The Center’s primary mission is scholarship and capacity building in the area of practice-oriented education. With respect to its own research, the Knowles Chair and Center staff conducts path-breaking empirical and theoretical research on the elements of practice-based learning. Although this research can and should focus significantly on learning that occurs in practice-based settings, such as co-op, internships, clinics, and community service, it should also focus on other sites of POE learning including practice-oriented classrooms and labs. As a research institute, the Center is be designed to seed and facilitate POE research opportunities for other members of the university as well as conduct its own. It is also engaged in the design and development of research models for assessing POE data throughout the university. Since the Center is designed to build capacity, it is important that it investigate effective research strategies as well as produce research outcomes.

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