Pepperdine students and faculty had a strong presence at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2005 annual meeting, held earlier this year in Montreal. The meeting spanned four days and featured over 2,000 sessions.
Drs. Hiatt-Michael and Polin presented research, as did four doctoral students in the organizational change program: Ruth Banda-Ralph, Leland Simmons, Janet Cosman-Ross, and Patrick Ross. The students individually presented their dissertations—a significant accomplishment given that sessions are highly coveted (AERA is the prominent professional association for educators, akin to the American Psychological Association for psychologists). “They were thrilled with the opportunity to present,” said Hiatt-Michael, who chaired the students’s research. “They also appreciated being able to dialogue with their peers throughout the week.”
Hiatt-Michael has been active in the governance of AERA for years. Most recently, she has been asked to join a presidential task force that will make recommendations to the AERA council about how to divvy up the limited sessions in 2006. The task force is actively meeting now to talk about which special interest groups will be given slots at the next conference.
Hiatt-Michael was particularly impressed with the presidential address, given by Marilyn Cochran-Smith. Although over 25 percent of AERA members are involved in teacher education research, Cochran-Smith’s address was the first on the topic.