Research

Bridging the worlds of research, practice, and policy, JFF’s Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative investigates student-centered approaches to improve outcomes for learners from all backgrounds, particularly those who have been marginalized or underserved by the current system.

Explore our most recent published findings or learn more about the research we and our partners have underway to see how the Research Collaborative approach prioritizes learners and equitable means as well as equitable outcomes.

Findings from the Research Collaborative

The Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative is excited to release four hot-off-the-press research studies from its first round of Research Collaborative grantees. Studying classrooms from California to rural Maine, research teams from American Institutes for Research, Education Development Center, and High Tech High Graduate School of Education explored proficiency-based education, student agency, and personalization through collaboration.

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Current Studies

In fall 2018, the Research Collaborative kicked off its second research cycle of studies investigating the impact of student-centered learning on equitable student outcomes. Learn more about what JFF and its partners are investigating and what that means for learners.

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Youth Researchers Challenge

Students should have a voice in shaping their education, so JFF’s Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative is partnering with GripTape, an initiative of America Achieves, to establish their first cohort of youth-led research projects.

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Student-Centered Learning Practices: Investigating the Outcomes for Underserved Student Populations

The goal of this grant opportunity is to investigate the extent to which student-centered learning practices can be used to advance equity in public education. Research proposals should be directed at building the knowledge base related to the impact of specific student-centered learning approaches on marginalized populations of students, the supports that may be needed to ensure realization of positive outcomes for those populations, and the contextual conditions needed to sustain equity-enhancing forms of implementation.

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Investigating the Evidence for Student-Centered Learning

We are seeking proposals from researchers and research institutions that describe one- to two-year research projects that investigate the contexts, components, and impacts of student-centered learning approaches. In particular, we are looking to understand the effectiveness of specific student-centered practices, the conditions that support (and undermine) them, who most (and least) benefits from them, and why.

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The Implementation of Student-Centered Learning Approaches

We are seeking proposals from researchers from grant-eligible research institutions that describe two-year projects investigating the implementation of student-centered learning practices, while also measuring the effects of these practices on students, particularly those who are members of historically underserved subgroups.

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Investigating the Evidence for Student-Centered Learning

We are seeking proposals from researchers and research institutions that describe one- to two-year research projects that investigate the contexts, components, and impacts of student-centered learning approaches. In particular, we are looking to understand the effectiveness of specific student-centered practices, the conditions that support (and undermine) them, who most (and least) benefits from them, and why.

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The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship

This is a high impact, high visibility, two-year, competitive program open to only nine fellows. In the inaugural cohort, three fellowships will be reserved for researchers, three for policymakers, and three for practitioners. The practice and policy fellows must work and reside in New England, and the research fellows must be gathering and analyzing data from the New England area. Through a generous stipend, personalized competency coaching, interdisciplinary partnerships, and ample staff assistance, all Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows will receive the support they need to develop their research muscles in service of translating student-centered learning research for various stakeholders. The Fellows will work with the Collaborative’s Advisors, research teams, and staff to produce implementation tools that help schools ramp up their use of student-centered practices. Fellows will also curate and communicate findings from multiple fields to help the general public understand the value and positive impact student-centered practices can have.

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