Professional Ethics

Research Ethics

AERA Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics of the American Educational Research Association was approved by the AERA Council in February 2011. The Code sets forth the ethical principles and standards that govern the professional work of education researchers. The Code of Ethics replaces the Ethical Standards, which were adopted in 1992 and have been only minimally modified since that time. The current Code is intended to provide guidance that informs and is helpful to education researchers in their research, teaching, service, and related professional work.

AERA Code of Ethics (PDF)

Policies and Procedures of the Ethics Committee

Ethical Standards of the American Educational Research Association: Cases and Commentary 

AERA Endorsement of the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity (PDF)

Human Research Protections

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to be able to play a leadership role as the scientific society that provides an organizational base for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Working Group on Human Research Protections. AERA Executive Director, Dr. Felice J. Levine, serves as Chair of the Working Group. In collaboration with social and behavioral scientists from numerous executive branch agencies and academia, the Working Group promotes efforts to improve the human research protection system through outreach to the scientific community, development of human subjects protection courses, and preparation of reports that seek to improve understanding of how social and behavioral science research can best operate within the human research protections system. The Working Group is made possible by a contractual agreement from the National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research to AERA.