News from WCER
MMSD 4K Students Demonstrate Stronger Literacy, Behavior Skills Among District Kindergartners
December 19, 2017
One of the most promising ways to eliminate social, economic and racial gaps in educational achievement is to stop them before they happen. A recent Madison Education Partnership (MEP) report shows the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) may be doing just that through its four-year-old kindergarten (4K) program.
Project to Produce Roadmap for Teaching Elementary Grades Algebra
October 29, 2017
Study will produce a prototype Grades K-2 instructional sequence, related assessments and characterizations of progressions in students’ thinking
Iowa State University Selects Jerlando Jackson for Alumni Achievement Award
October 25, 2017
Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences has selected Jerlando F. L. Jackson, professor of higher education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, for its 2017 Alumni Achievement Award.
The CALL for Improved Learning
October 23, 2017 | By Lynn Armitage
In a quest to answer the question, “How can we improve student learning?” hundreds of schools all over the country—and in Denmark and Japan—are answering the CALL.
Hora and Colleagues Awarded $2.2 Million from National Science Foundation
October 20, 2017
Matthew Hora and colleagues have been awarded $2.2 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate whether four specific competencies – teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and self-directed learning - are being cultivated in college classrooms and workplace training.
Williamson Shaffer Awarded $2 Million from the National Science Foundation
October 17, 2017
David Williamson Shaffer has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and study a tool to let STEM teachers generate models of social, economic, and environmental issues in their own communities.
Halverson Awarded $1.1 Million from the National Science Foundation
October 17, 2017
Erica Halverson and co-investigators from Northcentral Technical College have been awarded a grant of $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation to design, deliver and study mobile maker experiences for people in rural communities in central Wisconsin.
CCWT Offers Rare, Critical Overview of Student Internships
September 26, 2017
Many policymakers, employers, educators and career services professionals seem to agree that internships are beneficial to college students. President Trump recently lauded the value of apprenticeships, and Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker has considered making internships a mandatory graduation requirement for students in the UW system.
Study Finds MMSD’s 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Expands Educational Equity
September 20, 2017
Since the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) began 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) in 2011, more than two-thirds of its kindergarten students have started in its 4K programs. Now, with six full years of operational data on 4K, a new research-practice partnership between MMSD and UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is taking a close look at the district’s 4K enrollments.
Study Finds Wisconsin Children Unequally Ready for Kindergarten
September 18, 2017
The class of 2030 has just started kindergarten. As four million youngsters across the country begin the first step of education, a new study provides a first-time look at inequalities in school readiness among Wisconsin’s kindergarten students. Researchers from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of UW–Madison’s School of Education, compared the literacy skills of Wisconsin’s kindergarten students and found them “far from equally prepared to learn.”
Ecology at Play
September 8, 2017 | By Lynn Armitage
Mike Lawton loves his job as a science teacher at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. “My greatest reward is when students come up to me and say, ‘Wow, this is the first science class I have ever liked,’” he says.
Astronomy Video Game Developed at UW–Madison Wins National People’s Choice Award
August 7, 2017
“At Play in the Cosmos,” an educational video game developed at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the winner of the Third Annual Mashable + Games for Change People’s Choice Award. This new educational resource for introductory college astronomy received the highest number of online votes among the 11 games nominated in the category.
Education Technologies Improve Collaborative Learning in Undergrad Chemistry
July 10, 2017
WCER researcher Martina Rau and colleagues found that undergraduate chemistry students who used educational technology to discuss problem-solving mistakes had higher learning outcomes than students who participated in the traditional version of the lab course. This study was published in Computers and Education.
Teacher Fellowship to Game Designer
July 5, 2017 | By Paul Baker
Teachers from across Wisconsin eagerly join a fellowship wait list to learn how to create digital educational games that engage students and boost learning.
June 28, 2017
David Williamson Shaffer, a WCER game scientist, explores how to make sense of the deluge of information in the digital age through quantitative ethnography. This new science gives researchers tools to understand not just what data says, but what it tells us about the people who created it.