AERA Annual Meeting Preview - April 4, 2014
AERA Annual Meeting Preview - April 4, 2014

AERA14 Preview

April 4, 2014

Welcome to day two of the AERA Annual Meeting. Each morning, AERA14 Preview will provide tips on key sessions and events, as well as other Annual Meeting resources and highlights you won’t want to miss. Make sure to download the official AERA14 mobile app through your app store by searching "aera 2014 annual meeting" or following the instructions on the Annual Meeting Program Mobile App page

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Key Sessions

AERA Welcoming Orientation for New Members and First-Time Attendees
7:00 am to 8:00 am
Convention Center, 100 Level – 122B
Chairs: Barbara Schneider (Michigan State University), Joyce E. King (Georgia State University), Felice J. Levine (AERA)

New members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to an orientation session. This session offers an opportunity to learn more about AERA and the benefits of being a member, as well as helpful tips on navigating the Annual Meeting.

Catherine Snow

The Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture: Catherine Snow, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education, Harvard University
Rigor and Realism: Doing Educational Science in the Real World
10:35 am to 12:05 pm
Convention Center, 200 Level – 201A
Session hashtag: #AERAReal
Session will also be live-streamed

Some educational researchers are adopting new models for doing educational research, models that start from problems of practice, prioritize the challenge of utility to educators, and presuppose partnership relationships between researchers and practitioners. In attempting to implement such approaches, we often find that attention to the conditions of real-world practice may compete with attention to the constraints of rigorous design. That familiar problem can be exacerbated by the conflicting epistemologies of real-world decision-making vs. rigorous scientific knowledge-building. This conflict, in its multiple forms only some of which will be discussed, is a dilemma rather than a problem; it demands careful consideration of approaches to balancing the desirable features of rigor and of realism when they conflict.

The Science of Learning, the Education Sciences, and AERA: Strange Bedfellows or All in the Family?
12:25 pm to 1:55 pm 
Convention Center, Terrace Level - Terrace I
This symposium will reflect on the accomplishments of the National Center for Education Research and the NSF's Science of Learning Centers program; consider prospects for a multidisciplinary science of learning; and explore the complex relationship between the science of learning and the education or learning sciences. Session participants include David Klahr (Carnegie Mellon University), Daniel L. Schwartz (Stanford University), Nora Newcombe (Temple University), and Bror Valdemar-Haug Saxberg (Kaplan Inc.).
Ethical Issues You (and Your IRB) Can’t Avoid
12:25 pm to 1:55 pm
Convention Center, 100 Level, 111B

In this session planned by the AERA Ethics Committee, hear presentations from Frederick D. Erickson (University of California - Los Angeles), Mary Elizabeth Graue (University of Wisconsin - Madison), Celia B. Fisher (Fordham University), and Robert Boruch  (University of Pennsylvania) on doing classroom observations and interventions, working with vulnerable subjects, randomizing treatments, and more.
A Proposed Revision to the Common Rule – Key Session on NRC Panel Report
2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Convention Center, 200 Level – 201C  

This symposium focuses on a new report released by the National Research Council (NRC) urging that federal regulations protecting human research subjects improve the review process for social and behavioral science research. With an introduction by Robert M. Hauser (Executive Director, NRC Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education), three members of the NRC panel issuing this report  Susan Fiske, chair (Princeton University), Celia Fisher (Fordham University), and Felice J. Levine (AERA)  will present key recommendations from this important report.

Marybeth Gasman

Scott Jaschik

Communicating Academic Research to Mainstream Audiences
2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Convention Center, 200 Level – 202A
Marybeth Gasman (University of Pennsylvania)
Scott Jaschik (Inside Higher Ed)
This session focuses on communicating scholarly research to mainstream, practice-based, and policy audiences. Participants will learn how to write opinion pieces for newspapers and blogs, use Facebook and Twitter to communicate their research findings, and strategies for writing and speaking in clear, concise ways that can be easily digested by funders and policymakers. The session will be taught in a hands-on manner with group and individual exercises. The target audience includes faculty and graduate students at all levels.

Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing
4:05 pm to 6:05 pm  
Convention Center, 200 Level - 204A

In this sesssion chaired by Wayne J. Camara (ACT, Inc.) and  Suzanne Lane (University of Pittsburgh), panelists will discuss the newly adopted revised Standards. Major changes being introduced and their implications for users will be examined. The recent edition is in production for publication.

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Annual Meeting Resources

Accessibility and Inclusion Resources
Check-in & Registration: 200 Level – Hall E
Child Care
Convention Center and Hotel Floor Plan
Discover Philadelphia Tourism Site
Exhibit Hall Information
Graduate Student Resource Center
How to Find Roundtable & Poster Numbers
Internet Access
Media Room
Navigating the Annual Meeting 
Off-site Visits
Philadelphia Hotels Map
Print Program PDF
Professional Development & Training Courses
Program Highlights

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