IES Postdoctoral Training Program in
Mathematical Thinking, Learning, and Instruction
Wisconsin Center for Education Research • University of Wisconsin-Madison
There is a clear and recognized need for well-trained mathematics education researchers who are able to conduct scientifically based qualitative and quantitative research that addresses immediate and long-term questions about the efficacy of educational programs and policies, and who can provide an empirical basis for future designs of curricula, assessments, instruction, and learning environments. With funding from the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences,we now offer an interdisciplinary, postdoctoral training program, situated at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, which aims to increase postdoctoral capacity to conduct rigorous research in the topic area of mathematics education. The program provides recent graduates opportunities to experience a range of methods, including those from curriculum & instruction seeking to learn quantitative methods that support causal inference, as well as psychologists and other social scientists seeking to conduct studies in natural settings and collect, analyze, and interpret process-level data. The training program emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the mathematics education research opportunities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It addresses broad research interests, including: Exploratory research, basic processes in learning and instruction, development and innovation, efficacy and replication, and measurement.
We are seeking highly qualified applicants who have earned a doctorate degree in mathematics education, psychology, learning sciences, or related areas. The program will provide up to four 2-year fellowships.