Wisconsin’s Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences builds on and formalizes existing interdisciplinary relationships between education and social science researchers by creating a minor in education sciences for ITP Fellows, engaging them in extensive methodological and quantitative coursework across disciplines. The training faculty includes outstanding scholars with national and international recognition. ITP faculty are deeply immersed in the substantive and methodological issues surrounding the themes of the training program, and their ongoing research offers Fellows rich research training opportunities. Housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Fellows are brought into the educational sciences environment and given access to an exceptional interdisciplinary infrastructure for education research.
The training program provides two levels of mutually exclusive funding, Entry Level Fellows and Advanced Fellows. Support for up to 5 years for entering students attracts the most talented students in the disciplines to focus their early training and doctoral dissertations in the education sciences. Two-year advanced fellowships enable talented dissertators to focus solely on carrying out dissertations that advance their disciplines and answer pressing questions of education policy and practice. The training framework requires advanced coursework beyond discipline-specific methodology and statistical analysis courses, as well as context issues unique to education research across disciplines. Fellows are expected to participate in a research-to-practice internship in their third year, with placement options including, but not limited to, Mathematica Policy Research, Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education, and with major urban school systems.
ITP Fellows share a large office suite at the Center for Education Research (WCER) that encourages networking across disciplines and the frequent exchange of ideas, brainstorming, problem-solving and collegial support. Fellows take courses in cohorts the first two years of their training program and often work side-by-side and across disciplines on research projects at WCER and beyond.
Courses are also open to students who are not formally part of the Training Program, and provide similar interdisciplinary benefits to a much larger group of students than just the Fellows. For a schedule of events open to the public please see our seminar web page or contact the Program Manager.
Fellows will acknowledge IES support on papers and publications as follows: "The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Award # [R305C050055, R305B090009 or #R305B150003] to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the U.S. Department of Education."
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