Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences
Co-Principal Investigators: C. Kirabo Jackson, David Rapp, James Spillane
Northwestern University’s Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences, originally funded by the Institute in 2004, and is designed to provide doctoral students from a variety of disciplines (including economics, human development, learning sciences, psychology, sociology and statistics) with the knowledge, expertise, and technical skills to conduct rigorous empirical research that is also usable and useful in the policy and practice worlds.
Over the course of the five-year grant, Northwestern will offer 24 doctoral students three-year training fellowships that include annual tuition and benefits, $30,000 stipends, and a small research/travel fund. The training grant will recruit four cohorts of fellows. The first three cohorts will complete their training during the grant. The fourth cohort will receive its final year of training after the grant ends.
PhD students in the training program will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum that includes (a) multidisciplinary training in policy research and evaluation, design, cognition and student learning, mathematics and reading, and human development, and (b) rigorous methodological training that includes both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Fellows will receive additional training through workshops, a proseminar, and research apprenticeship with Northwestern faculty. All fellows will also participate in a year-long research practicum experience offered in conjunction with MPES’ partner district, Evanston Township High School (ETHS). The practicum will engage students in diagnosing and defining a problem using their research skills and then using the findings from their diagnostic work to engage in design work that will ameliorate the problem. Several fellows will also receive the opportunity to participate in a 10-week summer research internships at the American Institutes for Research.
The total projected costs of the training program are $5,580,671. In addition to the $3,931,552 grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, Northwestern University will be contributing $1,369,645 in cost sharing plus another $279,474 to provide one year of training to the final cohort of MPES fellows after the IES grant concludes.
Project Website: http://mpes.sesp.northwestern.edu