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Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences


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Improving the Contribution of Schooling to Skills Required for Labor Market Success

Year: 2009
Name of Institution:
University of Chicago
Goal: Training
Principal Investigator:
Raudenbush, Stephen
Award Amount: $4,326,689
Award Period: 5 years
Award Number: R305B090025


The Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences at the University of Chicago, initially funded by IES in 2005, includes students and faculty from Economics, Comparative Human Development, Mathematics, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Services Administration, and Sociology. The training program takes an approach to educational inquiry that focuses on developmental transitions and their implications for success in the labor market. The first transition studied occurs from ages three to eight years and focuses primarily on cognitive skills. The second transition requires that students sustain academic motivation as they move into a new peer environment in secondary schools. Faculty and fellows will synthesize the best research on how school organization and instruction influence these transitions while designing new research to advance this knowledge. The ongoing intensive Education Workshop will supplement a shared set of courses and apprenticeships with a focus on application of the best scientific methods to address these questions.

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