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Title: University of Pennsylvania Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences
Center: NCER Year: 2009
Principal Investigator: Maynard, Rebecca Awardee: University of Pennsylvania
Program: Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 5 Years (07/01/09-06/30/14) Award Amount: $4,782,163
Type: Training Award Number: R305B090015

The University of Pennsylvania Predoctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-based Research in Education, which began with a 2005 IES grant, is a collaborative initiative among the Graduate School of Education, School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wharton School, as well as two affiliated policy and research centers—the Consortium for Policy Research and Evaluation and the Penn Center for Education Leadership. The program prepares fellows to design and carry out rigorous field-based research to advance and inform education policy on questions of the impacts and cost effectiveness of various educational policy and leadership practices. Graduates of the program will have a strong foundation in an academic discipline (e.g., economics, sociology, psychology) as well as in education. The program offers a coordinated set of instruction and field-based research experiences to prepare students from multiple disciplinary backgrounds in the science and practice of rigorous research in education. Although a focus of the program is randomized controlled trials, fellows also master the skills to apply observational and qualitative research to advance theory, inform study designs, and enrich the utility of impact evaluations. The instruction and research experience will be delivered through seven means: (1) core coursework in educational foundations, academic disciplines, and research methods; (2) collaborative field-based research in educational settings; (3) weekly workshops focused on methods for studying education policy and leadership; (4) special hands-on training in data collection design and administration, data analysis, and communications and dissemination; (5) participation in research professional meetings and conferences; (6) teaching apprenticeships; and (7) quarterly fellow-mentor seminars.

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