Initiated under Belgium law, the International Academy of Education is governed by a Board of Directors who serve for renewable four–year terms. The founding members represented scholars from Belgium, Germany, Japan, Sweden and the United States. The Academy is now expanding and has elected approximately 60 Fellows to membership, including scholars from many parts of the world including developing countries. The Board of Directors considers and formulates Academy policy, oversees the election of new members, and approves specific projects to be undertaken or sponsored in the name of the Academy.
The Board elects a President from its members for a four–year renewable term and appoints an Executive Director for a six–year renewable term. A three–person Standing Committee is authorized to make decisions between board meetings within the overall policy determined by the Board. They also appoint staff and consultants, and make decisions concerning expenditures within the limits of the budget set by the Board. As well, the Board appoints scholars to serve on task forces for specific projects.
Aims and Goals
The general aim of the International Academy of Education is to foster scholarly excellence in all fields of education. Towards this end, the Academy provides timely syntheses of research-based evidence of international importance. The Academy also provides critiques of research, its evidentiary basis, and its application to policy.
The Academy maintains a network of internal communications among its members about international issues and research. Although maintaining its independence, the Academy collaborates selectively with organisations on projects to which it can make a unique contribution. For example, the Academy could work with policy makers, educators and researchers in planning and conducting conferences and workshops. Some of the Academy’s evolving goals are to:
- create an international network of scholars to write state–of–the–art reports on major educational issues, to establish permanent relations among relevant disciplines of education, and to identify excellent practices wherever they might be found;
- disseminate knowledge about effective policies and practices to interested policy makers and educators.;
- conduct advanced training, particularly seminars for educational officials, research workers, and other key staff;
- provide critical and evaluative perspectives on studies and issues in the forefront of educational debate;
- identify research priorities relating to critical issues in education;
- strengthen communication and cooperation among policy makers, educational researchers and educational practitioners;
One of the main activities of the Academy has been the organization of international task forces to produce reviews that synthesize research on effective educational practices and policies. The resulting reports are intended to represent the best thinking and critical review that can be brought together from several countries. In addition, advanced seminars are conducted for educational personnel to facilitate the implementation of further research and the improvement of practice.
The General Assembly of all Fellows and the Board of Directors meets every two years. Parts of the meetings are typically devoted to discussions with host countries’ policy makers, educators, and scholars. Academy meetings have been held in Oxford (UK), Stockholm, Rome, Tokyo, Brussels, San Francisco, Paris, Stanford, Leuven (Belgium), Mexico City, Cyprus, Cape Town, Victoria (Canada), Marbach Castle (Germany), Melbourne (Australia), Phoenix, and Moscow.