Research News

Mon
Nov
10
A mathematics training program at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is helping answer the nation’s need for a continuing supply of experts who can provide an empirical basis for curriculum design, assessment, instruction and learning environments, and who can determine the effectiveness of educational programs and policies.
Sat
Nov
08
UW-Madison’s Bruce King, a faculty associate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, is providing expert external assessment to a project at the University of Desarollo, Chile. The goal of the project is to promote the development of meaningful learning and generate a greater commitment with the learning process in students by the incorporation of the methodology of authentic assessment in university teaching.
Tue
Nov
04
In guest posts on the WISCAPE blog, participants who came together at a recent forum to examine the future of Wisconsin's public, four year universities offered their critical reflections.
Sat
Nov
01
UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz will be delivering a Daxia Forum Lecture and a series of seminars Nov. 1-6 at East China Normal University in Shanghai. The Daxia Forum Lecture, which will take place on Nov. 4, it titled, “The Problem of Social and Educational Change and the (Im)Practicality of Practical Research."
Thu
Oct
30
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan received word earlier this week that he is a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award. This award will allow him to spend up to a year at the German Institute for International Educational Research in Frankfurt, Germany, working on the development and application of Bayesian statistical methods for large-scale educational assessments.
Thu
Oct
30
UW-Madison’s Julie Mead gave a presentation on Friday, Oct. 24 at the 2014 Fordham Urban Law Journal’s annual Cooper-Walsh Colloquium. The event, held at Fordham University's Law School, was dedicated to the topic of, “Financing and Fairness: Implementation and Equity in the Urban Charter School.” Mead, a professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, delivered a presentation titled, “The Right to an Education or the Right to Shop for One: Examining Voucher Programs in Relation to State Constitutional Guarantees.”
Wed
Oct
29
UW-Madison’s Mitch Nathan delivered a presentation on Wednesday at the University of Delaware titled, “Rising to the challenges of integrated STEM education: A response from the field of learning sciences.” This talk was part of a colloquium series hosted by the University of Delaware’s School of Education.
Wed
Oct
22
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants totaling $306,628 to seven doctoral students at UW-Madison through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program. And two of those -- Amy Porter and Nancy Rydberg -- are pursuing doctorates from the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Wed
Oct
22
Julissa Ventura, a Ph.D. candidate with UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, will be presenting at the Morgridge Center for Public Service’s first "Bagels and Research: Community-based Research in Action" program of the 2014-15 academic year. This event, which is free and open to the public, runs from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in room 154 of the Red Gym.
Tue
Oct
21
UW-Madison professor Sara Goldrick-Rab and Andrew Kelly, director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute, are the editors of a new book, titled "Reinventing Financial Aid: Charting a New Course to College Affordability," in which the two experts weigh in on issues with current student loan policies and argue the time has come to reform our financial aid system.
Tue
Oct
21
UW-Madison’s Jerlando F. L. Jackson has been invited to the White House to discuss President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The meeting takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the White House. Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative earlier this year to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.
Fri
Oct
17
In recent weeks, a sense of celebration has mounted within WCER as it readies to turn 50. In recognition of its 50th anniversary, making it one of the first centers established on this campus, WCER invites its researchers and staff, as well as campus and community members, to a daylong celebratory symposium and evening keynote lecture on Monday, October 20. For more information visit 50years.wceruw.org.
Fri
Oct
17
The second annual Cellmer Morgridge Literacy Research Symposium will take place Thursday, Oct. 23 on the UW-Madison campus. Maisha Winn, the Susan J. Cellmer Professor of English Education, and Gay Ivey, the Tashia F. Morgridge Professor of Reading Education, host the event, which begins at noon in room 220 of the Teacher Education building. This year’s symposium will feature a presentation from Stanford's Shirley Brice Heath.
Wed
Oct
15
UW-Madison’s Mindi Thompson is the lead author of a recently published paper that appears in the most recent edition of the Journal of Career Assessment. The article is titled, “Personal and Contextual Variables Related to Work Hope Among Undergraduate Students From Underrepresented Backgrounds.”
Wed
Oct
15
UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab is the principal investigator for a research award from the United States Department of Treasury. The award is for project called, “Borrow$mart: A Field Study of an Online Financial Capability Tool’s Effects on the Schooling and Financing Decisions of Private-Sector College Students.” This project will examine the role of online financial counseling for college students who are at high risk of problems in the student loan market.
Tue
Oct
14
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates has committed $7.2 million to assist two UW-Madison initiatives in helping disadvantaged students complete degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and pursue careers in these in-demand fields. The Madison-based Great Lakes announced it will grant $3.2 million to the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) and $4 million to hundreds of Wisconsin college students who will take part in an experimental study conducted by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.
Fri
Oct
03
UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson and Rebekah Willett teamed with the Madison Public Library to land a two-year, $456,627 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will focus on “makerspaces,” which are workshop environments where groups of people come together to produce new arts and engineering-based artifacts.
Thu
Oct
02
UW-Madison’s Francisco J. Sánchez is the co-author of three papers that have recently been published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Sánchez is an assistant professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology. He arrived on the UW-Madison campus in the fall of 2012 after spending eight years with the Department of Human Genetics and the Center for Gender-Based Biology at the UCLA School of Medicine. For nearly a decade now, he has collaborated on research investigating the biological basis for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Wed
Oct
01
UW-Madison’s Constance Steinkuehler recently received a grant worth $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop new methodologies for capturing and including discourse in big data sets. This research project will examine the learning of a large number of students playing the video game “Virulent,” which is designed to help students learn about viruses. Steinkuehler and her colleagues have been focused on building engaging game-based learning environments, and are now examining ways to better assess the relation between game-play and learning.
Tue
Sep
30
Professor john powell, one of the nation’s leading experts on race, structural racialization and opportunity structures, will be facilitating a conversation with UW-Madison School of Education faculty, students and administrators from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Powell will talk about structural racialization and the opportunity gap in education and how we can move towards a more equitable, shared future in our city and state.