Education Department faculty members are nationally prominent researchers, and many of them lead research projects competitively funded through federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Educational Sciences, and through major foundations such as the Noyce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the W.T. Grant Foundation. Education Department faculty members draw upon quantitative and qualitative research methodologies grounded in the social sciences and humanities. Our disciplinary orientations include anthropology, sociology, philosophy, linguistics, cultural-historical-activity theory, critical and decolonial theories, organizational theory, psychology, and the learning sciences. Some faculty members pursue interdisciplinary forms of research that are particularly responsive to socio-cultural differences, and that elicit the lived experiences of research subjects through such methods as ethnography and collaborative action research. Other faculty members focus on language, discourse, and context in the social construction of learning. Our research often explores the gaps in the learning opportunities of low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse and other underserved students. It also seeks to discover the most effective teaching strategies to enhance these students’ schooling experiences and to broaden their life outcomes. Our investigations of the social, cultural, and linguistic strengths of these students provide foundations for empowering instructional practices. Education Department faculty members work closely with one another in research aimed at improving opportunities for the least-advantaged students, and we also collaborate across departments and disciplines to bring together teams of scholars for innovative, cutting-edge, and transformative projects aimed at the most challenging problems facing educators. We believe that these sorts of interdisciplinary, field changing research programs are necessary to enable public schooling to achieve its promise and develop knowledgeable, ethical, engaged citizens who will build a just democracy.
Please see our individualfacultypages for research center affiliations and specific publications, and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about our research.