Dr. Schoen Awarded The Robert M. Gagné Research Award

April 1, 2024

The Florida State University College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) hosted its 2024 Research Showcase, highlighting groundbreaking projects by both students and faculty. The event served as a platform for innovative ideas that have the potential to shape the future of these fields.

"Graphic featuring  photo of Dr. Robert Schoen and Dean Emerita Marcy Driscoll holding a plaque. The text reads Dr. Robert Schoen Robert M. Gagné Research Award "

Dr. Robert Schoen's study titled "Impact of an Inquiry-Oriented Intervention on Teaching and Learning of Seventh-grade Statistics" garnered the Robert M. Gagné prize from the FSU College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences for outstanding faculty research. Schoen used a randomized controlled trial research design to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention designed to improve teaching and learning of statistics and data literacy, offering valuable insights for educators seeking to improve these critically important skills.

Robert Mills Gagné earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1940. In 1969, following an already distinguished career working with U.S. Air Force research laboratories, acting as director of research for the American Institutes of Research, and serving as a distinguished professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Gagné was recruited to FSU. He is the only faculty member in the College of Education to have served as president of the American Educational Research Association. He is only the second faculty member from the college to have been named a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, the highest honor that the faculty can bestow on a colleague. His scholarly contributions elevated the reputation of his program, Instructional Systems, as well as the college and university. Gagné retired in 1985 but continued working and writing for almost 10 more years. This award honors his research legacy and the spirit of mentoring with which he worked with students and faculty colleagues.