Research News

Tue
Apr
24
UW-Madison's Aydin Bal delivered a keynote at the 2nd International Congress on Early Childhood Intervention in Antalya, Turkey, on March 31. Bal is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Bal presented culturally responsive, school-wide behavioral intervention and support models to educators, psychologists, rehabilitation counselors, social workers, physiotherapists and researchers. He also presented his research on the implementation of Learning Labs in Wisconsin to facilitate equity-oriented partnerships between schools, communities and universities for systemic transformation.
Tue
Apr
24
UW-Madison's David Bell will be featured on a Capital Times-sponsored panel on May 8 titled "Should high schools be in the sports business?" 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). The Department of Kinesiology is housed within the School of Education. The panel will explore questions of high school sports as a focus of community life in Wisconsin, and how that role has changed in "an era of elite club teams, brain injury concerns and education reform."
Thu
Apr
19
UW-Madison's Michael W. Apple has recently delivered several presentations during his travels to Chile and Brazil. He gave an address at the book launch to honor the publication of the Spanish edition of his book, "Can Education Change Society? " in Santiago, Chile. He also gave the Paulo Freire Memorial address at Universidad Technologica Metropolitana in Santiago. Apple then went on to give addresses on "Can Education Change Society?" and "The Politics of a National Curriculum" at universities in Porto Alegre and Itajai in Brazil.
Wed
Apr
11
UW-Madison alumna Min Yu is receiving the American Educational Research Association’s Division B Outstanding Book Recognition Award for her work, “The Politics, Practices, and Possibilities of Migrant Children Schools in Contemporary China.” Min Yu earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2013. Today she is assistant professor in the Teacher Education Division in the College of Education at Wayne State University.
Fri
Apr
06
School of Education graduate students and faculty members Leema Berland, Rosemary Russ and Noah Weeth Feinstein on April 7 took part in UW-Madison's Science Expeditions event. But unlike many of their counterparts from across campus, this group not only delivered interesting and interactive learning activities — it also spoke with families about their everyday experiences and the science underlying them in an effort to bolster and improve out-of-school science ventures. This is part of their Grand Challenges Engage project, “Curiosity Practice: A powerful new lever for science engagement across Wisconsin.”
Fri
Apr
06
UW-Madison alumna Erin Quast is receiving recognition for her dissertation work from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Literature Special Interest Group (SIG). Quast, who received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is being honored for her dissertation titled, “Racial Meaning Making in 4K: An Ethnographic Collective Case Study.” She is the second place winner of the Shelby Wolf AERA Literature SIG Award for Outstanding Dissertation. Quast today is an assistant professor of elementary literacy at Illinois State University.
Tue
Apr
03
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan was in Ensenada, Mexico, last month delivering a workshop on Bayesian Methods to faculty, staff and students at the Institute for Educational Research and Evaluation. Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and the author of the 2014 book, “Bayesian Statistics for the Social Sciences.” While visiting the institute in Mexico from Feb. 28 to March 4, Kaplan was briefly interviewed by the staff for the Instituto de Investigacion y Desarrollo Educativo YouTube channel about his visit and work.
Thu
Mar
29
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is receiving the American Educational Research Association’s 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. This prestigious honor from AERA recognizes meritorious contributions to education research and is intended to publicize, motivate, encourage and suggest models of education research at its best. "This is a tremendous honor and I am deeply appreciative to be selected at this time in my career,” says Ladson-Billings, who was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year.
Thu
Mar
29
UW-Madison’s Jennifer Otting is the author of a new study examining education reform in Kosovo that was published in the journal, Compare: Journal of Comparative & International Education. Otting is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her paper is titled, “Rendering technical the responsible citizen: implementing citizenship education reform in Kosovo." This work is a product of her master’s thesis.
Tue
Mar
27
UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology is hosting its annual Safrit Lecture on Thursday, April 12, and this year’s presentation will be delivered by the University of Tennessee’s David Bassett, Jr. Bassett, a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies, will be examining “The Science of Step Counting” in his talk, which begins at 4 p.m. in room 1140 of the UW Natatorium. Bassett is an alumnus of the Department of Kinesiology, having completed his Ph.D. in exercise physiology in 1988.
Mon
Mar
26
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings will be accepting a significant honor at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting next month when she receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA’s Division B, a diverse and eclectic group of scholars who raise questions, study issues and explore possibilities related to curriculum. Ladson-Billings was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year. Today, the professor emerita is serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education.
Thu
Mar
22
UW-Madison's Mitch Nathan gave a talk at the Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar on Tuesday, March 20, ​titled "What makes math hard? Hint: It's not the math." Nathan is the director of the Center on Education and Work and is a professor of the learning sciences with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction. Nathan's talk challenged the well-entrenched idea that mathematics is hard to learn.
Wed
Mar
21
Thirty-three faculty members from across the UW-Madison campus are receiving 2018 faculty fellowships, including the School of Education's Robert Mathieu and Tom Jones. Mathieu is receiving a WARF Named Professorship, an award that comes with $100,000 to honor faculty members who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge. Jones is receiving a Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which comes with $60,000 that may be spent over five years.
Mon
Mar
19
UW-Madison's Matt Hora and Bailey Smolarek published a new research paper in the Journal of Higher Education titled, "Examining Faculty Reflective Practice: A Call for Critical Awareness and Institutional Support." The paper hones in on an often-forgotten key process of data-driven decision-making in education: teachers' reflective practice.
Thu
Mar
15
UW-Madison alumnus Christopher Kirchgasler published a new article in the American Educational Research Journal titled, "True Grit? Making a Scientific Object and Pedagogical Tool." Kirchgasler received ​his Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2017. The article explores how grit has become a way of thinking about differences among students, with Kirchgasler discussing grit as a cultural thesis that links individualism to narratives of American exceptionalism and historical progress.
Wed
Mar
14
UW-Madison's Eric Post is receiving the 2018 Sports Health T. David Sisk Award for Best Original Research Paper. Post is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Kinesiology and a research assistant with the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Lab, which is led by Assistant Professor David Bell. This award is given to the most outstanding original research paper published in the journal Sports Health in 2017. Post's paper is titled "Association of Competition Volume, Club Sports, and Sports Specialization With Sex and Lower Extremity Injury History in High School Athletes.”
Mon
Mar
12
A paper co-authored by UW-Madison's Allen Phelps and Eric Camburn in the Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research examines the role pre-college engineering courses play in a student's choice of a STEM college major. Through their research, the paper found that students who earned three credits through high school engineering and engineering technology courses were 1.6 times more likely to enroll in STEM majors. This finding persisted "even after controlling for students’ social backgrounds, academic preparation and attitudes during high school, college choice considerations, and early postsecondary education experiences."
Wed
Mar
07
UW-Madison alumna Alexandra Pavlakis has published a new article in the journal Educational Researcher titled, "Spaces, Places, and Policies: Contextualizing Student Homelessness." Pavlakis received her Ph.D. in 2015 from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The article explores the diversity of the ways students and families experience homelessness and high mobility. Pavlakis discusses the ways residential space and geographic space shape students' educational opportunities and experiences.
Wed
Mar
07
There will be a panel discussion and a gallery exhibition reception for a new exhibit, "Twice Alive: A Convergence of Art, Science and Poetry," on March 21. The panel discussion will feature Emily Arthur, Forrest Gander and Anne Pringle. At the exhibition reception Lynn Keller will introduce this interdisciplinary collaboration exploring the relations of science and art through the study of lichens and fungi.
Thu
Mar
01
UW-Madison’s David Williamson Shaffer will be delivering a keynote address at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference, which runs March 5-9, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences with the No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Shaffer is an expert on teaching and assessing 21st Century skills through educational games.