AERA 2023 - Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth

AERA 2023 - Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth
The 2023 Annual Meeting is dual component, meaning that sessions will either take place in person or on the online platform. The place-based component was held in downtown Chicago at several hotels April 13 through April 16. The virtual component will be held on an online platform on May 4 and May 5.
After the pandemic ice continued its series on transatlantic exchange and hosted again an international seminar themed “Education Research in Light of Societal Changes” – for the second time in Chicago. A panel discussion and 5 thematic roundtables explored international exchange as a rewarding aspect of research.
The international session took place on April 14, 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, at the Swissôtel Chicago.
This year, the conference theme focused on “Interrogating Consequential Educational Research in Pursuit of Truth” – a topic concerning the question how education research contributes to the knowledge production process.

Panel Discussion & Roundtables

The basis for research are data. While for historical and theoretical approaches texts, documents and historical sources are necessary, empirical research is tied to methodologically generated data, in numerical, linguistic or even visual formats. These kinds of data are groundbreaking for a reliable and responsible research in the field of education.
How data collections, data centres and data repositories can contribute to education research was the question for our opening panel. Chaired by Ingrid Gogolin from the University of Hamburg, Amber Bryant from ICPSR and Rolf Strietholt from IEA presented their views on the necessity of data availability and data sharing and the question how international exchange is challenged by these opportunities.

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Download slides and booklet below!

Roundtable Session

5 roundtables discussed international approaches toward interrogating education research in pursuit of truth from various perspectives. Researchers at the different tables presented research projects from various fields such as inclusion of autistic students in school; challenges for young people regarding individuality and responsibility; change in schools facing adversity; perspectives on improving public schooling and research in change, leadership, and education.

The roundtables focused on following aspects and were chaired by German education researchers

  1. What do teachers need to successfully include children on the autism-spectrum in general schools?
    Chair: Kathrin Berdelmann (DIPF, Berlin)
  2. Individuality and Responsibility: Challenges for Young People
    Chair: Stefanie Greubel (Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, Alfter)
  3. Exploring the Human Side of Change in Schools Facing Adversity: A Cross-national View
    Chair: Esther Dominique Klein (TU Dortmund University)
  4. A transatlantic exchange about approaches, advances and multiple-reality perspectives on improving public schooling
    Chair: Christine Becks (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  5. Project partner meeting between the Center for Innovative Research in Change, Leadership, and Education (CIRCLE) at Texas Technical University and the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education
    Chair: Annika Wilmers (DIPF, Frankfurt/Main)

All contributions and short biographical notes are included in the booklet, which is available for download below.