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. Download the NAEA Research Agenda.

NAEA 2023 Research Preconvention

How and Where Does Your Research Live? Practice and Emergent Possibilities

Friday, March 24, 7-9pm ET
Saturday, March 25, 11-3pm ET

This Preconvention will take place virtually.

Cost: $99
Register here

Join us as we discover the relationship of individual and collective questions, curiosities, connections, research initiatives, and visions of our fields’ future. Through innovative and creative approaches, presenters and participants will engage in dialogue on the power of research, honoring the individual and collective curiosities that are representative of our diverse membership. Approaches in research to practice; creative practice as research; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and building researcher networks will all be explored. This year’s Preconvention theme stems from the Research Commission’s mission to cultivate a culture and community of inquiry, making research meaningful and accessible to all.

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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