Research News

Tue
Nov
08
UW-Madison alumnus Robert Frahm is the author of a new case study released by the Grantmakers for Education titled, “The Promise: A Case Study of Say Yes to Education in Buffalo.” Frahm is a member of the School of Education’s Board of Visitors and is a freelance journalist who has written about education for more than 40 years. He received his undergraduate degree in English education from UW-Madison in 1968.
Wed
Oct
26
The Center for American Progress led a coalition of more than 100 researchers and policy organizations on a letter calling for the Department of Education to release better data on federal student aid. Among those signing this letter are two faculty members with UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Associate Professor Nicholas Hillman and Assistant Professor Claudia Persico.
Tue
Oct
25
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan has been invited to present a keynote address to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities conference, “The Initiatives for Applied Education Research,” scheduled for Dec. 19. He will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities of using longitudinal data to inform education policy. Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.
Mon
Oct
24
UW-Madison's Carmen Valdez will speak at the Center for Child and Family Well-being's second brown bag seminar of the school year in October. Valdez is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology. Valdez will give a lecture titled "To Be or Not to Be From Here: Immigrant Youth Identity Formation in an Anti-Immigrant World," and will present her case study research on immigrant youth identity. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at noon in Plenary Hall on the fifth floor of Nancy Nicholas Hall. The seminar is free and open to the public.
Mon
Oct
24
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple received an honorary degree from the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul during a ceremony in Brazil on Oct. 20. “Of all of the honorary doctorates I have been awarded, this one is among the most significant,” says Apple. “The Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul and Porto Alegre, Brazil have been at the center of critical educational policy and practice for decades.” Apple, who has called UW-Madison home since 1970, is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.
Thu
Oct
20
UW-Madison’s Bruce King presented earlier this month at the Association for Middle Level Education’s (AMLE) annual conference in Austin, Texas, with colleagues Barb Brodhagen and James Beane. King is a faculty associate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and also has been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where he contributed to two studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work. The AMLE conference ran Oct. 9-12. King's session was titled “A Democratic Core for Middle Level Curriculum and Teaching: Student Voice and Authentic Intellectual Work.”
Tue
Oct
18
As the race for the White House hits the homestretch, educators in the classroom have an excellent opportunity to help students develop a better understanding of American politics, and to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens. Due to the polarized nature of politics in the United States, however, not everyone feels comfortable discussing such topics. The School of Education hosted a conference Sept. 24 that was designed to give educators the tools, resources and confidence they’d need to teach about electoral politics in a way that is engaging but respectful to differing points of view.
Tue
Oct
18
UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz delivered a talk at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Wenner-Gren Foundation in Stockholm on Sept. 9. The academy organized a series of international speakers on educational policy and research for an invited meeting of government, ministry of education and educational researches from Sweden. Popkewitz’s talk was titled: “The Promise of International Assessments and the Lorelei’s Whispers: Notes from Curriculum & Science Studies.”
Fri
Oct
14
UW-Madison's Dan Lisowski will speak at a conference in Las Vegas Oct. 22 about the ALICE Project and ways performers interact with their stage environment. Lisowski is an assistant professor with the Department of Theatre and Drama and the head of the Theatre Technology MFA Specialization.
Wed
Oct
12
The latest edition of "On the Move," an annual news magazine for alumni and friends of UW-Madison's Department of Kinesiology, is now available online. The cover story examines how a team of researchers from across the department received funding in April through the UW2020 initiative to lead a new Human Exercise Research Core Facility on the UW-Madison campus. The Department of Kinesiology is housed within the School of Education.
Wed
Oct
12
UW-Madison’s Laura Hamman recently received a 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Grant from The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education. Hamman is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s No.1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation is titled: “Language and Identity in Dual Language Immersion: A Comparative Study of Being and Becoming Bilingual.”
Tue
Oct
11
School districts and policymakers across Wisconsin exploring teacher pay alternatives have new information to help guide them – a recently-released study from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in the UW–Madison School of Education. The report is titled, “Teacher Compensation: Standard Practices and Changes in Wisconsin.” The study, based on 25 of Wisconsin’s 424 public school districts, is the first to document teacher pay changes implemented or considered locally by districts following the 2011 passage of Act 10.
Mon
Oct
03
Learn what researchers at UW–Madison’s School of Education are doing to understand and address teacher recruitment and retention issues in Wisconsin’s north woods and other rural areas.
Thu
Sep
29
UW-Madison professor Lesley Bartlett and alumna Fran Vavrus appeared on the weekly podcast “FreshEd with Will Brehm” to talk about a book they have co-authored that is due to be released later this year. In this podcast episode, Bartlett and Vavrus discuss the ideas from their upcoming book titled “Rethinking Case Study Research: A Comparative Approach.” These topics include the re-imagining of traditional case study techniques to accommodate factors such as culture, context, space, place and comparison.
Tue
Sep
27
UW-Madison’s Edward Hubbard and Percival Matthews were recently awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant worth nearly $1.9 million that will allow the faculty members with the School of Education to examine mathematical learning processes. The project is called, “Perceptual and Cognitive Mechanisms of Developing Fractions Knowledge: A Cross-Sequential Approach.” The grant will allow the researchers leading this multifaceted project to collect brain imaging, behavioral and educational data in schoolchildren.
Mon
Sep
26
Congratulations to Mauriell H. Amechi, who has been awarded an ACPA Foundation Grant for his research project, "Straight out of Foster Care: A Qualitative Anti-deficit Study of Student Achievers."
Fri
Sep
23
UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz was featured on the weekly podcast “FreshEd with Will Brehm” to discuss education research topics. "FreshEd with Will Brehm" is a podcast that takes complicated ideas and topics in current educational research and makes them more easily understood and accessible for listeners. Popkewitz is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Tue
Sep
20
As part of the American Educational Research Association’s centennial year programming, AERA invited 31 people to deliver six-minute Ed-Talks that conveyed key research findings crisply, quickly and in ways that were meant to be compelling to policy leaders about the value and relevance of education research. UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess was among those who presented earlier this year in Washington, D.C. Hess’ Ed-Talk, “Political Education in Polarized Times,” is now available for viewing on this YouTube page.
Mon
Sep
19
The work of José Francisco Gutiérrez of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) will be showcased at the inaugural UW–Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The symposium, which runs from 1 to 4:15 p.m., will showcase research from four outstanding postdocs and feature keynote speaker B. Lynn Allen-Hoffmann, a UW-Madison professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and founder of Stratatech Corp. Gutiérrez’s research with WCER focuses on classroom power dynamics and mathematical learning. He will present on his work from 1:40 to 2:10 p.m.
Fri
Sep
16
The online edition of the Summer 2016 OT Matters, an annual news publication for alumni and friends of UW-Madison's Occupational Therapy Program, is now available. The cover story for this most recent edition of OT Matters highlights the important work of Assistant Professor Brittany Travers, who is conducting leading-edge research involving motor and brain development in children with autism. The OT Program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.