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IES Grant

Title: Training Researchers to Use PIAAC to Further Multidisciplinary Research
Center: NCER Year: 2015
Principal Investigator: Gonzalez, Eugene Awardee: Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Program: Methods Training for Education Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 3 years (7/1/15-6/30/18) Award Amount: $918,743
Goal: Training Award Number: R305B160020
Description:

Previous award number: R305B150034
Previous University Affiliation: Portland State University

The purpose of this 3-year project is to develop and expand the knowledge in the education research community about data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and the capacity of the field to conduct research using PIAAC data. While many of the skills taught in the training, such as conceptual and measurement frameworks, survey and background questionnaire design, and analytic techniques, can be generalized for use with any large data sets, the focus of the training is the PIAAC data.

Experts in various applied research areas will team with PIAAC experts to design and deliver the training in both discipline-specific and multidisciplinary research.

Researchers will train 160 researchers from the fields of adult education, labor economics, public health, criminology, and lifelong learning. Through the duration of the project, there will be annual 3-day summer workshops and five 1-day pre-conference workshops held at major discipline-specific conferences. There will also be a range of follow-up activities that provide ongoing technical assistance to and collaboration among trainees. The workshops will consist of a mixture of lectures and hands-on activities, including opportunities to practice with the data set with support from the trainers, to pose questions as they arise during discussion, and to network with other researchers.


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