Recent AERA Research
Highlighted Articles from AERA Journals

The Community College Route to the Bachelor’s Degree
Students who begin their postsecondary education at a community college and successfully transfer to a four-year college have BA graduation rates equal to similar students who begin at four-year colleges, according to this article.
Read the full article from Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Promoting Human Capital Development: A Typology of International Scholarship Programs in Higher Education
This article sheds light on the availability and characteristics of international scholarship programs that are sponsored by national and federal governments worldwide and that are intended to promote student mobility.
Read the full article from Educational Researcher

Efficacy of the Responsive Classroom Approach: Results From a 3-Year, Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial
Classroom programs designed to improve elementary school students’ social and emotional skills can also increase reading and math achievement, even if academic improvement is not a direct goal of the skills building.
Read the full article from American Educational Research Journal
New Evidence on Teacher Labor Supply

Recent evidence on the large variance in teacher effectiveness has spurred interest in teacher labor markets. 
Read the full article from American Educational Research Journal

  Conceptual and Methodological Problems in Research on College Undermatch
This article identifies three problematic assumptions in research on undermatching, a popular explanation for the phenomenon of students in the lowest income quartile constituting less than 4% of enrollment at the nation's most selective colleges.
Read the full article from Educational Researcher

  True for Your School? How Changing Reputations Alter Demand for Selective U.S. Colleges
Rankings published annually by the Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report and their effects on the number of applications colleges receive are examined.
Read the full article from Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Learning to Think Critically: A Visual Art Experiment

This article examines whether exposure to the arts has an effect on the ability of students to engage in critical thinking.
Read the full article from Educational Researcher

Diversity ≠ Inclusion: Promoting Integration in Higher Education
Marta Tienda argues that enrollment of a diverse student body is but a pragmatic first step toward the broader social goal of inclusion and ask whether motives for campus diversification are aligned with pedagogic goals.
Read the full article from Educational Researcher

  Professional Development Research: Consensus, Crossroads, and Challenges
Commentaries regarding appropriate methods for researching professional development have been a frequent topic in recent issues of Educational Researcher as well as other venues.
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Organized Interests and the Common Core
Among the notable aspects of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the diverse array of interest groups supporting them.
Read the full article from Educational Researcher

  The Past and Likely Future of an Educational Form: A Textbook Case
At a time when it is seen as increasingly “obsolete,” this article analyzes the textbook as an evolving pedagogical form,as a changing medium comprised of smaller media components. 
Read the full article from Educational Researcher

State Bans on Affirmative Action Have Spillover Effect on Adjacent States
In the first empirically driven snapshot of affirmative action at the national level, researchers discover that state bans on affirmative action in college admission have a spillover effect on neighboring states without highly selective colleges.
Read the full article from Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

The Effects of Student Coaching - An Evaluation of a Randomized Experiment in Student Advising
"College graduation rates often lag behind college attendance rates. One theory as to why students do not complete college is that they lack key information about how to be successful or fail to act on the information that they have."
Read the full article from Educational Researcher

Dramatic, Unexpected Shift in Faculty Retirement Behavior
"Sixty percent of faculty no longer subject to mandatory retirement are expected to remain employed beyond age 70 and 15 percent will retire at age 80 or over," far higher rates than projected by the National Research Council two decades ago.
Read the full article from Educational Researcher

Summer Reading Programs Make a Difference, Especially for Low-Income Students
"Children who participated in [summer reading programs at school or at home] enjoyed significant improvement on multiple reading outcomes," with "significantly larger benefits for children from low-income backgrounds."
Read the full article from Review of Educational Research

School-based "College Coaches" Show Promise at Closing Enrollment Gaps for Underserved Students

Students at coach schools were significantly more likely to attend less selective 4-year colleges [than 2-year colleges], which have much higher graduation rates than 2-year colleges, and they were more likely to enroll in college."
Read the full article from Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 

Grade Inflation: Fact or Fiction?
"Contrary to much of the existing literature, we find virtually no support for the existence of grade inflation in secondary or postsecondary education."
Read the full article from Educational Researcher

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