Successful conference gathered huge amount of attendees

Professor Ingólfur Ásgeir Jóhannesson presented the first findings of a big-scale study in nine Icelandic upper secondary schools.

Professor Ingólfur Ásgeir Jóhannesson.

“Our conference on ‘Upper secondary schools at Crossroads?’ was a success. It was held in cooperation with the teacher unions, and was arranged in a school where the facilites took 200 people, and 215 attended”, says Ingólfur Ásgeir Jóhannesson. He’s a professor at the School of Education at the University of Iceland, and the leader of JustEd team 7.


The successful conference was arranged on 25 September 2015 at the The Comprehensive Secondary School at Ármúli in Reykjavík, at the initiative of the research group within the University of Iceland, that comprises Team 7 of JustEd, in cooperation with other units within the University of Iceland and the teacher associations.

Guðrún G. Óskarsdóttir

Guðrún G. Óskarsdóttir

This was a successful conference with two keynote talks and 25 sessions with 2 talks each. The amount of people that attended the conference was a turnout reaching far beyond conference organizers optimistic expectations.

Susan Gollifer.

Susan Gollifer.

The first keynote was entitled Upper secondary school practices. The first findings of a big-scale study in nine Icelandic upper secondary schools, given by Ingólfur Ásgeir Jóhannesson, Jón Torfi Jónasson, Elsa Eiríksdóttir, Anna Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir and Gerður G. Óskarsdóttir, in cooperation with about ten other researchers and graduate students at the University of Iceland (School of Education and School of Social Sciences).

The other keynote was entitled Supporting young people’s engagement in upper secondary education: Lessons from Australia and England, given by Glenda McGregor, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, and Martin Mills, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Elsa Eiríksdóttir

Elsa Eiríksdóttir

“Now we’re looking forward to putting together a symposium for the JustEd conference,” Ingólfur says. The JustEd conference will be arranged in connection to the NERA conference in March.


Read more about the JustEd conference here.


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About the Author: Journalist currently working as Communications Specialist at the Nordic Centre of Excellence "Justice through Education in the Nordic countries" and in NordForsk's programme "Education for Tomorrow". .


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