COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Research Centers and Laboratories
A.E. Phillips Laboratory School
A.E. Phillips has served as the laboratory school for Louisiana Tech University since 1916.
Applied Research for Organizational Solutions (AROS) is the consulting arm of the Department of Psychology’s Industrial and Organizational Psychology doctoral program. Founded in 2010, the AROS program is intended to provide students with experience in applied industrial and organizational psychology outside of the traditional classroom environment.
Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB)
Founded in 1996 with the help of an experimental/innovative grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute on Blindness was established to create the first non-discriminatory program in equipping people interested in teaching cane travel and braille to blind students. Today, it is a leading research institute on issues in education for low-vision students and orientation and mobility.
Science & Technology Education Center (SciTEC)
The Science and Technology Education Center at Louisiana Tech University is an active outreach program of the College of Education organized to serve the surrounding school systems and communities. SciTEC was originally conceived to meet the many challenges facing Louisiana schools in the new environment of accountability and as a shift in accepted pedagogy requiring the development of higher-order thinking skills in students and the incorporation of real-world experiences and hands-on learning activities that have caused classroom teachers to re-evaluate their teaching practices. In addition, SciTEC strives to address the acute shortage of teachers in the critical areas of math and science, the high percentage of uncertified teachers in Louisiana classrooms, and the low number of economically disadvantaged and minority students that enter post-secondary education programs. Outreach efforts include sponsored professional development and education projects as well as the following:
- The IDEA Place Math and Science Discovery Center – The IDEA Place is a hands-on math and science learning center located on the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Woodard Hall. Built on the philosophy that real objects, direct experiences, and enjoyment promote learning, The IDEA Place was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents in 1991. The IDEA Place opened to the public on April 23, 1994.
- Louisiana’s Only NASA Educator Resource Center – In 1999, Louisiana Tech University was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as the host institution for Louisiana’s NASA Educator Resource Center. Educator Resource Centers are established by NASA to disseminate and assist educators in utilizing NASA-developed educational resources. It is the only NASA Educator Resource Center in Louisiana.
Human Performance Laboratories
The Human Performance Laboratories (HPL) are a collection of interdisciplinary research and teaching spaces within the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University. Serving as an interdisciplinary research space, combining motor control, exercise physiology, and biomechanics, the HPL offers students and faculty alike the facilities necessary to examine topics related to sport and movement science. A central component of the HPL, the Sport and Movement Science Laboratory (SMSL), is an interdisciplinary instructional and research center of the Department of Kinesiology that is primarily concerned with research combining motor control, exercise physiology, and biomechanics.
Clinical Residency Research Center
Housed in the Louisiana Tech University College of Education, the Clinical Residency Center (CRC) is responsible for developing and refining capstone experiences provided to clinical residents at Louisiana Tech. Central in this is effort is the TEAM model, developed by Dr. Amy Vessel and Dr. Dawn Basinger. The TEAM model is an innovative approach to teacher preparation that replaces the traditional, single-term of student teaching with a full-year clinical residency in local schools. This model leverages the experiences of university instructors and local school personnel to provide comprehensive training.
Psychological Services Clinic
The Louisiana Tech Psychological Services Clinic is operated by the Department of Psychology, and serves as a clinical training center for students in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program.