ERFCON2017 Book of Abstracts

On behalf of the Programme and the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to present the Book of Abstracts, which contains summaries of invited and contributed papers presented at the 9th International Conference of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia – ERFCON2017.

The conference was held in Zagreb, Croatia, from May 17 to May 19, 2017, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ms. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, the Mayor of the City of Zagreb, Mr. Milan Bandić, and in cooperation with our international partners: the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana and the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sports, Indiana State University, USA.

ERFCON is a traditional conference of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb, which has been the seat of learning and development in the fields of special and inclusive education and rehabilitation, speech-language pathology, and social pedagogy for 55 years.

The main conference was enriched with various pre- and post-conference events, with the unique aim of exchanging and linking knowledge that will contribute to higher quality of life of children, young people, and adults with developmental and social integration problems.

There were 348 participants that contributed to the conference. After the review procedure, 280 summaries were accepted for presentation. According to the structure of submitted summaries, there were 11 symposia (altogether 53 presentations), 134 oral presentations, and 93 posters. The majority of papers submitted were from the field of education and rehabilitation, then social pedagogy, and speech-language pathology.

A total of 15 different additional events were held: 2 pre-conferences, 3 symposia, 2 round table conferences, 6 workshops, 1 methodology school, and 1 panel. These additional events under ERFCON2017 were attended by over 300 participants, 178 of whom attended only one of the additional events.

ERFCON2017 was attended by scientists from 25 different countries, with the largest number of participants coming from Croatia (165 participants). There were 95 participants from other countries, most of them from Slovenia (31), then Poland (11), USA (10), Serbia (10), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (6). One to five participants came from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and the UK.

The special value of ERFCON2017 were plenary lecturers, who, in addition to plenary lectures, also held pre-conference workshops and seminars for experts, scientists, and students.

We hope all participants gained valuable experience from the scientific discussion among international and Croatian experts, and keynote speakers recognized worldwide. Furthermore, we hope everyone had the opportunity to share, learn, discuss recent theoretical and applied scientific findings through different forms of participation, and to create new social networks.

Thank you all for participating!

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