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IES Grant

Title: Vanderbilt Predoctoral Research Training in Education Sciences (ExpERT-II)
Center: NCER Year: 2008
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: $5,000,006
Type: Training Award Number: R305B080025

The Vanderbilt University ExpERT-II predoctoral training program relies on multiple instructional and research activities to train a sizable cadre of scientists who are experts in conducting randomized field experiments of theory-based interventions and approaches aimed at enhancing student learning in education settings. Main training activities include formal courses and substantial research experience. In addition, the program offers teaching opportunities, mini-workshops, a distinguished lecture series, and provisions for conference attendance. Predoctoral trainees acquire expertise in conducting high quality randomized controlled trials of education programs, policies and practices that are grounded in strong theoretical frameworks and supported by relevant prior empirical evidence. Coupled with skills in the use of meta-analytic procedures, accumulation of evidence from such studies will provide an additional basis for answering questions of what works for whom under what circumstances.

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Related IES Projects: This university previously received an award to implement the ExpERT predoctoral training program. More information about this earlier award can be found at:

Vanderbilt University has also received an award to provide postdoctoral interdisciplinary training opportunities in education science through the Experimental Education Research Training (ExpERT) program. More information about this postdoctoral award can be found at: