GSC Sessions


GSC Orientation Meeting
Friday, April 13, 12:00pm - Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC), Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 211
Still not sure what sessions you will attend? Want to learn how to navigate the Annual Meeting App & Schedule? New to AERA? Come to the GSC Orientation! During the GSC Orientation we will introduce you to GSC resources during your stay in Vancouver, get some tips from a panel of experienced AERA Annual Meeting Graduate Students on how to make the most of the meeting, and familiarize you with using the App. It's also a great time to meet other graduate students from other institutions.

GSC Open Business Meeting
Saturday, April 14, 6:15pm - Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC),
Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 211

GSC Canadian Fireside Chat: Re-Imagining the Future of Canadian Education, With Dr. Kieran Egan
Mon, Apr 16 - 4:05pm - 5:35pm Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 211
This fireside chat is initiated by the Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education (CCGSE) to explore three current issues in Canadian education that have wide relevance to the field of education locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Kieran Egan, an esteemed scholar from Simon Fraser University, is leading this discussion. Dr. Egan will first engage participants in an examination of an alternative conception of education, and will then consider the roles of the imagination in education, paying particular attention towards methods of meaningfully engaging students’ imaginations during curriculum instruction and learning. Finally, the session considers the “Learning in Depth (LiD) program, a simple though radical, innovation in curriculum and instruction. Deep reflection on and discussion of these three key ideas will assist new scholars in considering numerous ways that we might ‘re-imagine’ Canadian educational research and apply innovative and critical teaching practices in our schools in Canada and elsewhere.

GSC Chair Fireside Chat: Educational Research in the 21st Century as an Abilene Paradox: Just Go With It... Or Should You?
Sat, Apr 14 - 10:35am - 12:05pm Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 211
How does the Abilene Paradox come into play for graduate students, specifically, who aspire to be educational change agents? How, when, and should, graduate students “rock the boat”? The diverse panelists will share their experiences as it relates to graduate students who are “rocking the education boat” and pushing the field of not only teaching and pedagogy, but also educational research. The panelists will share how graduate students and early career scholars can influence enemies, allies, and confidantes, in the educational spaces that they occupy—be it schools, universities, or communities.

GSC Chair Fireside Chat: Dismantling the Model Minority One Subgroup at a Time: The Importance of Understanding Heterogeneity and Ecological Fallacies
Mon, Apr 16 - 10:35am - 12:05pm Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 211
Prima facie Asian American students are believed to be doing extremely well in terms of their levels of academic achievement and attainment despite research that indicates otherwise. In addition to Asian’s supposed extraordinary educational accomplishments, they are believed to exhibit uniformly high expectations and come from families that value education. The panelists in this session help to interrogate these impressions by sharing their knowledge and expertise with attendees, namely the importance of understanding that the Asian American population is bimodal, and extremely heterogeneous. Thus, in order to avoid ecological fallacious beliefs, the purpose of this panel is to examine the model minority stereotype through critical discussions regarding the many different subgroups of this population.

GSC Chair Fireside Chat: Demystifying the Publishing Process: Insights From Journal Editors on Writing, Editing, and Revising Manuscripts for Submission
Mon, Apr 16 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm - Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC), Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 211
This session convenes panelists with expertise in the publishing process to offer insights and advice to graduate students and faculty about writing for publication. Sponsored by the Berkeley Review of Education (BRE), an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal run by graduate students at UC Berkeley, this session brings together senior BRE editors and senior faculty who have served as editors of high-impact journals (e.g., RER, RRQ, HD) and on dozens of editorial review boards. We will focus on general strategies for writing and editing your own work, an overview of the publication process at different journals, and an overview of the peer review process (including how to interpret feedback), with ample time for extended discussion with the panelists.

GSC Chair-Elect Fireside Chat: Queering the Academy: Doing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) and Ally Work in the Ph.D. Program and Beyond
Sat, Apr 14 - 8:15am - 9:45am - Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC), Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 211
This session is meant to bring graduate student scholars doing queer and ally work in the academy with senior scholars doing similar work. All of the panelists engage in LGBTQI and ally work inside and outside the academy. This session is an attempt to build a community of learners between these two groups. In this session, the panelists and the participants will have an opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges of doing LGBTQI and ally work in Ph.D. programs, the academy, and the community at large.

GSC Division A Fireside Chat: "Non Satis Scire: Evidence to Support School Leaders for Increased Capacity in Practice and Policy"
Sat, Apr 14 - 12:25pm - 1:55pm Building/Room: Pan Pacific, Restaurant Level - Pacific Rim 2
Drs. Ronald Heck, Brian Rowan, Karen Seashore-Louis, James Spillane, and Linda Tillman will discuss the ways in which research into effective leadership practices for increased school capacity produce implications for practice and policy. Findings from this body of research have provided a description of behaviors and structures within schools which may help leaders produce positive teacher and student outcomes. In addition, these results may guide policymakers toward decisions which will support educators as they promote growth in schools. This growth in schools has been initiated by, for example, stronger community relations, distributed forms of instructional leadership, teacher community, and positive academic climates. This discussion will provide recommendations for future research into effective school leadership for improved capacity to support practice and policy.

GSC Division B Fireside Chat: The Interpersonal Is Political: Navi- gating LGBTQ Issues and Research In The 21st Century Academy
Mon, Apr 16 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm Building/Room: Sheraton Wall Centre, Third Level - North Junior Ballroom B
Drs. Lance McCready University of Toronto (OISE), Cindy Cruz (University of California, Santa Cruz), Therese Quinn (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and Timothy Lar- rabee (Oakland University) will participate as panelists. The purpose of this Fireside Chat is to invite scholars and graduate students to converse about issues regarding LGBTQ persons in the academy that are often hidden as a result of hegemonic political debates. Such issues range from how one should negotiate being a LGBTQ person in the academy to how we navigate research focusing on LGBTQ persons and issues. This fireside chat—with Lance McCready, Cindy Cruz, Therese Quinn, and Timothy Larrabee—will help both scholars and graduate students move forward on these issues.

GSC Division C Fireside Chat: Turning Research into Results: Handling the Complexity of Learning
Mon, Apr 16 - 12:25pm - 1:55pm Building/Room: Sheraton Wall Centre, Grand Ballroom Level-North Grand Ballroom A
Our distinguished Fireside Chat Speaker at the 2012 Annual Meet- ing at Vancouver, British Columbia is Dr. Richard E. Clark, Professor of Educational Psychology and Technology and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Technology in the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. Dr. Richard Clark will share ways to overcome some of the challenges researchers face when they attempt to create a bridge between educational research and practice. In the spirit of the annual meeting theme, he will suggest that all educational researchers should not only produce studies but also attempt to translate and apply their research to make a positive difference in educational settings. Additionally, he will briefly describe his own effort to solve two problems that reflect the transition from research to practice: first, the impact of technology on instruction and learning, and second, the impact of various instructional methods on the design of instruction that facilitates the learning and transfer of complex knowledge as people develop advanced expertise.

GSC Division D Fireside Chat: Value-added Modeling in Educational Research and Evaluation
Mon, Apr 16 - 10:35am - 12:05pm Building/Room: Marriott Pinnacle, Fourth Level - Ambleside
The panel of invited speakers includes: Damian Betebenner – Center for Assessment, Henry Braun – Boston College, Pete Goldschmidt – New Mexico Public Education Department, Robert Lissitz – University of Maryland, and Daniel McCaffery – RAND Corporation. The purpose of this session is to explore the relationship between innovation in educational research and teacher evaluation within the context of value-added modeling. Under the Race to the Top which advocates for appropriate evaluation for students’ progress, states across the United States have looked for a better way to evaluate teacher effectiveness. Among all the methods which were developed to achieve this purpose, value-added modeling has caused increasing attention at the local, state, and national levels. Multiple methods have been developed, each of which, however, has their own limitations. This session will allow several of the value-added modeling experts to discuss the ways that researchers can employ to evaluate growth at different levels (e.g., the student level, teacher level, school level) and the issues that need to be addressed in those procedures.

GSC Division E Fireside Chat: Publishing Tips and Strategies for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars.
Sat, Apr 14 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - East Room 12
This session will focus on helping graduate students and early career scholars learn how to write and publish scholarly work. The panelists include well-published researchers in the field of Counseling and Human Development, including: Dorothy Espelage (University of Illi- nois at Urbana-Champaign), Cynthia Hudley (University of California, Santa Barbara), V. Paul Poteat (Boston College), Brendesha M. Tynes (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Tracy Vaillancourt (McMaster University). The purpose of this session is to help graduate students and early career scholars to gain a more thorough understanding of the process of publishing. The goal of this session is to provide information that will help students increase their productivity and self-efficacy in writing publishable work. Participants of this session will learn concrete strategies and tips from well-published professors in their field on how to write and publish scholarly work. This session will provide specific tips and strategies about how to write publications and also provide general advice about how to build a great publication record.

GSC Division F Fireside Chat: Marginality and Historical Inquiry: On the possibility of educating for change
Mon, Apr 16 - 12:25pm - 1:55pm Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 204
How might we approach inquiries into the past as a site for intervention into current unequal relations of power? In what ways do representations of the past pose, both implicitly and explicitly, questions about conditions of inequality in the present, particularly as it relates to historically marginalized groups? To what extent should the relation between the past, present and future inform both the epistemological goals and methodological framing of graduate research? Given the theme of the 2012 AERA Annual Meeting’s emphasis on the use of education research to “improve education and serve the public good” we are interested in learning from our seasoned and emerging scholars on how to negotiate the framing of education research in the current geopolitical moment.

Given that the annual meeting will be held in a neighboring white settler colony, questions around the enduring legacy of colonial relations renew the importance of linking historical research on marginalized groups to changes in education policy and practice. Drawing on the personal experiences of our speakers: Dr. Ruben Donato (University of Colorado at Boulder), Dr. Annette M. Henry (UBC), Dr. David Gumaro García (UCLA) and Dr. Helen S. Raptis (UVic), we will learn about the impact of their research on creating conditions for change, broadly conceived, the contributions of their scholarship to the field as well as a general tips for navigating our way through our graduate and post-graduate careers.

GSC Division G Fireside Chat: Public or Private Intellectualism? Perspectives on Scholarly Responsibility and Social Change
Sat, Apr 14 - 12:25pm - 1:55pm Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 202&203
The public discourse that positions the academy in “the ivory tower” detaches it from “real” people, issues and ideas is detached from “real” people, issues, and ideas. Many scholars struggle to serve the community while meeting academe’s demands for research, teaching, and service. In this fireside chat, panelists will reflect on the ways in which they have managed successful academic careers while simultaneously using their scholarly platforms in constructive ways to effect social change. Our panelists include Joyce King (Georgia State), Angela Venezuela (UT-Austin), David Stovall (UI-Chicago), Ernest Morrell (Teachers College), and Dolores Delgado Bernal (Utah).

GSC Division H Fireside Chat: Your First School Research Position: Insight and Advice From Veterans in the Field
Mon, Apr 16 - 4:05pm - 5:35pm Building/Room: Marriott Pinnacle, Fourth Level - Ambleside
The Division H Fireside Chat will offer attendees the opportunity to hear senior career researchers share insights and advice about working in various types of school research careers. Panelists with extensive experience across a variety of settings, such as school districts, federal government agencies, academia, and research and development organizations, will present their perspectives on networking and finding a niche in educational research. Both panelists and participants will be asked to consider the ways in which future legislation might affect our roles within the workplace, and participants will be invited to share their own most pressing questions and concerns. Attendees should leave this session with valuable and relevant information with which to further their careers in educational research. We are excited to gain perspectives from experts in a variety of fields including: Winona Vesey-University of Houston, Gary Estes- West Ed, Lorrie Shepard- University of Colorado-Boulder, and Zollie Stevenson, Jr-Department of Education. We look forward to them sharing their wisdom with us!

GSC Division I Fireside Chat: Research to Practice: Cooperative Learning in Professional Education
Sun, Apr 15 - 10:35am - 12:05pm Building/Room: Pan Pacific, Restaurant Level - Pacific Rim 1
Graduate students are invited to meet and converse with Karl Smith, Ph.D., Cooperative Learning Professor in Engineering Education at Purdue University. The conversation will provide students with the opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Smith about such topics as cooperative learning, engineering and professional education, constructive controversies, developing a body of research, translating from research to practice, reflections on scholarship, and career advice. Further, students will be encouraged to transmit such questions among themselves, fostering communication, connection, and recognition as a body of present and future scholars and professionals.

GSC Division J Fireside Chat: Research, Teaching, Service, and Life: Achieving Balance as Doctoral Students and Faculty
Sun, Apr 15 - 10:35am - 12:05pm Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 208&209
Research, teaching, and service play important roles in the life of an academic. In academia, we are expected to balance these three responsibilities, yet the ability to achieve this balance is not intrinsic. Many scholars struggle with how much time to dedicate to each of these work priorities, while also juggling our personal responsibilities and outside priorities. This session aims to provide insight on how to achieve balance within the academy. It will feature distinguished panelists who have greatly contributed to the field of higher education while managing to maintain balance among their many responsibilities. Panelists include Anna Neumann (Columbia University), Darnell Cole (University of Southern California), Paul Um- bach (North Carolina State University), Linda Hagedorn (Iowa State University), and Kelly Ward (Washington State Uni- versity).

GSC Division K Fireside Chat: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk... Taking Research to the Next Level: Using Research to Improve Education and Serve the Public Good
Sun, Apr 15 - 12:25pm - 1:55pm Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, Second Level - West Room 208&209
This year, Division K’s Fireside Chat will provide participants a unique opportunity to dialogue with noted scholars who will directly address the importance of promoting the use of research in order to improve education and serve the public good. Our esteemed panelists have long been committed to improving the lives of students in urban schools. Being true educators, they have touched and changed the lives of many students through their diligence and determination. They have proven that knowing is not enough and have moved their research into action and transformation. This fireside chat will be a must see for graduate students who are looking to not only further their knowledge, but also connect their knowledge to serve a greater good. Our confirmed distinguished panelists include: Bryan Brown, Ph.D. from Stanford University; Thomas M. Philip, Ph.D. from the University of Califor- nia, Los Angeles; Jamy Stillman, Ph.D. from the University of Southern California; and Dr. Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade from the San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California.

GSC Division L Fireside Chat: The Evolving Role of the Teacher’s Union: How Changing Union Strength Affects Education
Sun, Apr 15 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm Building/Room: Pan Pacific, Restaurant Level - Pacific Rim 1
Teachers’ unions have gathered a great deal of attention in the past year, making headlines in states such as Wisconsin and New Jersey, among others. This fireside chat will bring together leading scholars involved in work related to unions and their effects on education across a range of outcomes. Panelists will describe their own work and discuss the possible impacts of recent events on unions and educational outcomes. The panel of invited speakers in- cludes: Susan Moore Johnson, Harvard University; F. Howard Nelson, American Federation of Teachers; and Julia Koppich, J. Koppich and Associates.


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