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EdD. Research Guide: Improvement Science

This guide is designed as a component of EDUC 3001: Fundamentals of Research in the University of Pittsburgh's Online Doctor of Education (EdD) program.

What is Improvement Science?

Improvement Science is the application of small, measurable, and individualized changes to address specific issues in an educational setting and help uncover the root cause of problems. 

Explore the resources below to learn more about Improvement Science or use case studies to learn from real world examples.



Produced by the Institute of Education Sciences, this video profiles three Baltimore high schools that implemented Improvement Science in their buildings. 

Searching ERIC

The terms listed below are ERIC descriptors related to the practice of Improvement Science. Consider how you want to combine them with keywords or other descriptors to create the most efficient search for your topic in ERIC.

Educational Improvement

Instructional Improvement

Evidence-Based Practice

Education Innovation

Communities of Practice

Educational Change

Action Research 

Methods Research

Partnerships in Education

Teacher Collaboration

Searching PITTCat Classic

Use PITTCat Classic to locate relevant books and materials for Improvement Science. For the best results, select the Subject Heading field when performing your search as seen in the example below. 


Need help getting started? This list provides relevant Improvement Science Subject Headings to use in your PITTCat Classic search:

School Improvement Programs

Educational Change

Curriculum Change

Educational Evaluation

Educational Reform

School Management and Organization