Education & Human Development

Education & Human DevelopmentBased 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.

Learn more at our Bass Connections in Education & Human Development website.

Project Teams

Education & Human Development
Education & Human DevelopmentBrain & Society
Education & Human Development
Information, Society & CultureEducation & Human Development

Educational Pathways

The Girl Effect in Rural Appalachia is a summer program through the Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education, run by Deborah Hicks-Rogoff.


In addition to project teams, Bass Connections in Education & Human Development offers two semester-long interdisciplinary courses in the Fall.


Receive individualized guidance on how to incorporate Bass Connections into your Duke experience.

Student Stories

Check out students’ experiences in Education & Human Development.

Theme Leader

Bass Connections in Education & Human Development is led by Thomas Nechyba, Professor of Economics and Director of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI).

At a Glance

Contributing to positive life outcomes for children in a global society
15 project teams in 2016-17
2 interdisciplinary courses


Jan 24

Join us at the annual Bass Connections Fair, where students of all levels are invited to learn more about the Bass Connections project teams for 2017-2018. Plenty of food and drinks will be available. Cohosted by the Energy Initiative.

Apr 13

Visible Thinking celebrates the achievements of undergraduate researchers and explores their original scholarship in the humanities, natural sciences, engineering and social sciences.

Apr 19

Save the date for the annual Bass Connections in Education & Human Development showcase event and reception.