Ph.D. in Education
Teaching, Learning, and Educational Improvement (TLEI)
Teaching and Learning brings together the tightly integrated nature of learners and the contexts in which learning takes place. Faculty and students draw on cognitive, socio-cultural, anthropological, and discipline-specific research perspectives to advance learning theory and provide an empirical foundation for improving teaching and learning, including in science, math, engineering, computer science, language, and literacy. With attention to both learners and learning environments, we investigate teaching and learning in schools, communities, and online settings using case studies, design-based implementation research, research-practice partnerships, evaluations of learning outcomes, and data and text mining. Central to this area is the role that social, cultural, and learning environments play in advancing or limiting learning opportunities for diverse learners, as well as the role of teaching and learning innovations in addressing educational inequities.
digital learning and media
language and literacy
sociocultural perspectives on learning and educational improvement
stem teaching and learning
teacher education and professional development