Research News

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Jul
21
In study after study, high-quality early education is showing to be vitally important in placing children of all backgrounds on a path to academic success. Sometimes lost in this early education conversation is the significance of mathematics, which appears to be a better predictor of later academic achievement than early literacy. UW-Madison's Anita Wager and Beth Graue have spent the past five years working with local 4K teachers on a project funded by the National Science Foundation that examines teaching early math.
Fri
Jul
17
The University of Wisconsin System and Castle Worldwide are partnering to bring a comprehensive and highly successful placement testing program to the national higher education market, the organizations jointly announced Thursday, July 16. For the past 40 years, the University of Wisconsin System has been offering placement exams to students entering into both its two- and four-year institutions. The UW System’s Center for Placement Testing is directed by Jim Wollack, an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.
Thu
Jul
09
With bipartisan support, the state legislature in Oregon earlier this month passed a bill ensuring that if eligible students apply for federal grants for community college, the state will cover the remainder of their tuition. UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab in February testified to Oregon’s Senate Committee on Education in favor of a bill that waived community college tuition for some students.
Wed
Jul
08
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This latest issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni.
Tue
Jul
07
The internship, a long-held tradition of the business world, is overdue for innovation, says David Williamson Shaffer, a learning sciences professor with UW-Madison's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Backed by $12 million in funding from private foundations and the National Science Foundation, Shaffer is creating internships infused with key findings from education research in his Games and Professional Simulations lab at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, part of the university’s School of Education.
Mon
Jul
06
Leema Berland, Melissa Braaten and Rosemary Russ of UW-Madison's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction were awarded a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant for “Fostering Pedagogical Argumentation: Pedagogical Reasoning With and About Student Science Ideas.”
Thu
Jun
25
The work of UW-Madison’s Maisha Winn is featured in the William T. Grant Foundation’s 2014 Annual Report. Winn is the Susan J. Cellmer Chair in English Education and a professor of language and literacies with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The article begins by noting: “Maisha Winn’s research sits at the intersection of literacy, justice, and the school-to-prison pipeline."
Wed
Jun
24
A recent study co-authored by UW-Madison’s Lisa Cadmus-Bertram that examines whether or not fitness trackers really improve health is garnering significant media attention. Cadmus-Bertram, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, is the lead author of a paper appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study found that overweight middle-aged and older women who used a Fitbit got about an hour of additional exercise a week, while a group of women that were given pedometers didn't improve.
Tue
Jun
23
UW-Madison announced the winners of the most recent Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition -- and six different projects led by faculty, staff and students from across the School of Education received funding. The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment allows students, faculty and staff to extend their talents, knowledge and research beyond the borders of the university — the core definition of the Wisconsin Idea.
Mon
Jun
22
UW-Madison’s Maisha Winn was appointed co-editor for the 2017 edition of “Review of Research in Education,” the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) journal that focuses on a chosen topic each year. The topic for the 2017 volume will be, “Disrupting Inequality through Education Research.”
Fri
Jun
12
Teachers from the Milwaukee and Madison areas will be on campus Wednesday, June 17 presenting the action research projects that they developed in conjunction with the School of Education’s Office of Education Outreach and Partnerships. The event runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Towne Center of the Discovery Building on the UW-Madison campus. About 25 teachers will be presenting their findings on a range of research topics after spending much of the past academic year examining various issues.
Mon
Jun
08
An article in U.S. News and World Report references a paper, titled "The Costs of College Attendance: Trends, Variation, and Accuracy in Institutional Living Cost Allowances," which is co-authored by UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab. In their research, the authors found higher education institutions’ cost-of-living estimates to be highly variable -- even among colleges and universities located virtually right next to each other. The article explains that calculating living costs has a very real impact on student financial aid.
Fri
Jun
05
UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman is the author of an opinion piece in Friday’s Inside Higher Ed that is headlined, “Why Wisconsin Matters to You.” In it, Hillman explains how a move by lawmakers in Wisconsin to undermine tenure has national implications. Hillman is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).
Mon
Jun
01
Beijing Normal University's School of Education and Department of Curriculum Studies recently named its new center for education studies after UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz. Called the Research Center of Popkewitz Studies (RCPS), this initiative is designed to bring together a collaborative educational research network based at Beijing Normal University in China that will further expand on the groundbreaking work of Popkewitz over the past four decades.
Fri
May
29
UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach recently received the William Chase Memorial Award. This honor is an early career award in cognitive science that is given out biennially to a young scholar who conducts research that exemplifies the scientific values of the late Bill Chase. Vlach is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Her work resonates with Chase's emphasis on a deep understanding of processes underlying learning and performance.
Tue
May
26
An article by UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman in The Conversation addresses common misperceptions about student debt and attempts to set the record straight about what current research says and what we still don’t know.
Tue
May
19
University Communications reported Tuesday (http://www.news.wisc.edu/23782) that six members of UW-Madison faculty have been appointed to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation named professorships. And among those being recognized is Tom Loeser, a professor with the School of Education’s Art Department. These appointments include $75,000 in research support from WARF over five years. The University Communications article reports that Loeser is now the Skip Johnson Professor of Art.
Thu
May
07
UW-Madison’s Constance Steinkuehler will be one of the featured speakers when the University of Bradford hosts the United Kingdom’s first conference about how computer games can help children’s learning, the Telegraph & Argus newspaper reports. Steinkuehler is scheduled to talk about how educators can make the most out of the ever-changing technological world when she comes to Bradford for the conference June 17 to 19.
Tue
May
05
Emily Arthur, an assistant professor of printmaking with UW-Madison’s Art Department, and her undergraduate student, Luke Johnson, were recently awarded a Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship. They will use the grant to study alternative methods of aquatint, which is an intaglio printmaking technique. What they learn could transform the way the Art Department teaches this process -- and by extension influence printmakers in educational and studio contexts across the country.
Fri
May
01
On April 23, Clifton Conrad, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at UW-Madison and an affiliate of WISCAPE, led a discussion about his recently published book, Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority-Serving Institutions, which he co-authored with Marybeth Gasman.