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Additionally, Ruffner Hall houses centers that provide services to the community, the state, and the nation, while providing students and faculty with instructional and research opportunities.
The Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Clinic provides therapy for the University's athletic teams, Student Health patients, faculty and staff, and physician referrals from the community. Offering M.Ed., Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs in athletic training and sports medicine, and an undergraduate program in sports medicine, the clinic provides practicums for both graduate and undergraduate students. It is located in the McCue Center, adjacent to University Hall.
The Center for Cardiac Health and Fitness provides professionally supervised programs of physical fitness enhancement and coronary risk factor modification. The programs provide the following services: (1) coronary risk factor screening, (2) medically supervised graded exercise testing (stress testing), (3) supervised exercise programs for normal adults, and (4) supervised exercise rehabilitation programs for coronary heart disease patients. The center also serves as a teaching and research facility for experiences in exercise physiology and sports medicine.
The Center for Clinical Psychology Services is a non-profit clinic which provides psychological and educational services to the public and serves as an in-house training facility for graduate students of the Institute of Clinical Psychology and other areas within the Curry School. The center is organized into specialized clinics and offers three basic categories of services: diagnosis, intervention, and consultation.
The Communication Disorders Facilities provide clinical, research and office space for programs in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science. Although the majority of classes are taught in the Curry School of Education's Ruffner Hall facility, the program facilities have electronic conference room capabilities; speech and language science labs; behavioral and electrophysiological audiology and hearing science research labs; individual and group client assessment, treatment, and research space; student research space; and a computer lab with network access to the Internet.
The Education Library contains approximately 150,000 volumes of current educational materials, a file of over 400,000 ERIC microfiche titles, and access to VIRGO. The library supports the academic needs of the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Curry School, and provides periodicals, microfilms, books, and reserve materials required for class reading. Optical disc (CD-ROM) data base systems and Internet connections provide access to materials from throughout the world. Retrospective research materials in education are located in Alderman Library.
The Evaluation Research Center delivers quality program evaluation services to local, state, and federal programs; conducts research on program evaluation; and trains program evaluators through a field-based program.
The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) is a team of university collaborators with a research agenda to improve the early reading achievement of children. CIERA's mission is to improve reading achievement directly and immediately through the conduct of rigorous research, analyses of the best practices among teachers, and multiple routes of dissemination to the public. The University of Virginia is one of three primary collaborators (with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University) awarded this federally funded (OERI) center grant.
The Instructional Resource Center provides students and faculty with excellent opportunities for both instruction and research. In addition to audio-visual equipment, the center houses the Audio-Visual Production Lab, both a video filming studio and a video production facility, the Special Technology Laboratory, the Apple Lab, and the interactive IBM Microcomputer Classroom.
The McGuffey Reading Center functions as a laboratory for the study of the reading process by furthering clinical and empirical research in developmental reading, and preparing graduate students to serve as reading-language specialists. It also provides a remedial center for children with reading disabilities.
The Center for Minority Research on Special Education (COMRISE) is designed to enhance the capacity of researchers in special education from historically black colleges and universities and other minority institutions of higher education to build and pursue research agendas focused on minority issues in special education. COMRISE emphasizes that personal, interpersonal, and community variables must be examined to help scholars develop a sustained research presence in the field of special education. The center is committed to facilitating research collaboration and to forming networks across the country with other researchers interested in issues related to special education.
The Motor Development Clinic provides evaluative and prescriptive services for children and youth with motor development problems. Operated by the Department of Human Services, the clinic serves as a teaching laboratory to prepare motor development specialists, and provides a source of research opportunities to produce new knowledge and understanding about motor development in children and youth.
The Motor Learning Laboratory is a research facility designed for the study of factors which influence motor skill acquisition and performance. Research can be conducted to investigate perceptual constraints, movement speed, EEG correlates of movement, substructures of balance, strength, flexibility, etc., and psychological factors related to the acquisition and performance of motor skills. Individuals seeking research experiences related to motor skill acquisition and performance utilize this laboratory.
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented The mission of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) is to produce and disseminate high-quality, practical research studies relating to the identification and development of the talent of students. The research of the center has ranged from investigations of means to encourage talent in young, at-risk students; to the social and emotional development of gifted students; to investigating the feasibility of high-end learning in middle schools. There are currently five faculty and ten graduate students working on projects of the NRC/GT.
The Center for Personal and Career Development is operated by the Department of Human Services. It trains counselors and provides counseling in career decision-making and career change, interpersonal relationships, coping with adult life transitions, and personal growth.
The Speech-Language-Hearing (SLH) Center, housed in the Communication Disorders Facility, is an integral component of the Curry School’s Communication Disorders Program and the Department of Human Services. The SLH Center is a full-service, ASHA-accredited clinical facility under the supervision of the faculty and staff of the Communication Disorders Program. It provides students in the speech pathology and audiology academic programs an opportunity to acquire experience working with individuals of all ages who have a wide range of speech, language, and/or hearing disorders.
The Sport and Exercise Psychology Laboratory is designed for experimental and interview studies on such topics as observational learning, peer relationships, perceived competence in sport, coaching feedback, performance enhancement, and character development through sport.
The Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Research Laboratory conducts research in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Specific areas of research include isokinetic assessment of human muscle performance, postural sway (balance), and joint laxity. The laboratory also collaborates on research with several departments in the Health Sciences Center, including the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Radiology.
The Center for the Study of Higher Education fosters informed and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of higher education as a resource for scholars and practitioners. It offers degree programs, seminars, short institutes and workshops, as well as research reports and occasional papers which provide administrators and other educational leaders with fresh perspectives on developments in the arena of post-secondary education.
The Center for Technology and Teacher Education is a cross-disciplinary institute with collaborating faculty drawn from several disciplines, including educational technology, teacher education, and policy studies. Teachers must be prepared to use the rapidly evolving technologies that are being placed in today's classrooms in order to realize the promise that these technologies hold for the future. If we prepare the next generation of teachers, they will effectively serve as diffusion agents. One goal of the center is to identify and develop educational technologies that should be integrated into teacher education curricula. An equally important goal is to prepare the next generation of educational technology leaders. Graduate fellows affiliated with the center are expected to serve in leadership positions in school districts, state education agencies, and teacher preparation programs.
The Virginia Center for Educational Policy Studies provides analysis and assistance to policymakers and educators whose judgment and choices among competing policy alternatives determine the quality of education in the nation. As a politically independent and academically interdisciplinary agency, the Virginia Center for Educational Policy Studies offers policy studies, policy discussions, and policy publications.
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