Research News

Wed
Sep
26
UW-Madison’s Percival Matthews is the principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that’s designed to examine ways to promote equal sign knowledge among school children. The researchers will test the effectiveness of brief episodes of instruction over the course of a semester to build children’s understanding of the equal sign and associated gains in algebraic thinking. Participants in the research will be elementary- and middle- school students.
Tue
Sep
25
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan will be spending two weeks in January as a visiting researcher at the Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER). Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. During his time at LISER, Kaplan will be presenting his recent work on Bayesian approaches to estimating country-level trajectories in educational outcomes and collaborating on multiple LISER-based projects.
Mon
Sep
24
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman is taking part in a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, Sept. 25 examining policy changes from President Donald Trump’s administration that scholars fear could be closing the door to college for students of color. The event, which is being hosted by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, is being held in room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Hillman will give a presentation titled, “How Accountability Can Increase Racial Inequality: The Care of Federal Risk-Sharing.”
Thu
Sep
20
The Mixed Methods blog recently put the spotlight on research that examines the success of students at community colleges conducted by UW-Madison’s Xueli Wang, who is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She also is a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. Wang studies college students’ learning, pathways and success, with a particular focus on community colleges and STEM education.
Wed
Sep
19
UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach and Percival Matthews each recently received an Understanding Human Cognition Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF). The two are faculty members with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. These awards, of which only 10 were given out this year, each provide $600,000 of funding to be used over the next six years.
Wed
Sep
19
The work of UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman on “education deserts” is the focus of a recent podcast hosted on the CPRE Knowledge Hub website. The “Research Minutes” podcast explains: ”Despite a growing demand for college-level education in communities across the U.S., millions of residents currently live in what researchers call ‘higher education deserts,’ areas where students have limited or no access to a public, broad-access four-year university.” Hillman, who has conducted significant research on this topic, is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis,
Mon
Sep
17
UW-Madison’s Craig Albers was recently named by the Society for the Study of School Psychology as the 11th editor of the Journal of School Psychology (JSP). Albers is an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology, where he is director of the school psychology program. Albers will begin his term as editor-elect in January of 2019 and he will serve as editor from January 2020 through the end of 2024.
Thu
Sep
13
UW-Madison’s Tom Popkewitz delivered a keynote speech at the European Educational Research Association ‘s annual conference in Bolzano, Italy, earlier this month. Popkewitz is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His research focuses on the systems of reason that govern curriculum reforms, the sciences of education and teacher education. His keynote was titled, “The Paradox of Research: The Good Intentions of Inclusion that Excludes and Abjects.”
Wed
Sep
12
UW-Madison’s Matt Hora has started a residency as a guest professor in the School of Education at Tianjin University in China, where he will teach and study for 2½ weeks. Supported by a $10,528 grant from Tianjin University, Hora will deliver guest lectures and oversee a team of faculty members and graduate students working to implement the WCER-based College Internship Study at Tianjin and at a the nearby School of Applied Sciences. The overall study, directed by Hora starting in April, uses a mixed-methods approach based on student focus groups, an online student survey and interviews with faculty members, career services professionals and local employers.
Tue
Sep
11
UW-Madison’s Rui Li was recently awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Grant from The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education. Li is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No.1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is now one of 130 grantees from 26 different countries who have received this award since 2002. The project that’s being funded is titled, “Multimodal Learning and Communication Through Transnational Digital Storytelling.”
Mon
Sep
10
UW-Madison’s Bianca Baldridge is the author of an op-ed that explains how afterschool youth work can be both beneficial and harmful, as it perpetuates deficit-based narratives that frame black and Latinx youth as culturally deprived, academically unmotivated, and in need of saving. Baldridge is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is a sociologist of education and youth worker, and the author of the forthcoming book, “Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work."
Fri
Sep
07
To broaden participation in STEM programs and fields, the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Sept. 6 announced the award of a five-year, $10 million NSF INCLUDES Alliance grant to be co-led by UW–Madison’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. CIRTL is a collaborative network of 39 research universities based in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within UW‒Madison’s School of Education. Funding for this new alliance builds on an earlier NSF INCLUDES pilot project awarded to CIRTL in 2016.
Fri
Sep
07
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood takes a look back at some important Supreme Court rulings for education during the tumultuous 2017-18 Supreme Court term in her latest “Under the Law” column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine. Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Thu
Sep
06
UW-Madison’s Diana Hess appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show” earlier this week to talk about the importance of civics education. Despite requiring high schoolers to pass a civics test, Wisconsin is one of the few states in the country that doesn’t require schools to offer a civics course. Hess, who is Dean of the School of Education, has spent much of her career researching the impact of school-based civic education programs and how students experience and learn from discussions of highly controversial political issues.
Wed
Sep
05
UW-Madison’s Susan Miller Smedema was recently awarded a pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a project that examines ways to help people with the disease bolster their quality of life. Smedema is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and is the director of the rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program. Her research project will investigate if individuals with MS who have specific strengths of character -- such as creativity, perseverance, gratitude or hope -- may be protected against negative effects of MS.
Mon
Aug
27
Researchers at UW–Madison have built a robot, named Minnie, to serve as a reading buddy to middle school kids. Minnie’s new friends grew more excited about books and more attached to the robot over two weeks of reading together. Joseph Michaelis, a graduate student studying with the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology, is the lead author of a paper on this work published Aug. 22 in the journal Science Robotics. The report is co-authored by Bilge Mutlu, a computer sciences professor.
Thu
Aug
23
UW-Madison alumna Kara Finnigan is the co-author of a book due out in October that’s titled, “Striving in Common: A Regional Equity Framework for Urban Schools.” Finnigan received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2003, and today is a professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. The book is also written by Jennifer Jellison Holme, an associate professor of education policy in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mon
Aug
20
UW–Madison faculty and staff recipients of Fall Research Competition awards say they are thankful for the funding to help them acquire the resources they need to engage in their research. But perhaps most important, they say, is the student support they are able to provide thanks to the funding. Helen Lee, ​an assistant professor of glassworking with the School of Education's Art Department and head of the glass lab, says Fall Research Competition funding has allowed her to buy materials for her studio, crate and ship her work to exhibitions, and have a graduate student project assistant with the necessary experience to assist her in the hot shop.
Tue
Aug
14
UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg was awarded the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy’s 50th Anniversary Research Grant. The award provides $30,000 in funding and will support Goldberg’s research proposal, “Why do some therapists get better outcomes? Correlates of therapist effects in naturalistic psychotherapy.” Goldberg received his Ph.D. from the Department of Counseling Psychology in 2017 and is an incoming faculty member with the department.
Thu
Aug
02
A new Vialogues video features UW-Madison’s Maxine McKinney de Royston discussing an article she co-authored and that appeared in the Teachers College Record. McKinney de Royston is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Positive student-teacher relationships are known to benefit students' experiences in school and academic success, but positive student-teacher relationships are not the norm for African-American male students. In the article, McKinney de Royston researches what characterizes teacher-student relationships within all-black, all-male classrooms.