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Research Team

The researchers at the Center for Education bring a very wide range of experience in both research and educational practice to our team.  We have been K-12 teachers and college professors, worked as school and district administrators, in social work and community organizaitons.  Our academic expertise spans curriculum, educational psychology, and policy studies.  Each researcher’s work represents a variety of methodologies, from long-term classroom ethnographies to historical investigations and organizational and policy analysis.  We are increasingly incorporating Rice undergraduate and graduate students from sociology, anthropology, political science, linguistics, and education into our field-based research.  Together, we have a strong record of influential publications that address critical issues central to the national education debate:

The research group includes researchers whose work spans analysis from classrooms to systems. In addition, the directors of the Center’s teacher development programs have published books and scholarly articles in such fields as the teaching of science and technology, teacher retention, early literacy, the link between children’s cultures and children’s learning and the effects of teacher learning on children’s learning. 

Collaborating with Center researchers are scholars at other institutions, including Angela Valenzuela whose prize-winning book on US-Mexican youth in US high schools is the result of research she conducted while at Rice and the Center for Education. 

Linda McSpadden McNeil
Karen Capo
Patsy Cooper
Eileen Coppola
Judy Radigan