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Educational Research in the USA

The Keck Center in Washington D.C. (USA) is the registered office of the
The Keck Center in Washington D.C. (USA) is the registered office of the "National Academy of Education" as well as the "National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine" with its "Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education".
Copyright: Josh alias NCinDC, "Keck Center", CC BY-ND 2.0

On the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) that will take place from 13 to 17 April 2018, we compiled a small webdossier on education research in the United States. The dossier provides an overview of professional associations, societies and networks; of research institutes and centres; of research history, topics and trends as well as of journals.


Professional Associations & Societies, Networks

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
http://www.aera.net

National Academy of Education (NAE)   
https://naeducation.org

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education – Education    
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/Topics/DBASSE_068935

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education – Testing and Assessment   
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/Topics/DBASSE_068942

American Educational Studies Association
http://www.educationalstudies.org

National Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP)   
http://nnerpp.rice.edu 

University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)   
http://www.ucea.org

National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)   
http://www.ncme.org

National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)   
http://www.nagb.org
The NAGB is actually not an association but a board. But as its members set the policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and are responsible for developing the framework and test specifications, the NAGB was included in our listing.

American Evaluation Association (AEA)
http://www.eval.org

Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP)   
http://www.aefpweb.org

Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)   
http://www.cpre.org

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)   
http://www.aaup.org

College Board – Research   
https://research.collegeboard.org

Association for Institutional Research (AIR)   
http://www.airweb.org

Comparative and International Education Society United States (CIES)   
http://www.cies.us

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)   
http://www.srcd.org

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)   
http://www.naeyc.org


Research Institutes & Centres

University Institutions

Several university rankings provide tools to filter for the subject of education and find universities with good and important education research: for example  Times Higher Education World University Ranking (UK),  QS World University Ranking (UK) or the Academic Ranking of World Universities (China).

All these websites have a ranking for subjects. The two British ones also provide filters for choosing the country and different indicators.

The comparison of the results shows the differences as well as the similarities between the rankings and allows for a better appreciation of the rankings. For instance, you can see that the Harvard and Stanford Universities, that is their education institutes, come first in all three rankings.

Comparison of three university rankings for the subject
Comparison of three university rankings for the subject "education" - 2017/18. Please find an accessible pdf-document here
Copyright: N. Cohen CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

6 further universities or rather their education institutes appear in the top 15 in all three rankings at different positions:  University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, Columbia University.


And another 7  universities or rather their education institutes appear in the top 15 of two of the three rankings:

University of California (Los Angeles), University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, University of California (Berkeley), University of Minnesota, Arizona State University, University of Texas at Austin


Of course, rankings should always be treated with caution. Still, they provide a first overview and idea of potentially good and important institutes.

Non-University Institutions

This list is not exhaustive.

American Institutes for Research (AIR)   
https://www.air.org

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
http://ies.ed.gov

Social Science Research Council – Education Research   
https://www.ssrc.org/programs/view/education-research-program/ 

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)   
http://nieer.org

Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) / SERP Institute   
http://serpinstitute.org  

Institute on Education and Training (IET) – RAND Corporation
http://www.rand.org/education/

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE)  - Southern Regional Education Board   
http://www.nrccte.org 

Educational Policy Institute   
http://www.educationalpolicy.org  


Cover of the
Cover of the "Review of Research in Education" Vol 40 (2016) published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for its 100th anniversary (1916-2016).

In general, you can find many contributions covering specific fields and topics in educational research. Broader, comprehensive overviews over a longer period of time are a little harder to find. The last extensive ones range from the beginnings of education research to the 1990ies, see for example the article "Contested Terrain. A History of Education Research in the United States, 1890-1990" which is linked in our list.

We nevertheless tried to compile a small list of overviews for you. The list is sorted chronologically. Most of the literature is free of costs. For the few articles that are not, we added the remark "subject to a fee". 

Alexander, Patricia A.; Levine, Felice J.; Tate IV, William F., 2016: Education Research: A Century of Discovery [centennial volume]. Review of Education Research 40(1).
http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/rrea/40/1 OR
http://www.aera.net/Publications/Books/RRE-Centennial

Mahoney, Shawn, 2013: Educational Research in the United States. A Survey of Pre-K-12 Teachers' Perceptions Regarding the Purpose, Conceptions, Use, Impact, and Dissemination.
https://repository.asu.edu/attachments/125937/content/Mahoney_asu_0010E_13486.pdf

Walters, Pamela B.; Lareau, Annette; Ranis, Sheri (eds.), 2009: Education Research On Trial: Policy Reform and the Call for Scientific Rigor.
https://www.routledge.com/Education-Research-On-Trial-Policy-Reform-and-the-Call-for-Scientific/Walters-Lareau-Ranis/p/book/9780415989893  (subject to a fee)

Zhao, Yong; Zhang, Gaoming; Yang, Wenzhong (Eric); Kirkland, David; Han, Xue; Zhang, Jianwei, 2008: A comparative study of educational research in China and the United States. In: Asia Pacific Journal of Education 28(1): 1-17.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233308962_A_comparative_study_of_educational_research_in_China_and_the_United_States

Ranis, Sheri H.; Barnhouse Walters, Pamela, 2004: Education Research as a Contested Enterprise.  
the deliberations of the SSRC–NAE Joint Committee on Education Research. In: European Educational Research Journal 3(4): 795-806.
https://doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2004.3.4.6 (subject to a fee)

Condliffe Lagemann, Ellen, 2000: An Elusive Science. The Troubling History of Education Research.
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/E/bo3683209.html (subject to a fee)

Condliffe Lagemann, Ellen, 1997: Contested Terrain. A History of Education Research in the United States, 1890-1990. In: Educational Researcher 26(9): 5-17.
https://doi.org/10.3102/0013189X026009005 (subject to a fee)

No author, 1991: Research and the Renewal of Education. A Report from the National Academy of Education.
https://eric.ed.gov/?q=%22Research+and+the+Renewal+of+Education%22&id=ED337864 (subject to a fee)

Knox, Holly, 1971: A History of Educational Research in the United States.
http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED088800.pdf

Sieber, Sam D.; Lazarsfeld, Paul F., 1966: The organization of educational research in the United States.
http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED010276.pdf

Screenhsot of the education research grant library of the Spencer Foundation, the
Screenshot of the education research grant library of the Spencer Foundation, the "major American private funder of research on education" (Ranis / Barnhouse Walters 2004: 795, subject to a fee)

The education research grant library of the Spencer Foundation provides a further possibility for finding out about research trends. The Spencer Foundation is supposedly the "major American private funder of research on education" (Ranis / Barnhouse Walters 2004: 795, subject to a fee). More than 5000 research projects are listed in the database since 1984. Different filters like for example year, research area or methods will help you find research trends for specific topics, time periods or methodological approaches.


Journals

Screenshot of the SCImago Journal & Country Rank for the subject category
Screenshot of the SCImago Journal & Country Rank for the subject category "education" in the USA.

We refrain from compiling our own list of education journals at this point. Instead we would like to link to the SCImago Journal & Country Rank (Wikipedia-Info). This ranking provides good tools to filter for subject and country among others and lists more than 300 US journals for the subject category "education".

Please find here journals for different subject categories linked to education: 

SCImago Journal and Country Rank - Education - United States
http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?category=3304&country=US&type=j

SCImago Journal and Country Rank - E-learning - United States 
http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?country=US&type=j&category=3399

SCImago Journal and Country Rank - Developmental and Educational Psychology - United States
http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?country=US&type=j&category=3204

SCImago Journal and Country Rank - Life-span and Life-course Studies - United States
http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?country=US&type=j&category=3204
Last Update: 20.05.2020  -  N. Cohen ;

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