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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Featured DBASSE Reports



Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy


This report encourages scientists to think differently about the use of scientific evidence in policy making.  It investigates why scientific evidence is important in policy making and argues that an expensive body of research knowledge utilization has not let to any widely accepted explanation of what it means to use science in public policy.  Read More


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Key National  Education Indicators: Workshop Summary


The report describes the possibilities suggest for a clear and parsimonious set of indicators to represent the complex and disparate U.S. education system.  Read More


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Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century


This report defines and clarifies terms such as "21st century skills" and "deeper learning," that are often used to describe skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, and lays the groundwork for policy and further research in the field.  Read More

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Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research


This report recommends a program of research and innovation to gain a better understanding of adult literacy learners, improve instruction, and create supports adults need for learning and achievement.  Read More

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Intelligence Analysis for Tomorrow: Advances from the Behavioral and Social Sciences


This report asserts that one of the most important things that the intelligence community (IC) can learn from the behavioral and social sciences is how to characterize and evaluate its analytic assumptions, methods, technologies, and management practices.  The report makes five broad recommendations which offer practical ways for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to address many of the IC's challenges through application of the behavioral and social sciences.  Read More


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