This past January, AERA held its annual elections, which included elections for several officer positions in our SIG. Results were announced recently Officers for the 2023-2025 term will be: Program co-chairs: Carlton Fong (Texas State University) and Derek Rodgers (University of Iowa) Secretary: Amanda Neitzel (Johns Hopkins University) Treasurer: Megha Joshi (American Institutes of Research) Graduate Student Representative-at-Large: Qiyang Zhang (Johns Hopkins University) SIG Chair: James Pustejovsky (University of Wisconsin – Madison) I look forward to working with our new officers.
Call for SIG Officer Nominations
Our SIG will soon be holding elections for new officers. The terms of the current officers run through April, 2023, and all five positions on the leadership team will be up for election. In order to hold elections, we need candidates! We are now soliciting nominations (including self-nominations!) for all positions. If you are interested in running for a position, please contact SIG chair James Pustejovsky, no later than October 28th, 2022.
What is Meta-Analysis?
Scientific researchers tend to produce literature on the same topic either to replicate or extend prior studies or due to a lack of awareness of prior evidence (Hedges & Cooper, 2009). Results across studies tend to vary, even when researchers try to replicate studies, due to differences in sample characteristics, research designs, analytic strategies or sampling error (Hedges & Cooper, 2009). Meta-analysis is a set of statistical techniques for synthesizing results from multiple primary studies on a common topic.
Introducing MOSAIC from American Institutes for Research
The American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) recently launched the Methods of Synthesis and Integration Center (MOSAIC). The center supports projects that synthesize evidence across multiple studies to inform stakeholders and create evidence-based solutions in education, health, international development, social welfare, and the workforce. At MOSAIC, leading experts in evidence synthesis methodology work to develop state-of-the-art synthesis tools. AIR’s Martyna Citkowicz, Laura Michaelson, David Miller, Josh Polanin, and Ryan Williams lead the center.
Spotlight: Graduate Student
Jacqueline (Jaki) Yi Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Jacqueline (Jaki) Yi. I am a Ph.D. candidate studying Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I have a Bachelor’s in Science in Applied Psychology from New York University. In my program of research, I use various inquiry methods (e.g., meta-analysis, structural equation modeling, grounded theory qualitative methods, mixed methods) to challenge systemic inequality, foster activism, and improve the wellbeing of individuals and broader society.
Spotlight: Graduate Student
Diego G. Campos Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Diego G. Campos. I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo (CEMO). I am working with Prof. Ronny Scherer and Prof. Mike Cheung to develop, use, and evaluate meta-analytic approaches to synthesize individual participant data from complex survey studies. We have outstanding educational data from large-scale assessments collected at the national and international levels.
Spotlight: Recent Graduate
Karina G. Diaz Pronouns: she/her/hers Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Karina Diaz, I’m a research specialist at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania. I’m primarily responsible for the design and execution of quantitative analyses for funded research studies, including efficacy evaluations and large-scale projects with experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Prior to this, I collaborated as a research assistant at the STEPP Center at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University.