Meet us in Chicago: American Educational Research Association

By  Greg Britton

American education is a place of remarkable dynamism right now. The popular media is awash in stories that consider everything from the efficacy of how we test our children to how we fund our schools, or whether it is possible that those schools can even alleviate the effects of growing social inequality. We question the value of a college degree in the cold cost-benefit analysis of personal economics, weighing student debt against a perceived upside. We defend the liberal arts against those who insist that it is better to prepare students for good jobs in a globalized economy. Even technology threatens to disrupt the classroom—while also promising to extend free education virtually around the world.

When confronted with these issues, we do best to rely upon solid research and thoughtful analysis, the kind of work that generates more light than heat. The American Educational Research Association meeting, held this week in Chicago, is the largest gathering of scholars who study education in all its forms. Annually it attracts over 15,000 scholars, more than twice that of big meetings like the Modern Language Association and the Organization of American Historians. And Hopkins will be there too, talking with scholars, meeting new authors, showing off many of our new books. A few of those new books show the breadth of that conversation:

Michael Crow and William Dabars’s Designing the New American University explores the idea of how we might reimagine higher education for the twenty-first century in a way that is both inclusive and globally engaged.