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Carnegie Mellon University

Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER)

The Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), initially funded by the Institute for Education Sciences in 2004, is designed to train scientists whose rigorous research on learning conditions related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment will improve academic outcomes for pre-kindergarten to postsecondary students. PIER is led by CMU faculty from several academic departments (at present, this includes Psychology, Statistics, Philosophy, Physics, Human-Computer Interaction, Robotics, Machine Learning, Economics, Public Policy, Computer Science, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence) and varies from year to year. PIER fellows are recruited primarily from these participating departments, but can come from any CMU doctoral program flexible enough to accommodate all PIER requirements.

PhD students in the PIER training program will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in the learning sciences, instruction, assessment, research methodology, and statistics. Fellows will also participate in field-based experiences in which they conduct collaborative research with practitioners, interdisciplinary research projects with other PIER fellows, and research apprenticeships with PIER faculty. The PIER training program also includes an ongoing interdisciplinary colloquium in the education sciences and a biweekly brown bag series on education research.

PI: David Klahr

Predoctoral training information