AERA-OECD Webinar on Education Research Worldwide in a Covid and Post-Covid World

AERA-OECD Webinar on Education Research Worldwide in a Covid and Post-Covid World

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Collaborating to Support Education Research

September 23, 2020
9:30-11:00 AM EDT / 3:30-5:00 PM CEST


Debra Myhill
European Association for Research
on Learning and Instruction

(University of Exeter)
Joe O'Hara
European Educational Research Association
(Dublin City Univeristy)

Hidenori Fujita
Past President 
Japanese Educational Research Association
( Tsuru University)

Shaun R. Harper
American Educational Research Association
(University of Southern California)

Andreas Schleicher
Director for Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


Felice J. Levine
 Executive Director
American Educational Research Association

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin
Deputy Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division and Senior Analyst
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


This AERA-OECD webinar will examine priorities and planning for education research at a time when education and learning face uncertainty and dislocation. In this interactive discussion, research leaders from around the world will share insights on how education research is currently contributing to the response to COVID-19 for all levels of education and forms of learning.

They will also discuss what is needed to further understand and monitor related challenges, and will offer evidence-based policies to help education leaders, government officials, schools, and education systems make sound decisions.

The webinar will explore how the worldwide research community can collaboratively contribute to the design of COVID and post-COVID education and to the implementation of new research processes that can help inform stakeholders during and after the crisis.

This webinar will broadcast live on ZOOM.
ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.
Please register in advance.

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Hidenori Fujita is currently the President of Tsuru University. He is also Professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and at Kyoei University. Prof. Fujita has served as a member of the Science Council of Japan, as president of the Japan Society of Educational Sociology, and as president of the Japanese Educational Research Association (JERA). He received his doctorate from Stanford University.

Shaun R. Harper is a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also is the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, and past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Harper’s research focuses primarily on racial and gender equity in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate environments. He created and leads RISE for Boys and Men of Color, a field advancement effort that unites and amplifies the research of scholars across five academic fields, including education; prepares the next generation of scholars of color for graduate school and research careers; and produces tables, charts, and graphs for an open-access data center.

Debra Myhill is Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, UK.  Her research focuses on young people’s composing processes and their metacognitive awareness of them; the inter-relationship between metalinguistic understanding and writing; the talk-writing interface; and the teaching of writing.  She is Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, which promotes inter-disciplinary research, drawing on psychological, socio-cultural and linguistic perspectives on writing.  Over the past fifteen years, she has led a series of research projects in these areas, in both primary and secondary schools, and has conducted several commissioned research studies.  Debra runs numerous professional education courses for teachers, examining the practical classroom implications of her research on the teaching of writing, and in 2014, her research team was awarded the Economic and Social Research Council award for Outstanding Impact in Society.

Joe O’Hara is the President of the European Educational Research Association (EERA). He holds the Chair of Education at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University (DCU) where he is also the Director of the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection (EQI). Joe trained as a teacher before working in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Harare, Zimbabwe prior to his joining DCU. He has played an active role in Irish and European education for the past 25 years and is a past President of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI).  Joe has been a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland and a Director of APSO/ Irish Aid and is currently on the Executive committee of the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE). He holds an MSc in Education and Training Management and a PhD in Educational Evaluation and his areas of research interest include evaluation, culturally responsive evaluation and assessment, research identities, ITE and gifted education.  

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills at the OECD. He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments that have created a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators across nations and cultures to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for over 20 years with ministers and education leaders to improve education. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that Schleicher “understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth”. Former UK Secretary of State Michael Gove called Schleicher “the most important man in English education” – even though he is German and lives in France. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”.  He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.


Felice J. Levine is executive director of the American Educational Research Association, where she champions the advancement of knowledge and use of sound research to guide policy and practice. Her areas of expertise include science policy, research ethics, data access and sharing, and the scientific and academic workforce. Her current projects include the development of a research data hub to connect data resources, foster new scholarly networks, and build research capacity in STEM education; an initiative to examine the impact of and foster academic support for open science products; and a study of the impact of COVID-19 on doctoral students and early-career researchers. Levine chairs the Board of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, co-chairs the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM, and is on the Board of the Consortium of Social Science Associations. Levine is also a Past President of the Law and Society Association and recent Past President of the World Education Research Association.

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin is a Senior Analyst and Deputy Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress (IMEP) division at the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. He leads some of the current OECD efforts to document and share governmental and non-governmental country initiatives around the world to ensure education continuity during the pandemic. He leads a portfolio of projects of the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) on digitalisation in education, innovation and the future of learning. Stéphan is a Marie Curie Fellow and a 2007 Fulbright New Century Scholar, and received two awards in 2018 for his work, from the US National Association of Assessment Directors and from the International Center for Innovation in Education. With a PhD in economics, a business school diploma, and a master’s in philosophy, he mobilises multiple perspectives to help improve education and society.


The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. With members from 96 countries, AERA is committed to expanding its connections to the global research community, and is actively involved in advancing the field of education research worldwide.


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Our goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. We draw on almost 60 years of experience and insights to better prepare the world of tomorrow.