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2014’s Most Popular AERA Research Articles

Most-Read AERA Journal Articles of 2014
Research on value-added models, community colleges, instructional practices, MOOCs, and more appeared in the 10 most popular journal articles published by American Educational Research Association in 2014. Based on the number of times they were accessed online, the following were the most popular AERA research articles published in 2014.(Full articles can be accessed at no cost through the links below. All files are PDF.)
  • Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality
    Researchers found weak to nonexistent relationships between state-administered value-added model measures of teacher performance and the content or quality of teachers’ instruction.
    Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, May 2014
    Morgan S. Polikoff, Andrew C. Porter

  • Facts Are More Important Than Novelty: Replication in the Education Sciences
    Although replicating important findings is essential for helping education research improve its usefulness to policymakers and practitioners, less than one percent of the articles published in the top education research journals are replication studies.
    Educational Researcher, August 2014
    Matthew C. Makel, Jonathan A. Plucker

  • The Community College Route to the Bachelor’s Degree
    Students who begin their postsecondary education at a community college and successfully transfer to a four-year college have BA graduation rates equal to similar students who begin at four-year colleges, according to this article.
    Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, March 2014
    David B. Monaghan, Paul Attewell

  • Teacher Evaluation Policy and Conflicting Theories of Motivation
    Current interest in teacher evaluation focuses disproportionately on measurement issues and performance-based pay without an overarching theory of how evaluation works. To develop such a theory, the author contrasts two motivation theories often used to guide thinking about teacher evaluation.
    Educational Researcher, March 2014
    William A. Firestone

  • Human Capital Theory: A Holistic Criticism
    This article takes a holistic approach and reviews human capital theory from four comprehensive perspectives focusing on the methodological, empirical, practical, and moral aspects of the theory.
    Review of Research in Education, April 2014
    Emrullah Tan

In addition to the preceding list of the top 10 articles across AERA’s suite of six journals, lists of the top 10 articles by journal can be viewed here.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

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