Optimizing the Design and Utility of Large-Scale Education Databases

2015 Special Issue of the Contemporary Educational Research Quarterly (CERQ)


Over the past few decades, more and more large-scale databases have been developed. Those databases are of various scopes and nature, including longitudinal studies of students at various levels of education, national and international assessment of student learning process and outcomes, integrated institutional data system, national surveys, and cross-agency collaborative data links. Those databases in general provide comprehensive and high-quality data, enabling researchers to do many in-depth research and evaluation studies. They have undoubtedly created a new frontier in the field of educational studies.


However, those databases are not cheap. It takes a lot of resources and efforts to acquire the state-of-art information. To be cost effective and highly valued, such databases must aim to optimizing their design to yield significant amount of valuable data, and the data should also be widely disseminated to realize their full potentials and benefits. The question then is how to achieve this goal. We would like to compile the knowledge and experience researchers have gained from the past and to suggest what could be improved in the future.


This special issue is thus intended to publish papers that present the best practices for the development of large-scale databases and for the dissemination, analysis and applications of the databases. Some topical issues of interest are suggested below:


1.      Why are large-scale databases needed for educational research and evaluation?

2.      Factors considered in developing a specific longitudinal study (e.g., a case study   of High School and Beyond)

3.      Issues and opportunities of integrated institutional database (e.g., IPEDS)

4.      An example of cross-agency cooperation to establish data links

5.      Integration of quantitative and qualitative data for assessment and research

6.      Educational policy implications of a national assessment system (e.g., NAEP)

7.      Methodologies for analyzing longitudinal databases

8.      Dissemination strategies for large-scale databases

9.      Building a community of users of large-scale databases

10.    What have we learned from the international studies (e.g., TIMSS, PIRL)

11.    Government's roles in supporting national education databases

12.    Converting research findings into actions in the school education


Full paper submissions are due by April 30, 2015. The manuscript can be submitted in Chinese or English. The full manuscripts will be prepared in accordance with CERQ's Guidelines for Authors and subject to double-blind review based on the standard CERQ manuscript review criteria as well as relevance to the special issue. Full papers submissions must be done via Online Submission system (http://ojs.lib.ntnu.edu.tw/index.php/cerecerq/index). The results will be made available to authors on or before July 30, 2015, and they will have to make revisions in light of the reviewers’ feedback in 21 days. Accepted papers will be published in the December 2015 special issue of CERQ. For more information, please contact the Guest Editor at cerecerq@ntnu.edu.tw


Important Dates

Full paper submission deadline: April 30, 2015

Notification of first decision: July 30, 2015

Notification of final decision: September 30, 2015


Guest Editor

Samuel S. Peng, Ph.D. National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan


Managing Editor

Haw-Jeng Chiou, Ph.D. National Taiwan Normal University

Fur-Hsing Wen, Ph.D. Soochow University, Taiwan