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Title: Berkeley Research Experience and Methodology (BREM) Program
Center: NCER Year: 2011
Principal Investigator: Wilson, Mark Awardee: Regents of the University of California
Program: Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 3 years Award Amount: $659,375
Goal: Training Award Number: R305B110017

Co-Principal Investigator: Sophia Rabe-Hesketh

This postdoctoral training program will train four postdoctoral fellows for 2 years each. A major methodological focus of the training program will be multilevel or hierarchical modeling and the design and analysis of both randomized and observational studies in the presence of clustering. A second methodological focus will be measurement models and the design and analysis of educational assessments. Instead of treating the different types of approaches and models in these methodological areas (e.g., hierarchical linear modeling, longitudinal data modeling, meta-analysis, item response modeling, and structural equation modeling) as a set of unrelated statistical "techniques," researchers will work with the postdoctoral fellows to see these from within a unified statistical modeling framework. This will allow them to extend the models to tackle specific problems in educational research.

The fellows will be engaged in a selection of projects based in the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center. This includes projects to develop and evaluate educational programs, especially those with an emphasis on developing and evaluating assessment systems in education.

The Berkeley Research and Methodology Program (BREM) used to train the fellows is comprised of three components: (a) intensive study of methodological topics that the fellows have not yet studied; (b) supervised engagement in one or more research projects that addresses the educational focus of the program; and (c) the design and implementation of a major study within the educational focus of the program. Fellows will work with one or more of the faculty associated with BREM. In addition, each fellow will write a proposal to guide the development of their own research agenda. This proposal will involve both the fellow and one or more of the faculty associated with BREM. Each fellow will also write a proposal to guide the ensuing development of their research agenda.