We approach the 2017 Annual Meeting with a deep sense of enthusiasm and hope in the renewed attention to inequality of educational opportunity and ongoing research. We approach the meeting as well with a heightened sense of urgency about the need for enduring change that eliminates barriers to opportunity, engagement, and success. We encourage submissions that motivate members to answer the call to action and to draw decisively upon the strengths of research, practice, and policy to fulfill the promise.
The theme of the Annual Meeting is framed around historical and contemporary discussions about unequal educational opportunity, as they relate to four critical dimensions.
We invite AERA members to deliberate the expanse of issues associated with equal educational opportunity and contribute submissions that consider the following groups of questions:
What counts as educational opportunity, for whom has it improved over the past 60 years, for whom has it not improved, and with what sustainability and potential for the future?
How do we conceptualize educational opportunity, who is studied and who is not, and what are the implications for research, policy, and praxis of such conceptualizations?
How do we ensure that our inquiry and research questions are relevant and in what ways is the rigor of our research matched by the rigor of methodological frameworks and approaches, interpretation of results, and application of knowledge?
How do we leverage knowledge from research and practice to ensure that the most pressing issues reach the forefront of major policy decisions and action, from longstanding issues of teaching and learning, to persistent problems of racial and economic inequality, to understudied topics such as homelessness and incarceration and their effects?
What steps might research help craft across educational, social, and public policies at all levels of government and in philanthropy—and what partnerships are needed—to reimagine equity and reduce the risks faced by students, families, schools, and related institutions?
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