The future of education lies in the mutual consideration of complex factors that affect education inputs and outcomes. From New York to Lebanon, our researchers examine the social-emotional development of children, observe and strengthen classroom interactions, enhance parental decision-making, and improve educational opportunities for all children. Faculty across disciplines collaborate and apply their expertise to tackle the pressing education questions of our time. An interdisciplinary approach to education and child development allows IHDSC to support children, families, teachers, and leaders, and to envision long-term solutions that inform education policy and practice in local, national, and global contexts.
Science Education Through a Radical Citizen Science Approach
The goal of this project is to work with visitors of a science museum on a study on a language science topic of interest to them. Researchers will invite them to come up with research questions, hypotheses, and experimental design, and help carry out data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
The IHDSC Seed Award Program
IHDSC is committed to funding new projects that bridge multiple domains of expertise and further the mission of the Institute. Eligible applicants may receive up to $20,000 in research support.Learn More about the IHDSC Seed Award
Education & Child Development Faculty
This list includes faculty who are involved in an active project, award or working group through IHDSC in the 2020-21 academic year. For a full list of our affiliates, please visit our Faculty Affiliate Network page.
Featured Blog Posts
This summer, Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders’ Unity Task Forces released a set of policy recommendations that covered topics from climate change to immigration. Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa served as a member of the Unity Task Force on Education and enlisted five students to assist his research into the education policies outlined in the Task Force’s final report. IHDSC interviewed the students about their experience.
Dr. Natalie Brito explores myths and misconceptions that accompany bilingual learning in the United States, specifically for children who are learning English as a second language. Through evidence-based, culturally appropriate tools such as Dr. Brito's Háblame Bebé mobile phone app, parents can complete educational modules, receive reminders to incorporate language into everyday activities, and learn about the benefits of bilingualism.
Educators and policymakers often talk about the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during college, but the gender gap is not the same across all STEM fields. Dr. Joseph Cimpian, Dr. Taek Kim, and IES-PIRT fellow Zachary McDermott conducted research on understanding these persistent gender gaps in STEM.