Collaboration between families and external stakeholders in Early Childhood Education : European fields and methods 21st to 23rd of October, 2021

Torterat, Frédéric, UM ­ LIRDEF
Azaoui, Brahim, UM – LIRDEF
Ruprecht, Katherine, UM ­ LIRDEF
Baldelli, Brigitte, UPVD / IRTS de Montpellier Boutevin, Christine, UM ­ LIRDEF
Casanova, Ludivine, UM ­ LIRDEF
Gnagne, De Tata Mariane, UM ­ LIRDEF
Tahiri, Awatif, UM – LIRDEF / FDE

Audras, Isabelle (AP), Univ. du Mans
Ašić, Tijana (FP), Univ. of Kragujevac
Azaoui, Brahim (AP), UM ­ LIRDEF
Baldelli, Brigitte, UPVD / IRTS de Montpellier Bazile, Sandrine (AP), UM ­ LIRDEF
Boutevin, Christine (AP), UM ­ LIRDEF
Caballero, Veronica (Assist. P), Univ. de Almería Cadet, Lucile (FP), Univ. de Cergy Paris­U
Ćirović, Katarina Z. (Assist. P), Univ. of Kragujevac Dupont, Pascal (AP), UTJJ ­ EFTS
Esmaeeli, Sara (AP), Univ. of Stavanger
Filliettaz, Laurent (FP), Univ. de Genève
Gouaïch, Karima (Assist. P), AMU
Grandaty, Michel (FP), UTJJ ­ EFTS
Hansen Wagner, Åse Kari (FP), Univ. of Stavanger Jakavonytė­Staškuvienė, Daiva (FP), Univ. of Vilnius Konsulova, Snejana (FP), Univ. of Sofia Kudinovienė, Jolita (FP), Univ. of Vilnius
Lebon, Francis (FP), Univ. de Paris, CERLIS Maleyrot, Éric (AP), UPVM ­ LIRDEF

Marquié­Dubié, Hélène (AP), UM ­ LIRDEF
Melloni, Chiara (AP), Univ. of Verona
Mendonca Dias, Catherine (AP), Univ. de Paris Sorbonne
Montefusco, Camille Charlotte (Collab.), Univ. de Lausanne, EHTSL
Montmasson­Michel, Fabienne (AP), Univ. de Poitiers
Perez­Roux, Thérèse (FP), UPVM ­ LIRDEF
Soriano Ayala, Encarnación (FP), Univ. de Almería
Thamin, Nathalie (AP), Univ. de Besançon Franche­Comté
Torterat, Frédéric (FP), UM ­ LIRDEF
Trébert, Dominique (AP), Univ. de Lausanne
Zogmal, Mariane (Assist. P), Univ. de Genève

In a world in transition, services and professionals that work directly with children, and specifically those in the early childhood period, must adapt and reorient their institutional operations and organizational methodologies to meet new requirements and changes. Notably in Europe, the socio­economic demographics and political contexts are rapidly changing. This is especially evident in cross­border zones more than in other regions, and with this comes potential disruptions but also new opportunities (eg., migration flows, variable political solutions, multiplicity of the expressions of multiculturalism, specificities of the contexts and time periods). These observed socio­economic and political changes do not exist without having an effect on daily life, and there is no doubt families are at the forefront of this issue in conjunction with other community stakeholders.
This   conference   aims   to   establish   a   detailed   and   contemporary   framework   for   the cooperation between the multitude of professionals that hold a stake in the domain of early childhood education and wellbeing. Notably, this includes educational researchers, social workers, caregivers and preschool teachers. Consequently, it is fair to ask ourselves about the exact role(s) Europe is likely to endorse on these current social, educational and political issues, including questions about the “values” of inclusion and solidarity addressed by the different programs Europe supports on a short or long term.
The first half­day of the conference will be opened by Åse Kari Hansen Wagner and Sara Esmaeeli (Stavanger, Norway). They will highlight research concerning social development and literacy in the home setting for young children, based on the PIRLS 2016 study and the Norwegian early literacy intervention study On Track. Chiara Melloni and Maria Vender (University of Verona, Italy) will close this section of the conference with an examination of the link between education and social work.
Encarnación Soriano Ayala, Veronica Caballero and Rachida Dalouh (University of Almería, Spain) will start off the following day of the conference on October 22nd. They will present on the interconnected nature of different professions working within the domain of early childhood, with specific attention to the spheres of schools, academic progress and families. This will be followed by a discussion and poster presentations relating to these same topics. Tijana Ašić & Izabela Dankić (University of Kragujevac and University of Mostar, Serbia and Bosnia­Herzegovina) will focus next on border regions in relationship to the conference topic and the challenges faced in this context via minority group acceptance. The day will finish with a roundtable discussion with a multidimensional focus on comparing and contrasting different issues across Europe concerning early childhood.
The final half­day will comprise a discussion about  controversial issues that require the collaboration between families and community stakeholders in the area of early childhood. This discussion will be enriched by presentations by Snejana Konsulova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria) and Daiva Jakavonytė­Staškuvienė (University of Vilnius, Lithuania), who will also mediate the second roundtable event.

Main Scientific Objectives:

→ theme  : report on the strategic issues that can result in improving early childhood programs   in   Europe,   and  by   extension,   greater   protection   and   care   for   young   children, especially those belonging to vulnerable populations.
→ theme  : share and discuss best practices concerning language acquisition and literacy in the home setting for young children, among others in a bilingual context (in particular from the  teachers’   side,   considering   the   obstacles   to   and   leverage   practices   for   inclusive classrooms).
→ theme  :   highlight   the   interconnected   and   also   changing   nature   of   the   professions working in the areas of education, social work, caregiving and preschool in contemporary society.

Procedure for submission:

The communication proposals (400­600 words, in English, French or Spanish) must be submitted by e­mail to : frederic.torterat@umontpellier.fr and brahim.azaoui@umontpellier.fr in .odt or .doc format. You are invited to clearly state the title of the paper, the theme addressed, the originality of your approach and the prospects opened up by your study, with 5 to 10 bibliographical references.

Conference Keynote Speakers (5): 35 minutes each followed by 10 minutes of discussion with the assembly. It is foreseen with the health situation to use video conferencing as an additional tool.
Presentations (24 or more): 20 minutes each followed 10 minutes of discussion.
Round Table Events (2): 40 minutes with 2 to 3 conference participants per group with a discussion leader assigned by each group.
Poster Session: Scheduled for October, 22 in two time slots (12:30 to 2:00 P.M. and 3:10 to 3:40 P.M.). Journal   article   submissions   will   include   the   plenary   conferences   and,   concerning   the communications, will be selected based on a double­blind review by a team of international specialists with expertise in the subject field(s). These papers will form a collective publication to be printed by “Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée (PULM)” or a comparable scientific publisher. A volume of 23 to 30 chapters is estimated, equivalent to approximately 650,000 characters (not including bibliographic references) or 230 pages.
The five plenary conferences and the two round table events will be filmed and recorded by the I.T. service of the Faculty of Education at the University of Montpellier. The video will be hosted on the University of Montpellier platform: https://video.umontpellier.fr/. This will ensure a significant broadcast of the conference to make a greater impact on the fields of research and education.