QMER RESEARCH LABS
These projects use the same data & techniques we teach. If you are interested in a project and want to join the research team, email the professor below. The point of these projects is to learn and work together. Also, it looks great on your CV. We love the help.
SEDA AL Data/Dr. Pendola
This project employs data from the Stanford Education Data Archive to explore environmental and resource factors that lead to educational inequalities across the rural-urban divide. We look at the influence of environmental factors on student outcomes to reconsider the meaning of resource equity and spatial justice across Alabama.
ADAPTATION AS ASSET: ENVIRONMENT, RESPONSE, AND RESILIENCY
ECLS and ABCD/Dr. Chesser
Focusing on children and adolescents who have experienced significant social and economic adversity, we investigate cognitive and social adaptations to harsh environments and how these adaptations could be used to enhance learning outcomes. This evolutionary-developmental approach affords a well-rounded view of youth who came from or live with adversity, avoiding stigma and communicating a novel strength-based message.
ECLS and ABCD/Dr. Murrah
We study learning and development of cognitive skills in formal and informal educational systems to understand disparities in educational opportunities, and their relation to cognitive skill development.
Our aim is to use this knowledge to develop and evaluate interventions that promote cognitive development, particularly in disadvantaged students.
WE WRITE TOGETHER
The intent of QMER is to provide project-based learning. Therefore, the examples we use in sessions are based around building a publishable research paper.
There is more than one way to answer a question. We encourage multiple perspectives and techniques around this topic. Research is a collaboration, broadly conceived.
We are all learners. Enter the project at your comfort level, contribute where you can, and push yourself a little further.