Research News

Mon
Nov
13
UW-Madison's Laura Hamman has published an article in Language and Education about the impact of translanguaging in two-way dual language immersion (DLI) contexts. Hamman is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in English as a second language and bilingual education. Hamman's dissertation explores the language and literacy practices of emergent bilinguals in two-way immersion classrooms and considers how classroom practices, policies and ideologies shape students' bilingualism.
Sat
Nov
11
The research of UW-Madison's Dane Cook examining white matter damage and pain in veterans is featured in a news story from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Cook is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and a research physiologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Changes in brain white matter show that there is something wrong in the central nervous system that may explain why the veteran is experiencing widespread pain," says Cook.
Wed
Nov
08
UW-Madison's Andrea Ruppar ​is receiving the Early Career Publication Award from the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Ruppar is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. The paper was published in the journal Teacher Education and Special Education, and is part of a larger project exploring perceptions about expertise for teachers of students with significant support needs.
Tue
Nov
07
UW-Madison's Percival Matthews recently co-authored a journal article titled, "An Emoji is Worth a Thousand Variables." Matthews is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology. The article -- which appears in the journal The Mathematics Teacher and is co-authored with teacher Tony McCaffrey -- explores the potential of icon-based mathematical games, emoji math and mobile math to promote student engagement and understanding of algebra.
Tue
Nov
07
UW-Madison's Douglas Rosenberg will give a lecture titled "Hiding in Plain Site: Screendance Histories and the Expanded Imagination," on Nov. 9 at Stanford University. Rosenberg is the chair of the School of Education's Art Department. The talk will visualize a history of screendance and its theory and practice in a way that focuses on the intersections of choreography, visual arts, theater, storytelling and more.
Tue
Oct
31
UW-Madison’s Erika Bullock is receiving the Taylor & Francis Best Paper award for her recently published report, “Only STEM can Save Us? Examining Race, Place and STEM Education as Property.” Each year, the American Educational Studies Association’s Taylor & Francis Best Paper Committee reviews all of the manuscripts published in the journal Educational Studies for the year. The committee then selects one as the paper of the year.
Thu
Oct
26
UW-Madison's Erica Turner recently published an article with the ​online Journal of Education Policy about the marketing practices of school districts that emphasize the "racial diversity" of their students and schools while attracting new families. "Public schools serve students across ethnic, racial, linguistic, gender, and class lines, but this study asks scholars and practitioners to consider more deeply what it means to value diversity and what relationship diversity has with equity in education, particularly in increasingly marketized educational environments," says Turner, an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies.
Mon
Oct
16
A team of researchers, including UW-Madison’s Amy Bellmore, has found that not only is an ethnically diverse school good for students’ cultural appreciation, but it may also be good for their grades. The report is titled, “Early Adolescents’ Peer Experiences with Ethnic Diversity in Middle School: Implications for Academic Outcomes,” and it appears in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The report found that all students in the study benefited academically from cross-ethnic peer interactions.
Wed
Oct
11
UW-Madison's Ellie Bruecker authored a policy memo analyzing the fiscal effects of Wisconsin's expanded statewide Parental Choice Program, describing how the voucher program impacts school districts across the state. Bruecker is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her analysis finds that while the fiscal effects of the program on public school districts are still relatively small, they are likely to grow over time.
Wed
Oct
11
UW-Madison's Jerlando Jackson will give a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the College of William & Mary as part of the institution's Diversity Lecture Series. The talk is titled, "Diversity Prism Imperative: Advancing Organizational Ownership of Disparities in Higher Education." In the talk, Jackson will discuss his new working concept of Diversity Prism Imperative in relation to the changing landscape of student bodies, faculty and staff at colleges and universities in the United States growing more diverse.
Tue
Oct
10
Governments and higher education institutions are rushing into the internship game, enthusiastically cheerleading the concept. On the surface, work-based learning appears to be beneficial for everyone. Employers get an inexpensive extra hand who could later become a new hire, students acquire valuable, real-world experience while still in school and educators enhance a student’s classroom knowledge with hands-on learning. But Matt Hora says it's time to take a step back and take a closer look at what we start mandating for students.
Fri
Oct
06
UW-Madison's Xueli Wang, Seo Young Lee and Amy Prevost recently published a report included in the Community College Review's special issue titled "Transfer Matters." The special issue focuses on highlighting new research about transfer students and the community college sector. Wang, Lee and Prevost's study is titled, "The Role of Aspirational Experiences and Behaviors in Cultivating Momentum for Transfer Access in STEM: Variations Across Gender and Race."
Tue
Oct
03
In its first report, the Madison Education Partnership takes a close look at the first six years of 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) offered by Madison’s public schools. The researchers find more than two-thirds of the district’s kindergarten students start in 4K, and that 4K classes are more diverse.
Mon
Oct
02
UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman and Valerie Crespin-Trujillo recently co-authored a paper in the American Educational Research Journal titled "Evaluating the Impact of Performance Funding in Ohio and Tennessee." The paper explores how Tennessee and Ohio have responded to using performance-based funding models that tie appropriations directly to educational outcomes. The research states that the only significant positive effects were that Tennessee community colleges produced more certificates.
Fri
Sep
29
The class of 2030 has just started kindergarten. As four million youngsters across the country begin the first step of education, a new study provides a first-time look at inequalities in school readiness among Wisconsin’s kindergarten students. Researchers from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of UW–Madison’s School of Education, compared the literacy skills of Wisconsin’s kindergarten students and found them “far from equally prepared to learn.” “These findings are consistent with national research,” states Eric Grodsky, the WCER researcher and UW–Madison professor of sociology and educational policy studies who led the study.
Mon
Sep
25
Of 14 applications to the inaugural Grand Challenges Engage initiative, eight finalists are receiving a combined total of $200,000 to carry out the Wisconsin Idea on behalf of the UW-Madison School of Education over the next two years. The Grand Challenges initiative inspires and facilitates interactions among School of Education faculty, staff and community partners. The goal is to build interdisciplinary teams to identify and design innovative solutions for critical social and scholarly problems across Wisconsin and around the world.
Wed
Sep
20
UW-Madison’s Gary Lupyan and Haley Vlach recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct an innovative and interdisciplinary research project that will examine key questions of how early language experience shapes later cognitive and academic outcomes. As part of the grant, the team will develop an app to help parents track their children's language development. Vlach is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and Lupyan is an associate professor with the Department of Psychology.
Fri
Sep
15
Peli Galiti has been awarded a prestigious Greek Diaspora Fellowship from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as part of a cross-cultural collaboration between the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and UW-Madison. Galiti is a visiting scholar with UW-Madison's School of Education ​and is conducting research with Robert Enright, a professor with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Through the fellowship, Galiti will implement forgiveness education programs in Greece, hosting workshops about restorative justice and forgiveness education, as well as conducting research about bullying prevention and class collaboration.
Wed
Sep
13
Recent UW-Madison graduate Katie Roling is the inaugural recipient of the Thomas R. Kratochwill School Psychology Dissertation Award to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice. Roling graduated from the School Psychology program, which is housed within the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology. The award is given to School Psychology students whose dissertations look to improve outcomes for children and youth using evidence-based practices.
Tue
Sep
05
UW-Madison’s Xueli Wang and Amy Prevost are co-authors of a chapter examining contextualized math courses that appears in the summer 2017 issue of the “New Directions for Community Colleges,” a series that covers current trends in the field of community college education. The chapter from Wang and Prevost is titled, “A Researcher–Practitioner Partnership on Remedial Math Contextualization in Career and Technical Education Programs.”