Education Research as Clown College

A little over a year ago, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan responded to the explosive news that even Shanghai was outpacing the U.S. in international education assessments by declaring it a “wake-up call” and a “Sputnik moment.” Sixteen months after that impassioned charge, the nation’s education researchers will trek to their annual confab to share the analyses and findings that can help address the challenge.

Under the banner of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), roughly 20,000 researchers will convene in Vancouver to report on research that can help fuel student learning and improve schools. Eager to discover what advances this year’s edupalooza has in store, we waded through the thousands of papers and panels touted in the electronic conference program.

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