Education & Human Development
Based on the recognition that successfully reaching adulthood is about more than test scores, Bass Connections in Education & Human Development encompasses an interdisciplinary framework to engage students and faculty to develop the data, tools and practices that better link how we raise our children—in schools, in families, and in communities—to positive life outcomes in an interconnected global society.
We see “education” not just as formal K-12 schooling but also as learning via families and social channels, and “human development” as encompassing valued life outcomes across ages including health, social and familial connections, happiness, income, and employment.
In addition to project teams, Bass Connections in Education & Human Development offers semester-long interdisciplinary courses.
The Girl Effect in Rural Appalachia is a summer program through the Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education, run by Deborah Hicks-Rogoff of the Social Science Research Institute.
Receive individualized guidance on how to incorporate Bass Connections into your Duke experience.
The Social Science Research Institute runs the Education & Human Development theme, which is led by Thomas Nechyba, Professor of Economics and Director of the Social Science Research Institute, and Anna Gassman-Pines, Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy