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AERA Announces Most Read Education Research Articles of 2017

Washington, D.C., January 3, 2018—Research on student loan aversion, the accuracy of youth political knowledge, student achievement in online charter schools, and more appears in the 10 most popular journal articles published by the American Educational Research Association in 2017. 

“These articles exemplify the high quality of scholarship being published by AERA and being produced in the field of education research,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “They also demonstrate how rigorously produced research improves our understanding of pressing education issues and helps inform evidence-based practices and policies that best benefit students, educators, and the public.”

Based on the number of times they were accessed online, the following articles made the list:

(Full articles can be accessed at no cost through the links below.)

1. Understanding Loan Aversion in Education: Evidence From High School Seniors, Community College Students, and Adults
This study provides the first large-scale quantitative evidence of levels of student loan aversion in the United States. Between 20 percent and 40 percent of high school seniors are loan-averse. Women are less likely to be loan-averse than men, and Hispanics are more likely to be loan-averse than whites.
AERA Open, January 2017
Angela Boatman, Brent J. Evans, Adela Soliz

2. Educating for Democracy in a Partisan Age: Confronting the Challenges of Motivated Reasoning and Misinformation
This study investigates youth judgments of the accuracy of truth claims tied to controversial public issues and the influence of political knowledge and exposure to media literacy education. It finds that political knowledge does not improve judgments of accuracy but that media literacy education does.
American Educational Research Journal, February 2017
Joseph Kahne, Benjamin Bowyer

3. Student Enrollment Patterns and Achievement in Ohio’s Online Charter Schools
Researchers find that low-income, lower achieving white students in Ohio are more likely to choose online charter schools, while low-income, lower achieving minority students are more likely to opt into the traditional charter school sector. They also find that students in e-schools perform worse on standardized assessments than their peers in traditional charter and traditional public schools.
Educational Researcher, January 2017
June Ahn, Andrew McEachin

4. Kids Today: The Rise in Children’s Academic Skills at Kindergarten Entry
This study documents how students entering kindergarten in 2010 compare to those who entered in 1998 in terms of their teacher-reported math, literacy, and behavioral skills. While children—particularly black children—in 2010 entered kindergarten with stronger math and literacy skills, results for behavioral outcomes were mixed.
Educational Researcher, January 2017
Daphna Bassok, Scott Latham

5. Is Common Core “Working”? And Where Does Common Core Research Go From Here?
Five years into the Common Core initiative, researchers and the general public are interested in whether and how the standards are “working.” This special topic introduction examines the state of the literature on these questions and offers suggestions for important work moving forward.
AERA Open, January 2017
Morgan S. Polikoff

6. The Gap Within the Gap: Using Longitudinal Data to Understand Income Differences in Educational Outcomes
Researchers leverage the longitudinal structure of state and district administrative data sets in Michigan to develop a new measure of economic disadvantage based on student eligibility for subsidized school meals, which can be used to estimate effects in program evaluations, improve value-added calculations, and better target resources.
AERA Open, February 2017
Katherine Michelmore, Susan Dynarski

7. Academic Interventions for Elementary and Middle School Students With Low Socioeconomic Status: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
This review of academic interventions for elementary and middle school students with low socioeconomic status finds that tutoring, feedback and progress monitoring, and cooperative learning have effect sizes that are educationally important, statistically significant, and robust.
Review of Educational Research, January 2017
Jens Dietrichson, Martin Bøg, Trine Filges, Anne-Marie Klint Jørgensen

8. Impacts of Early Childhood Education on Medium- and Long-Term Educational Outcomes
This research review finds that children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs before entering kindergarten later experience fewer special education placements, decreased grade retention, and improved high school graduation rates compared with peers who do not participate.
Educational Researcher, November 2017
Dana Charles McCoy, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest, Greg J. Duncan, Holly S. Schindler, Katherine Magnuson, Rui Yang, Andrew Koepp, Jack P. Shonkoff

9. Team-Based Professional Development Interventions in Higher Education: A Systematic Review
This review study provides an overview of the effects of team-based professional development on higher education teacher attitudes and teacher learning. Researchers identify several factors that can either hinder or support professional development at the individual teacher, team, and organizational levels.
Review of Educational Research, April 2017
Inken Gast, Kim Schildkamp, Jan T. van der Veen

10. Rethinking the Use of Tests: A Meta-Analysis of Practice Testing
This meta-analysis examines the effects of practice tests versus nontesting learning conditions such as restudying, practice, filler activities, or no presentation of the material. Results reveal that practice tests are more beneficial for learning than are restudying and all the other comparison conditions that were included in the meta-analysis.
Review of Educational Research, February 2017
Olusola O. Adesope, Dominic A. Trevisan, Narayankripa Sundararajan

In addition to the preceding list of the top 10 articles, AERA also announced the top five articles accessed for each of AERA’s seven peer-reviewed journals.

Browse most read articles by journal:

AERA Open

1. Understanding Loan Aversion in Education: Evidence From High School Seniors, Community College Students, and Adults         
AERA Open, January 2017
Angela Boatman, Brent J. Evans, Adela Soliz

2. Is Common Core “Working”? And Where Does Common Core Research Go From Here?
AERA Open, January 2017
Morgan S. Polikoff                   

3. The Gap Within the Gap: Using Longitudinal Data to Understand Income Differences in Educational Outcomes
AERA Open, February 2017
Katherine Michelmore, Susan Dynarski  

4. The Effects of No Child Left Behind on Children’s Socioemotional Outcomes    
AERA Open, August 2017
Camille R. Whitney, Christopher A. Candelaria

5. How School and District Leaders Access, Perceive, and Use Research
AERA Open, April 2017 
William R. Penuel, Derek C. Briggs, Kristen L. Davidson, Corinne Herlihy, David Sherer, Heather C. Hill, Caitlin Farrell, Anna-Ruth Allen              

American Educational Research Journal              

1. Educating for Democracy in a Partisan Age: Confronting the Challenges of Motivated Reasoning and Misinformation               
American Educational Research Journal, February 2017
Joseph Kahne, Benjamin Bowyer             

2. Speech or Silence: Undocumented Students’ Decisions to Disclose or Disguise Their Citizenship Status in School
American Educational Research Journal, February 2017
Ariana Mangual Figueroa 

3. The Causal Effects of Cultural Relevance: Evidence From an Ethnic Studies Curriculum
American Educational Research Journal, February 2017
Thomas S. Dee, Emily K. Penner                

4. Does Participation in Music and Performing Arts Influence Child Development?             
American Educational Research Journal, June 2017
E. Michael Foster, Jade V. Marcus Jenkins            

5. The Impact of Performance Ratings on Job Satisfaction for Public School Teachers
American Educational Research Journal, February 2017
Cory Koedel, Jiaxi Li, Matthew G. Springer, Li Tan             

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

1. Teacher and Teaching Effects on Students’ Attitudes and Behaviors
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, March 2017               
David Blazar, Matthew A. Kraft  

2. A Meta-Analysis of Class Sizes and Ratios in Early Childhood Education Programs: Are Thresholds of Quality Associated With Greater Impacts on Cognitive, Achievement, and Socioemotional Outcomes?
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, February 2017
Jocelyn Bonnes Bowne, Katherine A. Magnuson, Holly S. Schindler, Greg J. Duncan, Hirokazu Yoshikawa              

3. Teacher Turnover, Teacher Quality, and Student Achievement in DCPS
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, March 2017               
Melinda Adnot, Thomas Dee, Veronica Katz, James Wyckoff      

4. Surprising Ripple Effects: How Changing the SAT Score-Sending Policy for Low-Income Students Impacts College Access and Success        
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, March 2017
Michael Hurwitz, Preeya P. Mbekeani, Margaret M. Nipson, Lindsay C. Page      

5. Exposure to Same-Race Teachers and Student Disciplinary Outcomes for Black Students in North Carolina
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, March 2017
Constance A. Lindsay, Cassandra M. D. Hart        

Educational Researcher

1. Student Enrollment Patterns and Achievement in Ohio’s Online Charter Schools
Educational Researcher, January 2017
June Ahn, Andrew McEachin     

2. Kids Today: The Rise in Children’s Academic Skills at Kindergarten Entry             
Educational Researcher, January 2017
Daphna Bassok, Scott Latham    

3. Impacts of Early Childhood Education on Medium- and Long-Term Educational Outcomes
Educational Researcher, November 2017
Dana Charles McCoy, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest, Greg J. Duncan, Holly S. Schindler, Katherine Magnuson, Rui Yang, Andrew Koepp, Jack P. Shonkoff  

4. Replicated Evidence of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Disability Identification in U.S. Schools
Educational Researcher, August 2017
Paul L. Morgan, George Farkas, Marianne M. Hillemeier, Steve Maczuga              

5. Teaching Versus Teachers as a Lever for Change: Comparing a Japanese and a U.S. Perspective on Improving Instruction         
Educational Researcher, May 2017
James Hiebert, James W. Stigler               

Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics

1. Latent Factors in Student–Teacher Interaction Factor Analysis
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, January 2017
Thu Le, Daniel Bolt, Eric Camburn, Peter Goff, Karl Rohe               

2. Normal Theory Two-Stage ML Estimator: When Data Are Missing at the Item Level
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, March 2017
Victoria Savalei, Mijke Rhemtulla

3. Modeling Answer Change Behavior: An Application of a Generalized Item Response Tree Model
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, January 2017
Minjeong Jeon, Paul De Boeck, Wim van der Linden        

4. The Cut-Score Operating Function: A New Tool to Aid in Standard Setting          
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, April 2017
Irina Grabovsky, Howard Wainer             

5. A Cognitive Diagnosis Model for Continuous Response               
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, April 2017
Nathan D. Minchen, Jimmy de la Torre, Ying Liu

Review of Educational Research

1. Academic Interventions for Elementary and Middle School Students With Low Socioeconomic Status: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 
Review of Educational Research, January 2017
Jens Dietrichson, Martin Bøg, Trine Filges, Anne-Marie Klint Jørgensen 

2. Team-Based Professional Development Interventions in Higher Education: A Systematic Review
Review of Educational Research, April 2017
Inken Gast, Kim Schildkamp, Jan T. van der Veen             

3. Rethinking the Use of Tests: A Meta-Analysis of Practice Testing            
Review of Educational Research, February 2017
Olusola O. Adesope, Dominic A. Trevisan, Narayankripa Sundararajan    

4. The Theoretical and Empirical Basis of Teacher Leadership: A Review of the Literature
Review of Educational Research, February 2017
Julianne A. Wenner, Todd Campbell       

5. Effective Dementia Education and Training for the Health and Social Care Workforce: A Systematic Review of the Literature           
Review of Educational Research, July 2017
Claire A. Surr, Cara Gates, Donna Irving, Jan Oyebode, Sarah Jane Smith, Sahdia Parveen, Michelle Drury, Alison Dennison            

Review of Research in Education

1. Foundational Understandings as “Show Ways” for Interrupting Injustice and Fostering Justice in and Through Education Research       
Review of Research in Education, June 2017
Mariana Souto-Manning, Maisha T. Winn            

2. The “New Racism” of K–12 Schools: Centering Critical Research on Racism
Review of Research in Education, June 2017
Rita Kohli, Marcos Pizarro, Arturo Nevárez          

3. Eliminating Disparities in School Discipline: A Framework for Intervention        
Review of Research in Education, June 2017
Anne Gregory, Russell J. Skiba, Kavitha Mediratta            

4. A Call for Onto-Epistemological Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Care: Centering Global South Conceptualizations of Childhood/s        
Review of Research in Education, June 2017
Michelle Salazar Pérez, Cinthya M. Saavedra

5. Pursuing Equity: Disproportionality in Special Education and the Reframing of Technical Solutions to Address Systemic Inequities       
Review of Research in Education, June 2017
Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides, Edward Fergus, Kathleen A. King Thorius     

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