Science of Learning, Motivation, and Innovative Teaching Practices

The art of teaching and the science of learning combine research, data, and practice. Drawing from disciplines such as data science, cognitive neuroscience, educational psychology, learning analytics, and behavioral economics, we can create solutions that have the power to meet the always-changing needs of teachers and students.

What are we doing about it?

The College of Education is conducting research on:

  • The effectiveness of education programs and learning approaches
  • Cognitive learning studies addressing how students learn and remember.
  • Applying universal design in teaching and physical spaces (e.g., access for diverse, mixed ability, underrepresented learners)
  • Cognitive strategies that support student learning, memory, and problem-solving
  • Ways to support teachers with effectively integrating technology in the classroom
  • The development of learning progressions
  • Integrating computational thinking and modeling into instruction
  • Teacher professional development related to using learning progressions to inform instruction
  • Inclusive practices for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in general education classrooms
  • Evidence-based literacy and language instruction for young deaf and hard-of-hearing students


Who is doing it?

Professor, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Shirin Antia
Assistant Professor, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Lia Falco
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Kristin Gunckel
Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Bill Smith
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Blaine Smith
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Jessica Summers
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Jonathan Tullis