Research News

Wed
Jul
27
A book co-authored by UW-Madison’s John Diamond was recently named the winner of the 2016 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award by the Racial and Ethnic Minorities Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. This award honors the significant theoretical and empirical contributions of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva to the understanding of contemporary race and racism. The publication, “Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools,” is co-authored by Amanda Lewis.
Fri
Jul
22
UW-Madison’s Bruce King and Laura Lang recently delivered a presentation at the International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas, which was held July 14-17 in Toronto. They were joined by Mary Allen and Cathy Moore from the Green Lake School District, which is Wisconsin’s only 4K-12 international baccalaureate (IB) district. Their session was titled, “University-K-12 Partnership: Enhancing IB Unit Plans and Assessments through Collaborative Conversations using Authentic Intellectual Work.”
Fri
Jul
15
Students who make relevant arm movements while learning can improve their knowledge and retention of math, research has shown. Now researchers at UW-Madison and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, have developed a model using geometry proofs that shows potential for wide adoption -- a video game in which students make movements with their arms to learn abstract math concepts. This project is being led by UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan and Peter Steiner, and SMU’s Candace Walkington. This research team is also collaborating with SMU Guildhall, SMU's graduate-level academic program focused on digital game development.
Wed
Jul
13
A second group of companies formed with assistance from UW-Madison’s Discovery to Product (D2P) has “graduated” from a program designed to advance innovations based on research on campus. And among the startups receiving this recognition is KIINCE, which produced a stroke rehabilitation device. This company is the brainchild ​of the School of Education’s Kreg Gruben, an associate professor with the Department of Kinesiology.
Tue
Jul
12
A new study from a Wisconsin Center for Education Research team led by Matthew Hora finds that providing more active learning in college and the workplace, and discouraging “purple squirrel” hiring practices, are key to meeting Wisconsin’s workforce and civic needs. The Wisconsin study is discussed in greater detail in “Beyond the Skills Gap,” a book scheduled for release by Harvard Education Press this fall. Looking ahead, Hora wants to expand the study globally by investigating the relationship between classroom teaching and workforce development in East Asia.
Fri
Jul
01
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The Summer 2016 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni, and features a cover story about the Morgridge Center for Public Service, which is celebrating 20 years of bridging campus and community.
Mon
Jun
27
A new article by UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman examining the importance of geography when it comes to opportunities in higher education was recently published by the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ). The report is titled, “Geography of College Opportunity: The Case of Education Deserts.” AERJ is the American Educational Research Association’s flagship journal. Hillman writes that "this study finds that the number of local colleges varies along lines of race and class. ... These can result in education deserts, or places where opportunities richly available for some communities are rare (or even nonexistent) in others.”
Mon
Jun
27
UW-Madison's Jacob Meyer is the lead author of a new paper examining the influence of exercise on depression. The report was published online in the journal Behavior Therapy. Results from this study could encourage those suffering from depression to consider light exercise as a useful symptom self-management tool. Meyer is an alumnus of the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, where he earned a Ph.D. in 2015. He currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and as an Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology.
Wed
Jun
22
Education Week recently published a report headlined, “The ‘Maker’ Movement Is Coming to K-12: Can Schools Get It Right?” UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson is among the range of experts -- from a number of fields -- interviewed for this in-depth report. The associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction tells Education Week, "The fear out there is that schools have to choose between making and academic work, but empirically that turns out not to be true."
Wed
Jun
15
UW-Madison's Tim McGuine agrees that concussions are an important topic. But this alumnus of the Athletic Training Program adds, "concussions are sucking up all the air in the room when it comes to discussions about sports injuries -– and we need to think about the well-being of the entire student-athlete.” It’s this perspective of identifying and understanding the range of risk factors, preventative measures and outcomes for sports injuries that McGuine brings to his work with UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program, which is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Wed
Jun
08
The Atlantic on June 6 published a short article headlined, “The Professional Burdens of Being a ‘Model Minority.’ ” The report by Adia Harvey Wingfield examines how “stereotypes about Asian Americans are often held up as proof that racial labels can be flattering, but they subtly produce a number of problems in schools and offices.” And among the resources The Atlantic uses in its efforts to put this topic in perspective is research conducted by UW-Madison’s Stacey Lee, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Tue
May
31
UW-Madison's Aydin Bal is the lead author of an article that was recently published in the journal Review of Educational Research (RER). The article is titled, “Culturally Responsive Experimental Intervention Studies: The Development of a Rubric for Paradigm Expansion.” Bal explains that the article presents a rubric for culturally responsive experimental intervention studies and its underlying theoretical framework. The rubric operationalizes cultural responsiveness in the context of experimental intervention research.
Sat
May
28
The latest edition of “The disAbility Advocate,” the annual alumni newsletter for UW-Madison’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, is now available online. The department is housed within the School of Education.
Fri
May
27
A new article by UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman is critical of policies that link state funding of public higher education to certain performance measures. The report, released by The Century Foundation earlier this week, is titled “Why Performance-Based College Funding Doesn’t Work.” More than two-thirds of states are either developing or using some sort of performance-based funding for public colleges and universities, with performance being tracked in areas such as graduation rates and degree production numbers. But Hillman argues this way of distributing funding is rarely effective.
Thu
May
26
Many veterans of the Gulf War, which took place from 1990-91, suffer from a complex and chronic illness that can cause pain, fatigue and cognitive problems. UW-Madison’s Dane Cook is in the midst of a four-year project searching for answers to Gulf War Illness (GWI) thanks to a grant he received from the Department of Veterans Affairs. To learn about this project, check out a new report from Eric Rajala, MERIT’s video producer.
Thu
May
19
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) doctoral students who participate in teaching-development activities during graduate school are more likely to use effective instructional methods once they begin teaching --- and also may increase their prospects for being hired into college faculty positions -- according to a recent study funded by the National Science Foundation. The seven-year study found that participation in teaching-development programs during doctoral studies can have a long-term impact on STEM teaching practices across the nation.
Tue
May
17
Video from Rachelle Winkle-Wagner’s recent talk, “Affirmative Action Under Fire: Discourse on the Texas Top Ten Percent Plan,” organized by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.
Thu
May
12
Projects both large and small will help UW-Madison contribute knowledge and resources across the state, thanks to grants from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. This year, nine grants of up to $120,000 were awarded as well as 11 mini-grants of up to $4,000 to encourage innovation and experimentation in small-scale projects. Among those receiving funding are: Carmen Valdez, an associate professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology; Michael Dando, a graduate student with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; and David Gagnon, an alumnus of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Tue
May
03
UW-Madison’s Dr. M. Alison Brooks, along with co-investigator David Bell, is receiving a grant for her research titled, “Parent-Athlete Knowledge of Sport Volume Recommendations, Attitudes and Beliefs towards Sport Specialization.” The grant, awarded by the foundations for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, is for $20,000. Bell is an assistant professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training Program and the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WISL).
Fri
Apr
29
Bianca Baldridge, an assistant professor with UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, is the recipient of a prestigious National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. The award, which was announced Friday, April 29, will allow Baldridge to undertake a research project during the 2016-17 academic year titled, “Exploring Race and Educational Opportunity within Community-based Educational Spaces.”