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Title: Carnegie Mellon and RAND Traineeships (CMART) in Methodology and Interdisciplinary Research
Center: NCER Year: 2010
Principal Investigator: Junker, Brian Awardee: Carnegie Mellon University
Program: Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 5 years Award Amount: $654,619
Goal: Training Award Number: R305B100012

The Postdoctoral Training in Children's Mathematics Learning at Carnegie Mellon University provides opportunities for fellows to focus on contemporary theories and methods of cognitive development, and participate in experimental studies to test interventions designed to improve learning. The program is carried out in collaboration with RAND Corporation, whose team adds quantitative and methodological training for scientifically rigorous education research. Postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to work on several projects led by researchers including: the development of an online tutoring system for middle school math; randomized trials evaluating instructional coaching, online geometry tutoring, and other interventions; a study of the consequences of broad reform efforts; educational data mining exploring the effects of online tutors; value-added and related evaluation of teacher performance; and a longitudinal analysis of promotion policies. Along with this research, the program consists of participation and trainings through seminars, colloquia, brown-bags, short courses and workshops, mentoring, and writing publications and grants proposals.