The World Education Research Association (WERA) is an association of major national, regional, and international specialty research associations dedicated to advancing education research as a scientific and scholarly field. WERA undertakes initiatives that are global in nature and thus transcend what any one association can accomplish in its own country, region, or area of specialization.


Reflective of the latest trends in education research, this inaugural volume of the World Education Research Yearbook captures the diverse concepts and various arenas of inquiry that are engaging education researchers across the globe. Comprised of nine chapters, the 2015 Yearbook brings together some of the most accomplished and emerging scholars in the field, from a breadth of universities and research institutions in the United States, Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America.

The Yearbook opens with the Presidential Address given at the 4th WERA Focal Meeting by Yin Cheong Cheng, who proposes a new paradigm of educational reform to address the challenges impressed upon educators by the increased globalization of the modern world. Subsequent chapters make vivid the strengths of research with a broader work view. Chapter contributions shift the discourse through a global lens, addressing such topics as how international children’s TV can be used to further global health education and awareness, strategies for remedying low academic achievement among marginalized social and culture groups, and a new global model designed to aid countries in developing more effective indicators of quality education.

The 2015 World Education Research Yearbook is a crucial and long-awaited contribution to the field of education research. Its relevance extends beyond the borders of any single country or continent to encompass a worldwide perspective on educational developments which are of great value to researchers, educators, and students alike.

chapter |4 pages


ByLori Diane Hill, Felice J. Levine

chapter 1|25 pages

Paradigm Shift in Education

Toward Third-Wave Research1
ByYin Cheong Cheng

chapter 2|28 pages

Promoting Children's Academic Performance and Social Inclusion in Marginalized Settings

Family and Community Participation in Interactive Groups and Dialogic Literary Gatherings
ByRocío García-Carrión, Sandra Girbés-Peco, Gabriela Gómez-Zepeda

chapter 3|16 pages

Health and Wellness on Sesame Street

Muppets, Media, and the Development of a Global Approach to Health Education
ByAbigail Bucuvalas, Charlotte F. Cole

chapter 4|20 pages

Assessing The Intended Participation of Young Adolescents as Future Citizens

Comparing Results from Five East Asian Countries
ByWolfram Schulz, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon

chapter 5|20 pages

LGBT Equity and School Policy

Perspectives from Canada and Australia
ByTania Ferfolja

chapter 6|46 pages

Celebrating the Complexity and Multidimensionality Of “Quality” in Education

Toward a New Process of Choosing Indicators That Measure in Ways That Better Reflect Context
ByTracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

chapter 7|21 pages

Methodological Challenges in Measuring Change in Students' Learning Processes

BySari Lindblom-Ylänne, Anna Parpala, Liisa Postareff

chapter 8|22 pages

Decolonial and Applied Critical Leadership in Education

International Cross-Cultural Collaboration for a New Century
ByLorri J. Santamaría, Nathalia E. Jaramillo

chapter 9|56 pages

Cross-National Teaching Effectiveness Research

Challenges, but Also Opportunities to Reveal Differential Effects?
ByGudrun Vanlaar, Leonidas Kyriakides, Machteld Vandecandelaere, Bieke De Fraine, Anastasia Panayiotou, Jan Van Damme