Research News

Tue
Aug
13
While observing heavy use of selfie apps such as Snapchat, UW-Madison graduate student Amy Niu found herself wondering about the effects that virtual makeovers have on college-age females. “I started to wonder how looking at a different self will change how people will view themselves,” said Niu, who is in the School of Education’s highly regarded Department of Educational Psychology.
Wed
Aug
07
UW–Madison’s Michael Apple is receiving the 2018 Article of the Year Award from Educational Review. This honor is for his essay, “Rightist gains and critical scholarship,” which was published by the journal in January 2018. The award is selected by the national editorial board of the Educational Review. Apple, who is widely known for conducting groundbreaking work as one of the leading founders of the field of critical curriculum studies, is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.
Tue
Aug
06
In Julie Underwood’s latest Under the Law column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine, she discusses three cases from the 2018-2019 Supreme Court term that have big implications for education. Underwood is UW–Madison's Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice. The three cases — American Legion vs. American Humanist Association (2019), Kisor vs. Wilkie (2019), and Department of Commerce v. State of New York (2019) — also reveal deep divisions in the U.S. Supreme Court, according to Underwood.
Fri
Aug
02
UW–Madison alumna Mercy Agyepong accepted a position as an assistant professor of sociology of education at New York University. Agyepong, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies this past spring, will begin serving as a faculty member at NYU in September 2019. Her research examines the ways in which school context impacts perceptions and understandings of “Blackness” and “Africanness” in unique ways, with her dissertation titled, “Blackness and Africanness: Black West African immigrant students’ experiences in two New York City high schools.”
Thu
Aug
01
A team of researchers, many with ties to UW–Madison’s School of Education, collaborated on an article recently published in The Review of Higher Education titled, “Connecting Identity with Research: Socializing Students of Color Towards Seeing Themselves as Scholars.” The report notes: “Findings revealed that intentional bi-directional socialization processes that incorporated students' backgrounds into their academic pursuits positively contributed to students' development as scholars."
Wed
Jul
31
UW-Madison’s Anthony Hernandez was awarded a prestigious 2019 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation Research Development Award. The Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Policy Studies has an abiding passion for improving educational opportunities for Latinx students.
Tue
Jul
30
Helping sixth graders see their concerns about measuring up in middle school as normal and temporary can boost grades and attendance, while reducing behavioral problems, a new study by UW–Madison researcher Geoffrey D. Borman shows. The brief, low-cost intervention, done early in the school year, also scales up easily for use by an entire school district.
Fri
Jul
26
UW-Madison’s Kelli Koltyn and Kevin Crombie recently participated in a symposium titled “Exercise and the Endocannabinoid System: Implications for Mental Health” at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, Florida. Koltyn is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, while Crombie is a graduate student with the department.
Thu
Jul
25
UW–Madison’s Robert Enright is receiving a 2019 Expanded Reason Award in recognition of his pioneering work on the power of forgiveness. This international award from the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Spain, and the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, recognizes extraordinary teachers and researchers. Enright, a professor with the School of Education’s highly regarded Department of Educational Psychology, is being recognized in the Expanded Reason Award’s research category for his book, “Forgiveness Therapy: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope.”
Tue
Jul
23
Kelli Koltyn and Susan Andreae recently received a UW-Madison Contemporary Social Problems Initiative Award for their project titled “Enhancing Maintenance of Standing Up and Moving more in Older Adults.” Koltyn is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, while Andreae is an assistant professor with the department. Older adults spend most of the day in sedentary behavior increasing their risk for chronic health conditions, functional limitations, and premature mortality. Thus, there is a need for community-based interventions that reduce sedentary behavior and get older adults moving more throughout the day.
Fri
Jul
19
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan was named a research affiliate at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) located in Bamberg, Germany.
Thu
Jul
18
UW-Madison’s Ellie Bruecker is the co-author of an important new paper that is designed to help states reconsider, reconceptualize, and ultimately improve their higher education authorization processes. The paper, published by SHEEO, is titled “Improving State Authorization: The State Role in Ensuring Quality and Consumer Protection in High Education.”
Wed
Jul
17
UW-Madison alumnus David Perrodin presented at the July 3 Wednesday Night at the Lab (WN@TL) event, delivering a talk on the UW-Madison campus titled, "School safety in America: Rhetoric vs reality." Perrodin earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in 2016. He is the author of the book "School of errors — rethinking school safety in America."
Tue
Jul
02
Over the next two years, a team of education researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will use a new $1.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to learn significantly more about college internships and how students of color enter the workforce from college. Awarded to the Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions (CCWT) in the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research, the funding will allow Matthew T. Hora and his multi-disciplinary research team to expand the College Internship Study from its current five campuses to six new partner institutions.
Fri
Jun
28
The latest edition of Learning Connections, an alumni news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The ​Summer 2019 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The cover stories are focused on Connecting with Community, and the School's efforts to explore new possibilities, engage diverse voices, and improve lives.
Mon
Jun
24
This year, three graduate students with ties to the School of Education have received Global Health Institute awards and grants. Niu Yanzhuo and Rui Meng of the Department of Educational Psychology, and Ngonidzashe Mpofu of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, all earned Gradate Student Research Awards.
Thu
Jun
20
A team of researchers from the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology was recently awarded two grants to examine brief mental health interventions that are designed for use in schools. An overarching goal of these projects — which are funded via the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) — is to test strategies that schools can use to support students who are at risk for social-emotional and behavioral concerns.
Tue
Jun
18
A literacy and arts enrichment program for low-income children aged 2-18 in Madison is a force for good mainly because it creates a "safe place" for participants to take risks and learn to express themselves, according to program evaluation experts at UW-Madison.
Tue
Jun
18
In the world of K-12 English language proficiency assessment, a population of U.S. students is often overlooked, according to Laurene Christensen, a principal investigator at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Although federal law, requires each state to assess the English language proficiency of these underserved students, many states have never done so because they lack the knowledge and resources on how to go about it, she says.
Mon
Jun
17
The School of Education’s Grand Challenges initiative, which aims to ignite cross-disciplinary innovation, spent much of the 2018-19 academic year focusing on a new Seed Grants Competition. In late May, nine interdisciplinary teams were awarded $75,000 each to grow their ambitious ideas