The AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, conveys the association’s commitment to excellence in research and emphasizes the importance of sustaining excellent research in the field. The selection of Parker to join the AERA’s 2015 Class of Fellows was based on nomination by his peers and approval of the AERA Council.
Parker, who joined the College in 1985, has produced more than 100 articles and several popular books, all focused on civic education in the United States and elsewhere. His current research includes the development of a more rigorous, project-based AP Government course and another study examining the underpinnings of civic education in the U.S. In prior years, Parker has won exemplary research awards from both AERA and the National Council for the Social Studies.
His books include Social Studies Today: Research and Practice, Social Studies in Elementary Education, Teaching Democracy: Unity and Diversity in Public Life and Education for Democracy: Curricula, Contexts, Assessments.
"Being named an AERA Fellow is among the highest honors one can receive in education research, and it speaks to the significant impact of Walter's work," said Deborah McCutchen, interim dean of the College of Education. "His research is making a mark on how we address gaps in access, equity and college readiness of underserved students, as well as how we think about civic education in our increasingly diverse nation and world."
Learn more about the College's Knowledge in Action project which is developing project-based AP courses in the 2014-15 edition of Research That Matters (pages 34-38).
Walter Parker, Professor of Education
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