Research News

Wed
Dec
21
UW-Madison Professor Thomas Popkewitz and a cohort of 11 graduate students from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction traveled to Europe recently to take part in a joint research seminar with graduate students at Malmö University in Sweden. The seminar, which ran Nov. 30 through Dec. 3, was called “Disrupting Good Intentions of Social Inclusion.” Says Popkewitz: “Such exchanges help one to think beyond provincial borders and the theoretical nationalism that often accompanies research.”
Wed
Dec
14
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. The Fall 2016 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni. This issue's cover story focuses on Literacy by the Lakes, a project that connects literacy faculty and graduate students from the School of Education with school districts across Wisconsin.
Wed
Dec
14
UW-Madison’s David Bell will receive the 2017 New Investigator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation. The New Investigator Award, according to the foundation’s website, “recognizes a researcher who is likely to continue to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in athletic training and health care.” 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).
Tue
Dec
13
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple on Dec. 6 received an honorary degree from the University of Ljubljana in a ceremony on the campus of the oldest and largest university in Slovenia. Says Apple: "For me, the honorary doctorate from the University of Ljubljana is quite a special award. A number of my books became ‘movement books’ when Slovenia emerged from the break-up of Yugoslavia and I have been involved for years in the development of a tradition of critically democratic educational research, theory and practice there."
Fri
Dec
09
UW-Madison's Gloria Ladson-Billings was elected the next President of the National Academy of Education. Her term will begin in the fall of 2017. “As president, one of the things that I’d like to do is to increase the recognition of our brand -– I don’t think a lot of people know what the academy is or what we do,” Ladson-Billings tells Madison365.com. “I’d also like to do more work with the other academies. I think that there’s some synergy there. I would like to develop some consensus panels on what I see are pressing issues.”
Thu
Dec
08
UW-Madison's Dane Cook will give the annual Clifford Lewis Lecture at the University of Georgia's Kinesiology Department in February 2017. Cook is a professor with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology. He will give an overview of his research examining the paradoxical effects of exercise on pain and fatigue, or "the phenomenon that acute exercise can cause pain and fatigue in some, but that chronic exercise is an efficacious treatment for chronic pain and fatigue," writes Cook.
Wed
Dec
07
A new policy brief ​from the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) examines FAFSA filing rates at public and private high schools across Wisconsin and exposes significant differences in filing rates based on school characteristics.
Wed
Dec
07
UW-Madison's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards received the 2016 Investigator of the Year award from the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Farrar-Edwards is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the Department of Kinesiology. The award recognizes Farrar-Edwards' important research and presentation at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, which took place in Toronto in July. The presentation was titled: “Connecting the Dots: Meeting the Diagnostic and Treatment Needs of Underserved Urban African American Elders with Memory Loss."
Tue
Dec
06
“We know that better spatial abilities lead to better math skills in early childhood, and they are strong predictors of future interest in careers in science and technology and engineering,” says Hilary Miller, a graduate student studying child development. “So we’re targeting ways to enhance spatial skills at an early age.” Working with UW–Madison educational psychology Professor Haley Vlach and psychology Professor Vanessa Simmering, Miller is studying the way 4-year-olds use words to describe spatial relationships.
Mon
Dec
05
The Center for Innovative Research in Cyber Learning (CIRCL) recently profiled UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson in its November 2016 e-newsletter. Halverson is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction who researches makerspaces.
Fri
Dec
02
A team of scholars from UW-Madison published an article examining how exercise interventions that are rooted in meaningful activity may be especially beneficial to helping adults with Parkinson’s disease. The report, which appears in the latest OT Practice magazine, is headlined, “Dancing the Tango: Promoting Exercise as Meaningful Activity for Adults with Parkinson Disease.” The article is authored by faculty, staff and students with the occupational therapy program, which is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Fri
Dec
02
Nicholas Hillman was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education headlined, "When College Was A Public Good." Hillman studies higher education finance and policy, and his research focuses on how policies affect educational access and success. The article explores how as more non-whites are pursuing higher education, less and less public and federal support is dedicated to ensuring fair access to universities.
Thu
Dec
01
UW-Madison's Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy are co-winners of the University of Louisville's prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Education for their important work exploring the role of teachers in perpetuating serious, thoughtful political deliberation in schools. Such efforts are at the heart of a democratic education and these discussions help students understand diverse points of view and become more politically engaged adults. Grawemeyer winners will present lectures about their award-winning ideas when they visit Louisville in April to accept their $100,000 prizes.
Tue
Nov
29
UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora will speak about his new book “Beyond the Skills Gap” at a book launch event hosted by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) on Dec. 9. Hora is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is housed within the School of Education.
Tue
Nov
29
Julie Underwood’s latest “Under the Law” column was published in the November issue of Phi Delta Kappan magazine. The column is about recent expanded support for homeless students in the law. Underwood is a professor of law and educational leadership and policy analysis at UW-Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Wed
Nov
23
UW-Madison’s Gail Lori Prasad is the winner of the 2016 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education for her groundbreaking work that highlights how culturally and linguistically inclusive classrooms have the potential to reshape the way teachers support language learners. Prasad, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was in Toronto Tuesday to receive this prestigious honor from the Canadian Education Association (CEA).
Wed
Nov
23
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman will be taking part in a conference Nov. 28-29 in Washington, D.C., that’s being hosted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. The conference is titled, “Addressing the Risks of Pursuing Post-Secondary Education.” Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis who studies higher education finance and policy. His research focuses on how policies affect educational access and success.
Tue
Nov
22
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the lead author of a new article that examines student and faculty experiences with diversity at both a predominantly white institution (PWI) and at a historically black college or university (HBCU). The study, published Nov. 7 in the journal Race Ethnicity and Education, notes that students of color described feeling like an “alien” on the white campus and like they were part of a “family” on the black campus.
Tue
Nov
15
Laura C. Chávez Moreno was awarded the 2016-17 Arvil S. Barr Graduate Fellowship from UW-Madison’s School of Education for her dissertation research. This award is given to a graduate student who is studying teaching, learning and reform. Chávez Moreno is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In her dissertation, Chávez Moreno is working with teachers and multilingual youth on a participatory action research project that centers on youth experiences in bilingual education.
Thu
Nov
10
UW-Madison’s Bruce King recently wrote an article titled “Authentic Intellectual Work and Project Based Learning: Why Gold Standard PBL Is So Critical,” and said the best way to improve and increase equity in education is to ensure curriculum meets the criteria for Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW). King is a faculty associate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and also been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where he contributed to studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work.