A research coordination network for geography education
In 2013, National Geographic's Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education Project issued a research agenda for broad-scale improvements in geography education. Although the Road Map Project identified remarkable examples of research and scholarship in geography education, its report made clear the field has long suffered from a lack of scientific approaches to educational research. Consequently, the geography education research literature is largely characterized by studies that are descriptive and anecdotal, with few examples of longitudinal studies and interdisciplinary approaches. Because of the historic absence of research collaboration and networking across multiple sites, information and data sharing among researchers has been minimal. Seeking to build research capacity and capability in geography education, the Association of American Geographers and Texas State University established a National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE). The NCRGE is a research coordination network with the mission to provide the institutional leadership required to remedy the longstanding structural problems that have undermined the quality and usefulness of geography education research. As of January 2015, the NCRGE research coordination network consists of dozens of researchers affiliated with 32 universities in the U.S. as well as several universities in Asia and Europe. Through coordinated, strategic networking, the NCRGE will build a research community that generates data and evidence in areas of geography education research where empirical work is lacking or underdeveloped.This presentation will provide a progress report on the NCRGE, including an overview of current research projects.