Monday, February 27, 2012

2012-2013 Graduate Student Committee

The 2012-2013 Graduate Student Committee consists of the following students. They will assume office after the 2012 Annual Meeting.

AERA Graduate Student Council (GSC) Co-Representative
Benjamin C Heddy
University of Southern California | Rossier School of Education
3470 Trousdale Parkway, WPH 800 | Los Angeles, CA 90089 | 702-466-6255

AERA Graduate Student Council (GSC) Co-Representative
Ariana Vasquez Crowther
University of Texas at Austin
College of Education
George I. Sanchez Building, Suite 504
1 University Station | Austin, Texas 78712

Graduate Student Committee Faculty Advisor is:
Marcus Johnson, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati

Saturday, February 25, 2012

2012-2013 New Student Leaders

It's time! We are happy to announce our new student leaders who will assume office after the Vancouver Annual Meeting. Congratulations, colleagues!

Benjamin C Heddy
Incoming Graduate Student Council Co-Representative (2012-2013)
University of Southern California | Rossier School of Education
3470 Trousdale Parkway, WPH 800 | Los Angeles, CA 90089 | 702-466-6255

Benjamin is a third year graduate student in Urban Education Policy at the University of Southern California.  With a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Educational Psychology, Benjamin has a passion for understanding the mind and behavior.  In fact, he has taught as an instructor at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and continually seeks new ways to apply psychological constructs to his teaching strategies.  His research interests include: transformative experience, conceptual change, STEM education, and academic emotions.  He has presented these topics at SCIPIE, NCIC, ICLS, and AERA.  As a member of the Division C graduate student committee, his goals are to improve communication between graduate students and current scholars that will lead to productive and influential collaborations.  

Ariana Vasquez Crowther
Incoming Graduate Student Council Co-Representative (2012-2013)

University of Texas at Austin
College of Education
George I. Sanchez Building, Suite 504
1 University Station | Austin, Texas 78712

Ariana received both her Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's of Art in Teaching with a concentration in elementary education from Austin College in Sherman, TX. She began her teaching career in Mesquite, Texas by teaching in a 4th grade self-contained classroom for one year. She then started teaching at KIPP TRUTH Academy in Dallas, Texas. In her first year there, she was a reading specialist working with mainly 5th grade students. During her next three years at KIPP, she taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts. Ariana is currently studying Educational Psychology as a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ariana’s research interests include parental and teacher autonomy support and its impact on student’s motivation. She is also broadly interested in motivation and interest development. Her primary research interest involves conducting a meta-analysis exploring the relationship between parental autonomy support and its impact on student achievement, psychosocial functioning, and motivation. Ariana currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Motivation Lab at UT, a Graduate Research Assistant for the Charles A. Dana Center, and as a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate course entitled Human Learning, Cognition, and Motivation. Ariana hopes to strengthen the national network of graduate students in Division C.

Friday, February 24, 2012

10 Most Frequently Asked Questions at NOLA Annual Meeting 2011 Reg Booth

While working at the Graduate Student booth at AERA 2011 for Division C, these were the questions our Division reps came across frequently:

 #1: Will I get into trouble if I walk in late?

Definitely! There's an AERA latecomers' patrol squad! :) Just kidding. Let's just say you won't get into trouble because participants have to travel, sometimes a fair bit to get from one venue to another. However, when you are late, please be as minimally disruptive as you can. Of course, you don't want to be too late and miss most of the session.

 #2: What is a "division session"?

"There are 12 divisions within AERA. Each division focuses on broad substantive or professional interests, ranging from administration and curriculum to teacher education and education policy and politics." (More details here: A "division session" is one that is planned by the division and thus aligned with their substantive and professional interests.  

 #3: Where can I find a dissertation writing session?

This is a difficult question! : ) Correct me if I'm wrong, someone? Please contact me if you know of any, There isn't any formal dissertation writing session planned at the AERA Annual Meeting. However, there are two suggestions:

1. Attend some Graduate Student Council sessions and talk to other students:-

Orientation to the Annual Meeting and Networking for Graduate Students   
Session Submission Type: Fireside Chat
Unit: Graduate Student Council
Scheduled Time: Fri, Apr 13 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm,
Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Center / West Room 211

GSC Chair Fireside Chat: Demystifying the Publishing Process: Insights From Journal Editors on Writing, Editing, and Revising Manuscripts for Submission   
Session Submission Type: Fireside Chat
Unit: Graduate Student Council
Scheduled Time: Mon, Apr 16 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Building/Room: Vancouver Convention Center / West Room 211

2. Search the AERA Online Program. Go to the Papers tab > Under Unit Type, do not select any Unit; under Session Title, enter "dissertation". A list of paper and roundtable sessions on dissertation writing and the experience will show up.

 #4: What is a paper presentation?

"In paper sessions, authors present abbreviated versions of their papers, followed by comment/critique by a discussant and audience discussion. In general, program chairs should plan on featuring four to five papers in a Paper Session.  A typical structure for a session with four or five papers offers approximately 5 minutes for the chair to introduce the session, 12 minutes per author presentation, 12 minutes of critique by discussant(s), and 15 minutes of discussion with panel and audience." More details on Description and Format of AERA Session Types may be found here:

 #5: Can I go to a business meeting?

Sure thing! There are open business meetings run by every Division and SIG (Special Interest Groups).

 #6: Does an "invited" session mean you have to be invited to go?

No, it just means that the speaker was "invited" or, the Division was invited to submit a session.

 #7: Where do I get a certificate of attendance (usually asked by international attendees who need evidence of attendance)?

Please proceed to the AERA Office at the Vancouver HQ. For the 2012 Annual Meeting the primary site of the Annual Meeting is the Vancouver Convention Center. The headquarter hotels where sessions will be held are the Fairmont Waterfront, Marriott Pinnacle, Pan Pacific and Sheraton Wall Centre. Check back later for more details and confirmation.

 #8: Are there "parties" where I can meet other graduate students?

There are GSC networking sessions, Division and SIG business meetings, receptions and/socials.

 #9: Can you tell me how I can meet [insert name of academic idol here]?

Please search the online program now or you can check iPhone/Android/paper manual for "People" who are attending/presenting at the Annual Meeting.

 #10: How do I download a paper from the repository?

The AERA Online Paper Repository houses research papers in development. Currently, its content consists of an archival record of all scientific presentations, from 2010 forward, at AERA Annual Meetings and full-text papers voluntarily contributed to the repository by Annual Meeting presenters. The Repository is an opportunity to distribute research more broadly, and AERA encourages all presenters to make available to the repository their full-text papers.

If you are an AERA member or a registrant for the 2010 or 2011 annual meetings, click on AERA Member Login at the top left to log in to your account and then click on Online Paper Repository under Member Benefits to enter. Members and registrants may access the repository’s metadata and full-text papers.

More details here:

Some 3 months or so after the Annual Meeting, an announcement will be made on the AERA homepage announcing that the online repository for the latest annual meeting is available. You can also follow AERA's Twitter account for the latest update: @AERA_EdResearch

Acknowledgements: I wish to thank our former Div C Senior Rep (2010-2011), Ms. Janice Hansen, for compiling the questions!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

News from our members

It's always good to hear from you. In our last call for student news, two members wrote to inform us that they are on track to make their proposal and dissertation defense this academic year. 

Meagan Caridad Arrastia-Lloyd is a doctoral student at Florida State University in the Learning and Cognition program. She plans to defend her dissertation proposal in summer 2012. The focus of her dissertation study is preservice teachers’ beliefs and practices concerning teacher self-regulation and responsibility.

Kristina V. Mattis, a doctoral student at the University of San Francisco’s Learning and Instruction program anticipates making an oral defense of her Ed.D. dissertation towards the end of April. Her study investigates the comparative effects of instruction using the modality principle on mental effort and accuracy during a series of algebraic math tasks involving decimals, percents, and fractions that increase in levels of task complexity.

Congratulations, Meagan and Kristina!

Fireside Chat with Dr. Clark

So... the Vancouver, BC, Annual Meeting program is out! Don't forget to come to our Fireside Chat meeting. (More details here: )

Division C Fireside Chat: Turning Research Into Results: Handling the Complexity of Learning   
Scheduled Time: Mon, Apr 16 - 12:25pm - 1:55pm
Building/Room: Sheraton Wall Centre / North Grand Ballroom A

The 2012 Fireside Chat session will be a one-hour-and-thirty-minute presentation of Dr. Clark's work,including a substantive question-and-answer period. He will discuss his current published work, and also how he developed as a scholar, formed his theoretical perspective on learning, and the new directions he is currently pursuing for research. Mark the time on your calendar! If you have any questions, please contact us.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

AERA 2012 Division C Grad Student Sessions

Here are a few sessions and events that you should definitely add to your AERA schedule. We will add more as we find them:
  1. Division C Business Meeting - 4/15 - 6:15 to 8:15
  2. Division C Graduate Student Social - Immediately Following the Business Meeting (location TBD)
  3. Fireside Chat - 4/16 - 12:55 to 1:55
  4. New Directions - 4/17 - 12:25 to 1:55

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The online program system for AERA 2012 is now available. From the homepage, click "Annual Meeting Details," then "Online Program." Make sure that you check out all AERA Division C has to offer, especially the New Directions session and Fireside Chat!

We will start posting important dates and times for other events (like the social) as we know them!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fun + Networking at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012 from 12:30pm-3:30pm
Cost: $25 (includes museum admission, transportation, and refreshments)

The AERA Graduate Student Council has organized a guided tour to help us discover British Columbia’s indigenous heritage. We will be taking the public transit to get a sense of how it feels to live in beautiful Vancouver to The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of Vancouver’s cultural highlights, as well as one of Canada’s most significant buildings. Its architecture and collections are world-renowned, and it serves an important role as a research institution in the Lower Mainland.

Founded in 1949 in a library basement, the Museum is now located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. It houses over 38,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.

Want to paint a community mural in Vancouver?

The AERA Graduate Student Council has a fantastic opportunity for you to work with Canadian youths in the Surrey School District. Read on!

Community Service Project: Working Alongside Surrey Youth Through the SAME Community Mural Project

Date/Time: Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 8am-4pm

In response to this year‘s conference theme, Non Satis Scire: To Know Is Not Enough, the AERA GSC is partnering with the SAME (Surrey Appreciates ME) Project to paint a community mural that is designed by Surrey School District 36 students and master muralist Michelle Loughery.

This project will encapsulate the mission of the SAME project "to engage youth as mentor-leaders in community contexts while emphasizing anti-racism, belonging, diversity, and inclusion." It will provide AERA participants a significant opportunity to have informal conversations with high school students from the Vancouver area‘s largest school district. Such conversations may provide AERA participants deeper insight into the Surrey and Vancouver contexts and allow students to contribute and take significant pride in their community while working alongside AERA participants to provide a lasting legacy to the City of Surrey.

Master muralist Michelle Loughery notes,
"Public Art enhances the quality of life of a community by helping to define and formulate responses to social, economic, cultural, and political issues faced by a community."
No prior experience with painting is required. However, AERA members registering for this GSC community service project should be willing to partner with one of the participating high school students and engage in email communication with the student prior to the mural painting community service day. Participants will meet and work alongside their student partners during the CSP day. Confirmation and more detailed information will be provided following registration.

Attendance is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap of 30 participants is reached, the GSC will keep a wait list in case of cancellations. The cost, including public transportation costs, lunch, and all materials and supplies, will be $25 per person.  You can register for this fantastic GSC event when you register for the Annual Meeting!