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Cross-Cutting Initiatives

College of Education faculty are pursuing a number of initiatives that cut across the traditional disciplinary boundaries of the University. Current.JPG

Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS)

CSATS facilitates mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between K-12 schools and Penn State science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) researchers and outreach professionals, with the goal of helping to strengthen K-12 science and technology education.

Comparative and International Education (CIED)

CIED is a dual-title degree (master's and doctoral) program that trains scholars who advance our basic knowledge about schooling and education around the globe. The dual-title degree program is offered through participating graduate programs in the College of Education and other graduate programs at Penn State. The CI ED program is designed to create opportunities for a range of people—administrators and policy makers in social welfare, health education, and development; school leaders; and scholars of education.

Learning Sciences

The Learning Sciences is an interdisciplinary field of educational scholarship that focuses on the study of teaching and learning in context and takes a multi-disciplinary, multi-methodological or multi-theoretical stance on that research. Learning scientists study learning in a variety of context, both formal and informal, and even contexts that are not seen as explicitly learning contexts (workplaces, organizations, community contexts). One signature methodology of the learning sciences is design-based or implementation research which takes up theoretical and practical questions in combination by designing learning environments grounded in learning theory and then iterating on both theory and practice through cycles of data collection and redesign at both the macro and micro level. The goal is to both redesign the learning environments to be more productive and to better understand the learning that is happening. Learning scientists draw on educational psychology, cognitive psychology, computer science, sociology, anthropology, neurosciences, design studies, critical studies, and other fields and disciplines to attack educational problems and questions.