Cognition and Development
Cognition and Development (CD) is the largest of the three academic research areas in the Graduate School of Education. CD is composed of faculty and graduate students engaged in academic programs and active research on the nature and intertwined processes of cognitive and social development in diverse areas of human knowledge and experience. Prominent foci of CD educational research are the disciplinary domains of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Faculty also draw upon psychological theory to explore children and adolescents' social and cultural cognition, moral judgment, language, literacy, psychosocial development, and acquisition of mathematical and scientific concepts. The research is primarily empirical and leads to theoretical advances as well as the improvement of educational practices. CD hosts both professional and academic programs, each enriching the other in courses and research opportunities.