Aims, Purpose, Structure of ERNAPE, Responsibilities of the Steering Committee and Chair of ERNAPE, and Choosing a conference host

The Aims and Purpose of ERNAPE

  • To encourage critical debate about parents and education, schools and community involvement/engagement/relationships, from different theoretical perspectives including educational theory and pedagogy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, social theory, philosophy and other related fields.
  • To contribute to the development of theoretical ideas which can inform practice-based research on parents, schools, communities and education.
  • To contribute through research and critical debate to the development of ideas and strategies for change regarding parents, schools, communities and education.
  • To encourage critical debate about parents and education, schools and community involvement/engagement/relationships, from different theoretical perspectives including educational theory and pedagogy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, social theory, philosophy and other related fields.
  • To contribute to the development of theoretical ideas which can inform practice-based research on parents, schools, communities and education.
  • To contribute through research and critical debate to the development of ideas and strategies for change regarding parents, schools, communities and education.
  • To develop relationships with parent and community organisations, with teacher unions and organisations, teacher educators and where possible with policy makers.
  • To oversee the organisation of its biennial conference.
  • To support scientific publications and scholarly activities on parents, schools, communities and education.

The structure of ERNAPE and the Steering Committee

  • The Scientific Committee was renamed as the Steering Committee (SC) (agreed on March 14, 2018) which continues to coordinate ERNAPE.
  • The Steering Committee comprises representatives from countries from across Europe.
  • The Steering Committee plays an important role in ensuring the sustainability of ERNAPE.  We therefore need to ensure the sustainability of the Steering Committee itself.
  • At present the membership of the Steering Committee is 12 including an honorary member (Adelina). It is possible for this to increase minimally especially to achieve representation from a wider range of European countries.
  • Current members of the Steering Committee can nominate new members to the Steering Committee. Each nomination must be accompanied by a short CV or statement including evidence indicating the rationale for this nomination.
  • The nominee must have participated in at least two ERNAPE conferences previously.
  • Nominees must be involved in academic research in the field and affiliated to a university and represent a European country but no single country should be represented by more than two members.
  • The nominee will be asked to attend a Steering Committee meeting to present their reasons for wanting to become a Steering Committee member of ERNAPE.
  • The Steering Committee will meet at least once every two years. It was agreed that the Steering Committee would meet on either the day prior to the start of the biennial conference, during the conference or at the end of the conference.
  • It was also agreed that a Steering Committee meeting could be called in the year between the conferences if necessary.
  • Communications will be conducted via email and other electronic resources.
  • Membership of ERNAPE as an organisation is based on conference attendance. The name of conference attendees will be added to the mailing list.

The role and responsibilities of the Chair of ERNAPE

Following the 2021 conference and Eddie Denessen’s term of office, from 2023 the Chair of ERNAPE will be chosen from the Steering Committee and will be rotational on a two year basis. From 2023 therefore the link between the conference host and the Chair of  ERNAPE and the Steering Committee will be decoupled. (agreed on 17 September, 2019).

The role of Chair of ERNAPE is to:

  • Chair the Steering Committee
  • Organise and keep up to date the circulation lists and act as a point of reference for enquirers/ies
  • Convene Steering Committee  meetings. It was agreed that the Chair might convene an interim Steering Committee meeting between conferences if necessary
  • Take responsibility for the conference special issue for IJPE
  • Oversee appointment of the next conference organiser
  • Collect relevant information for the ERNAPE web site and liaise with the web site manager
  • Liaise with and support the next conference organiser.

Choosing a conference host and venue

A call for the host will be included in the conference website. The current Chair will draft such a call. It will be stipulated that the host proposer:

  • Must attend the current conference
  • Be prepared to present their proposal at the Steering Committee  meeting (during the conference)
  • Be affiliated to a university
  • Be based in a European country (the conference venue must be easily accessible to European and international delegates)
  • Be aware that a proportion (approximately 10%) of any conference profits be given to ERNAPE to support its work and the publication of the International Journal of Parents in Education (IJPE).

Updated and agreed by the Steering Committee on August 27, 2020