Research is a major aspect of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. As trends in globalization and innovation continue change, it is important to ensure teaching and learning processes adapt to students’ needs. Our faculty work closely with students to examine trends in education that will better prepare teachers to become engaged and motivational educators. We examine topics such as teachers and teaching, sociocultural conditions in schooling, inequities in education, project based learning, computing and technology education, and learning theories.

In addition to our ongoing research, our department is affiliated with programs such as the Black Male Education Research Collection (BMERC) and the Center for STEM Education.

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Black Male Education Research Collection

The Black Male Education Research Collection complies peer reviewed research and interviews. This archive documents important issues facing America's Black youth.

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Center for STEM Education

The Center for STEM Education provides support for researchers conducting externally-funded interdisciplinary research on STEM teaching and learning, the conditions that influence it, and innovations that can maximize it.


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Professors Part of Trio to Receive National Grant Establishing American Fitness Center in Shanghai

Professors Xiaofen Keating and Louis Harrison, Jr. and Professor Huaiyin Li from the Center for East Asia Studies of the College of Liberal Arts, all of The University of Texas at Austin, received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to establish the American Cultural Center-Fitness (ACC-Fitness) at Shanghai University of Sport aiming to introduce U.S. fitness culture to the Chinese population.

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Anthony Petrosino Receives NSF Award to Increase Student Pursuit of STEM Careers

Imagine a classroom of middle-school or high-school students engaged in a collaborative high-tech project, like untangling the complexities of traffic-flow simulation or mapping out the potential spread of Zika.

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STEM Center Director Awarded NSF Grant

Victor Sampson was awarded $349,815 by the National Science Foundation’s Research in the Formation of Engineers program to develop an instructional framework that integrates engineering practices along with scientific argumentation for middle school students.