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AERA 2018: More than 130 faculty, students to represent OISE in NYC

By Kaitlyn Balkovec

April 10, 2018

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NYC-bound: Armed with expert research, innovative studies and bold new ideas, a stellar team of 130-plus OISE faculty and students are bound for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in the Big Apple April 13-17.

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It’s a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas, from kindergarten education through to higher education.

The OISE contingent will be joined by an estimated 17,000 attendees at the 2018 event, which will feature over 2,800 sessions.

2018 Theme: Dreams, Possibility and Necessity of Public Education

The theme for this year’s conference is The Dreams, Possibility and Necessity of Public Education.

It’s a call for researchers and educators to address the challenges of public education by generating and learning from a wide range of research, asking questions and recognizing the perspectives of marginalized groups.

“I think that education changes lives, and it changes the world one mind at a time,” said OISE Dean Glen Jones. “Anything we can do to make learning better, to ensure that it is more equitable and fair, to ensure that individuals who are from less advantaged backgrounds have opportunities that they should have, that’s a huge contribution that we can make to the world.”

Highlighting OISE’s expertise

The annual meeting will provide OISE students and faculty members with an opportunity to network with scholars and alumni, discuss various topics in education, and disseminate research findings.

With representation from OISE faculty members recognized as international leaders in education, the conference will also highlight OISE’s expertise as one of the top educational institutions in the world.

“At OISE we have researchers looking at a lot of global issues like immigrant populations in schools, English as a first language in schools, and equity in schools across more traditionally male subject areas such as math,” said Lara Cartmale, Director of Research and International Initiatives at OISE. “So, I think we can do quite a lot to inform as well as share.”

Nearly 80 graduate students along with OISE faculty Lance McCready, Clare Kosnick, Yiola Cleovoulou, Richard Messina and Eve Tuck will present at the conference and cover a range of topics on curriculum, schooling, and educational research.

Collaboration between students and faculty

All four graduate departments at OISE will be represented by the 131 faculty and students participating in the conference.

OISE Associate Dean of Programs Doug McDougall notes that collaboration benefits students and faculty, both in the planning stages of drafting research proposals and during the conference.

“I always find it fascinating and really valuable that the faculty and students are presenting together,” he said. “The mentoring component of research conferences means that students get a chance to go out and actually see what it’s like to be the main presenter. In order for that to happen, it first had to be faculty and students working together to write the proposals.”

The 2018 Annual Meeting is an opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight ahead of next year’s conference, which will be held in Toronto.