Arts Based Educational Research (ABER)  Special Interest Group (SIG)

of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Providing a community for those who view education through artistic lenses, who use a variety of arts-based methodologies, and who communicate understandings through diverse genres.

Dear ABER SIG members,

It was a pleasure seeing so many of you in Chicago, and for those whom I did not have a chance to say hello to, I look forward to meeting you in the near future. As the new Chair of the ABER SIG, I want to thank Nadine Kalin for her past leadership, and for her willingness to continue to work with the ABER Executive Committee. All of us on the Executive Committee are excited about the 2016 conference in Washington, D.C. with the themePublic Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies. This is a major opportunity to place ABER at the heart of the conference. Consider the following excerpts from the call (http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/2016AnnualMeetingTheme/tabid/15861/Default.aspx)

" In Democracy and Education, the Centennial of which is also 2016, Dewey reminds us that education must embody both the means and ends of democracy.   Moreover, Dewey argued that science could contribute best to social progress (including educational progress) through a process of sustained public inquiry, rather than by being asserted….”

"We also invite papers and sessions that offer concepts and examples of how researchers across the broad range of AERA’s interests are creating knowledge that engages policymakers and publics to meet the challenges of education in increasingly diverse democracies. In addition, we especially welcome proposals that incorporate compelling new strategies, media, and formats that combine academic rigor with the broader-audience demands of public scholarship."

Our first AERA 2016 conference deadline is upon us. The deadline to volunteer to review is Monday, May 11, 2015.  Any AERA member or non‐member may volunteer for consideration as a peer reviewer. Graduate students may serve as panel reviewers; however their scores are not calculated in final rankings. All proposals require at least 3 ranking reviewers. Please consider participating in this critical function and encouraging qualified peers to participate.

To register as a volunteer for the 2016 conference, please go to


For those wishing more information, the Call for Volunteer Reviewers is attached

Please register to review, and begin to brainstorm your concepts for displays of public scholarship that propose "new strategies, media, and formats” for the annual conference.

Best wishes,

Richard Siegesmund



Congratulations to Enza Giannone Hosig as the recipient of the ABER 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dissertation titled “But Now You Can See Me: Devising Theatre with Youth Artist-Researchers in Search of Revelations and Docutheatricality.”

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