Research News

Mon
Mar
16
To determine how the public and private pre-kindergarten systems might work together more efficiently, UW-Madison's Beth Graue and colleagues recently interviewed Wisconsin educators and state policymakers. “Wisconsin is a good example of the rapidly evolving policy landscape,” says Graue, the School of Education’s Sorenson Professor of Curriculum and Instruction.
Sat
Mar
14
UW-Madison’s Bruce Wampold will be giving a talk on Friday, March 20 about his recently released book, “The Great Psychotherapy Debate (second edition).” The event is being hosted by the Department of Counseling Psychology as part of the Diversity and Social Justice Committee’s Colloquium Series.
Wed
Mar
11
UW-Madison’s Fong Chan, Norman Berven and Kenneth Thomas are co-editors of the second edition of “Counseling Theories and Techniques for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Professionals,” which was recently released in paperback by Springer Publishing Company.
Sat
Mar
07
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Steven Durlauf -- two UW-Madison professors with opposing points of view -- will discuss the merits of President Barack Obama’s recent proposal to offer free tuition to students for two years at community colleges. The talk will be held on Thursday, March 12, and runs from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea Room. It is free and open to the public.
Fri
Mar
06
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education asks what would happen if we committed Pell Grant money to eighth-grade students from low-income families in order to encourage them to stay on the college path. The article points to a paper written by Robert Kelchen and Sara Goldrick-Rab, which examines the costs and benefits of this commitment.
Fri
Mar
06
UW-Madison’s Fong Chan and doctoral candidate Hyun-Ju Kang are co-authors of a paper that earned the top American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) Research Award. This first-place honor is for an article titled, “Effect of Supported Employment on Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Case Control Study.” This paper was published in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Thu
Mar
05
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan was recently named an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. Kaplan will be involved in presenting workshops, consulting with students on their research and participating in the national and international large-scale assessment research activities conducted by the Oxford University Center for Educational Assessment (OUCEA). Kaplan chairs UW-Madison’s highly regarded Department of Educational Psychology and is a professor of quantitative methods.
Wed
Mar
04
A publication co-edited by UW-Madison’s Maisha T. Winn has earned the 2015 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research Special Interest Group (SIG). The book that is receiving the honor is titled, “Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry With Youth and Communities.”
Tue
Mar
03
A team led by Matthew T. Hora of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) has received additional National Science Foundation funding to continue examining the intersection between curriculum and instruction in higher education, and workforce needs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related industries.
Mon
Mar
02
The Wisconsin Center for Education Research’s (WCER) Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP) in the Education Sciences provides a rare opportunity for graduate students from several disciplines to create a research community. A select group of students from sociology, economics, psychology, political science, and social welfare learn to design, carry out, and analyze specialized research in education issues. Perhaps most importantly, they learn to produce evidence about what education programs and policies can benefit students.
Fri
Feb
27
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman is the lead author of a monograph that was recently published in the ASHE Higher Education Report. This study is titled, “Public Policy and Higher Education: Strategies for Framing a Research Agenda.” Hillman says this paper was written for graduate students and junior faculty members, like the co-authors, who are examining ways to better frame and conduct higher education research so that it will be more relevant to policymakers.
Thu
Feb
26
UW-Madison’s Julie Mead will be delivering a presentation in Wausau on Thursday, Feb. 26, that will examine some of the controversy surrounding proposed legislation related to vouchers and school choice in Wisconsin. The event is being sponsored by the Wisconsin institute for Public Policy and Service, and it runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the UW Center for Civic Engagement, 625 Stewart Ave., in Wausau.
Tue
Feb
24
UW-Madison’s Maisha T. Winn earlier this month helped deliver a presentation about an article that she co-authored for the journal Race and Social Problems. The article, titled, “Expectations and Realities: Education, the Discipline Gap, and the Experiences of Black Families Migrating to Small Cities,” is co-authored by Lawrence Torry Winn. They delivered a presented about this work at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research on Feb. 7 in New Orleans.
Wed
Feb
18
As the face of America becomes increasingly diverse, the number of children’s books by and about people of color has remained stubbornly stable over the past 25 years, according to annual data compiled by UW-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center. The most recent figures released Feb. 18, however, may contain a sliver of good news for those hoping that kids’ books will one day better reflect the population at large.
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.