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Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - 2012-2013
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This directory of AERA SIGs is in alphabetical order. Websites & email addresses, when available, are listed. Although we check this page for errors frequently if you should notice a non-working link please let us know. If your SIG is interested in creating or moving its webpage to the AERA website, please let us know.

SIGs: | A–G | H–Q | R–Z | All |

A–G

Academic Audit Research in Teacher Education (SIG #174)
Purpose: The purpose of the SIG is the accumulation and interpretation of research findings from audits associated with the TEAC, NCATE, or state review processes and used in the evaluation of the competence of the graduates of teacher education programs and the quality of the programs themselves.
Contact: Christine Carrino Gorowara, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, Washington, DC, christine.gorowara@caepnet.org
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Action Research (SIG #2)
Purpose: The Action Research SIG builds community among those who are engaged in action research and those who teach others to do action research. This is accomplished through dialog about professional development strategies, educational practices and theory, and methods of action research.
Contact: Dannelle D. Stevens, Portland State University, Portland, OR, bgsd@pdx.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Action Research
Adolescence and Youth Development (SIG #3)
Purpose: To bring together educators, researchers, and youth advocates interested in examining ways to improve upon the experiences, behaviors, and perceptions of adolescence and youth as they develop over time. This SIG includes a cross section of researchers interested in diverse topics associated with adolescence and youth development.
Contact: Cathy C. Leogrande, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, leogracc@lemoyne.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Adolescence and Youth Development
Adult Literacy and Adult Education (SIG #4)
Purpose: Dedicated to research development, policy, and practice in adult literacy and adult education. This SIG takes an interdisciplinary, lifespan perspective on learning and instruction among diverse populations.
Contact: Marguerite Lukes, City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY, marguerite.lukes@gmail.com; Esther Prins, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, esp150@psu.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Adult Literacy and Adult Education
Advanced Studies of National Databases (SIG #6)
Purpose: To advance knowledge of the contexts and practices of education through facilitating awareness and understanding of the rigorous research methods required for valid and reliable analysis of national and state level databases.
Contact: Susan Carol Losh, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, slosh@fsu.edu
Dues: $6.00 (1 yr)
Website: Advanced Studies of National Databases
Advanced Technologies for Learning (SIG #7)
Purpose: To design new technologies that structure educational environments and transform educational practice, and to help the AERA community understand and influence the use of advanced technologies.
Contact: Vanessa L. Peters, SRI International, Sunnyvale, CA, vanessa.peters@sri.com; Michelle Hoda Wilkerson-Jerde, Tufts University, Medford, MA, michelle.wilkerson@tufts.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/SIGATL
Applied Research in Immersive Environments for Learning (SIG #173)
Purpose: To steward a robust community of educators, scholars, and practitioners dedicated toward research in and on virtual 3D environments. Using a variety of research methods, we support a diverse approach to understanding the optimal use of virtual worlds and environments for educational purposes. We're interested in developing a comprehensive research agenda intended to encompass the breadth and scope of learning potentialities, affordances, challenges, and shortcomings of immersive virtual learning environments.
Contact: Amelia Cheney, Appalachian State University, Clemmons, NC, awcheney@gmail.com
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://www.arvelsig.com/
Arts and Inquiry in the Visual and Performing Arts in Education (SIG #53)
Purpose: This international inter-disciplinary SIG offers a space for visual artworks, live performance and theoretical/conceptual praxis, facilitating a platform for artistic researchers and practitioners.
Contact: Kathryn Ann Ricketts, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, krickett@sfu.ca
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Arts and Learning (SIG #8)
Purpose: Recent themes include: arts performance and process in curriculum; arts integration, assessment, and criticism; cultural issues; semiotics creative process; aesthetic education; alternative research methodologies; and constructivism.
Contact: Kimberly Anne Powell, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, kap17@psu.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $7.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://www.uacoe.arizona.edu/ALSIG/
Arts-Based Educational Research (SIG #9)
Purpose: To provide a community for those who view education through artistic lenses, who use a variety of arts-based methodologies, and who communicate understandings through diverse genres.
Contact: Nadine M. Kalin, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Nadine.Kalin@unt.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://www.abersig.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/arts.cacs?ap=1
Associates for Research on Private Education (SIG #10)
Purpose: To facilitate discussion and dissemination of information about developments in research, policy, and practice in private education, including religious, non-religious, and home schooling. ARPE publishes the Private School Monitor and holds occasional conferences that supplement AERA meetings.
Contact: Anthony J. Dosen, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, adosen@depaul.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Associates for Research on Private Education
Bilingual Education Research (SIG #12)
Purpose: To promote research in bilingual education and to provide a forum for innovative approaches in this field of inquiry. This SIG addresses all ethnoliguistically diverse groups.
Contact: Heriberto Godina, Ph.D., The University of Texas - El Paso, El Paso, TX, hgodina@utep.edu; Mileidis Gort, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, gort.4@osu.edu
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr)
Website: Bilingual Education Research
Biographical and Documentary Research (SIG #13)
Purpose: To explore methodological issues in biographical and documentary research.
Contact: Craig Kridel, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, CKRIDEL@MAILBOX.SC.EDU
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Biographical and Documentary Research
Brain, Neurosciences, and Education (SIG #14)
Purpose: Provides a venue for research in the neurosciences that may inform and inspire educational research, and for rigorous educational research thus informed.
Contact: Mary Layne Kalbfleisch, Krasnow Investigations of Developmental Learning and Behavior, Fairfax, VA, mkalbfle1@gmail.com
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://www.aera-brain-education.org/
Career and Technical Education (SIG #134)
Purpose: To discuss topics in vocational/career and technical education, career development, human resource development, career issues in the schools (Grades K-12), postsecondary education, adult and lifelong learning, and workforce education.
Contact: Janet Zaleski Burns, Ph.D., Georgia State University, Dunwoody, GA, jburns@gsu.edu
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr)
Caribbean and African Studies in Education (Formerly "Research Focus on Education in the Caribbean and Africa") (SIG #86)
Purpose: To encourage, conduct, coordinate, and disseminate research on education within and between Caribbean and African countries.
Contact: Cheryl A. McLean, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, cheryl.mclean@gse.rutgers.edu; Laurette Maria Stacy Bristol, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia, lbristol@csu.edu.au
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Caribbean and African Studies in Education (Formerly "Research Focus on Education in the Caribbean and Africa")
Catholic Education (SIG #175)
Purpose: To support, promote, and disseminate information, research, and evaluation of Catholic education written from a diverse set of perspectives, including interdisciplinary and international issues.
Contact: Shane P. Martin, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, shane.martin@lmu.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr)
Website: Catholic Education
Chaos and Complexity Theories (SIG #17)
Purpose: To apply, advance, and extend chaos and complexity theories to inquiry, research, and theory related to educational contexts.
Contact: Sarah Smitherman Pratt, University of North Texas, Argyle, TX, sarahs94@gmail.com
Dues: $12.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://chaoscomplexityineducation.wikidot.com/
Charter School Research and Evaluation (SIG #142)
Purpose: To promote and disseminate information, research, and evaluation of charter schools written from a diverse set of perspectives.
Contact: Priscilla Wohlstetter, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, pw2317@tc.columbia.edu
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Charter School Research and Evaluation
Classroom Assessment (SIG #18)
Purpose: The purposes of the SIG are to promote student learning through improved classroom assessment practices; to assist teachers in improving their classroom assessment practices and understand why it is essential to do so. To achieve these purposes, the SIG includes among its goals the promotion of quality research into classroom assessment practices, using all legitimate research approaches and methods, and the active collaboration with other SIGs and AERA divisions who share an interest in promoting research into classroom assessment.
Contact: Sarah M. Bonner, Hunter College - CUNY, New York, NY, SBonner@hunter.cuny.edu
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Classroom Assessment
Classroom Management (SIG #19)
Purpose: To promote research on classroom organization and management, alternative discipline models, group and learner social interactions, and approaches to teacher education.
Contact: Kent Alan Divoll, University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, TX, divoll@uhcl.edu
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/aeratest2012/home
Classroom Observation (SIG #20)
Purpose: The purpose of the Classroom Observation SIG is to provide members access to current research in observation techniques in educational settings.
Contact: Brooke E. Kandel-Cisco, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, bkandel@butler.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr)
Website: Classroom Observation
Cognition and Assessment (SIG #167)
Purpose: To promote research on educational assessment merging two traditionally distinct fields - cognition and psychometrics
Contact: Andre A. Rupp, Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, NJ, arupp@ets.org
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Cognition and Assessment
Computer and Internet Applications in Education (SIG #22)
Purpose: To promote research and evaluation on the use of computer-based information and communications resources and software for learning, instruction, assessment, and accomplishment by students, teachers, and administrators.
Contact: Evrim Baran, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, evrimb@gmail.com
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Computer and Internet Applications in Education
Conflict Resolution and Violence Prevention (SIG #23)
Purpose: To provide a forum to discuss conflict resolution, peer mediation, and violence prevention, focusing on research, theory, and improvements in implementation in schools.
Contact: David W. Johnson, University of Minnesota, Edina, MN, dwj@visi.com
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr)
Confucianism, Taoism, and Education (SIG #171)
Purpose: The purpose of the SIG is to bring together individuals who share a common interest in in-depth, cross-cultural, international dialogue on how Confucianism and Taoism in both classical and contemporary schools of thought can inform educational theory and practice.
Contact: Hongyu Wang, Oklahoma State University - Tulsa, Jenks, OK, hongyu.wang@okstate.edu
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://www.interstanding.net/CTE/Home.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Confucianism-Taoism-and-Education/602503046456159
Constructivist Theory, Research and Practice (SIG #25)
Purpose: To facilitate communication and to promote theory, research and improvement in practices of educators at all levels from a constructivist or developmental perspective.
Contact: Jannah Walters Nerren, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, nerrenjanna@sfasu.edu
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Cooperative Learning: Theory, Research and Practice (SIG #26)
Purpose: To exchange information about current research, theory, and improvements in implementation of cooperative learning procedures; to provide a structured forum for discussions related to cooperative learning.
Contact: Cary J. Roseth, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, croseth@msu.edu
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr)
Critical Educators for Social Justice (SIG #144)
Purpose: To teach, promote, and implement the principles of critical pedagogy in order to establish and educational movement grounded in the struggle for social and envirnmental justice, human rights, and economic democracy.
Contact: Alyssa Hadley Dunn, Georgia State University, Decatur, GA, adunn12@gsu.edu; Rita Kohli, San José State University, San Jose, CA, kohli.rita@yahoo.com; Jenifer Crawford, University of Southern California, Chico, CA, jenifer.crawford@usc.edu; Omiunota N. Ukpokodu, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, ukpokodun@umkc.edu; Lourdes Diaz Soto, The Pennsylvania State University, Port Matilda, PA
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://www.aeracesjsig.org/
Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Education (SIG #27)
Purpose: To promote the integrated study of race, ethnicity, social class, and gender as lenses for performing critical analyses and evaluations of prevailing theory and practice on education.
Contact: Deneese L. Jones, Drake University, Clive, IA, deneese.jones@drake.edu
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr)
Website: Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Education
Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies (SIG #28)
Purpose: To support and promote transdisciplinary research of education as experience. The SIG de-stabilizes commonly held boundaries of educational research beyond contemporary curriculum discourses. Members pursue curriculum inquiry using critical perspectives, and performative, auto-ethnographic and conceptual approaches to ask sociocultural, political, and theoretical questions.
Contact: Jake Burdick, Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN, burdics@purdue.edu
Dues: $7.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies
Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education (SIG #29)
Purpose: The purpose of this SIG is to foster research on and critical analyses of issues in early childhood education and childhood studies and to encourage the development of alternative perspectives and curriculum in early childhood education.
Contact: Mariana Souto-Manning, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, ms3983@columbia.edu
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://www.childhoods.net
Cultural Historical Research (SIG #30)
Purpose: Focuses on human action, agency, and development as mediated by culture, history, and activity in the tradition of Vygotsky, Luria, Leont’ev, Bakhtin, Mead, and others.
Contact: Peter Smagorinsky, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, smago@uga.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Cultural Historical Research
Democratic Citizenship in Education (SIG #150)
Purpose: To promote democratic citizenship-development research in K-12 classrooms, and to foster an interdependence among citizenship-democratic researchers.
Contact: Caroline R. Pryor, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, capryor@siue.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Design and Technology (SIG #31)
Purpose: To foster research, teaching, service and innovation in design education and technology education in formal educational settings and in other learning environments.
Contact: Patricia L. Hardre, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, hardre@ou.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Design and Technology
Dewey Studies (formerly known John Dewey Society) (SIG #56)
Purpose: To keep alive Dewey's commitment to the use of critical and reflective intelligence in the search for solutions to problems in education and culture.
Contact: Craig A. Cunningham, National Louis University, Chicago, IL, craig.cunningham@nl.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://cuip.uchicago.edu/jds/
Disability Studies in Education (SIG #143)
Purpose: Supports the development of disability studies, a series of interdisciplinary modes of critical advocacy scholarship, among educational researchers.
Contact: Emily A. Nusbaum, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO, enusbaum@uccs.edu; Janet S. Sauer, Lesley University , Concord, MA, janet.s.sauer@gmail.com
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr); students $10.00 (1 yr)
Website: Disability Studies in Education
Districts in Research and Reform (SIG #156)
Purpose: To bring together researchers, central office administrators, reform support organization leaders, and others interested in key questions of system-wide improvement and leadership.
Contact: Kyo Yamashiro, Los Angeles Education Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, kyo@laeri.org; Jacob Mishook, Achieve, Inc., Baltimore, MD, jacobmishook@gmail.com
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr); students $10.00 (1 yr)
Website: http://districtsig.blogspot.com/
Doctoral Education across the Disciplines (SIG #168)
Purpose: To identify and support doctoral education as a distinct area of research in higher education; questions to be addressed include the following: How is "doctoral education" or "research education" conceived? What key changes are occurring in doctoral and research education? What opportunities do these changes present for challenging previous pedagogies and developing new ones?;
Contact: Karri A. Holley, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, kholley@bamaed.ua.edu
Dues: $20.00 (1 yr); students $10.00 (1 yr)
Website: Doctoral Education across the Disciplines
Early Education and Child Development (SIG #32)
Purpose: To promote research that has implications for theory, policy, practice, and teacher development in the diverse contexts serving children from birth to age eight.
Contact: Mary Benson McMullen, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, mmcmulle@indiana.edu
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr)
Website: Early Education and Child Development
Education and Philanthropy (SIG #148)
Purpose: This SIG is open to all interested in research bearing on educational grant-making. Focus areas include the role of philanthropy in knowledge building and dissemination.
Contact: Kathleen P. deMarrais, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, kathleen@uga.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Education and Student Development in Cities (SIG #34)
Purpose: To bring together practitioners, community members, and researchers interested in innovative research and practice as they pertain to the life circumstances of children and youth in our cities.
Contact: Hannah Sasser, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, hsasser@purdue.edu
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr)
Education, Health and Human Services Linkages (SIG #38)
Purpose: To create a community of researchers and practitioners interested in developing knowledge about comprehensive school health, school linked services, and initiatives that support children and their families. The SIG focuses on interpersonal collaboration, integration of services, and interdisciplinarity. Interests encompass the array of interrelated policy, practice, and research issues that challenge efforts to forge viable linkages among these three distinct delivery systems.
Contact: Robert Ian Hulme, University of Chester, Chester, United Kingdom, r.hulme@chester.ac.uk
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Education, Health and Human Services Linkages
Educational Change (SIG #155)
Purpose: This SIG adopts an interdisciplinary and international approach to understanding many aspects of educational change, including large-scale reform, school-initiated change, school improvement, and classroom-level change.
Contact: Dennis Lynn Shirley, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, shirleyd@bc.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Educational Change
Educational Statisticians (SIG #37)
Purpose: To increase interaction among educational researchers interested in the theory, applications, and teaching of statistics in the social sciences.
Contact: D. Betsy Mccoach, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Mansfield Center, CT, betsy.mccoach@uconn.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr)
Website: Educational Statisticians
Elliot Eisner (SIG #177)
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Dues: $10.00 (1 yr)
Environmental Education (SIG #33)
Purpose: To advance and critique environmental education research.
Contact: Richard V. Kahn, Ph.D., Antioch University Los Angeles, Tarzana, CA, rvkahn@gmail.com
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Environmental Education
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_154479114604736&ap=1
Faculty Teaching, Evaluation and Development (SIG #42)
Purpose: To investigate, promote, and support research and development on college teaching and learning, issues related to faculty evaluation and development, and student ratings of teaching.
Contact: Marilla D. Svinicki, The University of Texas - Austin, Austin, TX, msvinicki@austin.utexas.edu
Dues: $12.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Faculty Teaching, Evaluation and Development
Family, School, Community Partnerships (SIG #43)
Purpose: To engage with and promote rigorous and innovative research exploring the nature and impact of partnerships between families, schools, and diverse communities, and to encourage evidence-based practices and policies that influence children's learning and development.
Contact: Tammy A. Turner-Vorbeck, Family Diversity Education Council, West Lafayette, IN, tatvorbeck@aol.com
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $8.00 (1 yr)
Website: Family, School, Community Partnerships
Fiscal Issues, Policy and Education Finance (SIG #44)
Purpose: To provide a forum for research in educational finance and its impact on policy for all levels and aspects of education.
Contact: Tammy Kolbe, The University of Vermont, Warren, VT, tkolbe@uvm.edu
Dues: $10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Foucault and Contemporary Theory in Education (SIG #45)
Purpose: Dedicated to the historical/philosophical studies of education that engage the writings of Michel Foucault.
Contact: Sophia Rodriguez, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, srodriguez4@luc.edu
Dues: $5.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Foucault and Contemporary Theory in Education
Grassroots Community & Youth Organizing for Education Reform (SIG #172)
Purpose: To advance research on community and youth organizing, particularly in low income communities and communities of color. We will work to build a research community that engages with practitioners in organizing groups, educational institutions and policy-making circles. We seek to foster research that examines the ways in which organizing efforts affect school improvement and educational equity, youth development, community/democratic revitalization and social justice.
Contact: Ben R. Kirshner, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, ben.kirshner@colorado.edu; Shelley Zion, University of Colorado - Denver, Denver, CO, shelley.zion@ucdenver.edu
Dues: $15.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website: Grassroots Community & Youth Organizing for Education Reform
 
 
   
     
   
 
 
 
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