AERA-NAEd Assessment of Education Research Doctorate Programs Taxonomy of Study Fields

The AERA-NAEd DocStudy project team has developed an empirically derived taxonomy of the fields that make up education research. This classification system for education research doctorate fields permits identifying and distinguishing between research doctorate programs and comparing programs in specific education research fields across institutions. The taxonomy of study fields is as follows:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Teaching and Teacher Education
  • Language, Literacy, and Reading
  • Mathematics and Science Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Instructional Technology
  • Special Education
  • School Psychology
  • Counseling and Counseling Psychology
  • Child and Human Development
  • Educational Measurement and Statistics
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy
  • Higher Education
  • Workforce and Adult Education
  • Education Research Doctorate
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