American Educational Research Association (SIG-PE)


The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and, by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Its 25,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a forum within AERA for the involvement of individuals drawn together by a common interest in a field of study, teaching, or research when the existing divisional structure may not directly facilitate such activity. SIG-PE was formed in 1989 by physical education researchers who were AERA members at that time. Currently there are 131 members in the SIG. Most are pedagogical researchers in kinesiology; many are well established scholars in the field of kinesiology. Each year at the AERA annual meeting, the SIG organizes peer-reviewed, competitively selected presentations. The presentations are delivered with completed full papers and are critiqued publicly after the delivery. Many members of the SIG also present their work in other AERA divisions to raise awareness of the role of physical education in education.




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