The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research on education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA aims to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. AERA is dedicated to strengthening education research by promoting research of the highest quality, undertaking education and training programs, and advancing sound research and science policy. The Association publishes six peer-reviewed journals and research and methodology books central to the field. It also offers courses, small grants, and dissertation and postdoctoral training initiatives supported by federal research agencies and private foundations.