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2006Research Conference | June 15–16

This conference highlighted the work of invited speakers, independent researchers who have received grant funds from the Institute of Education Sciences, and trainees supported through predoctoral training grants and postdoctoral fellowships. The presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Education or the Institute of Education Sciences.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
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Carnegie Mellon Program in Interdisciplinary Educational Research (PIER)

David Klahr, Carnegie Mellon University
Sharon M. Carver, Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract: The goal of the Program in Interdisciplinary Educational Research (PIER) at Carnegie Mellon University is to produce scientists who are qualified to do rigorous research needed for evidence-based educational practice and policy. PIER aims to produce a new generation of researchers who will be (a) grounded in cutting-edge theories and methodologies in cognitive and developmental psychology, statistics, human-computer interaction and instructional technology; (b) familiar with many of the fundamental problems facing education in America, and (c) committed to applying their skills and knowledge to solving those problems. PIER students deal with the bi-directional flow of ideas and challenges between laboratory studies and instructional applications. In addition to achieving expertise in a chosen discipline such as Psychology, Statistics, Human Computer Interaction, or Philosophy, PIER students from these fields form interdisciplinary teams to assess learners' knowledge at vastly different temporal and cognitive grain sizes. They develop skills necessary to utilize cognitive science, educational technology and advanced statistical methods to further our understanding of learning in a variety of real-world contexts and settings. The poster will briefly describe the PIER community events, the core curriculum, the current cohort of graduate students, the current distribution of research areas, and the set of interdisciplinary projects.