News from WCER

Engaging Researchers and Education Service Agencies

January 23, 2012

WCER and the Office of Education Outreach and Partnerships look forward to hosting staff from Wisconsin’s Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) at our annual meeting 21 February.


Evaluating Individualized Learning Plans

January 17, 2012

There is strong consensus among parents, teachers, and students that individualized learning plans (ILPs) help improve student outcomes.


Exploring the Paradox: Adolescent Reasoning in Mathematical and Non-mathematical Domains

January 15, 2012

A perennial concern in mathematics education is that students often fail to understand the nature of evidence and justification in mathematics, that is, the nature of proof.


Professional Practice Simulations in a First-Year Engineering Course

January 9, 2012

Naomi Chesler and colleagues in the Epistemic Games project developed a first-year engineering design course that meets the criteria and constraints of several traditional stakeholders.


Improving Mentor-Mentee Collaboration

January 3, 2012

Christine Pfund and colleagues are testing the effectiveness of a research mentor training program.


Themes Cross-Cut International Boundaries

December 30, 2011

Has standards-based reform improved the quality of teaching and improved rates of retention?


Design Challenges for Middle School Science Students

December 27, 2011

Students and teachers in Grades 6-8 are piloting an approach to science instruction using a technology-rich interactive environment.


Mathieu Named AAAS Fellow

December 19, 2011

WCER researcher Robert Mathieu is among three UW–Madison scientists recently named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Collaborating with the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan

December 15, 2011

Complementing the University of Wisconsin’s status as one of the most internationally connected universities in the world, the School of Education (SOE) plays an important role in preparing students to be global citizens and in helping to shape the University’s broader global agenda.


Online Mentoring as Good as In-Person

December 15, 2011

Students enjoy learning about the environment. The process usually involves trekking out to the nearest prairie, waterway, or forest. But given the time and expense involved, field trips can be unrealistic.


Spanish Academic Language Standards and Assessment

December 13, 2011

Staff from the WIDA Consortium are beginning to develop Spanish language development standards for students in Pre-K through twelfth grade.


Blended Learning Across Virtual and Natural Ecosystems

December 5, 2011

Kurt Squire and colleagues are testing the hypothesis that student engagement, self-sufficiency, and understanding of life science will be enhanced if students participating in field trips employ mobile devices to collect and share data, visit geo-referenced locations, and access on-site information.


Mentoring Students in Educational Computer Games

November 28, 2011

When students engage in educational computer games, do they fare better talking with a mentor face-to-face or chatting online with a ‘virtual’ mentor?


Hora Receives Emerging Interfaces Award

November 21, 2011

WCER researcher Matthew Hora is a recipient of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery’s Emerging Interfaces Award


Engaged Research in Education

November 15, 2011

The School of Education continues its work to strengthen the relationship between research and practice.