SIG 25 - Educational Theory


Nina Bonderup Dohn

University of Southern Denmark

Giuseppe Ritella

University of Helsinki, Finland

Alexandra Nordström

University of Helsinki, Finland

Antti Rajala

University of Oulu, Finland

Rupert Wegerif

Mission statement


Our main aim is to build capacity in theory in EARLI. We start from the assumption that good research needs high quality theory and theorising as well as high quality designs and techniques. As a SIG we provide opportunities to explore and develop theories and traditions of theorising that impact on educational research. One of our aims as a community is to investigate the relationship between theory and the quality of research in the field of learning and Instruction.


There is a particular focus in the SIG on providing opportunities for early career researchers to learn from others, build networks and find an avenue for publication. The SIG will facilitate focused interaction between experienced and early career researchers.

A further ambition of the SIG is to participate in expanding EARLI to make it more attractive to high quality educational researchers focusing on the theory of education who currently might not feel ‘at home' in EARLI.



SIG 10, 21 & 25 Conference 2022

Dialogue, Diversity and Interdisciplinarity in the Field of Learning and Instruction
7th - 9th of September, 2022
University of Belgrade, Serbia

SIG 10, 21 & 25 Conference 2020

Process-oriented Research on Learning in Contemporary Society
July 1-3, 2020
University of Groningen, Netherlands

SIG 17 and 25 Biennial Conference 2018

Dialogue between ontology and epistemology: New perspectives on theory and methodology in research on learning and education
August 27-28, 2018
Cambridge University, United Kingdom