Research News

Tue
Feb
20
A book from UW-Madison’s Richard Halverson and Carolyn Kelley was showcased as a “director’s pick” at last week’s AASA, the School Superintendents Association, conference in Nashville, Tenn. Halverson and Kelley are co-authors of “Mapping Leadership: The Tasks that Matter for Improving Teaching and Learning in Schools,” which was released in 2017. This publication is based on 20 years of combined research on school effectiveness and leadership, and maps the quality of school leadership and tells schools the next stages for improving teaching and learning for their students.
Tue
Feb
20
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman will be taking part in a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 21, titled, “Behind the Bumper Sticker: Risk-Sharing.” This event, which runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. eastern time, will be held in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center and is designed to spur a conversation about risk-sharing proposals in anticipation of a Higher Education Act reauthorization. Hillman explains that “risk sharing,” in this context, is describing when students default on their student loan debt. Students’ credit scores are downgraded, they lose eligibility from other financial aid and they could even face wage garnishment. The colleges where these students obtained this debt have far fewer consequences when borrowers default. Because of this, Sen. Lamar Alexander has advocated for a “risk sharing” policy designed to penalize colleges with poor student loan repayment outcomes.
Mon
Feb
19
A 2005 article from UW-Madison's Michael Apple, "Doing Things the 'Right' Way," was selected as a "Hall of Fame" article by the journal Educational Review. Educational Review's Hall of Fame page selects published articles that "have proved very popular, are highly cited, or have generated considerable debate among readers." In "Doing Things the 'Right' Way," Apple discusses how the "political right" has traditionally blamed educators for “high drop-out rates, a decline in ‘functional literacy’, a loss of standards and discipline, the failure to teach ‘real knowledge’ and economically useful skills, poor scores on standardized tests, and more."
Mon
Feb
19
UW-Madison alumna Hyejung Kim will be receiving the 2018 Outstanding Student Research Award from the American Educational Research Association's special education special interest group (SIG). Kim earned her Ph.D. in special education from the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education in 2017. She is currently working as an adjunct faculty member at New York University in the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching program. This award is for Kim’s in-preparation paper titled, “Intersectionality of Ableism, Racism, and Linguicism: College Enrollment Process among Korean American Students with Autism.”
Fri
Feb
16
Think of the world as one big classroom. That is the concept behind Siftr, an online citizen-science platform created in 2015 by David Gagnon, director of Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, to help promote fieldwork in schools. Siftr encourages people to learn more about the world by actually observing it, documenting discoveries through photographs and sharing their projects online at Siftr.org.
Fri
Feb
16
UW-Madison’s Lena Batt was nominated by the university and selected to participate in the 2018 David L. Clark Seminar, a two-day event for emerging educational administration and policy scholars. The seminar is sponsored by the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Divisions A and L, and University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Batt is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, where she also earned her master’s degree.
Tue
Feb
13
Grand Challenges teams will showcase their Transform proposals submitted for funding on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Attendees to the poster fair can come speak with Grand Challenges teams about their proposals, see posters created by ​students from the School of Education's Art Department and have a complimentary lunch. The School of Education's Grand Challenges initiative aims to connect the School of Education with community partners to "identity and address critical problems in education, health and the arts."
Mon
Feb
12
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting a solo exhibition by UW-Madison's José Carlos Teixeira through May 20 in the Imprint Gallery. Teixeira is a faculty member with the School of Education's Art Department. In the exhibit, Teixeira explores themes of the complexities of immigration, belonging and exile. Titled "José Carlos Teixeira: ON EXILE," the work is a two-part exhibition featuring video essays.
Tue
Feb
06
At the "Arts Agôn: February Arts Research Forum," arts researchers will share their work with each other and UW-Madison campus colleagues. The Feb. 15 forum aims to create connections and encourage dialogue. The event will feature a Community Arts Collaboratory presentation with Erica Halverson, Kate Corby, Faisal Abdu’Allah and Stephanie Richards. These faculty and staff are partnering in the Arts Collaboratory to develop evaluation tools that can measure and ​demonstrate the impact of their various arts-based education programs.
Wed
Jan
31
UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes will be delivering a presentation at the fourth annual Healthy Hearts for Women Symposium hosted by the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Barnes will be giving a talk on Friday, Feb. 2, titled, “Sex-specific factors regulating pressure and flow.” This symposium is part of the “Go Red for Women” event that's designed to bring attention to cardiovascular disease risk in women. Barnes is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, where she heads the Barnes Lab within the Bruno Balke Biodynamics Laboratory.
Fri
Jan
26
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan will be receiving the 2018 Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association. This recognition honors an individual who has a long and distinguished history of scientific contributions within the field of quantitative research methods. Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.
Thu
Jan
25
A recent publication from UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora is being honored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) with its 2018 Frederic W. Ness Book Award, which is given to the work that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. Hora is being recognized for “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work.” Hora wrote the book with Ross J. Benbow, an associate researcher with WCER, and Amanda K. Oleson, an education scholar focused on workforce pathways.
Mon
Jan
22
UW-Madison's Beth Graue and Erica Ramberg reviewed and responded to a report about the advantages of online degree programs titled, “When Degree Programs for Pre-K Teachers Go Online: Challenges and Opportunities.” The report, written by Shayna Cook and published by the New America Foundation, argues that appropriately structured online degree programs have the potential to professionalize and increase the quality of early childhood (EC) teachers. Graue and Ramberg assert the report underplays a number of critical issues in professionalizing the field.
Wed
Jan
17
UW-Madison’s Daniel Bolt was recently elected as the president of the Psychometric Society in a vote by the organization’s membership. He will begin serving on the executive committee as president-elect in August, and will serve as president of the organization in 2019-20. Bolt is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. The Psychometric Society is a professional organization founded in 1935 with the goal of advancing quantitative methodology in the behavioral sciences. It includes more than 600 members from 36 countries representing a range of academic disciplines, as well as industry and government agencies.
Tue
Jan
16
UW-Madison’s Center for College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT) was recently awarded $25,000 by the University of Wisconsin System to conduct a study of internship programs at UW-Parkside. CCWT is ​led by Matt Hora and housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research. While internships and other forms of work-based learning are being increasingly promoted throughout the world as a way to improve the employability of college students and address workplace needs, relatively little robust empirical research exists on the relationship between internship programs and student success.
Thu
Jan
11
UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Toomarian and Edward Hubbard co-authored a research article that was published earlier this month by the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Toomarian is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology, where Hubbard is an assistant professor. Their research offers new insights into how adults process fractions. This information could one day help children more easily understand fractions, which is a key to establishing a solid foundation in mathematics.
Wed
Jan
10
UW-Madison’s Kathryn Moeller recently was named to the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal, Feminist Studies. Moeller is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. In her new role with the journal, she will be leading the review of articles related to education in a call for papers on “Indigenous Feminist Politics in Settler Contexts.”
Wed
Jan
10
The work of UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg was recently featured by the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center in its annual list of the "Top 10 Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life in 2017." The results from Goldberg’s paper, "Mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders," stood out among the hundreds of studies that were on this center’s radar. Goldberg's paper was a major research review of 142 non-overlapping studies that found mindfulness-based interventions hold promise as evidence-based treatments for psychiatric disorders, but not for everyone or for every condition. Goldberg recently completed his Ph.D. with UW-Madison’s Department of Counseling Psychology and will be joining that department as an assistant professor in August.
Fri
Jan
05
The School of Education’s Kristen Pickett is receiving a career development award for a proposed study titled, “Examining the effects of social engagement on exercise outcomes: In-home cycling for individuals with Parkinson disease.” Pickett, who is an assistant professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s Occupational Therapy program, is receiving the award from UW-Madison’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). The overall aim of ICTR Career Development awards is to develop a diverse and multidisciplinary clinical and translational research workforce.
Thu
Dec
28
A new report from a research-practice partnership between the UW–Madison School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Madison Metropolitan School District finds that, overall, students who enrolled in MMSD 4K experienced slightly stronger literacy skills and slightly higher teacher ratings of engaging in consistently high classroom effort in kindergarten. The Madison Education Partnership researchers note that MMSD’s 4K students of color, as well as those from families with lower incomes and those whose parents ended their formal education at high school, show significantly stronger literacy skills at the beginning of five-year-old kindergarten than similar students who did not enroll in 4K.