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Educational Research & Analysis—July 2013

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The ADEA Educational Research & Analysis (ERA) staff attended the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California, from April 27 to May 1, 2013. This year’s theme was “Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy, and Praxis.” Members of ERA staff were able to take advantage of the wide range of available topics and hear from people outside of the dental education community, which included speakers from medical, legal and engineering education.

ERA staff members learned that others in the education community are also studied by the larger academic community as a whole. Information presented included informal education in a museum setting, pre-school education, big data and data management, teaching ethics, technology advances in education and education pipeline programs.  

ERA staff, in further efforts to understand dental school applicant pipeline issues, listened to attendees present on how an individual’s perceived affiliation to a group, or lack thereof, helps to create the individual’s identity, which in turn may affect academic motivation and academic success. They learned about the state of selective admissions, the use of race and ethnicity in admissions and the continued use of the SAT.

Over the course of the meeting, ERA presented the following sessions: 

  • “Developing Health Professions Talent: The Role of a Summer Pipeline Program to Create Diverse Workforce,” and 
  • “How Increasing the Number of Professionals from Underrepresented Groups Can Lessen the Impact of Poverty.” 

The research presented by ADEA staff at the AERA conference is in the publication process and will be made available to ADEA members in the coming months.