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Research Units and Initiatives

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College of Education Research Units

Bilingualism Matters @UofSC

 Bilingualism Matters @ the University of South Carolina is a branch of an international network that started in Edinburgh, Scotland. We are one of five branches in the United States and 1 of over 20 worldwide.  

Carolina Family Engagement Center

The mission of the Carolina Family Engagement Center is to help families from underserved populations become engaged and stay engaged in their local schools and the educational successes of their children.

Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students

The Center for Education and Equity of African American Students conducts individual and collaborative cutting-edge research that enables and advances innovative and effective instructional programs, professional practices, and public policy.

Center for Innovation in Higher Education

The Center for Innovation in Higher Education works to create change, spread knowledge and improve educational practices for students, faculty and the community. Through university-community partnerships, public intellects and community discourse, our goal is to bring democracy and education closer together for freedom and equality.

Consortium for Family Strengthening Research

The Consortium for Family Strengthening Research, housed at the University of South Carolina College of Education, is a multi-university initiative actively engaged in the conduct of innovative externally funded research and scholarship around issues of family science and relational health, and mentorship of junior faculty and doctoral students. Such collaboration provides an infrastructure for multi-site research projects and grant proposal opportunities. Additionally, members participate in bi-weekly web meetings to share new initiatives, present findings from new research projects, and provide support and mentorship.

Museum of Education

An experimental research project of the College of Education, the Museum of Education seeks to preserve, transmit, rectify, and expand our understanding of educational life in South Carolina and the United States. A member of the International Sites of Conscience, the Museum of Education opened its doors to the public on September 30, 1977.

Office of International and Comparative Education

The Office of International and Comparative Education promotes research, study, and practical engagement, (including study abroad experiences) with education systems and practices around the world.

Pedagogy Research Lab and Human Performance & Development Lab

The Pedagogy Research Laboratory and Human Performance & Development Laboratory are located in the Blatt Physical Education Center. The two labs are complementary research spaces used to analyze physical activity, qualitative and quantitative aspects of motor competence, functional movement capacity, and health-related physical fitness.

Research, Evaluation and Measurement Center

The Research, Evaluation, and Measurement Center is an independent unit of the University of South Carolina’s College of Education. For nearly 20 years, the center has partnered with public and private organizations across South Carolina on education improvement initiatives. The center specializes in client-centered approaches to conducting research, evaluation, and measurement primarily focused on education. Our faculty and staff design studies to measure program effectiveness, monitor program implementation, identify and develop data collection tools best suited to answer research questions, and conduct data analysis using advanced quantitative and qualitative approaches. The center assists state agencies, school districts, libraries, and universities with projects targeting learners from early childhood through adulthood.

Research Institute

The College of Education Research Institute, directed by Gina M. Kunz, Ph.D.  is housed in the Office of Research and Innovation. It is comprised of multiple centers dedicated to research that informs practice and policy as well as delivering service and training initiatives benefiting children, their education, and their families. The Institute provides the infrastructure to integrate work of existing and future centers under one overarching entity, creating a multi-faceted partnership which engages talents and experiences of researchers and practitioners to conduct collaborative work. It facilitates interdisciplinary research collaborations across the University of South Carolina, sharing research findings to facilitate evidence-based decision making.

South Carolina Center for Assistive Technology and Educational Research

The South Carolina Center for Assistive Technology and Educational Research is a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of faculty, professionals, and persons with disabilities working together to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities in the areas of school and transitioning to work.

South Carolina Educational Policy Center

The South Carolina Educational Policy Center was established in 1987 by the Commission on Higher Education to serve as a vehicle for focusing research on education policy issues related to teaching, student learning, school organization, and student performance in the public schools.  The center has conducted studies and evaluations related to many educational issues including school improvement, school climate, school leadership, school finance, summer school, gifted education, the achievement gap, magnet schools, and summer reading loss.  The center has received external funding for over 70 research projects and has established strong, collaborative partnerships with schools, districts, and education policymakers across the state.

Yvonne and Schuyler Moore Child Development Research Center

A multidisciplinary group of faculty members and research personnel, this center works to inform early childhood educators on the nature and support necessary for children's growth and development. One focus includes research on how to effectively support children and families through the work of early childhood practitioners and policymakers, while another focus addresses the needs of children at risk for school failure.


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