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.

Join us at the EHDx Talks on April 19, 2017.

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


Mar 01
Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson, a faculty mentor for PebblePad, will walk you through creating your first portfolio items in PebblePad, plus how to create assignments for students (or others) to complete.

Mar 08
Molly Griffith and Zapoura Newton-Calvert

Molly Griffith (Associate Director, Office of Academic Innovation) and Zapoura Newton-Calvert (Faculty in Residence for Engagement) will reveal some of the professional portfolios being developed by students, speak to the kinds of departments and organizations using PebblePad on campus and explore how PebblePad is implemented in the classroom.

Mar 27
Dr. Miguel Nicolelis

Join the Bass Connections research teams of Duke and the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) for a day-long conference on higher education and social mobility in the urban periphery of Rio de Janeiro.