Research News

Tue
Apr
11
A new partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks to combine the expertise of district educators and university researchers to improve education. MMSD and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of the university’s School of Education, have worked together for many years on specific problems and focused research projects. Now the organizations are joining together in a more permanent structure to support ongoing research collaboration via the Madison Education Partnership (MEP).
Tue
Apr
11
UW-Madison's Jerlando Jackson is showcased in a new video speaking about the National Science Foundation's INCLUDES Initiative. The INCLUDES Initiative aims to develop STEM talents from all sectors and underrepresented groups in society. Jackson is a collaborating investigator on an INCLUDES initiative called, "The Consortium of Minority Doctoral Students." This project examined three doctoral scholars programs to identify proven, high-impact and scalable recruitment, retention and mentoring strategies for increasing the number of Hispanic and Black/African American doctoral students in engineering, computing and information sciences programs.
Thu
Apr
06
UW-Madison’s Daniel Corral was recently invited to attend the Education Policy Academy this summer in Washington, D.C. The academy is sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and it runs Aug. 9-11. Corral is a second-year doctoral student with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. In particular, he is interested in examining Latinx college student engagement.
Wed
Apr
05
UW-Madison’s Linn Posey-Maddox was recently awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation to study black families’ schooling experiences in suburban America. Posey-Maddox is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is a scholar of urban and suburban education -- with an emphasis on race, class and educational inequality –- and is the author of the 2014 book, “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools: Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education (University of Chicago Press).”
Mon
Apr
03
UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies is hosting its annual conference April 6 to 7, with the theme of this year’s event, “Global Inequality, Global Education.” “Inequality has increased globally,” says UW-Madison’s Lesley Bartlett, a professor of educational policy studies and one of the conference’s coordinators. “Schools easily reproduce inequality, but they also hold out the hope of interrupting inequality and producing social change.” This conference will examine different global efforts to address inequality through education, considering how social, political and economic forces influence those efforts and their outcomes.
Mon
Apr
03
UW-Madison’s Laura Hamman has been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Hamman, a doctoral candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is one of just 10 students from across the nation awarded this honor in 2017. She is specializing in English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education. Phi Kappa Phi promotes itself as the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Wed
Mar
29
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple is a co-editor of a newly released book titled, “Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education.” Says Apple: “I've devoted a good deal of time to critically analyzing the growing power of the corporate sector in education. This is now an increasingly international situation, one whose effects are quite worrisome." The book is co-edited by Helen M. Gunter and David Hall, both of whom are professors of educational policy at the University of Manchester.
Tue
Mar
28
UW-Madison’s Erika Bullock will be delivering a keynote speech at the International Mathematics Education and Society Conference taking place in Volos, Greece, April 7-12. Bullock, an assistant professor of mathematics education with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will be giving a presentation titled, “Beyond ‘Ism’ Groups and Figure Hiding: Intersectional Analysis and Critical Mathematics Education.”
Mon
Mar
27
UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Larson was awarded the inaugural 4W Innovation Award. Larson is an associate professor of occupational therapy with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The 4W Program (Women, Well-being in Wisconsin and the World) is a collective of interdisciplinary leaders focused on improving the quality of women’s lives in local and global communities. This new award, supported by the Women’s Philanthropy Council, is intended to support a key research-to-action initiative that will benefit women’s health and well-being, and improve gender equity.
Sat
Mar
25
UW-Madison alumna Kristin Papoi is receiving the 2017 Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Arts & Learning Special Interest Group (SIG). Papoi’s dissertation research, which was funded by the Morgridge and Barton fellowships, was a multiple site case study that explored the affordances of arts-based pedagogies for elementary aged English learners in Chicago and Los Angeles. Papoi received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016.
Fri
Mar
24
The School of Education's Kristen Pickett was selected to join UW-Madison’s BIRCWH Scholars Program. BIRCWH is an acronym for building interdisciplinary research careers in women's health. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health as a K-12 institutional training grant and structured mentoring program for junior faculty who conduct women’s health or sex/gender-based research. Pickett’s proposed training project is titled, "Examining the effects of social engagement on exercise outcomes: In-home cycling for underserved women of Wisconsin.”
Thu
Mar
23
The Spring 2017 volume of The Review of Higher Education was recently released, and this highly regarded publication features three reports co-authored by faculty members and Ph.D. students with UW-Madison. The Review of Higher Education is the flagship journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Thu
Mar
23
UW-Madison's Douglas Rosenberg is giving a visiting artist lecture at Yale on Wednesday, March 29 titled "Surface Tensions: Screenic Bodies and the Sequential Moment." Rosenberg chairs the School of Education's Art Department. During the lecture, Rosenberg will discuss paradigms for the treatment of dance in various arts contexts. The event is sponsored by the Yale School of Art and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.
Wed
Mar
22
The Spring 2017 issue of ForwardED is now available. ForwardED is the digital newsletter from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, part of UW–Madison’s School of Education since 1964.
Tue
Mar
21
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora and Hyoung Joon Park recently published a new paper in the Review of Higher Education about about how faculty and administrators use, or don't use, data to inform teaching and learning. The paper, titled "Data driven decision-making in the era of accountability: Fostering faculty data cultures for learning," is based on the TPDM project at WCER. Hora and Park co-authored the paper with Jana Bouema-Gearhart at Oregon State University. The paper details the status and attitudes in U.S. education at all levels toward the use of hard data in making educational policy choices and revisions.
Fri
Mar
17
The research of UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes was recently featured in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s “Spotlight on Research.” The report is headlined, “Vascular dementia: Exercise, blood flow and the aging brain.” The release of the story was timed to help draw attention to Brain Awareness Week, March 13-19. Barnes, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, researches potential risk factors for both cardiovascular disease and dementia.
Fri
Mar
10
Leonel Lim and UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple are the editors of a recently released book titled, “The Strong State and Curriculum Reform: Assessing the politics and possibilities of educational change in Asia.” Says Apple: “Too often we talk about borrowing supposedly successful curriculum reform from places such as Singapore, China, Japan or South Korea in a vacuum. This book demands that we look much more closely at the realities of government power and control."
Fri
Mar
10
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora recently published an article in the February issue of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) journal. Hora is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is housed within the School of Education. Hora is also an assistant professor of adult teaching and learning with the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies. The article is headlined, "Beyond the Skills Gap," and explores many of the themes in Hora's recently published book of the same name.
Thu
Mar
09
UW-Madison’s Bailey Smolarek will be receiving the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group. Smolarek is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her Ph.D. from the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in May. Smolarek’s dissertation is titled, “ ‘Unintended Consequences ‘: Reforms, Race, and the Schooling Experiences of Mexican Emergent Bilinguals in a New Destination High School.”
Thu
Mar
09
Alumna Bethany Wilinski is publishing a book based in her dissertation research while at UW-Madison. Wilinski received a Ph.D. in 2014 from the School of Education's departments of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies. Today, she is an assistant professor with Michigan State University's Department of Teacher Education. The book is titled: "When Pre-K Comes to School: Policy, Partnerships, and the Early Childhood Education Workforce," and will be released March 10.