Carol Lee Advances Education Research Internationally

Carol Lee Advances Education Research Internationally

Carol Lee

Professor Carol Lee is advancing education research on a global scale through her work with the World Education Research Association. The WERA is an international alliance of research organizations that aims to advance education research as a scientific and scholarly field globally.

Lee serves as co-chair of the WERA task force on poverty and opportunity to learn. This task force, which is addressing a topic that represents a common interest of member research associations, will investigate and synthesize research findings from around the world.

From 2010 to 2012, Lee also served as the American Education Research Association (AERA) representative to the WERA. She was president of AERA, one of the WERA member associations, from 2009 to 2010.

WERA initiatives are worldwide, going beyond what the 27 member associations can accomplish within individual nations. Member associations work together on goals such as promoting interest in education research, increasing the quality of education research, and furthering the application of education research around the globe.

Members of the WERA come from six continents and both hemispheres. Founding organizations for the WERA are education research organizations around the world. Countries represented include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the United States.

The WERA was established in 2009 to internationalize education research. The association’s preamble states, “WERA is situated to promote and stimulate such a world-wide perspective and is committed to doing so to promote excellence and inclusiveness in education research and thereby serve the public good around the world.”

The Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern, Lee is a member of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the National Conference of Research on Language and Literacy, and a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. She is also the author of two books, Culture, Literacy and Learning and Signifying as a Scaffold for Literary Interpretation.

Several major awards have recognized her contributions to education. These include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence, the National Council of Teachers of English Distinguished Service Award, and the AERA Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award. She has been a member of the faculty of the School of Education and Social Policy and African American Studies at Northwestern University since 1991. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 12/18/12