UW–Madison’s Aydin Bal, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Cultural Historical Research special interest group (SIG).
The award recognizes an education researcher’s scholarly contributions to research grounded in cultural-historical, sociocultural, and activity theoretic approaches.
Bal’s research focuses on the interplay among culture, learning, and mental health across local and global education systems. He examines social justice issues in education, and has developed the Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports framework and Learning Lab methodology, in which local stakeholders (students, families, educators, policymakers, and community representatives) — especially those from historically marginalized communities — collectively design and implement culturally responsive behavioral support systems.
The award will be presented during the Cultural Historical SIG’s business meeting on Saturday, April 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., during the AERA annual conference in San Diego.