News from WCER
Careers in Computing for African American Students
July 12, 2010
The U.S. is producing record numbers of Ph.D.s in computing; however, the number of African Americans receiving advanced degrees in computing at the master’s level still lags behind those of other ethnic/racial groups.
Developing as a Writer
July 10, 2010
Students develop as writers over a number of years, interacting with a complex array of influences. Individual and environmental conditions work to advance—or inhibit—students’ abilities to express themselves.
Online Games and Adolescent Reading
July 6, 2010
Video games and participatory cultures have emerged as an important force for student learning, both in and out of school.
Teacher Compensation Knowledge Base
June 28, 2010
The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) works toward placing talented and capable teachers in classrooms to accomplish the nation’s goals of teaching all students to high standards, and closing the achievement gap.
Tracking Progress of ELL Students
June 23, 2010
The number of English Language Learner (ELL) students continues to increase dramatically in U.S. schools.
FAST Leaders to Convene in Madison
June 14, 2010
Families and schools will work more closely together as a result of next week’s international conference sponsored by Families and Schools Together.
Researchers Using Video Face Options and Challenges
June 10, 2010
Video technology is transforming research in the learning sciences.
Measuring Effects of a Pre-College Engineering Curriculum
June 1, 2010
A new Working Paper by Mitchell Nathan and colleagues illustrates how propensity score matching (PSM) can provide a robust estimate of a program treatment effect on student learning outcomes.
Working Paper Details Successes of STEM Collaboration
May 24, 2010
A new working paper presents findings on the effects of WCER’s SCALE project—System-Wide Change for All Learners and Educators.
Assessing English Language Learners in Secondary Schools
May 17, 2010
WCER’s FLARE project helps secondary school teachers measure the progress of English Language Learners in academic classes.
ITP Fellow Wins Best Graduate Student Paper Award
May 10, 2010
At last week’s annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association ITP Fellow Anna Haskins received the Sociology of Education Special Interest Group’s “Best Graduate Student Paper” award.
Surveys of Learning Reveal Strengths, Weaknesses
May 10, 2010
Over the past two decades, large-scale surveys have generated a wealth of generalizable evidence on instruction. But until recently, this vast body of research has not been summarized systematically.
Measuring Effects of Social Capital
May 3, 2010
Children’s social capital rests on the trust and shared expectations embedded in their networks of friends, parents, and teachers.
Facilitating Student Learning in Engineering
April 24, 2010
A new paper by Gina Svarovsky presents an ethnographic study of an engineering practicum.
Learning About Value-Added
April 19, 2010
WCER’s Value-Added Research Center (VARC) offers tutorials to help get you up to speed in value-added assessment.