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April 10, 2021

AERA 2021 – A Newcomer’s Lens: A Look at K-12 Online and Blended Learning in the Journal of Online Learning Research

Less than an hour ago, my colleagues and I finished our paper (and my final) presentation for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  Here is the asynchronous version of that presentation.

Abstract: In this study, the authors analyzed 51 articles published between 2015 and 2018 inclusive in the Journal of Online Learning Research (JOLR). The purpose of this study was to examine the trends regarding article topics, geography, research methods and article types, authorship, and citation frequency. The results indicated JOLR gave additional attention to K-12 blended learning. Another common topic was professional development. Most studies were focused on the US. Future research is needed to examine if the trends from this study continue over a more extended period and if these results reflect the development of and change in the field of K-12 online and blended learning.

Authors:

  • Hu Min, Brigham Young University
  • Karen T Arnesen, Brigham Young University
  • Michael K Barbour, Touro University California
  • Heather Leary, Brigham Young University

Slides available at https://www2.slideshare.net/mkb/aera-2021-a-newcomers-lens-a-look-at-k12-online-and-blended-learning-in-the-journal-of-online-learning-research

April 8, 2021

AERA Council Votes to Keep Association Meetings Out of States that Pass Anti-Trans Laws

Another important stand taken by the American Educational Research Association.  This statement is an example of how a socially responsible professional organization acts.

 

For Immediate Release

April 8, 2021

 

Contacts:

Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net

(202) 238-3235

 

Tong Wu, twu@aera.net

(202) 238-3233

 

AERA Council Votes to Keep Association Meetings Out of States that Pass Anti-Trans Laws

 

Washington, April 8—Today, members of the American Educational Research Association’s Council unanimously passed this resolution:

  • Whereas transgender and non-binary youth and educators deserve safe and supportive schools, communities, and workplace environments;
  • Whereas many states across the U.S. are presently considering laws that would be educationally harmful and otherwise devastating to trans and non-binary persons both in and out of schools;
  • Therefore, be it resolved that the American Educational Research Association (AERA) has determined that it will hold no conferences or public events in states or any other locations enacting anti-trans laws until such time as the laws are rescinded or AERA otherwise revisits the issue.

The AERA Council met today as the association opened its 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, hosting more than 12,000 attendees.

 

“This was the final and most important policy action of my presidency,” said AERA 2020-21 President Shaun R. Harper. “Trans and non-binary persons deserve our advocacy and economic protest of policies, practices, and places that harm them. Their lives would also be improved if we individually and collectively did more with what we know to dismantle transphobia in our society. We must do more.”

 

“AERA has long been committed to ensuring that students, researchers, and all individuals can learn and engage in environments that are free of constraint or intimidation,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “This resolution is rooted in a body of research evidence that has identified the adverse effects of transphobia in learning environments and in society at large. We cannot as an organization stand by in the face of actions and legislation that are likely to inflict harm on students, educators, and other people.”

 

On Tuesday, April 6, Harper and Levine issued a statement calling for AERA members to form coalitions with each other, as well as with scholars in other academic fields and communities outside of academia, in support of transgender and non-binary persons. The statement also reminded members of our urgent responsibility to extend the reach of our research expertise on gender, trans people’s experiences and outcomes, public policy, and related topics beyond conference papers, scholarly symposia, and academic journals.

 

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About AERA
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

This news release can be found online.

 

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AERA 2021 – Documenting Triage: Detailing the Response of Canadian Provinces and Territories to Emergency Remote Teaching

About an hour ago, my colleagues and I finished our poster presentation for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  Here is the asynchronous version of that presentation.

Abstract: While it is not uncommon for Canadian schools to be closed for short, and sometimes extended, periods of time – often due to snow or other climate-related causes, the indefinite closure during Spring 2020 was an emergency situation that school leaders and government officials were unprepared for. This proposal describes a project undertaken by a pan-Canadian e-learning organization to report the actions each of the 13 provinces and territories undertook to provide continuity of learning for K-12 students. The proposal provides some national observations, but the eventual presentation will provide a detailed description by jurisdiction. It is descriptive in nature, as opposed to evaluative, as any triage that is provided during an emergency is better than the alternative.

Authors:

  • Michael K. Barbour, Touro University California
  • Joelle Nagle, University of Windsor
  • Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network

Slides available at https://www2.slideshare.net/mkb/aera-2021-documenting-triage-detailing-the-response-of-canadian-provinces-and-territories-to-emergency-remote-teaching/

This video is cross-posted on the CANeLearn channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIramGiMndo

AERA Statement in Support of Transgender and Non-Binary Persons

An important statement from the American Educational Research Association.

 

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2021

 

Contacts:

Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net

(202) 238-3235

 

Tong Wu, twu@aera.net

(202) 238-3233

 

Statement from AERA President Shaun R. Harper and Executive Director Felice J. Levine in Support of Transgender and Non-Binary Persons

 

April 6, 2021

 

Thousands of scholars will gather this week for the American Educational Research Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting. Accepting Educational Responsibility is the theme of this year’s convening of more than 12,000 education researchers. On the eve of our first-ever virtual conference, we call for AERA members and all others who work in education to accept responsibility for transphobic attitudes, cultures, practices, and policies that threaten and inflict harm on transgender and non-binary students and educators. Our efforts should include, but not be limited to schools, colleges, and universities. We also must use what we know to eradicate transphobia in our larger society.

 

Many states are presently considering laws that would be educationally harmful and otherwise devastating to transgender citizens in and out of schools. At this point, more than 17,000 educators and researchers, including some AERA members, have signed onto a letter calling for the Biden Administration to oppose transphobic laws. We join this effort by asking our 25,000 members to leverage their research, platforms, and networks in pursuit of justice for transgender and non-binary persons. We also urge education researchers to connect with each other, as well as with scholars in other academic fields and communities outside of academia, in support of trans lives. Given the guaranteed consequences of pending anti-trans bills across states, decisive action is urgently needed to confront the educational, psychological, and physical violence that trans communities will surely endure if existing transphobic public policies are upheld and new ones are passed.

 

We have an immediate responsibility to extend the reach of our research expertise on gender, trans people’s experiences and outcomes, public policy, and related topics beyond conference papers, scholarly symposia, and academic journals. Research organizations like ours have the expertise and data that matter. This call for action will be amplified numerous times throughout the AERA 2021 Annual Meeting. We hope others will join us, as well, as we embrace responsibility for this and other consequential educational and social issues.

 

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About AERA
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

This statement can be found online.

 

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April 2, 2021

AERA Highlights: Rich Milner Voted AERA President-Elect, Annual Meeting News, AERA Speaks Out on Anti-Asian Violence, and More

The regular newsletter from the American Education Research Association.

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March 2021
 

AERA News

Annual Meeting News

Research Policy and Funding News

AERA Calls
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News

AERA News

Rich Milner Voted AERA President-Elect; Key Members Elected to AERA Council

H. Richard Milner IV, Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, has been voted AERA president-elect. Read more

AERA Speaks Out on the Shootings in Atlanta and Growing Anti-Asian Violence

“The shooting deaths of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in Atlanta yesterday is a horrendous tragedy, and just the latest incident in an ever growing wave of mass violence in our country. We extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones of the victims and to communities in Atlanta and across the United States that have been deeply affected by this senseless assault.” Read more

AERA, APA, and NCME Announce the Open Access Release of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing

AERA, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council for Measurement in Education are pleased to announce that the current edition of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing is now open access in English and Spanish. Read more

AERA Member Emily Rauscher Selected as FABBS Early Career Impact Award Recipient

AERA member Emily Rauscher has been selected as a 2021 Early Career Impact Award recipient by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences. Read more

AERA and OECD Hold Research Forum on the Global Teaching InSights Study

On March 11, AERA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development held an interactive forum, “The Global Teaching InSights Video Study: Methodology, Data, and Research Opportunities,” to examine research opportunities and lessons learned from OECD’s Global Teaching InSights Video Study. Read more

 

Annual Meeting News

Coming to the AERA Virtual Annual Meeting—A Unique Opportunity

AERA’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting will be held on an interactive and dynamic platform that will offer all attendees an inviting, user-friendly virtual environment. Read more

Annual Meeting Presidential Address and Major Lectures Are Not to Be Missed

AERA President Shaun Harper’s presidential address and major lectures by preeminent scholars in the field of education research promise to be intellectually engaging, thought-provoking, and stimulating. Read more

High-Profile Annual Meeting Sessions Will Engage Attendees and Catalyze the Field

The AERA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting features a rich array of high-profile sessions curated to engage attendees on many of the most pressing and timely topics that face education researchers on regional, national, and global levels. Read more

AERA Continues Its Ombuds Program at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

AERA will continue its Ombuds Program as part of the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. First introduced at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Toronto, the Annual Meeting Ombuds is an important component of AERA’s ongoing commitment and expanded initiatives to ensure a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment for all who participate in AERA meetings and events. Read more

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Research Policy and Funding News

With FY 2022 Appropriations Process about to Get Underway, AERA Urges Boosts to Research Funding

In early April, President Biden is expected to release preliminary details of the administration’s budget request for FY 2022. The budget request is typically released in February, but the administration’s first budget has been delayed due to challenges with the transition from the previous administration and the absence of a permanent director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Read more

 

American Rescue Plan Act Includes Emergency Funding to IES and NSF for COVID-19 Response

On March 11, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. The legislation provides $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief and stimulus in response to the continued needs created by the pandemic. Read more

House Science Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan NSF Reauthorization Bill

On March 26, House Science Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), along with Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Michael Waltz (R-FL) of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology introduced the National Science Foundation for the Future Act. Read more

AERA Calls
Beyond AERA
Visit the Beyond AERA webpage for professional advancement opportunities from other organizations, including calls for papers and submissions, meetings and conferences, and other activities.

 

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

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AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.

Editor: Felice J. Levine

Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk

Contributors: Lori Diane Hill, Audrey Poe, Christy Talbot, Tong Wu, and Martha Yager

 

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