Aims & Scope


Topics of Interest

The Midwestern Educational Researcher (MWER) invites scholarship addressing a wide range of topics in alignment with the divisions of American Educational Research Association. The following is a list of these divisions with brief descriptions:

Administration, Organization, & Leadership

Division A supports an examination of sources and types of educational leadership, including administrators and others inside and outside schools, and the effects of leadership on educational institutions.

Curriculum Studies

Division B advances theory and research on curriculum as well as the use of research findings in curriculum practice.

Learning & Instruction

Division C promotes the study of learning and instruction in formal and informal settings across the lifespan and among diverse populations.

Measurement & Research Methodology

Division D focuses on educational measurement, psychometrics, and assessment; quantitative methods and statistical theory as applied to educational research; and qualitative and evaluation methods as applied to educational research.

Counseling & Human Development

Division E encourages research on human behavior, development, and interactions across the life span; and promulgates the judicious use of psychosocial and educational procedures in educational settings.

History & Historiography

Division F explores the history and historiography of education broadly from national, international, and comparative perspectives, and provides historical context for the formation of educational policy.

Social Context of Education

Division G promotes research on relations between educational processes and the social, political, and economic contexts in which they occur; and advances cross-disciplinary studies.

Research, Evaluation, & Assessment in Schools

Division H enhances our schools by focusing on applied research, program evaluation, assessment, and accountability.

Education in the Professions

Division I focuses on the context and conduct of scientific inquiry addressing education for professional practice disciplines (e.g., architecture, engineering, health professions, law, teaching), from the level of higher education through lifelong learning and assessment.

Postsecondary Education

Division J serves as an international forum for policymakers, faculty, graduate students, and other researchers to promote and advance research, policy, and practice in all areas of postsecondary education.

Teaching & Teacher Education

Division K focuses on research on teaching and on teacher development and education from preservice through professional induction to the in-service stages of teachers' careers.

Educational Policy & Politics

Division L stimulates informed and systematic analysis, research, evaluation, and debate about the education policy, including political, economic, legal, and fiscal issues.

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Publication Types

The Journal publishes six different types of articles.

Feature Articles

This section offers research-based manuscripts addressing a wide range of topics in education. The journal publishes quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, meta-analysis and meta synthesis studies, by higher education faculty, policy makers, practicing teachers, student affairs professionals, and other education stakeholders.

Graduate Student Scholarship

This section is devoted to publishing research articles and literature reviews of graduate students. Reviewers will be notified that the manuscript under review is that of a graduate student.

Voices from the Classroom

This section is devoted to research articles written by classroom educators that inform classroom practice and policy. Manuscripts by other school personnel, including school social workers, counselors, and specialists are also invited. Reviewers will be notified that the manuscript under review is that of a practicing educator.


This section contains commentaries from scholars, policy makers, educators, and others with an interest in the field. These are mid-length essays that are well-developed original opinion pieces or analyses dealing with issues and events of educational, pedagogical, or methodological significance.

Book/Media Reviews

This section contains reviews of recently released or forthcoming books or other media (e.g., films, documentaries, blogs, websites).

Mentoring Corner

This section contains articles from both researchers and practitioners to mentor graduate students, junior faculty members, teacher researchers, and fellow practitioners. These include short essays on topics such as helpful hints for new professors or graduate students, writing for journals, how to manage culminating projects (as a student or faculty member), and tips for successfully implementing a new initiative at any educational level.

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