Giant of the web;Sam Saunders' Internet insights;Briefing;Research Focus

19th February 1999 at 00:00
Educational research associations are fairly loose-knit organisations. They are most visible in journals and at annual conference time. Web pages provide an opportunity to keep momentum and influence going on a daily basis. The American Educational Research Association dwarfs the rest of us.

At its size and importance is indicated by the brevity of its Internet address. The homepage claims 15,000 visits in the first five weeks of 1999 - a number even larger than the 11,000 delegates expected at this year's annual meeting in Montreal http:aera.netmeetingmeet99.html. In common with the British Educational Research Association the Scottish Educational Research Association and the European Educational Research Association it has started to make some of its full-text conference proceedings available via the web. It has not made quite as much progress on that front as the Europeans, but it does list nearly 50 constituent special-interest groups, each with its own idiosyncratic website, at http:aera.netsigs

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