Doing as much as these research organisations and maybe even more, are leading world universities through which several of the world’s most famous discoveries have been made. Some of the top research universities in the world are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Los Angeles, John Hopkins University, Texas A & M University, Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, Yale University, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University among tens of others.
· American Educational Research Association
At the forefront of educational research around the world is AERA. Scientists, teachers, students, administrators, counsellors, evaluators, state and local agencies, make up the 25,000 members AERA has with interests in diverse areas of education. To cater for this diversity, AERA has 12 divisions, 7 peer-reviewed journals, the annual Brown Lecture in Education Research and an annual meeting which boasts the largest gathering of scholars in the education research field with about 14,000 participants.
· Australian Council for Educational Research
With a simple introduction which goes thus; “creating and promoting research-based knowledge, products and services to improve learning”, ACER is an international educational research organisation whose influence has expanded beyond the headquarter in Camberwell, Victoria (Melbourne) to nine other cities across three continents. In addition to the primary goal ACER, the organisation now offers professional training, assessments, publications and resources, amidst a myriad of educational services.
· UCL Institute of Education
Ever since 2014 when it merged with UCL as its education school, IOE has been ranked first in the world for education in the QS World University Rankings. Specialising in postgraduate study and research in the field of education, IOE is the largest education research body in the country. With 700 research students in the doctoral school, 4000 students taking Master’s programmes and 1,200 students on PGCE teacher-training courses, IOE has the largest portfolio of postgraduate programmes in education in the UK. In 2004, IOE and Birkbeck, University of London, jointly founded an interdisciplinary research unit concerned with learning and technology which was named London Knowledge Lab.
· Society for Research into Higher Education
Based in the United Kingdom, SRHE is an international society whose goal is to improve the quality of higher education around the world. The society has broken this main goal into four which are: to enhance the role of higher education research; to encourage and support new researchers in the field of higher education; to provide opportunities for the publication of research and scholarship; and to organise conferences and seminars to convene researchers and policymakers. SRHE publishes three journals: Higher Education Quarterly; Research into Higher Education Abstracts; Studies in Higher Education and a book series with Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
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