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Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences


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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 new award, the Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) program will provide 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 integrates 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 applies rigorous methods to three substantive research topics identified by IES: (a) teacher quality; (b) early childhood; and (c) social and behavioral contexts for academic learning. The program is 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. Faculty engaged in training experiences offer expertise ranging from econometric models of teacher quality, to RCT design and analysis, to the design and evaluation of professional development supports for teachers and their effects on student learning.

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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 at: