By Zak Jason
Professor Larry Ludlow (right) and Philip G. Altbach, J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Higher Education (far right), were among the 22 researchers selected this year as American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellows in recognition of their “exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research.”
Altbach, who directs Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education, and Ludlow, chair of the Lynch School’s Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation Department, accepted the honors at the AERA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on April 28. They join 534 current AERA Fellows, including Lynch School professors David Blustein, Henry Braun, Marilyn Cochran-Smith, and Diana Pullin.
The following day, Matthew J. Welch, Ph.D. ’12, received AERA’s Districts in Research and Reform Special Interest Group Outstanding Dissertation Award for his spring 2012 dissertation, “Districts’ Experiences Balancing Inclusion, Accountability, and Change: Mixed-Methods Case Studies of Implementation in Ontario and New Hampshire.” Thomas More Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves, Welch’s dissertation advisor, said Welch’s work “makes a significantly original contribution to the field of school district research in a study that is unusually ambitious in depth and scope and that still achieves great coherence in the presentation of its findings and their implications.”
Lynch School faculty and students participated in 68 symposia, roundtable discussions, and poster and paper sessions at the AERA Annual Meeting, which ran from April 27 to May 1. Topics included “The Influence of Board Game Design on Parental Talk about Number” (a paper written by Assistant Professor Elida Laski and Melissa Collins, Ph.D. ’17), “Cultural (Trans)Formations: Nondominant Youth Pedagogies of Transformation” (a symposium featuring Associate Professor Lisa Leigh Patel), and “The Coming of the Student Cyborg” (an invited session led by Paul Gordon Brown, Ph.D. ’17).