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?

Associate Professor, College of Education, Stephen Arnold
Dean, Robert Berry III
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Jill Castek
Assistant Research Professor, Educational Psychology, Katherine Cheng
Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, Regina Deil-Amen
Assistant Professor, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Lia Falco
Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Kristin Gunckel
Associate Professor, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Sunggye Hong
Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Sung eun Jung
Professor of Practice, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Donna Jurich
Department Head, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Carl Liaupsin
Assistant Professor of Practice, W.A. Franke Honors College, Nadia Alvarez Mexia
Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, Moira Ozias
Associate Professor of Practice, Educational Psychology, Elizabeth Pope
Assistant Professor of Practice, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Camelia Shaheed
Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Bill Smith
Associate Professor of Practice, Educational Psychology, Eric Smith
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Jessica Summers
Assistant Professor of Practice, Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, Garrison Tsinajinie
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Jonathan Tullis