Research News

Fri
Feb
19
Mark Connolly, an associate research scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in UW-Madison’s School of Education, has been invited to serve on a National Academies of Sciences committee charged with developing indicators of quality in undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Connolly will join 13 other national experts in education, workforce and industry, and data analytics over the next two and a half years to study the issue and create a framework for indicators to gauge the national status and quality of postsecondary STEM education.
Thu
Feb
18
An article from UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman titled, “Evaluating the Impacts of ‘New’ Performance Funding in Higher Education,” was the No. 2-most-read article in AERA's journal of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis in 2015. This article notes how “new research found that state higher education performance funding falls short of its intended goals of raising student retention and degree completion rates at community colleges.” Co-authors were David A. Tandberg of Florida State University and Alisa H. Fryar of the University of Oklahoma.
Wed
Feb
17
UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan will be giving the keynote talk Feb. 19 at the Research in Mathematics Education’s annual Research-to-Practice Conference. His presentation will be delivered to a group of K-12 mathematics educators and will examine integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. His talk will draw on findings and recommendations from the recent National Academies report that Nathan contributed to, “STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research.”
Mon
Feb
15
The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) will host its annual UW-Madison Education Research Poster Fair on Monday, Feb. 29. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, is a tremendous opportunity to both share and learn about the latest education research happening at UW-Madison. The event also ​can provide valuable presentation experience to students. Poster applications are due Feb. 24. This year's fair will also include a lecture from James Minor, an alumnus of the School of Education who is a deputy assistant secretary with the U.S. Department of Education.
Thu
Feb
11
UW-Madison’s Carmen Valdez was recently awarded a mini-grant through the university’s Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. Valdez’s research team will use the funding to partner with Glacier Edge Elementary School in Verona with the goal of implementing Fortalezas Familiares (Family Strengths) beginning in the fall of 2016. Fortalezas Familiares is an intervention for Latina women with depression and their families. Valdez is a licensed professional psychologist and an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology.
Wed
Feb
10
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the lead author of a recent article that examines the role of faculty mentoring in helping underrepresented students succeed in their pathways into and through graduate education. This critical multisite case study appears in the March/April issue of The Journal of Higher Education, and is titled, “Entering the (Postgraduate) Field: Underrepresented Students’ Acquisition of Cultural and Social Capital in Graduate School Preparation Programs.” Winkle-Wagner is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an affiliate with the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.
Fri
Feb
05
A multidisciplinary team of UW-Madison researchers – led by the School of Education's Andrew Winterstein and School of Human Ecology's Dee Warmath -- is receiving funding from the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense to study the most effective ways to teach athletes and young adults about the importance of reporting when they have suffered a concussion. “Sports concussions, like all sports injuries, are a significant public health concern,” says Winterstein, who heads the Department of Kinesiology's athletic training program.
Wed
Feb
03
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman and Taylor Weichman have authored a paper that explores how where students live affects their options for attending college. The American Council on Education-commissioned report is titled, “Education Deserts: The Continued Significance of ‘Place’ in the Twenty-First Century.” This is the first paper in “Viewpoints,”a series by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy that will explore pressing issues in higher education.
Thu
Jan
28
UW-Madison's Erica Halverson is working with the Madison Public Library’s "Bubbler" on a cutting-edge project to measure how "hands-on" building can help learners make the grade in academics. Halverson is an associate professor with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and a researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).
Thu
Jan
28
A team of researchers from UW-Madison, including the Department of Kinesiology’s David Bell, are co-authors of a recent paper that indicates student-athletes who suffer concussions are more likely to sustain lower extremity injuries after returning to play than their non-concussed teammates. The paper, which appears in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, is titled, “Concussion Increases Odds of Sustaining a Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injury After Return to Play Among Collegiate Athletes.”
Tue
Jan
26
Brittany Travers, a faculty member with the Department of Kinesiology's occupational therapy program, is conducting groundbreaking research at UW-Madison's Waisman Center. Travers is studying children with autism spectrum disorder by using a Wii to learn more about how helping them improve their motor skills may have a positive impact on their symptoms.​ It was during her time in graduate school that Travers first began to notice slight differences in the way people with ASD moved compared to those not on the spectrum.
Mon
Jan
18
UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab will be at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, taking part in an event titled, “Education Scholars Convening on Community College Research.” According to an invitation Goldrick-Rab received from the Executive Office of the President, the event will “discuss research on strengthening community colleges and expanding college opportunities for students. You will have the opportunity to hear from Senior Officials from the White House Domestic Policy Council, White House Council of Economic Advisers, and the U.S. Department of Education.”
Wed
Jan
13
UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora reports that he will be speaking to some state legislators and their staff members at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Hora will be talking about research he recently conducted on a three-year study about the relationship between workforce needs and higher education curricula in Wisconsin.
Tue
Jan
12
UW-Madison’s Julie Mead is the co-author of a recent paper examining whether charter schools may be developing conditions that are reminiscent of the subprime mortgage crisis. The report, published by the Social Science Research Network, is titled, “Are We Heading Toward a Charter School 'Bubble'?: Lessons from the Subprime Mortgage Crisis.” The authors explain the “process in which charter school bubbles might form and burst in Black, urban communities” and “discuss the steps that federal and state governments should take to avoid the creation of bubbles in these vulnerable neighborhoods.”
Fri
Jan
08
UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson received word earlier this month that she had been appointed as a new associate editor of the Journal of the Learning Sciences. This publication is the official journal of the International Society of the Learning Sciences. Halverson is an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Wed
Jan
06
UW-Madison’s Percival Matthews and Edward Hubbard have co-authored a research article that sheds new light on the question of whether there are basic abilities that lay the foundation for people to better understand math concepts such as fractions and algebra. The article, “Individual Differences in Nonsymbolic Ratio Processing Predict Symbolic Math Performance,” was recently made available online by the journal Psychological Science.
Tue
Jan
05
UW-Madison’s Kreg Gruben will be the featured speaker at this week's Wednesday Nite @ the Lab ​event on Jan. 6. Gruben, an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, will be delivering a presentation titled, “Walking and Strokes: A Delicate Balance.” Wednesday Nite @ the Lab is a weekly event that runs from 7 to 8:15 p.m. and is open to the public. The talks, which are free, are held in Room 1111 of the Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building.
Tue
Dec
29
UW-Madison’s Fred Newmann and Bruce King are co-authors of a new book titled, “Authentic Intellectual Work: Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning.” Newmann is an emeritus professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, while King is a faculty associate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Thu
Dec
24
UW-Madison’s Hsun-yu Chan and Xueli Wang are the co-authors of a report that was recently published by the journal Community College Review. The article is titled, “Interact for What? The Relationship Between Interpersonal Interaction Based on Motivation and Educational Outcomes Among Students in Manufacturing Programs at Two-Year Technical Colleges.” Chan is a postdoctoral research associate at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) who recently completed his Ph.D. with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Wang is faculty member with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Fri
Dec
18
How does your brain form memories? UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach sheds light on this interesting topic in the Dec. 14 installment of the Blue Sky Science series. Vlach is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and director of the Learning, Cognition & Development Lab. Blue Sky Science is a collaborative project between the Wisconsin State Journal and the Morgridge Institute for Research. The questions are posed by visitors to the Discovery Building. The Blue Sky Science team then sets out to find an expert to answer the questions.