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IES Grant

Title: Experimental Education Research Training (ExpERT)
Center: NCER Year: 2004
Principal Investigator: Cordray, David S. Awardee: Vanderbilt University
Program: Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 5 years Award Amount: $4,797,204
Type: Training Award Number: R305B040110

ExpERT was designed to train education scientists in conducting randomized field experiments of theory-based interventions and approaches to enhance student learning in educational settings. ExpERT involved formal coursework in statistics, measurement, and design, as well as courses in educational policies and practices, instruction, and learning. ExpERT provided opportunities to design, execute, and analyze results of field experiments; teach at the undergraduate level, complete internships; and summer workshops, a distinguished seminar series, and conferences. ExpERT Fellows could obtain Ph.D. degrees in Psychology and Human Development, Special Education, Education Policy/Leadership, and Teaching and Learning.

32 students completed the training program funded under this award at Vanderbilt University.

Adams, Jessie Lemons, Chris
Anthony, Karen Maggin, Daniel (ORCID)
Cole, Mikel (ORCID) Matthews, Percival (ORCID)
Cravens, Xiu (ORCID) Mendiburo, Maria
Cummings, Tracy Morphy, Paul (ORCID)
Davis, Dennis (ORCID) Munter, Charles
Darrow, Catherine Nicotera, Anna
DeBoer, Jennifer (ORCID) Powell, Sarah (ORCID)
Durkin, Kelley (ORCID) Samson, Jennifer (ORCID)
Gilbert (Schiwinger), Jennifer K. Stein, Marc (ORCID)
Henderson McLeod, Jennifer Ragan Strouse, Gabrielle (ORCID)
Hebert, Michael (ORCID) Stuit, David
Hofer, Kerry Weinberg, Paul
Huff, Jason Williams, Laura
Katterfeld, Karin Zeidner, Tim
Kearns, Devin (ORCID) Zumeta Edmonds, Rebecca

Related IES Projects: In 2008, Vanderbilt University received an additional award (R305B080025) to provide predoctoral interdisciplinary training opportunities in education science through the Experimental Education Research Training (ExpERT) program.


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