Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award
Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award


2018 Award Recipients:

Sarah Dryden-Peterson
Harvard University

Negin Dahya
University of Washington

Elizabeth Adelman
Harvard University

Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Negin Dahya, & Elizabeth Adelman. (2017). “Pathways to Educational Success Among Refugees: Connecting Locally and Globally Situated Resources.” American Educational Research Journal, 54(6), 1011–1047.

The authors investigated the educational opportunities of Somali children in a Kenyan refugee camp by employing survey and interviews grounded in social capital, local and global resources, and ecological systems models. They found that children who succeeded had both locally situated emotional and academic support and transitions to distal assistance from former teachers through telecommunications. The authors have embedded their study in rich description of relevant armed conflict, camp life, and a moving life story of one child. The timely importance of their research questions, meticulous methodology, prodigious effort, self-examination of interpretations, and elegant writing together raise the standard of educational research quality.













College students from low-income families typically work to support themselves, and their workplace obligations often reduce time available for study and sleep. Does grant support reduce work hours or disruptive work schedules? An experimental study of Wisconsin public university students chosen by lottery to receive a $3,500 grant showed that grant recipients were less likely to work at all, less likely to work more than 20 hours per week, and less likely to work overnight. Grant recipients reduced work by 1.7 hours per week overall, and first generation college goers by 3.1 hours. These results of a well-designed experiment offer clear guidelines for improving the college experience of low-income students.

This award is in recognition of the lifelong achievement of Palmer O. Johnson as a dedicated educator, and further in recognition of his pioneer work in educational research and methodology. His former colleagues and students founded this award to be given for an outstanding article appearing in an AERA-sponsored publication. It was first awarded in 1967 for an article appearing in the American Educational Research Journal. In 2000, the scope of articles eligible for the award was expanded to include those published in the American Educational Research Journal, the Journal for Educational and Behavioral Statistics, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Educational Researcher.          

Past Recipients             

2017 - Katharine M. Broton
2017 - Sara Goldrick-Rab
2017 - James Benson
2016 - James D. Anderson

2015 - Matthew A. Kraft
2015 - John P. Papay
2014 - Liliana Garces
2013 - Andrew Ho and Sean F. Reardon
2012 - Alfredo J. Artiles
2011 - Luis C. Moll
2010 - Arnetha F. Ball             
2009 - Mark C. Long & Marta Tienda
2008 - Geoffrey D. Borman, Robert E. Slavin, Alan C. K. Cheung, Anne M. Chamberlain, Nancy A. Madden, and Bette Chambers
2007 - Ray McDermott, Shelley Goldman, & Hervé Varenne
2006 - Cynthia Coburn
2005 - Kevin G. Welner & Haggai Kupermintz 
2004 - Deborah Loewenberg Ball, David K. Cohen & Stephen W. Raudenbush             
2003 - Fred M. Newman, BetsAnn Smith, Elaine Allensworth & Anthony S. Bryk
2002 - Barbara Nye, Larry V. Hedges & Spyros Konstantopoulos
2001 - Joseph Kahne & Kim Bailey
2000 - Ron Avi Astor, Heather Ann Meyer & William J. Behre
1999 - Robert J. Sternberg
1998 - Douglas Fuchs, Lynn Fuchs, Patricia Mathes & Deborah Simmons
1997 - Jeannie Oakes & Gretchen Guiton
1996 - Gloria Ladson-Billings
1995 - Bernard Weiner
1994 - Lorrie Shepard
1993 - John Smyth
1992 - Linda F. Winfield
1991 - Yeow Meng Thum & Anthony S. Bryk
1990 - Richard Murnane, Judith D. Singer & John B. Willett
1989 - Gaea Leinhardt & Ralph Putnam
1988 - Robert B. Slavin
1987 - Edward H. Haertel
1986 - Henry I. Braun & Ted H. Szatrowski
1985 - Bruce D. Spencer
1984 - Kenneth D. Hopkins
1983 - Jere Brophy
1982 - John R. Bergan
1981 - Joseph T. Lawton & Susan K. Wanska
1980 - Penelope L. Peterson & Christopher M. Clark
1979 - Richard C. Anderson, Ralph E. Reynolds, Diane L. Schallert & Ernest T. Goetz
1978 - No Award Given
1977 - Pinchas Tamir
1976 - Kenneth O. Doyle, Jr. & Susan E. Whitely
1975 - No Award Given
1974 - Richard C. Anderson & Raymond Kulhavy
1973 - Joel R. Levin, William D. Rohwer, Jr., T. Anne Cleary & Paul A. Games
1972 - Leonard Marascuilo & Joel R. Levin
1971 - Janet D. Elashoff, Gene V. Glass, Ralph A. Hakstian, Tse-Chi Hsu &  Leonard S. Feldt
1970 - Gene V. Glass & Glenn H. Bracht
1969 - James G. Holland
1968 - Wells Hively II
1967 - Patrick Suppes & Elliot W. Eisner







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