Research News

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Apr
28
Digital education may be an innovative path forward for the American public schools system, but many of the existing virtual teaching programs have serious flaws, according to a new book co-authored by WCER researcher Annalee Good and former UW–Madison assistant professor and WCER researcher Patricia Burch. The book, “Equal Scrutiny: Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education,” is set for publication in May.
Sun
Apr
27
The latest book by UW-Madison alumna Angelina E. Castagno was recently published and is titled, “Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools.” Castagno earned a master’s degree in 2003 and a Ph.D. in 2006 from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. This book “investigates how whiteness operates in ways that thwart (or co-opt) even the best intentions and common sense. The result, according to Angelina E. Castagno, is educational policies and practices that reinforce the status quo and protect whiteness rather than working toward equity.”
Mon
Apr
21
As an academic, Carmen Valdez appreciates the importance of conducting quality research and the value of producing fresh knowledge that can advance a field. Yet it’s the work that directly touches the lives of others that drives her. “Part of my job is to conduct research and publish and get my work out to other professionals,” says the associate professor of counseling psychology. “But it’s when I get out and am able to work with people and different communities that I really become motivated. That is what drives me.”
Mon
Apr
21
The School of Education’s Graduate Research Scholars (Ed-GRS) will be hosting a Spring Showcase event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. This is an opportunity to learn about the various research topics and to provide valuable feedback in a safe and comfortable environment. These scholars will be presenting their research in room 159 of the Education Building. Each presenter will speak for roughly 10 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session for 15 minutes.
Fri
Apr
18
Catherine Compton-Lilly, an associate professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, says the crisis facing American schools is not a lack of common standards. The real crisis is racism and poverty. Mainstream news accounts of “failed schools” blame teachers and cite declining standards. But the fault lies in schools’ inability to equitably serve the wide range of students coming through the doors.
Wed
Apr
16
Mentoring experts at UW-Madison, including WCER researcher Christine Pfund, are teaming with leading researchers at four other universities to pursue a unique $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The one-time-only grant will be awarded by the NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to the best proposal for establishing a national research mentoring network for underrepresented trainees and their mentors. The goal of the network would be to increase diversity in the scientific workforce.
Mon
Apr
14
Francisco Sánchez 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. Moving forward, he plans on helping interpret biological studies and relaying information so it can be more easily understood. Sánchez was given the unique opportunity to do just that as his expertise was highlighted in the documentary, “Survival of the Fabulous.”
Sat
Apr
12
Isaac McFarlin Jr., Assistant Research Scientist of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, will speak at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) on Friday, April 18 as part of the center’s Visiting Minority Lecture Series. His talk is titled, “Investing in Schools: Capital Spending, School Conditions, and Student Achievement.” McFarlin will discuss the impact on student outcomes of state and local government investments in public school facilities.
Fri
Apr
11
An article co-authored by UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan that examines the effectiveness of various learning techniques was the most downloaded article in 2013 –- and of all-time -- for the journal “Psychological Science in the Public Interest.” The article is titled, “Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology,” and it was downloaded/accessed more than 100,000 times in 2013.
Mon
Apr
07
The Wisconsin HOPE Lab, which is housed within UW-Madison's School of Education, is the only laboratory in the United States dedicated to translational research for improving equitable outcomes in postsecondary education. Studies have shown that even as attendance at Wisconsin’s colleges and universities grows, many students — especially those from low- and moderate-income homes — are not graduating.
Sun
Apr
06
The article is titled, “Middle-Class Parents and Urban Public Schools: Current Research and Future Directions.” UW-Madison's Linn Posey-Maddox is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. She recently published a new book titled, “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools.”
Sun
Apr
06
UW-Madison’s Francisco Sánchez is the co-author of a paper that was recently published in the international journal Neuroscience. The report is titled “Puberty in the Corpus Callosum.” Sánchez is an assistant professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology.
Sat
Apr
05
UW-Madison student Alexandra Pavlakis, who is a Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, has been selected to work as a member of the National Leadership Preparation Accreditation Review Process Committee of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Refresh (ISLLC) Grants Projects.
Thu
Apr
03
UW-Madison students Catherine Dornfeld, Nicole Martin and Liz Toomarian have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowships. All three are pursuing doctorates with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. The NSF graduate research fellowships support these students' doctoral dissertations in the field of the Learning Sciences.
Sat
Mar
29
The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network (the Network) is a match-making endeavor that is designed to facilitate relationships among university researchers and educators to create new pathways for innovating teaching and learning practices. The Network is a collaborative effort between the UW-Madison School of Education, Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Fri
Mar
28
Earlier this month, researchers at UW-Madison announced the release of a new survey tool that helps K-12 schools measure the extent to which tasks proven to improve learning are happening at a school. This survey, named the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL), was created by School of Education professors Richard Halverson and Carolyn Kelley, and the web-based tool is now being made available to all schools via WCEPS.
Mon
Mar
24
UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab is one of two winners of the “Early Career Award,” while Adam Gamoran is one of three winners of AERA's Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. AERA will honor the recipients for their outstanding scholarship and service at an awards ceremony on April 5 at the AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Thu
Mar
20
The paper is titled, “Leadership on the Social Frontier: The Role of the Principal in Comprehensive Reform Settings,” and is co-authored by Martin Scanian and Nathan Wills.
Wed
Mar
19
His first presentation, titled “Democratic Education: Historical Consciousness and the Moralizing Limits of the Present,” runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 24 in room 267 of the Teacher Education Building. Friedrich then will deliver a lunchtime lecture from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 called, “Democratic Education as a Curricular Problem: Memory, History and Teaching in Post-Dictatorship Argentina.” This talk will take place in 206 Ingraham Hall
Tue
Mar
18
A National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Viewpoint by UW’s Nicholas Hillman, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy analysis, discusses possible unintended consequences of the proposed federal college ratings system.