Research News

Tue
Feb
17
Since Gov. Scott Walker released his proposed 2015-17 biennial budget, many have asked if there are lessons we can learn from other states about the likely impact of the governor’s recommendation on the UW System. WISCAPE's Noel Radomski writes: “Based on a literature review, conversations with higher education scholars and system administrators, and an informative Wisconsin State Journal article by Dan Simmons, one state sticks out above all others: Virginia.”
Thu
Feb
12
UW-Madison’s Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire will be presenting a C4 Public Lecture on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 18, titled, "Video Games and Popular Culture as a Sticky Medium for Public Engagement in Science.”
Tue
Feb
10
Four Wisconsin educators got the opportunity of a lifetime this fall when they received a behind-the-scenes tour of Finland’s education system. Greg Sonsalla, a sixth grade science teacher at the Glacial Drumlin Middle School in the Monona Grove School District, and Waunakee Middle School eighth grade science teacher Jessica North spent five days in September in Finland. They traveled to Finland with Dana Gnesdilow, who works in UW-Madison Professor Sadhana Puntambekar’s Interactive Learning and Design Lab.
Mon
Feb
09
A new study recently published by four UW-Madison education researchers, all graduate students in sociology and fellows in WCER’s Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences, identifies processes for improving the engagement of low-income Latino families with their children’s elementary schools. The researchers studied data drawn from families in Phoenix, Arizona, and San Antonio, Texas, who participated in the FAST program -- an after-school program designed to strengthen relationships between families and schools.
Sun
Feb
08
In 2013-14 UW–Madison Professor Emeritus and WCER researcher Allen Phelps and colleagues looked closely at demographic factors and school factors associated with students’ success in dual-credit courses at Fox Valley Technical College and 20 large public high schools. Theirs was part of a larger study examining the factors affecting postsecondary student success at four Wisconsin technical college campuses.
Fri
Feb
06
Amanda Ochsner, a researcher at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s Games + Learning + Society group and Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is writing a dissertation about women and digital game design, and probing the reasons why so few women are game designers.
Wed
Feb
04
UW-Madison’s Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning finding success in helping prepare future and current college faculty on campus to become better teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. This initiative is funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within the School of Education.
Tue
Feb
03
Young students in the Madison Metropolitan School District were part of a study assessing a new curriculum meant to promote social, emotional and academic skills, conducted by UW-Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the Waisman Center. Researchers found that kids who had participated in the curriculum earned higher marks in academic performance measures and showed greater improvements in areas that predict future success than kids who had not. The results were recently published in the journal Developmental Psychology.
Tue
Feb
03
UW-Madison's Alison Brooks and David Bell were recently awarded a grant from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) to analyze the potential problems associated with student-athletes at the high school level specializing in a single sport.
Fri
Jan
30
UW-Madison alumna Julie Stamm is the lead author of a new study out of the Boston University School of Medicine that points to a possible increased risk of cognitive impairment from playing youth football. Stamm is a Ph.D. candidate in anatomy and neurobiology, and is part of the research team at the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. She received her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program, which is housed in the Department of Kinesiology, in 2009.
Fri
Jan
30
In an effort to inform the public about Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to grant the UW System more freedoms and flexibilities from the state, while at the same time cutting $300 million from its budget, those associated with the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education are posting a series of articles to the WISCAPE blog.
Thu
Jan
29
The second edition of Bruce Wampold’s, “The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work,” has been updated and revised to expand the presentation of the Contextual Model, which is derived from a scientific understanding of how humans heal in a social context and explains findings from a vast array of psychotherapies studies.
Wed
Jan
28
An article by UW-Madison’s Erica Turner was recently published by the American Educational Research Journal. The paper is titled, “Districts’ Responses to Demographic Change: Making Sense of Race, Class and Immigration in Political and Organizational Context." Its abstract notes that that “many U.S. public school systems now face three large demographic shifts: rising poverty, the growing number of students from immigrant families, and increasing populations of students of color. Yet, we know little about how district policymakers react to these important changes.”
Fri
Jan
23
A public policy pre-conference forum at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference brought together a group of performance funding scholars and practitioners, including the UW’s Nicholas Hillman, to examine the landscape of performance-based funding policies and to discuss future directions for this increasingly-popular policy instrument.
Thu
Jan
15
UW-Madison’s Maisha T. Winn is the author of an essay that appears in a new book titled, “Girls in Justice.” Winn is UW-Madison’s Susan J. Cellmer Chair in English Education, and is a professor of language and literacy with the top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The section authored by Winn is titled, "Between 'Black girls rock' and a hard place," and it examines racial disparities in the punishment of black girls in the juvenile justice system.
Wed
Jan
14
Performance-based funding is falling short of its intended goals of raising student retention and degree completion rates at community colleges, according to a new research paper co-authored by UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman. “Tying state financing to college ‘performance’ is expected to create an incentive for colleges to produce more degree recipients and retain students at higher rates. However, evidence from the Washington experiment suggests these results do not occur in systematic ways,” says Hillman
Tue
Jan
13
A paper co-authored by UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan that examines the effectiveness –- and ineffectiveness -- of various learning techniques is being highlighted in a special edition of Scientific American Mind magazine. The “Your Inner Genius” special edition, released earlier this month, features a write-up headlined, “What Works, What Doesn’t." The article preview notes: "Some study techniques accelerate learning, whereas others are just a waste of time — but which ones are which? An unprecedented review maps out the best pathways to follow.”
Mon
Jan
12
UW-Madison’s Kristen Pickett is looking for about a dozen individuals who have Parkinson’s disease to take part in a free program that will examine the benefits of Tango dancing. Pickett explains that exercise has been shown to benefit individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Specifically, gait (walking), disease severity and quality of life have all shown improvement following controlled exercise studies.
Mon
Jan
05
What are the purposes of public education? Are they the right kinds of purposes now, and were they the right kinds of purposes 50 years ago? Questions like this will be addressed by a new interdisciplinary Center for Ethics and Education to be housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at UW-Madison’s School of Education.
Wed
Dec
31
The latest edition of Learning Connections, the School of Education’s alumni magazine, is now posted online.