MSLT prepares graduate students to improve the learning and instruction of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. To achieve that goal, we are deeply committed to research and scholarship, using both basic and applied research.
We put a premium on developing principled approaches to affect educational practice and pursuing rigorous theory building about educational phenomena. We apply such knowledge in developing state of the art instructional designs. These efforts grow from an understanding of educational practice and close work with practitioners in both formal and informal learning settings.
Importantly we recognized that certain social groups have been historically marginalized from STEM disciplines, education, and work. We seek to understand the processes and structures contributing to the systematic exclusion of these groups and to actively contribute to correcting such inequities. Our work draws from a variety of disciplines including cognitive science, sociology, anthropology, the learning sciences, psychology, and computer science.
Doctoral students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor on developing a program of study that is aligned with the student's interests and background and MSLT faculty's research expertise. Such a program of study will include various research methods courses (qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods) as well as topic-specific courses within the department, across the College of Education or UMass. Doctoral students are additionally encouraged seeking out opportunities to work closely with MSLT faculty on their research projects and/or teaching assignments in order to develop insights and skills in research and teaching in academia.
Coordinator: Florence Sullivan (Associate Professor)
Elementary Science Teacher Education: Kathleen Davis (Associate Professor)
Science Education (Doctoral): Martina Nieswandt (Associate Professor)
John J. Clement (Professor Emeritus), Kathleen S. Davis (Associate Professor), John M. Francisco (Assistant Professor), John Kudukey(Lecturer), Sandra Madden (Assistant Professor), Martina Nieswandt (Associate Professor), Howard A. Peelle (Professor), Florence Sullivan (Associate Professor).