Research News

Fri
Aug
23
Hora lands NSF grant to further examine STEM skills gap
The assistant scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research will further examine the alignment between workforce needs and postsecondary curriculum in Wisconsin.
Fri
Aug
09
Goldrick-Rab examining how Single Stop USA connects students with money for college
Earlier this week, Goldrick-Rab received $150,000 from the Kresge Foundation to support her ongoing efforts to evaluate Single Stop USA.
Thu
Aug
08
Braaten to examine how teachers use and learn from data
With increasing frequency, secondary teachers are being encouraged to use data to improve their practice. Exactly what this drive for data-driven improvement means to teachers is the focus of the work of WCER researcher Melissa Braaten. The assistant professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction recently received a $300,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation to study how middle school science teachers are using standardized test scores and other forms of data to improve their instruction.
Sat
Aug
03
UW's Wager examining how home cultures shape math instruction
Anita Wager, an assistant professor of mathematics education with UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, points out that students learn mathematics more effectively when it connects to their lives outside of school.
Tue
Jul
23
Hillman brief on financial aid published in MIT Press journal
A paper by UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman and Erica Lee Orians (University of Utah) was published in the MIT Press journal, "Education, Finance and Policy."
Mon
Jul
15
Study suggests pricey football helmets don’t lower concussion risks
The newest and most expensive football helmets won’t lower an athlete’s risk of suffering a concussion, research presented by a UW-Madison alumnus at last week’s annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine indicates.
Mon
Jul
15
VARC’s early warning indicator helps Milwaukee address dropout rates
UW-Madison's Value-Added Research Center develops and implements education analytics to support educators and improve student learning. It’s housed at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at UW-Madison’s School of Education.
Mon
Jul
15
King presents at national Cognitively Guided Instruction Mathematics Conference
The presentation was called, “CGI & Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW): Building School-wide Instructional Coherence.” Cognitively Guided Instruction was developed at UW-Madison by Elizabeth Fennema and Thomas Carpenter. King presented with Carrie Clark of the Gilbert (Iowa) School District and Zack Gotto of the Humboldt (Iowa) School District.
Wed
Jun
26
WISCAPE well represented at AEI conference on financial aid
The American Enterprise Institute recently held a conference, entitled “The Trillion Dollar Question: Reinventing Student Financial Aid for the 21st Century,” that in five panels meditated on ways to improve and re-envision student financial aid.
Mon
Jun
24
Attending an elite college can benefit even those less academically prepared
Based on data from the University of California system, professors Michal Kurlaender of the University of California-Davis and Eric Grodsky of UW-Madison find that those relatively weak students who were admitted to elite University of California institutions under an unusual arrangement typically fared about as well as their better-prepared peers.
Tue
Jun
11
State teachers to showcase action research projects on campus June 14
Three cohorts of teachers -– two from rural Wisconsin and one from the Milwaukee area -- have spent much of the 2012-13 academic year engaged in provocative and informative action research projects under the direction of Mark Dziedzic from the School of Education’s Education Outreach and Partnerships Office. The teachers will be sharing their findings from 9 a.m. to noon in room 259 of UW-Madison’s Educational Sciences Building.
Mon
Jun
10
New paper looks at ways to boost community college student success
Sara Goldrick-Rab’s latest paper, "Clearing the Path to a Brighter Future: Addressing Barriers to Community College Access and Success,” was released Monday on Capitol Hill.
Fri
Jun
07
Campus group studies physical activity following knee injuries in females
The paper, which was coauthored by Andrew P. Winterstein, who directs the Kinesiology Department’s Athletic Training Education Program, is titled, “Changes in Self-reported Physical Activity Following Knee Injury in Active Females.”
Fri
May
03
Wisconsin Injury in Sport Lab examines balance in patients following knee surgery
UW-Madison researchers with the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory recently published a paper, authored by Dr. David Bell, titled “Postural Control is Negatively Affected after ACL Reconstruction as Measured by the Balance Error Scoring System.”
Sat
Apr
27
Art students participating in WID’s Frontier Fellows program
In its first year, Frontier Fellows has recruited curious students from a range of backgrounds to pursue research beyond the classroom, creating mentorship opportunities and the chance to share their research with influential contacts on campus.
Thu
Apr
18
DiME Center, Carpenter honored with Henry T. Trueba Award
Division G (Social Context of Education) of the American Educational Research Association has announced its award winners for 2013, and the Diversity in Mathematics Education Center for Learning and Teaching (DiME) was honored with the Henry T. Trueba Award for Research Leading to the Transformation of the Social Contexts of Education.
Thu
Apr
11
UW researchers explore efforts to bolster math, science instruction at college level
The article is titled, “Exploring the Role of Instructional Technology in Course Planning and Classroom Teaching: Implications for Pedagogical Reform,” and it indicates that attempts to improve math and science instruction in higher education by utilizing instructional technology need to carefully consider faculty's pre-existing teaching goals and habits when designing interventions.
Wed
Apr
10
WCER director candidate talks now available online
Recordings from the public talks of the four finalists in a search for the next director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). One will succeed Adam Gamoran, who will assume duties as president of the William T. Grant Foundation beginning in September.
Sat
Apr
06
Paper co-authored by Chan, former student nets top honors at conference
The lead author of the paper -- titled “Predictive Ability of Pender’s Health Promotion Model for Physical Activity and Exercise in People with Spinal Cord Injuries: A Hierarchical Regression Analysis” -- is former UW-Madison Ph.D. student John Keegan.
Thu
Apr
04
Kalish named to newest class of UW-Madison Vilas Associates
The Graduate School announced the winners, who will receive salary support and flexible research funding to advance new and ongoing projects.