Current Research

Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum Studies & Global Studies

This research raises hard questions about the nature of curriculum through history and other social sciences along with theory and curriculum planning in educational systems throughout the world.

Digital Media

This research focuses on the use of new technologies and media in the service of learning and human growth.

Disciplinary Studies

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction's Disciplinary Studies: Math, Music, Science, Social Studies is devoted to exploring subject-specific aspects of teaching, learning, curriculum and policy. Faculty in these areas engage in research as well as direct programs that license teachers in these subjects.

Early Childhood Studies

Faculty and students study contexts (child care, elementary schools, homes, communities, policies, time periods), actors (children, parents, teachers, policy makers), and constructs (readiness, pre-K, risk and resilience) using a variety of methods and theoretical perspectives.

Languages & Literacies

Faculty in this research area explore what it means to communicate within and across complex social and cultural worlds, both in formal educational settings as well as in informal and everyday environments.

Multicultural Education

Multicultural Education explores the theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues of diversity and their relationships to education.

Teacher Education

Scholars in fields ranging from science and math education to multicultural education and early childhood education have active research programs related to the preparation and continuing professional development of school teachers at all grade levels.

Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation emphasizes conducting educational policy research and analysis with a goal of advancing the achievement of all students through effective policy design, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational policies and programs. 

Higher Education

Higher Education is one research strand in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. Higher Education graduates become faculty members at research universities, researchers in research centers and consulting firms, University administrators, and University presidents. Graduates are also student service coordinators, academic advisors, and other leaders in the field.

K-12 Leadership

K-12 Leadership is a research focus within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis investigating and emphasizing the effective administration of primary and secondary institutions. Students and faculty conduct research that informs decision-making in Wisconsin state education policy and leadership practice.

Educational Policy Studies

Comparative and International Education

Research opportunities in comparative and international education prepares researchers, teachers and planners who are interested in education across nations and cultures.

History and Humanities

The study of history helps us understand past educational policies and practices in the context of their times, while providing a unique perspective on modern developments.

Social Sciences & Education

This research explores how social studies schooling influences students’ civic participation, critical and disciplinary thinking, and understanding of democratic values and practices.

Educational Psychology

Human Development

Human Development students work with nationally acclaimed, award-winning faculty by joining research labs engaged in cutting-edge projects. Through this work, they gain an understanding of human development from early childhood through early adulthood and learn the latest research methods and modes of data analysis. The focus of research for Human Development faculty and students is on the study and development of methodology, rather than its application.

Learning Sciences

The Learning Sciences research area in the Educational Psychology Department takes a broad approach to principles of cognition such as memory, problem solving, spatial reasoning, and the effective representation of knowledge, computer-based education, as well as social, cultural processes and embodiment in collaborative and project-based learning, STEM education, and instructional communication.

Quantitative Methods

The Quantitative Methods research area in the Department of Educational Psychology focuses on the study and development of quantitative methods of relevance to research and practice in education and the social sciences.

School Psychology

School Psychology research focuses on psychological and educational principles that influence the adjustment of individuals from birth to 21 years.