Home What's ERNAPE

  1. When and Why
  2. Parents in Education
  3. What we are interested in
  4. Purposes

1. When and Why

ERNAPE is an association of networks organised by areas. Each network is autonomous. In October 1993, with financial support from the European Commission, a group of researchers working in the field of parents in education in different parts of Europe met in Glasgow to discuss how to increase contact across Europe, to exchange knowledge of research developments in Europe and to stimulate research about parents in education at all levels, including intercultural European research.

The group decided to establish ERNAPE (European Research Network About Parents in Education) and to organise this research network by language areas, rather than by countries. Research communication tends to be language-related. There are organisation reasons for this arrangement too. One is that it enables representation on the ERNAPE committee without having a huge (and expensive) committee representing every country. Another is that it encourages area research networks to exist in the field of parents in education without being dependent on ERNAPE. Some areas now have operating networks. In other areas they are still being developed. Thus, ERNAPE is gradually growing as area networks grow. It is our hope that ERNAPE will provide a means to assist these networks to interact.

2. Parents in education

The term "parents in education"is intended to include both the relationship of parents to school systems and the contributions which parents and families make to their child's learningoutside school.

The field of research about parents in education and families in education is increasingly being recognised as vitally important. More and more research is being carried out world-wide. Since there is a general tendency that children spend most of their waking (therefore learning) time outside not only school but also home, it is not surprising that research is being directed at parents and families and how they interrelate with schools and other arenas for their children's learning lives.

3. What we are interested in

ERNAPE will be relevant to anyone researching in the areas of education, educational administration, educational psychology, educational sociology and related disciplines. ERNAPE will also be of interest to parents, teachers and their organisations. ERNAPE is an independent body, not tied to any political, religious or other ideological groups .

4. Purposes

Our main purposes are:

  • information exchange between researchers and organisations;
  • interaction in doing research;
  • design of joint programmes, analysis and reflection on parents in education;
  • stimulating awareness of the field;
  • supporting/educating young researchers in the field of parents in education.