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American Educational Research Association (AERA)

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.

AERA members are faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with rich and diverse expertise in education research. They work in a range of settings from universities and other academic institutions to research institutes, federal and state agencies, school systems, testing companies, and nonprofit organizations. Based on their research, they produce and disseminate knowledge, refine methods and measures, and stimulate translation and practical application of research results.

AERA is international in scope. Nearly 5% of members, representing over 85 countries, reside outside of the United States. Over 28% of AERA members are students—approximately 6,500 graduate students and 600 undergraduate students. Over 74% of AERA members report that education is their primary discipline. Other disciplines represented by AERA members include psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science.

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College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA)

The College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) consists of higher education faculty members, graduate students, and others interested in working with social educators such as social scientists, historians, and philosophers. As well as being an advocacy organization for social studies education, CUFA members provide a forum for communication among professional educators, and examine social studies from a theoretical and research perspective. CUFA conducts its own program and business meeting during the NCSS Annual Conference.

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Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)

The Association of Teacher Educators was founded in 1920 and is an individual membership organization devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education both for school-based and post secondary teacher educators. ATE members represent over 700 colleges and universities, over 500 major school systems, and the majority of state departments of education. The ATE office is located in the Washington DC area where it represents its members’ interests before governmental agencies and education organizations. In addition, ATE has representatives on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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Teaching with Primary Sources:
A Pre-service Teacher Education Program Model

The Teaching with Primary Sources Program works with colleges and other educational organizations to deliver professional development programs that help teachers use the Library of Congress’s rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.

Initiated in Summer 2009, an online workshop designed for WVU faculty delivered Teaching with Primary Sources Basics. The TPS integration model at WVU targets pre-service teachers enrolled in the college of Education and Human Services' Five-Year Teacher Education program. The program will ultimately impact the education of students all over the state of West Virginia and beyond. Eight faculty members from two departments will participate in the TPS integration at WVU. Four faculty members from Learning Sciences and Human Development will emphasize the technology education integration concepts of TPS, while another four faculty members from Curriculum & Instruction / Literacy Studies will emphasize the curriculum education integration concepts of the TPS program.

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