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Title: Advanced Quantitative Methodology for Improving Educational Practice
Center: NCER Year: 2008
Principal Investigator: Webb, Noreen Awardee: University of California, Los Angeles
Program: Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 5 years Award Amount: $4,200,000
Type: Training Award Number: R305B080016

The University of California, Los Angeles Departments of Education and Psychology offer an interdisciplinary predoctoral training program focused on advanced quantitative methodology for improving education practice. The training program also provides a substantive focus on mathematics teaching, learning, and assessment. The program intends to produce world-class experts in quantitative methodology who can conduct rigorous education research to advance methodological and substantive knowledge, train succeeding generations of methodologists and researchers focusing on education issues, and are well grounded in research on improving teaching and learning of mathematics in U.S. schools. Through participating in a core curriculum, including nine methodological courses, trainees receive in-depth training in causal inference, hierarchical linear modeling and structural equation modeling statistical frameworks, the psychometric approaches of item response theory and generalizability theory, and strategies for measuring classroom practice and program implementation.