About REDY

REDY consists of three major components: research, public engagement, and training. Our mission is to produce cutting-edge research on matters related to the education of children and young adults. Topics range from an examination of the factors that determine academic outcomes to the implications of education for life-chance outcomes. To narrow the gap between research and praxis, REDY contains a public engagement component to both promote the research generated from REDY and to implement interventions within educational settings that are rooted in empiricism. Finally, REDY contains a training component that would allow both undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University to engage in research related to education.

Areas of Research Include:

  • Achievement Gaps (by race, class, and gender)
  • Parental Involvement
  • Cultural Narratives
  • Schooling of Black boys
  • Educational Aspirations
  • Phenotype and Schooling

Education as a Predictor

  • Transition to Adulthood
  • Early Labor Force Participation
  • Teacher Effects
  • Race and Education
  • Educational Attainment

The Research on Education and Development of Youth (REDY)  program at Duke University is a university-based research program that contributes to understanding and solving problems within education. REDY consists of three major components: research, public engagement, and training. 

REDY Components

1) Research Component

A major goal of REDY is to continually promote the presence of research on education at Duke University. REDY is partnering with scholars throughout the Duke University community who study education. The research focus within REDY is broad and encompasses many aspects of children’s schooling and development.  Studies focus on disparities in achievement by race, class, and gender, the role of parents and teachers in schools, determinants of educational outcomes, and the implications of educational factors for various life-chance outcomes for both children and young adults.

2) Public Engagement Component: Dramatic Redefinition of Education, Achievement, Merit, and Schools (DREAMS) Initiative

The DREAMS initiative is the public engagement component of REDY. It is predicated on the notion that ending disparities in achievement within American schools will require a dramatic redefinition of 1) education and how it is delivered, 2) of how achievement is measured, 3) an expansion of what is considered meritorious, and 4) a change in how schools are organized and operated.

3) Training Component

The third major component of REDY is aimed at providing both undergraduate and graduate students with mentorship and training that will enable them to produce rigorous research on education and youth development. Students are encouraged to participate in the public engagement initiatives as researchers.  They are also encouraged to submit working papers to REDY, where they receive feedback from REDY student and faculty affiliates.

Areas of Research Include:

  • Achievement Gaps (by race, class, and gender)
  • Parental Involvement
  • Cultural Narratives
  • Schooling of Black boys
  • Educational Aspirations
  • Phenotype and Schooling
  • Education as a Predictor
  • Transition to Adulthood
  • Early Labor Force Participation
  • Teacher Effects
  • Race and Education
  • Educational Attainment