Professional Development and Training
 
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The AERA Professional Development Program builds capacity and enhances research skills among graduate students, early career scholars, senior scholars, and others who produce and use education research. This involves training researchers and scholars in research methods and conceptual and analytic issues related to research; drawing connections between education research and policy; and addressing important issues of professional development research practice and policy of the highest quality. Advances in research methods, statistical techniques, technology, and general modes and methods of research make professional development within AERA a continual and ongoing process. The Program provides professional development in several forms which include training courses and workshops held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, mentoring and capacity building activities for students and early career scholars, institutes on specific research topics and educational issues, and collaborative support for Division and SIG trainings.

The AERA Virtual Research Learning Center (VRLC) is a virtual space for students, early career and advanced scholars, practitioners, and others in the education research community to receive professional development and research capacity–building trainings. It is a resource for introductory and advanced courses on research methods, data analysis, and professional/career development in education research. Researchers around the world can access the AERA-VRLC to enhance, expand, or refresh their research skills. Visit the AERA-VRLC homepage for complete course descriptions and registration fees.
 
 
   
     
   
 
 
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