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    Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Research Centers and Institutes


The centers and institutes outlined below furnish GSE&IS with valuable resources that support school programs and research. See the school research centers website.

Black Male Institute

The Black Male Institute (BMI) is a cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policymakers dedicated to improving the educational experiences and life chances of black males. Educational settings are considered to be critical spaces for developing informed action to address black male persistence in schooling, recognizing that the challenges that impact the academic success of black males are manifold, be they economic, social, legal, or health-related.

Center for Improving Child Care Quality

The Center for Improving Child Care Quality (CICCQ) conducts high-quality, policy-relevant research, with focus on improving the early care and education environments of young children. Utilizing expertise in the areas of child development, professional development, child care quality, attachment, and observational and survey research methodology, CICCQ conducts basic, applied, and policy-driven research at the local, state, and national levels. CICCQ takes a collaborative approach to the evaluation process, building relationships with community partners to inform research, practice, and professional development.

Center for Information as Evidence

The Center for Information as Evidence (CIE) serves as an interdisciplinary forum to address the ways in which information objects and systems are created, used, and preserved as legal, administrative, scientific, social, cultural, and historical evidence. CIE is committed to incorporating perspectives from ethnic communities around the world to sustain the diversity within indigenous cultural heritages and broaden methods of information analysis and conservation.

Center for Knowledge Infrastructures

The Center for Knowledge Infrastructures (CKI) conducts research on scientific data practices and policy, scholarly communication, and sociotechnical systems, exploring methods of data collection, innovations in scaling and workflows, and multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems.

Center for International and Development Education

The Center for International and Development Education (CIDE) is a research and action center whose mission is to enhance educational capacity, facilitate human and economic development, and promote cross-cultural exchanges related to international and development education. This is accomplished through a series of publications, research programs, practical initiatives, and networks with existing development and academic institutions.

Center for Research and Innovation in Elementary Education

The Center for Research and Innovation in Elementary Education (CONNECT) links nationally recognized researchers with teachers and administrators at UCLA Lab School and public schools in Southern California to investigate central issues in education. Programs examine children’s learning and development from preschool to sixth grade; investigate teaching diverse student populations; encourage exchange of ideas among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers concerned with child development and school reform; and disseminate effective educational approaches and research.

Center for Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing

The Center for Study of Evaluation (CSE)/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) is devoted to educational research, development, training, and dissemination. CSE/CRESST supplies leadership to the field in these areas by creating new methodologies for evaluating educational quality, creating new designs for assessing student learning, promoting the sound use of assessment data, setting the national research agenda, and influencing practice.

Center X

Center X offers a unique setting where researchers and practitioners collaborate to design and conduct programs that prepare and support K-12 education professionals committed to social justice, instructional excellence, the integration of research and practice, and caring in low-income urban schools.

Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles

The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) is a research center dedicated to creating a new generation of research in social sciences and law on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. It has commissioned more than 400 studies, published 14 books, been cited in major Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action, and issued numerous reports from authors at universities and research centers across the country.

Digital Cultures Laboratory

The Digital Cultures Laboratory (DCL) offers a unique, people-focused analysis of new technologies as they spread across the world. Faculty members and students examine and discuss the means by which new media technologies impact economics, cultures, politics, labor, and the environment through our collaborations with global partners. They share their insights through digital platforms, monthly blog posts, interviews, consultancies, and collaborative research projects.

Higher Education Research Institute

The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) conducts research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education. HERI’s research program includes the outcomes of postsecondary education, leadership development, institutional transformation, faculty performance, federal and state policy, and educational equity, and houses the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), the largest ongoing national study of college students in the U.S.

Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access

The Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) seeks to understand and challenge pervasive racial and social class inequalities in education. In addition to conducting research and policy analysis, IDEA supports educators, public officials, advocates, community activists, and young people as they design, conduct, and use research to make high-quality public schools and successful college participation routine occurrences in all communities. IDEA also studies how research combines with strategic communications and public engagement to promote widespread participation in civic life.

Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education

The Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education (IGE) conducts multidisciplinary and comparative research engaging policymakers, practitioners, and institutional leaders. The research serves to inform efforts to expand opportunities, reduce barriers, and improve the wellbeing of diverse, vulnerable, and marginalized students. The work is timely in the context of globalization, which is profoundly changing the developmental contexts, educational trajectories, and life courses of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Paulo Freire Institute

The Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) seeks to gather scholars and critics of Freire’s pedagogy in permanent dialog to foster the advancement of new pedagogical theories and concrete interventions in the real world. PFI brings together research, teaching, and technology while concentrating on five major areas: studies of globalization and education, teacher education, a comparative perspective on Latin American education, the politics of education, and Paulo Freire’s political philosophy and critical pedagogy.

Sudikoff Family Institute for Education and New Media

The Sudikoff Family Institute for Education and New Media utilizes the popular press and other media to disseminate the work of GSE&IS scholars to policymakers, educators, and the general public. Sudikoff Fellows are selected each year from GSE&IS faculty members to enhance awareness of critical issues related to education and information studies by contributing to a variety of media that reach a lay audience, or serve the public interest in some manner.

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