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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
Goal: Training Award Number: R305B040110

ExpERT is designed to train education scientists in conducting randomized field experiments of theory-based interventions and approaches to enhance student learning in educational settings. ExpERT involves formal coursework in statistics, measurement, and design, as well as courses in educational policies and practices, instruction, and learning. ExpERT provides 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 can obtain Ph.D. degrees in Psychology and Human Development, Special Education, Education Policy/Leadership, and Teaching and Learning.

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Related IES Projects: Vanderbilt University has received an additional award to provide predoctoral interdisciplinary training opportunities in education science through the Experimental Education Research Training (ExpERT) program. More information the second predoctoral training award can be found at:

Publications from this project:

Berends, M., Watral, C., Teasley, B., & Nicotera, A. (in press). Charter school effects on achievement: Where we are and where we are going. In M. Berends (Ed.), Charter Schools: Their Growth and Outcomes. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Calvert, S. L., Rideout, V. J., Woolard, J. L., Barr, R. F., & Strouse, G. S. (2005). Age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic patterns in early computer use: A national survey. American Behavioral Scientist, 48, 590607.

Calvert, S., Strouse, G., & Murray, K. (2006). Empathy for adolescents' role model selection and learning of DVD content. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, 444455.

Cobb, P. & Green, S. (in press). Mathematical reasoning, the brain, and sociocultural context. In A. E. Kelly & J. Braek (Eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience and Mathematics Education. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Compton, D. L., Fuchs, D., Fuchs, L. S., Elleman, A., & Gilbert, J. K. (2008). Tracking children who fly below the radar: Latent transition modeling of students with late-emerging reading disability. Learning and Individual Differences, 18(3): 329-337.

Cordray, D. S., & Morphy, P. (in press). Research synthesis and public policy. In H. Cooper, L. V. Hedges and J. Balentine (Eds.), The Handbook of Research Synthesis (2nd ed.). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Cummings, T., Whitaker, C., Darrow, M. & Milner, H.R. (in press). Identity development. In Encyclopedia of African American Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Fuchs L. S., Fuchs, D., Compton, D. L., Powell, S. R., Seethaler, P. M., Capizzi, A. M., et al. (2006). The cognitive correlates of third-grade skill in arithmetic, algorithmic computation, and arithmetic word problems. Journal of Educational Psychology, 98, 2943.

Fuchs, L. S., Fuchs, D., & Zumeta, R. O. (2008). A curricular-sampling approach to progress monitoring: Mathematics concepts and applications. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 33(4): 225-233.

Fuchs, L. S., Fuchs, D., & Zumeta, R. O. (in press). Responsiveness to intervention: An alternative strategy for the prevention and identification of learning disabilities. In E. L. Grigorenko (Ed.), Educating Individuals with Disabilities: IDEIA 2004 and Beyond. New York: Springer.

Fuchs, L. S., Fuchs, D., Hamlett, C. L., Powell, S. R., Capizzi, A. M., & Seethaler, P. M. (2006). The effects of computer-assisted instruction on number combination skill in at-risk first graders. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 39, 467475.

Fuchs, L. S., Powell, S. R., Hamlett, C. L., Fuchs, D., Cirino, P. T., Fletcher, J. M. (2008). Remediating computational deficits at third-grade: A randomized field trial. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 1, 232.

Fuchs, L. S., Seethaler, P. M., Powell, S. R., Fuchs, D., Hamlett, C. L., & Fletcher, J. M. (2008). Effects of preventative tutoring on the mathematical problem solving of third-grade students with math and reading difficulties. Exceptional Children, 74, 155173.

Gersten, R., Chard, D. J., Jayanthi, M., Baker, S., Morphy, P., & Flojo, J. (2008). Teaching Mathematics to Students with Learning Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis of the Intervention Research. Portsmouth, NH: Center on Instruction, RMC Research Group.

Giles, J. W., Legare, C., & Samson, J. E. (2008). Psychological essentialism and cultural variation: Beliefs about aggression in the United States and South Africa. Infant and Child Development, 17(2): 137-150.

Goldring, E., & Cravens, X. C. (2007). Teachers' academic focus on learning in charter and non-charter schools. In M. Berends (Ed.), Charter Schools: Their Growth and Outcomes. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Goldring, E., Cravens, X. C., Murphy, J., Elliott, S. N., Carson, B., & Porter, A. C. (2007). The Evaluation of Principals: What and How do States and Districts Assess Leadership? New York: Wallace Foundation.

Goldring, E., Huff, J. T., May, H., & Camburn, E. (2008). School context and individual characteristics: What influences what principals really do? Journal of Educational Administration, 46(3): 332-352.

Goldring, E., Porter, A., Murphy, J., Elliott, S. N., & Cravens, X. C. (2007). Assessing Learning-Centered Leadership: Connections to Research, Professional Standards, and Current Practices. New York: Wallace Foundation.

Graham, S., Morphy, P., Harris, K. R., Mason, L., Saddler, B., & Moran, S. (in press). Primary grade teachers' instructional adaptations for poorer spellers: A national survey. American Educational Research Journal.

Jenkins, J. R., Zumeta, R. O., Dupree, O., & Johnson, K. (2005). Measuring gains in reading ability with passage reading fluency. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 20 (4), 245253.

Lane, K. L., Harris, K. R., Graham, S., Weisenbach, J., Brindle, M., & Morphy, P. (2008). The effects of self-regulated strategy development on the writing performance of second grade students. Journal of Special Education, 41 (4), 234253.

Liu, Y., Cravens, X. C., Huang, Y., Zhang, H., & Yang, H. (2007). The analysis of current Chinese basic education administration division and governance at the city and county level. Journal of National Academy Of Education Administration 8, 7482.

Morphy, P.. (in press). From best-evidence synthesis to mixed-methods meta-analysis: Making research synthesis useful to larger audiences. Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Porter, A. C., Smithson, J. L., Blank, R., & Zeidner, T. (2006). Alignment as a teacher variable. Applied Measurement in Education, 20, 2751.

Porter, A., Goldring, E., Murphy, J., Elliott, S. N., & Cravens, X. C. (2006). A Conceptual Framework for the Assessment of Principal and Team School Leadership. New York: Wallace Foundation.

Smith, T., Desimone, L., Zeidner, T. L., Dunn, A. C., Bhatt, M., & Rumyantseva, N. L. (2007). Inquiry-oriented instruction in science: Who teaches that way? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 29 (3), 169199.

Stein, M., & Berends, M. (2008,). The hidden curriculum and processes in schools. In L. Saha and Dworkin, A. (Eds.), The New International Handbook of Teachers and Teaching (Vol. 2): Springer.

Weinberg, P. & Weinberg, C. (2008). The First Year Urban High School Teacher: Holding the Torch, Lighting the Fire. New York: Rowan & Littlefield.

Wong, K. & Nicotera, A. (2006). Peer coaching as a strategy to build instructional capacity in low performing schools. In K. Wong and S. Rutledge (Eds.), System-Wide Efforts to Improve Student Achievement. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Wong, K. & Nicotera, A. (2006). Successful Schools and Education Accountability: Concepts and Skills to Meet 21st Century Education Leadership Challenges. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Zeidner, T. (2007) Information and access: Modeling the nexus of the academic preparation and financial aid literatures. Peabody Journal of Education.