Research News

Wed
Jan
29
The paper –- titled “Remeasuring Postsecondary Teaching: How Singular Categories of Instruction Obscure the Multiple Dimensions of Classroom Practice” -– was written by Matthew Hora, an assistant scientist with UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the Center on Education and Work (CEW), and Joe Ferrare, an associate researcher with WCER.
Mon
Jan
27
A campus event in December brought together about 60 faculty members from UW-Madison's Department of Surgery and the School of Education to brainstorm about joint projects. Think of it as an "e-Harmony" for research. Dr. Craig Kent, chairman of surgery, said he hopes that it is at least as successful as a 2010 “speed dating” event with engineering faculty. That one resulted in several research partnerships between surgeons and engineers.
Sat
Jan
11
Matthew Hora, an assistant scientist with UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), recently conducted an analysis of current workforce development policy in Wisconsin and data provided by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Hora’s research indicates that the current focus on technical proficiencies fails to account for the diverse skills employers actually are looking for.
Mon
Jan
06
To make science education reform a reality, teachers and faculty would benefit from a clearer vision of what scientific explanation truly is and does. Teachers need support for learning how to engage in ambitious science teaching practices. With colleagues, Braaten created a rubric they call the Explanation Tool.
Thu
Jan
02
The associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, found that parental expectations vary by family income and by the adolescent’s particular disability, ethnicity or race, and gender.
Thu
Dec
26
UW-Madison’s Amy Bellmore, an associate professor of human development with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology, says that peer ethnic discrimination is particularly worrisome during adolescence. That’s because it affects two key developmental features — feeling left out at the time when fitting in with peers peaks in importance, and forming a negative opinion of oneself at the time when one’s ethnic identity is developing.
Mon
Dec
23
This newest issue of the UW-Madison School of Education's news magazine spotlights the range of ways in which those within the School are making a difference locally, around the state and across the globe.
Wed
Dec
18
Enright, a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology, has pioneered the scientific study of forgiveness, which now claims more than 1,000 researchers worldwide. He has spent more than 25 years researching the power of forgiveness and letting go of anger.
Wed
Dec
18
Xueli Wang, an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy analysis and WISCAPE scholar, and Kelly Wickersham, a first-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, have been named winners of the 2013 Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award from the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).
Tue
Dec
17
The assistant professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis delivered a presentation to UW-Madison’s Institute of Biology Education looking at what motivates students to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. Wang discussed her use of quantitative research methods to uncover boosters and barriers to students’ entrance into STEM fields and presented her recent work focused on understanding why students choose STEM majors.
Wed
Dec
11
An evaluation of the AVID/TOPS program, a college readiness program offered by the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) showed positive results during the 2012-2013 school year.
Tue
Dec
10
The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) has received a National Science Foundation grant to launch two massive open online courses (MOOCs) aimed at the group’s core mission of preparing graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to be future faculty who are both excellent researchers and teachers.
Mon
Dec
09
The study will involve 2,000 students from Wisconsin who are attending one of 10 public and private institutions of higher education inside the Badger State, beginning with next fall’s incoming freshman class. One thousand of the students, all from moderate and low-income families, will be given $1,000 per year, while the remainder will be tracked but not given additional financial resources.
Wed
Dec
04
Mauriell Amechi, a research associate at Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) and a Ph.D. student in UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, recently presented at two separate symposia in Madison and St. Louis.
Tue
Nov
19
Among the recipients of five new research grants awarded by the William T. Grant Foundation are UW–Madison professors Sara Goldrick-Rab and Nancy Kendall.
Sun
Nov
17
Matt Hora and Amanda Oleson of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research co-authored three new reports spelling out recommendations to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) faculty and administrators on the use of data for improving curriculum and instruction.
Fri
Nov
15
Valdez, an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Children, Youth and Families. Her work is focused on improving the psychological well-being of Latino families.
Thu
Nov
14
A diverse group of stakeholders, including UW-Madison's Peter Miller, are coming together in Pittsburgh this week to discuss poverty and homelessness. Homeless Summit IV, sponsored by the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, will focus on the growing presence and effects of poverty in the suburbs. Miller is delivering a presentation at the conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh.
Mon
Nov
11
Mead is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison whose research centers on legal issues related to special education and legal issues raised by various forms of school choice.
Sun
Nov
10
Padilla is a graduate student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. The APA Dissertation Research Awards are made annually by the APA Science Directorate to promising graduate students to assist with the costs of their dissertation research.