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 http:aera.net 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 http:www.bera.ac.uk the Scottish Educational Research Association http:www.mhie.ac.ukseraindex.htm and the European Educational Research Association http:www.eera.ac.uk 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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