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David W. Grissmer

Professor
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
Ruffner Hall 252
405 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1968
M.S., Purdue University, 1964
B.S., Xavier University, 1962
Biography

One of my current research interests is directed toward understanding the origin of the gaps in achievement between black, Hispanic and white students and between advantaged and disadvantaged students. I am studying the developmental origins of these cognitive gaps prior to school entry using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey of entering kindergarten students (ECLS-K) and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey of a birth cohort (ECLS-B). The research involves understanding the strong relationships between cognitive skills and earlier forming motor and attentional skills, their relationship to “executive function” and tracing these relationships and links using evidence from developmental neuroscience.

A second research interest of mine is improving research and development (R&D) policy in funding educational research. This research involves assessing the contributions of various research methods to the development of theories that can predict the effects of large scale programs in education including random controlled experimentation, quasi-experimentation, random controlled trials with multiple methods, natural experiments and research with non-experimental data. This research is directed toward outlining a viable long run R&D policy that integrates the contributions from different research methods, and supports the development of a branch of research directed toward theoretical integration of education research with developmental neuroscience and other contributing fields.

An Evaluation of Core Knowledge Charter Schools
Source: Smith Richardson Foundation
July 01, 2018 – June 30, 2021
CU-CASTL Kindergarten Lottery Evaluation of Core Knowledge Charter Schools: Longer Term Follow-up (4th-6th grade) of Reading, English, Writing, Social Science, Science and Math Achievement
Source: Laura and John Arnold Foundation
June 05, 2017 – August 31, 2020
CU-Development Skills linked to Math and Science Achievement
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Ed. & Human Resources
September 15, 2013 – August 31, 2019
CU- Evaluation of the Impacts and Implementation of the WINGS for Kids Social and Emotional Learning Afterschool Program YR03
Source: WINGS for kids, Inc.
December 02, 2014 – September 30, 2017
Efficacy of the WINGS After-School Social and Emotional Learning Program
Source: U.S. Department of Education - Educational Res. &
September 01, 2011 – August 31, 2016
NCER EVAL: Evaluation of Core Knowledge Charter Schools in Colorado
Source: U.S. Department of Education - Educational Res. &
July 01, 2009 – June 30, 2016
CU- Evaulation of the Impacts and Implementation of the WINGS for Kids social and emotional learning afterschool program YR02
Source: WINGS for kids, Inc.
October 01, 2014 – September 30, 2015
CU-Evaluation of the Impacts and Implementation of the WINGS for kids social and emotional learning afterschool program
Source: WINGS for kids, Inc.
October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
CU-New kindergarten readiness indicators for math and science: Next Steps in validation, communication and projecting policy impacts
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Ed. & Human Resources
September 15, 2010 – August 31, 2013
EDLF 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study
EDLF 8988: Administrative Internship
Credits: 1–3
Administrative Internship
EDLF 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Advisor Permission Required.
EDLF 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.