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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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Minnesota's Interdisciplinary Training in Educational Research

Mark L. Davison, University of Minnesota
Paul van den Broek, University of Minnesota

In this poster session, we will describe Minnesota's Interdisciplinary Training in Educational Research (MITER), the IES funded pre-doctoral training program. Five elements of the program will be described: the purpose, curriculum, faculty, training facilities, and admissions procedures. Brochures and posters describing the program will be distributed. The program trains higher education teachers and researchers for academic and research positions. It is organized around two themes: cognition and research methods. Students outside of education majors must complete a new interdisciplinary graduate minor, the Education Sciences minor, recently approved by the Minnesota Board of Regents. Students in education majors may complete equivalent coursework as part of their major. From the beginning of their graduate careers, students are engaged in research. Students must complete their dissertation on an education related topic and, prior to their dissertation, must complete one year's worth of research on an education related issue. Faculty from four colleges and eight different departments form the core of the program. Research sites include laboratories on campus and field sites off-campus (schools, a testing corporation, and the Minnesota Department of Education). Admission is open to student currently enrolled in doctoral programs at the University of Minnesota. Students may also apply to the MITER program at the same time as they apply to a doctoral program at the University of Minnesota. Students are supported by graduate assistantships, travel funds, and research funds for up to five years. For more information, see