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Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences


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FY Awards

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Interdisciplinary Training in Educational Research Methods

Year: 2005
Name of Institution:
University of Chicago
Goal: Training
Principal Investigator:
Raudenbush, Stephen
Award Amount: $4,399,467
Award Period: 5 years
Award Number: R305C050076


The University of Chicago offers pre-doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Training in Educational Research Methods. The Departments of Economics, Psychology, and Sociology participate in the training program, as well as several research organizations, including Abt Associates, AIR, the Educational Testing Service, Mathematica Policy Research, MDRC, NORC, and Rand Corporation. Research being conducted by core faculty includes methodological research on the design, analysis, and combination of results from randomized experiments in education, research designs for studies of scaling up of educational interventions, the analysis of non-experimental studies, and the use of natural experiments in education. Substantive research includes the social distribution of academic achievement, the effectiveness of teacher development programs in middle school science, input effects on the development of language, mathematics, and spatial competence in preschool through elementary school.

Related IES Projects: This university has received a second award to continue its Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Training Program (PIRT) in the Education Sciences. More information about this later award can be found at:

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Publications from this Project

Boscardin, C.K., Stoker, G., Kim, J., & Lee, J. (in press). The impact of opportunity to learn on standardized test scores: An application of multi-level modeling. Educational Assessment.

Steinberg, M. (2005). Private educational services: Whom does the market leave behind? PolicyMatters, 4, 1722.

Burch, P., Donovan, J. & Steinberg, M. (2006). The new landscape of educational privatization in the era of NCLB. Phi Delta Kappan, 88, 129135.

Roderick, M., Nagaoka, J. Allensworth, E., Stoker, G, Correa, M., & Coca, V. (2006). From high school to the future: A first look at Chicago Public School graduates' college enrollment, college preparation, and graduation from four-year colleges. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research. Available online at

Burch, P., Steinberg, M. & Donovan, J. (2007) Supplemental educational services and NCLB: Policy assumptions, market practices, emerging issues. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 29, 115133.

Raudenbush, S.W., and Sadoff, S. (2008) Statistical inference when classroom quality is measured with error. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 1, 138154.