Research News

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.
Wed
Feb
28
UW-Madison alumna Jennifer Seelig’s dissertation research examining educational policy in rural Wisconsin is receiving recognition from two different groups associated with the American Educational Research Association -- Division L (educational policy and politics) and the rural education special interest group. Seelig received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2017. Her ethnographic study examines a small town in Northern Wisconsin. "I am very pleased that my colleagues acknowledge the importance of considering the effects of educational policies in rural contexts," says Seelig.
Sun
Feb
25
Adam Nelson, an alumnus of UW-Madison, was selected to receive the 2018 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). Nelson earned his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2017. Nelson’s dissertation is titled, "Learning and Development as a Result of Student Conduct Administration." Reviewers noted how Nelson’s dissertation is contributing to the field’s knowledge base and professional practice, adding that his research methodology was sound and thorough.
Sat
Feb
24
Jacob Lindheimer has been selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development to receive a five-year Career Development Award. Lindheimer is a third-year post-doctoral fellow with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology, where he works with faculty member Dane Cook’s Exercise Psychology Lab. The long-term goal of ​Lindheimer's research project, “Acute exercise tolerance among Veterans with Gulf War Illness,” is to develop an evidence-based exercise dose that can be prescribed to Veterans with Gulf War Illness.
Fri
Feb
23
Kathryn Moeller first started looking into efforts by major corporations and their foundations to support girls and young women in Latin America, Africa and Asia more than a decade ago. At the time, several global brands, such as Nike and ExxonMobil, were getting behind theories promoted by some economists in the early 1990s that considered investing in girls’ and women’s education to be the most efficient way to end poverty and promote development. Moeller’s extensive research examining these efforts was released in a new book in February titled, “The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development.”
Thu
Feb
22
UW-Madison's David Bell, Eric Post, Daniel Schaefer and Stephanie Trigsted co-authored a new study titled, "Sports Specialization Characteristics Between Rural and Suburban High School Athletes." The study set out to explore the differences in sport participation characteristics between suburban and rural high schools, and how the differences may correlate with overuse injuries. The resulting data indicates high school athletes at suburban high schools who classified as highly specialized and engaging in a high competition volume are more likely to be associated with a higher risk of overuse injury.
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."