UJ, with a paper on The African university in the neoliberal era: in pursuit of socially–just knowledges in the 21st century.

Prof Labby Ramrathan, School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, with a paper entitled Moving beyond the rhetoric of decolonisation: From education for all to education for relevance.

Prof Gert van der Westhuizen, UJ, paper entitled Decolonisation, cognitive justice and teacher education.

Prof Michael Samuel, University of KwaZulu-Natal, with the paper Change and continuity in doctoral supervision: A case study of a South African University.

Gert was session Chair, and Michael the discussant.

The session was well received, and invited extensive discussions on the South/North differences in approaches and priorities of educational research.