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University of Virginia Predoctoral Training Program in Education Sciences (PTPES)

Year: 2009
Name of Institution:
University of Virginia
Goal: Training
Principal Investigator:
Pianta, Robert C.
Award Amount: $4,916,923
Award Period: 5 years
Award Number: R305B090002


The University of Virginia Predoctoral Training Program in Education Sciences (PTPES) was established through an IES grant in 2004. Under this 2009 award, the Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) program provided funding for 15 Four-Year Fellows in the Curry School of Education's doctoral programs in Applied Developmental Science and Education Policy and 15 Two-Year Fellows in the latter years of their doctoral program in their home Department in Arts and Sciences (Psychology, Economics, Sociology). Training in the Predoctoral Training Program in Education Sciences integrated the use of theoretical models of causal inference from various sciences (e.g., psychology, economics, biostatistics) with research designs, analytic techniques and methods that support causal inferences in studies of classroom and program effects. Training applied rigorous methods to three substantive research topics: (a) teacher quality; (b) early childhood; and (c) social and behavioral contexts for academic learning. The program was arranged around five training mechanisms: (1) a two-year, four-semester Education Science Seminar; (2) five methods courses that include a course in randomized control trials (RCT) and hierarchical linear modeling (HLM); (3) a research apprenticeship involving work on an RCT and/or use of quasi-experimental methods that support causal inference; (4) two training workshops per year in advanced statistical modeling or design; and (5) speaker series presentations with discussions.

38 students completed the training program funded under this award at the University of Virginia.

Abry, Tashia (ORCID) Kim, Helyn
Adnot, Mindy Kosovich, Jeff
Aiyer, Sophie (ORCID) Latham, Scott (ORCID)
Anderson, Riana (ORCID) Leis, Micela (ORCID)
Banse, Holland (ORCID) Mahler, Patten
Bird, Kelli (ORCID) Martin, Dan
Corcoran, Eva Merritt, Eileen (ORCID)
Deutschlander, Denise Ottmar, Erin McCracken (ORCID)
Dunlop-Velez, Erin (ORCID) Paxton, Carol (ORCID)
Durkee, Myles (ORCID) Portnow, Samuel
Duran, Chelsea (ORCID) Potter, Daniel
Forston, Lindsay Reitz-Krueger, Cristina
Francois, Amir Roberts, Amy
Griggs, Marissa Ross, Katherine
Hartz-Mandell, Karyn Sabol, Terri (ORCID)
Henneberger, Angela (ORCID) Smith, Alex
Hussain, Saida Sullivan, Zachary
Jamil, Faiza Varga, Shannon
Katz, Veronica Zagardo, Michelle

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Related IES Projects: This university previously received an award to implement its Interdisciplinary Predoctoral Training Program in Education Sciences. More information about this earlier award can be found here: Virginia's Interdisciplinary Predoctoral Training Program in Education Sciences (PTPES) Program (R305B040049). The University of Virginia also received funding for later training programs, which can be found here: Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) Program(R305B140026); The Virginia Education Sciences Predoctoral Training Program (R305B200005).