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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The STEM Center

The STEM Center 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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The Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI)

IPSI offers professional learning opportunities that directly support the growth of students, and develops educators who can prepare students for college and career success.
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The Office of Bilingual Education

The OBE sponsors projects, events, research, and lectures that improve the quality of educational services provided for bilingual and English Language Learners (ELLs).


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Mirrors and Windows

Pre-service teachers use read-alouds to promote anti-racist curriculum. “I like to read about people different from me because I get to learn about different cultures,” says one student.

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Collaborating from Texas to Mozambique

In an interview with Language and Literacy Studies Professor James Hoffman, he discusses how he and UT San Antonio professor Misty Sailors are using their teaching expertise to build relationships with and support local educators in Mozambique.

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Merging Literacy and Science Methods: A New Database Helps Pre-Service Teachers

Because of the foundational importance of literacy to education, teachers are increasingly expected to integrate reading across various subjects, including science. But choosing appropriate texts can be a challenge for teachers, who may not be well-versed in how to critically evaluate them.