Research News

Fri
Nov
02
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has announced $4 million in awards to initiatives working to improve health and health equity across Wisconsin. And among the projects receiving funding is one that’s utilizing the expertise of the School of Education’s Jerlando Jackson. This initiative will focus on reducing disparities in overall health among African Americans by addressing implicit and structural racism.
Thu
Nov
01
UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno was recently awarded the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education's (AAHHE) 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Competition third place award. Her dissertation is titled: “A critical race ethnography examining dual-language education in the new Latinx diaspora: Reinforcing and resisting bilingual education's racial roots.” Chávez-Moreno earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction this past summer.
Thu
Nov
01
UW-Madison’s Bruce King and Laura Lang conducted four days of workshops in Tel Aviv, Israel, with regional teacher leaders, as well as leaders from the Mofet Institute, the Ministry of Education, and the Yad Hanadiv Foundation. The workshops were designed to introduce Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) and to enhance teacher leaders’ capacity across three districts in Israel to implement the framework and accompanying professional development processes.
Wed
Oct
31
When Adalbert Gerald Soosai Raj came to UW–Madison for a master’s degree in computer sciences, he was surprised by the number of questions in the classroom. With the help of the School of Education's Richard Halverson, Soosai Raj is reimagining computer science education.
Mon
Oct
29
UW-Madison’s Brittany Travers recently secured a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for a research project titled, “Brainstem Contributions to Sensorimotor and Core Symptoms in Children with ASD.” Travers is an assistant professor with the School of Education and the Department of Kinesiology’s occupational therapy program. Earlier this year, she was appointed as the Carla and Michael Austin Occupational Therapy Faculty Fellow. Travers heads the Motor and Brain Development Lab within the university’s Waisman Center.
Fri
Oct
26
A Noldus.com blog recently put the spotlight on a publication co-authored by UW-Madison’s Karla Ausderau and her team of students. Ausderau is an assistant professor with the School of Education and the Department of Kinesiology’s occupational therapy program. The blog post notes how children with autism are often very selective eaters, which can make mealtime complex. The post goes on to note various ways to support participation during mealtimes, and highlights research conducted by Ausderau and students Jessie Muesbeck, Brittany St. John and Shannon Kant.
Wed
Oct
24
Three people with ties to UW-Madison’s physical education teacher education program are co-presenting a session on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education Convention. The presentation is titled, “Building Relationships to Teach All Students,” and it is being delivered by Dan Timm, Chandra Anderson and Jessica Landergott.
Tue
Oct
23
The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, also known by the acronym CRECE (Spanish for “it grows” and pronounced “cray-say”), is launching at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within the School of Education. CRECE will support cross-disciplinary research, critical policy analyses, high-impact teacher education, professional development for current and next-generation early childhood education researchers, and outreach to the early childhood community.
Thu
Oct
18
The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) recently announced its annual award winners leading up to the organization’s 2018 conference, and two faculty members with UW-Madison’s School of Education are receiving significant recognition. Jerlando Jackson is receiving the CEP Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship (Senior), while Nicholas Hillman will be recognized with the CPPHE Excellence in Public Policy in Higher Education (Individual) Award. The 43rd annual ASHE Conference runs Nov. 15 to 17 at the Tampa, Florida, Marriott Waterside Hotel, with the awards ceremony taking place on Friday evening, Nov. 16.
Mon
Oct
15
The School of Education’s Andy Garbacz is one of 10 people from across the UW-Madison campus to be named to a new Morgridge Fellows program. The Morgridge Center for Public Service is launching this new professional development program to further institutionalize and support community engaged scholarship at the university. Garbacz is an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Psychology whose research focuses on developing and testing family centered and family-school partnership interventions to promote children’s social behavioral competencies and reduce the risk of later problem behavior.
Mon
Oct
15
UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology is welcoming John Raglin to campus on Oct. 25 to deliver the annual William P. Morgan Lecture. Raglin is the director of graduate studies in the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington. His research has examined psychological factors associated with performance in athletes. In addition, Raglin’s writings focus on methodological issues in sport and exercise psychology research, with a specific emphasis on the placebo effect.
Fri
Oct
12
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is the lead author on a paper that was recently published in the American Educational Research Journal that examines expectations placed on black women in higher education. The report is co-authored with Bridget Turner Kelly of the University of Maryland's College of Education, Courtney Luedke of UW-Whitewater and Tangela Blakely Reavis of Tulane University. Luedke and Reavis both earned their doctorates from UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Mon
Oct
08
UW-Madison’s Robert Enright is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He is not — he is sure to emphasize — a physician. So how did Enright become involved with a study to prolong remissions for patients with the blood cancer, multiple myeloma? Enright will be discussing his groundbreaking work on forgiveness at the UW Carbone Cancer Center's annual fall conference. This year's focus will be the unique challenges faced by young adults with cancer.
Thu
Oct
04
WISCAPE has released a new policy brief highlighting the effects of performance funding on various types of credential completions at community colleges.
Wed
Oct
03
UW-Madison's David Williamson Shaffer has developed a new research method, known as quantitative ethnography, to tease out rich, real-time insights buried in the digital records we all generate on a daily basis. The tool weaves the study of culture with statistics to help understand human behavior. Shaffer is the university's Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences and is a faculty member with the School of Education's No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He will deliver a presentation, "The Importance of Meaning: Going Beyond Mixed Methods to Turn Big Data into Real Understanding," at Union South on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from noon to 1 p.m.
Fri
Sep
28
UW-Madison’s Andrea Ruppar and Bonnie Doren were recently awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation to examine ways to help rural school districts better support special education teachers. Ruppar and Doren are faculty members with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Their funding is being provided via the Spencer Foundation’s small research grants program​.
Wed
Sep
26
UW-Madison’s Percival Matthews is the principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that’s designed to examine ways to promote equal sign knowledge among school children. The researchers will test the effectiveness of brief episodes of instruction over the course of a semester to build children’s understanding of the equal sign and associated gains in algebraic thinking. Participants in the research will be elementary- and middle- school students.
Tue
Sep
25
UW-Madison’s David Kaplan will be spending two weeks in January as a visiting researcher at the Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER). Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. During his time at LISER, Kaplan will be presenting his recent work on Bayesian approaches to estimating country-level trajectories in educational outcomes and collaborating on multiple LISER-based projects.
Mon
Sep
24
UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman is taking part in a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, Sept. 25 examining policy changes from President Donald Trump’s administration that scholars fear could be closing the door to college for students of color. The event, which is being hosted by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, is being held in room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Hillman will give a presentation titled, “How Accountability Can Increase Racial Inequality: The Care of Federal Risk-Sharing.”
Thu
Sep
20
The Mixed Methods blog recently put the spotlight on research that examines the success of students at community colleges conducted by UW-Madison’s Xueli Wang, who is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She also is a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. Wang studies college students’ learning, pathways and success, with a particular focus on community colleges and STEM education.