Featured Research

Our faculty and students conduct research that touches all aspects of education, both inside and outside the classroom. We study the ways that people learn, and develop physically and mentally, by exploring areas that influence policy and the understanding of education and health. The driving force for our research is to increase educational opportunity and improve public health.

The College of Education consists of five departments that span several areas of research ranging from curriculum to policy to public health. In addition, several centers and institutes focus on specific issues in education. The stories below are featured on our research-driven In Contextsite.

A group of teachers working on a Child Centered Learning project collaboratively.

Teaching

Child-centered learning is a departure from classrooms that compels children to be active participants in learning.

A child with an ice pack being applied to his knee due to an injury

Policy

Bans on race-conscious admissions policies are diminishing the proportion of students of color who enroll in medical schools, exacerbating health disparities.

A phone screen with Pokemon Go while the user stands outside

STEM

Two College of Education Curriculum and Instruction doctoral students are building the "21st century skills" of K-12 students in Taiwan schools.

A researcher holding test tubes of different colors containing biomarkers

Public Health

The Health & Integrative Physiology Lab identifies biomarkers that predict those at increased risk for these diseases or progressing to serious complications.

Matt Bowers and his son on a rock climbing wall

Sport Culture

Matt Bowers offers advice about how parents can navigate choosing the right sport for their son or daughter.

Circles of light representing different shades of skin color

Psychology

Student and faculty researchers investigate effects of colorism; or discrimination based on skin color or skin shade.

A researcher measuring brain activity in children while communicating with baby talk

Special Education

Researchers are using EEGs to study how young children process words and baby talk, and its benefits.

Portrait of Kevin Cokely

Changemakers

Kevin Cokley contributes to counseling psychology as well as ethnic minority psychology. He actively shares his knowledge through op-eds and research-based commentaries.

Press Play

Discovery Minute Katie Tackett

Universal Classroom Discovery Minute

Join Special Education Clinical Assistant Professor Katie Tackett for this Discovery Minute as she describes how applying universal design principles to her classroom benefits all her students, whether or not they have an identified disability.

Talking Eds | A podcast for all things education

The Socialization of Queer and Trans Graduate Students

Ph.D. student Alden Jones and Clinical Assistant Professor Beth Bukoski join Talking Eds to discuss the socialization experiences of queer and trans graduate students. They also discuss the impact of Austin being perceived as an LGBTQ friendly city on graduate students’ school choice.

Liliana Garces Ed Talk | Navigating the quicksand: How postsecondary administrators understand the influence of affirmative action developments on racial development work

Ed Talk: Liliana Garces

Watch Liliana Garces' Ed Talk titled Navigating the quicksand: How postsecondary administrators understand the influence of affirmative action developments on racial diversity work

Research by Department

Each of our five departments conducts research that is influential in their field.