Research News

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UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple is a co-editor of a newly released book titled, “Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education.” Says Apple: “I've devoted a good deal of time to critically analyzing the growing power of the corporate sector in education. This is now an increasingly international situation, one whose effects are quite worrisome." The book is co-edited by Helen M. Gunter and David Hall, both of whom are professors of educational policy at the University of Manchester.
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Mar
28
UW-Madison’s Erika Bullock will be delivering a keynote speech at the International Mathematics Education and Society Conference taking place in Volos, Greece, April 7-12. Bullock, an assistant professor of mathematics education with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will be giving a presentation titled, “Beyond ‘Ism’ Groups and Figure Hiding: Intersectional Analysis and Critical Mathematics Education.”
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Mar
27
UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Larson was awarded the inaugural 4W Innovation Award. Larson is an associate professor of occupational therapy with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The 4W Program (Women, Well-being in Wisconsin and the World) is a collective of interdisciplinary leaders focused on improving the quality of women’s lives in local and global communities. This new award, supported by the Women’s Philanthropy Council, is intended to support a key research-to-action initiative that will benefit women’s health and well-being, and improve gender equity.
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Mar
25
UW-Madison alumna Kristin Papoi is receiving the 2017 Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Arts & Learning Special Interest Group (SIG). Papoi’s dissertation research, which was funded by the Morgridge and Barton fellowships, was a multiple site case study that explored the affordances of arts-based pedagogies for elementary aged English learners in Chicago and Los Angeles. Papoi received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016.
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Mar
24
The School of Education's Kristen Pickett was selected to join UW-Madison’s BIRCWH Scholars Program. BIRCWH is an acronym for building interdisciplinary research careers in women's health. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health as a K-12 institutional training grant and structured mentoring program for junior faculty who conduct women’s health or sex/gender-based research. Pickett’s proposed training project is titled, "Examining the effects of social engagement on exercise outcomes: In-home cycling for underserved women of Wisconsin.”
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Mar
23
The Spring 2017 volume of The Review of Higher Education was recently released, and this highly regarded publication features three reports co-authored by faculty members and Ph.D. students with UW-Madison. The Review of Higher Education is the flagship journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
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Mar
23
UW-Madison's Douglas Rosenberg is giving a visiting artist lecture at Yale on Wednesday, March 29 titled "Surface Tensions: Screenic Bodies and the Sequential Moment." Rosenberg chairs the School of Education's Art Department. During the lecture, Rosenberg will discuss paradigms for the treatment of dance in various arts contexts. The event is sponsored by the Yale School of Art and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.
Wed
Mar
22
The Spring 2017 issue of ForwardED is now available. ForwardED is the digital newsletter from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, part of UW–Madison’s School of Education since 1964.
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Mar
21
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora and Hyoung Joon Park recently published a new paper in the Review of Higher Education about about how faculty and administrators use, or don't use, data to inform teaching and learning. The paper, titled "Data driven decision-making in the era of accountability: Fostering faculty data cultures for learning," is based on the TPDM project at WCER. Hora and Park co-authored the paper with Jana Bouema-Gearhart at Oregon State University. The paper details the status and attitudes in U.S. education at all levels toward the use of hard data in making educational policy choices and revisions.
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Mar
17
The research of UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes was recently featured in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s “Spotlight on Research.” The report is headlined, “Vascular dementia: Exercise, blood flow and the aging brain.” The release of the story was timed to help draw attention to Brain Awareness Week, March 13-19. Barnes, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, researches potential risk factors for both cardiovascular disease and dementia.
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Mar
10
Leonel Lim and UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple are the editors of a recently released book titled, “The Strong State and Curriculum Reform: Assessing the politics and possibilities of educational change in Asia.” Says Apple: “Too often we talk about borrowing supposedly successful curriculum reform from places such as Singapore, China, Japan or South Korea in a vacuum. This book demands that we look much more closely at the realities of government power and control."
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Mar
10
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora recently published an article in the February issue of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) journal. Hora is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is housed within the School of Education. Hora is also an assistant professor of adult teaching and learning with the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies. The article is headlined, "Beyond the Skills Gap," and explores many of the themes in Hora's recently published book of the same name.
Thu
Mar
09
UW-Madison’s Bailey Smolarek will be receiving the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group. Smolarek is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her Ph.D. from the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in May. Smolarek’s dissertation is titled, “ ‘Unintended Consequences ‘: Reforms, Race, and the Schooling Experiences of Mexican Emergent Bilinguals in a New Destination High School.”
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Mar
09
Alumna Bethany Wilinski is publishing a book based in her dissertation research while at UW-Madison. Wilinski received a Ph.D. in 2014 from the School of Education's departments of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Today, she is an assistant professor with Michigan State University's Department of Teacher Education. The book is titled: "When Pre-K Comes to School: Policy, Partnerships, and the Early Childhood Education Workforce," and will be released March 10.
Wed
Mar
08
A National Academies of Sciences (NAS) committee whose members include Janet Branchaw and Eric Grodsky, both on faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education and principal investigators at its Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), recently released a study examining evidence on undergraduate research experiences. Branchaw and Grodsky are among 16 experts from across the country who were invited to join the committee in 2015.
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Mar
08
UW-Madison alumna Ligia (Licho) López López will be receiving a Recognition Award for her dissertation work from Division B (Curriculum Studies) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). López López earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and her adviser was Professor Thomas Popkewitz. Her dissertation is titled, “Indígena: A history of curriculum, teacher education, and the making of human kinds.”
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Mar
03
UW-Madison alumnus Leonard Taylor is being honored with the 2017 Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE). Taylor received his master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is now an assistant professor in the educational leadership department at Mississippi State University. A Mississippi State press release says Taylor's research explores how higher education administrators, faculty and staff members can enhance student success and improve the "quality, quantity and diversity" of U.S. graduates by using data and other promising practices.
Wed
Mar
01
UW-Madison’s Brett Nachman authored a chapter in a newly released book that’s titled, “Structural Challenges and the Future of Honors Education.” Nachman’s chapter is called, “Bridging the Academic Gap,” and it examines community college honors students embarking on transfer to four-year institutions with honors programs, and what institutional partnerships among honors programs may look like. Nachman is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
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Feb
27
This latest work from UW-Madison's Catherine Compton-Lilly examines issues of schooling and how students and their parents make sense of educational experiences over the course of many years. The book follows a group of about 10 students from first grade through high school, bringing to the forefront issues and insights that are invisible in shorter-term projects.
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Feb
27
UW-Madison's Ellie Bruecker is a co-author of a new report from the Association of Community College Trustees that examines the role of financial aid in supporting students. Bruecker is a doctoral candidate with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The report is titled, "Aiding Success: The Role of Federal and State Financial Aid in Supporting California Community College Students."