As one of the largest departments within a dynamic Research 1 university, the School of Education contributes groundbreaking and timely research across a wide range of subject areas within the field of education. Through this research, our faculty help children, families, teachers, and educational leaders address the challenges they meet in their schools and communities.
Our faculty contribute research in the areas of educational leadership; equitable and inclusive learning; evaluation, measurement, and statistics; literacy; mathematics education; the learning sciences; school psychology; social policies and systems; sociocultural and community-based approaches; teaching, learning, and technology across many content areas; and applied and advanced research methods.
In the last several years, faculty have garnered external funding in excess of $21 million from foundations and federal agencies including the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health. Our faculty have been recognized nationally and internationally by organizations such as the American Educational Research Association, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Society for Research in Child Development, among others.
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CEHD Research Centers
The Center for Disabilities Studies focuses on improving the quality, quantity, and range of public and private services and supports available in Delaware for individuals with disabilities and their families.
The Center for Research in Education and Social Policy conducts rigorous research to help policymakers and practitioners in education, health care and human services determine which policies and programs are most promising to improve outcomes for children, youth, adults and families. By supporting collaborative research, CRESP will broaden the portfolio of policy-relevant research conducted in Delaware, lead multi-state projects and conduct evaluations of existing practices.
The Center for Research Use in Education collaboration among the University of Delaware, University of Penn, and University of Minnesota formed Reseach4Schools.org, designed to examine the study of research use and expand the application of research in schools by identifying strategies to make more meaningful to classroom practice.
The Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, also known as The Institute, supports early childhood professionals through professional development experiences that enhance skills, knowledge and career opportunities and support high quality programs. The Institute designs, delivers and coordinates professional development that meets the needs of a diverse workforce, working in a variety of early childhood settings from public school, early childhood special education, to the private business of home-based child care. It also oversees the Delaware Stars statewide quality rating for childcare centers and the New Directions Early Head Start program.
Since 1974, the Child’s Play, Learning and Development Lab (formerly the Infant Language Project), has been exploring how children learn and grow. From how children develop language and spatial skills to how play can help scaffold learning, we are exploring children’s marvelous minds.
The Child’s Play Lab is located in Willard Hall Education Building, under the direction of Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education, with appointments in Psychology and Linguistics.