Education Research
AERA Education Research

AERA pursues projects, initiatives, and activities to advance the field of education research, promote cutting-edge lines of study, and deepen knowledge about education research as a discipline, profession, and field. Read more

Why Affirmative Action Works
The Science Behind Affirmative Action

AERA's amicus brief in 
Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin summarizes the body of scientific research on affirmative action and diversity in higher education. To see the amicus brief, post-Fisher updates, and other information and resources, click here. 
Rethinking Faculty: AERA Issues Reports and Recommendations
Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in U.S. Universities
AERA Statement and Background Report

This document presents a statement on non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF) adopted in 2013 by the Council of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The statement is comprised of four recommendations that the association deems important to advancing the professional circumstances of university NTTF, whose numbers have increased dramatically. In addition to the statement, this document includes a background report concerning NTTF, based on the report of an AERA task force established to address this issue. Read more

Rethinking Faculty Evaluation
AERA Report and Recommendations on Evaluating Education Research, Scholarship, and Teaching in Postsecondary Education
This AERA report offers research-based guidelines for rethinking how to evaluate research, scholarship, and teaching by tenure-line faculty in the field of education, whether for hiring, annual evaluations, tenure and promotion, or post-tenure review. The guidelines are meant as a starting point rather than a one-size-fits-all solution; institutions along the spectrum from research intensive to teaching focused will find their own proper balance. Read more
AERA Issues Report on Prevention of Bullying in Schools and Colleges
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) issued a new report titled Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities: Research Report and Recommendations. The report results from the work of a blue-ribbon AERA task force mandated to prepare and present practical short-term and long-term recommendations to address bullying of children and youth.

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Review the Task Force Charge
Linking Research to Public Interest
As part of its mission to “promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good,” AERA has enlisted the expertise of its members to provide comment on Supreme Court cases and federal legislation to support this mission. 

What is Education Research?
Education research is a field of inquiry aimed at advancing knowledge of education and learning processes and development of the tools and methods necessary to support this endeavor. Learn more
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