In honor of AERA Open being named “Best New Journal in Social Sciences” in the 2019 Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, or PROSE, Awards, we’re highlighting three of the compelling studies — including an assessment of Common Core — that appeared in the journal last year.
The PROSE Awards, sponsored and judged by the American Publishers Association, honor works that display exceptional scholarship and significant contributions to their field.
AERA Open, a journal of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and published by Social Science Space parent SAGE, is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study and advancement of education and learning. AERA itself works to advance knowledge of education and AERA Open furthers this mission through rigorous empirical and theoretical studies on early childhood education, primary and secondary school, and beyond. The journal is edited by Mark Warschauer, Nancy E. Hill, and Greg J. Duncan.
- Online Mathematics Homework Increases Student Achievement: Researchers Jeremy Roschelle, Mingyu Feng, Robert F. Murphy, and Craig A. Mason look into the question of whether or not educational technology benefits student test scores in mathematics. The researchers analyzed data from 43 schools where seventh-grade students were given laptops to complete homework. Finding that an online homework tool used in combination with face-to-face training with a teacher yielded the most successful mathematics results, the authors suggest educational technology as one way of improving the value of homework.
- Is Common Core “Working”? And Where Does Common Core Research Go From Here? Five years after the implementation of Common Core Standards in more than 40 U.S. states, Morgan S. Polikoff explores just how effective the initiative has been at preparing students for college. The author considers how well teachers have implemented CCS practices into their curriculum, as well as their process for doing so. Reviewing past research on implementing the standards, the author identifies strengths and weaknesses of the initiative and offers ways to integrate CCS into the education system and more conclusively study its effects.
- How an Artificially Intelligent Virtual Assistant Helps Students Navigate the Road to College: Researchers Lindsay C. Page and Hunter Gehlbach employ the same artificial intelligence technology used in self-driving cars to help high school graduates navigate the various and often overwhelming tasks required for college enrollment. In an experiment with incoming Georgia State University students, the authors found that students who used the text message-based AI assistant had greater success completing enrollment requirements and enrolling on time.
AERA Open articles were also well-represented among the most popular articles appearing among all seven AERA journals. In the top 10 ‘most read’ articles alone, five Open papers — “Open Education Science,” “State Prekindergarten Effects on Early Learning at Kindergarten Entry: An Analysis of Eight State Programs,” “Long-Term Trends in Private School Enrollments by Family Income” and ” The Long-Term Impact of Systemic Student Support in Elementary School: Reducing High School Dropout” — made the cut.