Interdisciplinary Synthesis
in Advancing Education Science

SREE endeavors to advance and disseminate research on the causal effects of education practices and interventions. The Society recognizes and supports research in neuroscience, cognition, learning, and socio-behavioral or meta-cognitive influences, broadly and within specific domains such as mathematics and science. Collaboration across fields of study may increase the magnitude of effects in a variety of settings and groups, and over time. Partnerships that begin in the design phase and endure through the evaluation stage may maximize the impact of such interdisciplinary activity.

The theme of the SREE Fall 2013 Conference, Interdisciplinary Synthesis in Advancing Education Science, recognizes the value of incorporating diverse branches of education science, including applying causal methods in challenging field settings to improve opportunities and outcomes for students. The application of cognitive science principles to curriculum design, the implementation of evidence-based standards in mathematics and science programs, and the evolution of education technology from a focus on technical features to an emphasis on how principles of learning may encourage productive uses of technology, provide a few examples of research that would be appropriate for this meeting.

This conference will highlight artful design and thoughtful synthesis in applying principles from diverse fields to address challenges in education. The research methods section will examine the pragmatics of completing rigorous causal evaluations in school settings. These may include, but not be limited to, randomized controlled trials and cluster randomized trials.

Questions of particular interest include:

  • How may research findings in cognitive science and other fields be applied to the design of education interventions?
  • How is research evidence being utilized to improve mathematics and science programs along the developmental continuum, including initiatives for at-risk learners?
  • How may we conceptualize and measure capacities beyond academic achievement that are important to lifelong growth and development?
  • How may technology be employed most effectively to improve education in diverse settings?
  • What is the best means to develop expertise in the art and science of completing experiments in school settings?


  • Cognitive Science and its Applications
  • Mathematics and Science Education in Early Childhood & Elementary Grades
  • Mathematics and Science Education in Secondary Grades
  • Development and Evaluation of Educational Technology
  • Research Methods