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.