Applying Multiple Social Science Research Methods to Educational Problems

December 01, 2004

Who: The National Research Council's Center for Education--with support from the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation--will host a one-day national forum.

Speakers include: Stephen Raudenbush, University of Michigan; Herbert Walberg, Hoover Institution; Thomas Cook, Northwestern University; Karin Fry, University of Washington; Pascal Forgione, Austin Public Schools; Richard Murnane, Harvard University; Cynthia Hudley, University of California, Santa Barbara; Jere Confrey, Washington University in St. Louis; and Daniel Fallon, The Carnegie Corporation.

What: A National Forum on Applying Multiple Social Science Research Methods to Educational Problems

When: December 14, 2004
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch provided

Where: The Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW; Washington, DC
near Metro Stations: Gallery Place and Judiciary Square

Why: The application, fit, and articulation of different research methods to tackle major issues relevant to educational policy and practice are timely topics across disciplines and contexts. Thus, the Forum provides an opportunity to lay a foundation for such inquiry by focusing on applying multiple methods to educational problems.

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Forum sessions will focus on social science perspectives on multiple methods approaches and examples; future prospects and examples of significant policy questions in education that may be addressed through these approaches; and the challenges and opportunities in training researchers to implement such approaches.

By providing both intellectual underpinnings and "real-world" examples of the use of multiple methods in education research, this Forum will begin to bring researchers with diverse methodological expertise toward greater mutual understanding, and further the more robust application of multiple methods in future education research.

American Educational Research Association

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