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Improving education

Assessing formal and informal education, from early childhood through retirement

At different stages of life, people require different approaches to learning to fulfill their goals. To achieve the best outcomes, educators must match the right instructional variables to each student.

WSU researchers identify those variables. They seek to explain learning principles. Then they put their knowledge into practice, developing instructional methods that respond to cultural, linguistic, and other individual differences. Scholars also investigate the effectiveness of interventions, such as technology or specific instructional practices.

Their innovations help you, the lifelong learner, reap more value from every lesson.

Research areas

  • STEM education and educational pipelines
  • Cultural studies in education
  • Neuroscience and neuropsychology of education
  • Community public health
  • Role of technology in education
  • A closeup of a kid working on science Raising Washington’s grade in math and science education

    Researchers identify best practices in teaching STEM disciplines

    Education in the STEM subjects— science, technology, engineering and mathematics—serves as a steppingstone to social and economic opportunity. How can teachers inspire interest in these disciplines and make the lessons stick?

    More than 140 WSU researchers conduct collaborative STEM education research from early grades to graduate school. Their research focuses on “clinical education,” practical integration and application of knowledge to real-world educational settings. These scholars examine instruction at STEM-focused schools. They monitor outcomes to see how methods of instruction affect student learning. They strengthen understanding of best practices in teaching STEM disciplines.

    Their efforts don’t stop there. … » More …

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  • A photo of WSUTC students on campus Ensuring access and achievement

    Programs spur advances in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education

    WSU Tri-Cities is emerging as a regional hub for K-12 STEM research, education, and outreach.

    In the 2013/2014 fiscal year, one researcher received over $16 million in funding for programs to help students in educationally isolated rural schools in the inland northwest. GEAR UP, as one of the programs is called, reaches over 50 rural schools, giving middle-school and high-school students and their families guidance on how to prepare for college.

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