The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is concerned with the improvement of educational research and practice through the conduct of scholarly inquiry and the dissemination of information and ideas related to education. AERA and its members are committed to act affirmatively in support of open inquiry and social justice, in accord with the following commitments:
AERA honors the values in this declaration through its programs, publications, and meetings; through its committee appointments, selection of honorees, and its allocation of resources; and through continued vigilance to ensure that concerns about equity, excellence, openness of inquiry, and social justice are addressed with sensitivity and fairness.
AERA strives to be more global in its outreach programs to involve important scholarship wherever it occurs. The participation of international scholars in these efforts is key to success.
AERA Government Relations Department advocates on issues affecting visa difficulties experienced by international scholars and students traveling to the United States, and has participated in programs sponsored by UNESCO and the U.S. Department of Education addressing workforce and capacity development issues.
AERA governance includes the International Relations Committee (IRC). One of the tasks of the IRC is to encourage international participation in the AERA annual meeting by involving international scholars in the program and awarding travel funds for their attendance. IRC sponsored six symposia and three paper sessions at the annual meeting. They also co-sponsored six Presidential Invited Sessions with other AERA governance entities. Eleven recipients from Turkey, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Chile and Brazil received travel awards.
In addition, AERA International Aligned Organizations presented nine sessions at the annual meeting. These included: