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Title: Interdisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Research Training Program
Center: NCER Year: 2009
Principal Investigator: Floden, Robert Awardee: Michigan State University
Program: Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 5 years Award Amount: $4,942,670
Type: Training Award Number: R305B090011

The Michigan State University Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences provides a Doctoral Specialization in the Economics of Education. The training program will train scholars in the use of quantitative methods from the field of economics to answer education questions. The Michigan State training program is a joint effort of the university's College of Education, Department of Economics, and School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Faculty will be drawn from six programs: Economics, Education Policy, K–12 Administration, Labor & Industrial Relations, Measurement & Quantitative Methods, and Curriculum, Teaching, & Teacher Education. Fellows in the program will study such topics as the effects of teacher quality and other resources on student achievement, the effects of school finance reform, the effects of school choice policies, the impact of early childhood education, and the development of advanced methodological techniques for identification of promising policies and practices and the evaluation of their effectiveness. All students will complete courses in quantitative methods and economics of education, work with core faculty on research projects using advanced quantitative methods, have a supervised summer research apprenticeship at another organization, participate in an ongoing research seminar to discuss work of core faculty and students, attend colloquia presented by core faculty and leading scholars from outside MSU, and complete a dissertation that includes a study of an educational problem.

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