NAEA Research Commission

The NAEA Research Commission is working to meet the ongoing research needs of the visual arts education field.


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The 2011-2014 NAEA Strategic Plan called for creation of a commission to: “conduct research and generate knowledge that enriches and expands visual arts education and widely share that research and knowledge.” The NAEA Research Commission officially launched at the 2012 NAEA National Convention.

The NAEA Research Commission works to meet the ongoing research needs of the visual arts education field. Commissioners coordinate and communicate about research that relates to the needs of practitioners and stakeholders who are concerned with understanding critical questions of importance to the field in order to provide the highest quality visual arts education possible in our schools and educational institutions.

Meet the NAEA Research Commission

The NAEA Research Agenda builds on established evidence of best practices while opening opportunities for emerging research interests and methodologies. It includes a range of concerns including: professional learning; methodology; policy initiatives; content research factors, and research topics/questions.

NAEA Research Commission Network

Divisions, Interest Groups, and ultimately members locate themselves in the many connections of research that exist across the organization. The Research Commission is pursuing an enduring and emergent network of research communities to help us register our interests, articulate our needs, and identify or build the resources essential to supporting our individual and collective goals.

In lieu of a research agenda, the NAEA Research Commission Network offers an inclusive, connective, and responsive vision of research in the field of art education—the NAEA Research Commission Network. Through the Network, synergies will emerge, expand, and collapse on the basis of researcher interests and the communities of engagement that materialize around this work.

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Give it a Minute: Research Conversations

Brought to you by the NAEA Research Commission, “Give It a Minute” is an opportunity to share research experiences and perspectives within art education—from all levels of teaching and learning—through 1-minute videos. View the growing collection of videos to see what your colleagues are doing.

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