Year In Review 2006

Committed To Quality

The Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) is an organized research unit in the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i. Since 1966, CRDG has served the educational community locally, nationally, and internationally by

  • conducting research and creating, evaluating, disseminating, and supporting educational programs that serve students, teachers, parents, and other educators in grades preK–12; and
  • contributing to the body of professional knowledge and practice in teaching and learning, curriculum development, program dissemination and implementation, evaluation and assessment, and school improvement.

CRDG operates the University Laboratory School (ULS), a public charter school, as its R & D laboratory under an agreement with the local school board. ULS provides a K–12 student population in a controlled environment where CRDG faculty members conduct their research and development work. Additionally, ULS serves as a demonstration site for improving K–12 education, while providing a high quality education for its approximately 420 students. The students, randomly selected from among applicants to represent a broad cross section of the state population, provide realworld data on ways all students can succeed. Since its founding, CRDG has been an integral part of the education community. A research model that combines cutting edge thinking with real-world application has continued to add to the body of professional knowledge while bringing a large crosssection of the education community into the research process.

CRDG Focus Areas CRDG focuses on five interrelated fields of educational endeavor, each of which addresses a central issue facing education in Hawai‘i, on the U.S. Mainland, in American overseas schools, and in other nations.

Focus Area 1. Mathematics and Science Education

Focus Area 2. Hawai‘i, Asia, and the Pacific

Focus Area 3. Relating Special Education to Regular Classrooms

Focus Area 4. Educational Technology Development

Focus Area 5. Designing Educational Systems

In each focus area, CRDG faculty members have accumulated a solid foundation in curriculum research and development; design and delivery of professional development for educators; evaluation and documentation of evidence of impact on learning, teaching, and assessment; and dissemination and implementation of effective programs.