Discipline-Based Education Research Groups at MIT

In addition to our Education Group, there are many other discipline-based education research (DBER) groups at MIT. The goals of DBER, as defined in the Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering report, are as follows:

  • understand how people learn concepts, practices, and ways of thinking in science and engineering;
  • understand the nature and development of expertise in a discipline;
  • help to identify and measure appropriate learning objectives and instructional approaches that advance students toward those objectives;
  • contribute to the knowledge base in a way that can guide the translation of DBER findings to classroom practice; and
  • identify approaches to make science and engineering education broad and inclusive.

Additionally, DBER combines discipline-specific expert knowledge, challenges of learning and teaching in that discipline, and the science of learning and teaching.

This page highlights the other discipline-based education research groups at MIT and their many interesting ongoing projects and initiatives.

Please contact us if you would like your group to be included here.


BioBuilder Educational Foundation

Natalie Kuldell, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Engineering
Website: http://biobuildereducationalfoundation.org/

HHMI Drennan Education Laboratory

HHMI Professor Catherine Drennan
Departments of Chemistry and Biology
Website: http://web.mit.edu/cld/education/education.html

MIT STEP: Scheller Teacher Education Program

Professor Eric Klopfer
Department of Urban Studies & Planning
Website: http://education.mit.edu/

RELATE: Research in Learning, Assessing and Tutoring Effectively

Professor David Pritchard
Department of Physics and Research Laboratory of Electronics
Website: http://relate.mit.edu/