Zhang Awarded $1.34 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation

Dr. Jianwei Zhang, associate professor in Educational Theory and Practice, has been awarded $1.34 million to fund his project, "Connecting Idea Threads Across Communities for Sustained Knowledge Building."

Albany, NY (September 2, 2014) - Classroom innovations to cultivate creative work need to engage students in sustained inquiry and progressive discourse by which ideas are continually developed and refined, giving rise to higher-level goals.  Fostering sustained inquiry within each community requires a larger social infrastructure that connects the communities into a shared field. 

This project will test multilevel designs to foster sustained, progressive discourse over time across a network of communities that co-advances a shared base of knowledge, supporting progressive idea improvement in each community.

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