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Lynch School Participates In AERA Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada

Over 45 Lynch School faculty, students, administrators, and staff members participated in the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting, held in Vancouver April 13-17. AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public.

During the conference, Lynch School Assistant Professor Vincent Cho was awarded the 2012 AERA Organizational Theory Special Interest Group (SIG) Award for his paper “Districts’ efforts for data use and computer data systems: The role of sensemaking in system use and implementation.” The Organizational Theory SIG has a mission of advancing scholarly inquiry by promoting the use and development of organizational theory in the context of educational research. Cho’s paper focuses on what factors determine how and why teachers use computers to make data-based decisions and how school leaders can encourage and foster better computer use among districts.

An additional highlight of this year’s conference is the accomplishment of Jennifer Glickman, a junior human development major in the Lynch School of Education, who was among 20 undergraduate students from across the nation to receive a research training fellowship from AERA.

Glickman participated in the conference through the Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop. Undergraduate fellows, interested in pursuing careers as education researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the research field, attended seminars during the annual meeting, led by junior and senior scholars, that focused on critical research and application skills. The fellows also had the opportunity to network with senior academics and explore graduate education.

“This conference taught me the importance of networking and mentoring,” Glickman said. “My experience at AERA opened my eyes to the many avenues one can pursue in the field of education.” Glickman will continue her education next fall by pursing a Master’s Degree in educational research, measurement, and evaluation at the Lynch School. She hopes to one day work for an educational think-tank.

“The research conducted by Lynch School faculty and students contributes to national and international dialogues on critical issues in education and  applied psychology,” said Interim Dean Maureen Kenny.  “The important work of the Lynch School faculty and graduate students was broadly represented in the offerings of the recent AERA conference .”