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Research on Learning
SRI's Center for Technology in Learning performs research on learning to identify how people learn and how teachers can become more effective. In its work, the Center applies approaches such as ethnographies, case studies, design experiments, randomized experiments, research design, and longitudinal research.
Depending on the research objective, the Center forms teams with expertise in learning sciences, cognitive science, psychology, sociology, statistics, anthropology, and relevant math and science topics. We integrate insights on the cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of learning into research designs for formal schooling (from preschool to university), and for informal settings such as museums and community centers.
SRI developed and conducted a 4‑year process and outcome evaluation of an early childhood scholarship model in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
REL Appalachia works in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and other education stakeholders in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia to develop high-quality research and to use and disseminate research findings to improve student outcomes.
A multi-institutional collaborative is developing classroom-ready assessment tasks for teachers to gain insights into their students’ proficiency with the Next Generation Science Standards
SRI is conducting a multi-year study that examines whether and how an elementary digital math curriculum can improve student learning. The study involves about 3,500 fifth-grade students from 47 schools in the state of West Virginia.