Reports from CAIP Affiliates:
The Society for Research in Child Development
The Society for Research in Child Development is a national (U.S.) professional membership organization, and its mission is to promote quality research on child development and to promote the effective use of the findings of research, including policy, practice and dissemination. Our Society has become much more international over the past decade in many ways. Over 800 of our 5400 members are from outside the U.S. and come from over 40 countries. Our journal, Child Development, a leading journal in the field, now has over 30% of the published studies coming from authors outside the U.S. or are based on research on children residing in countries outside the U.S. The presentations and attendance of persons from other countries at our biennial meetings has been increasing substantially as well.
During the past year, the Governing Council of SRCD has been engaged in strategic planning. One of the five goals that have been set is to increase international participation in whatever ways possible. Thus, we are seeking members from outside the U.S. in even larger numbers that we now have, and our editors are seeking manuscripts for the journals as well. We have also obtained outside funding to permit more persons from other countries to attend our meetings.
Many of our members have been leaders in promoting cross-national research, and we have a committee focused on international issues, and one of its goals is to bring together scholars from other countries whose interests focus on certain topics or areas. At present we are establishing a group to work on models of quality education across countries. This committee also designed and set up a special symposium for the biennial meeting of SRCD, held in Atlanta, April 2005. Thus, our organization has seen positive growth in many aspects of its international activities and will be focusing on more new approaches as the implementation of the goals of the strategic plan take place.
Biennial Meeting:April 7-10, 2005 Atlanta Georgia
Biennial Meeting:April, 2007, Boston Massachusetts
Publications: Child Development - six times a year
Monographs - four times a year